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How Blackened Batch 106 Captures The Orchestral Majesty Of Metallica's S&M2

Batch 106 of Blackened American Whiskey has been blasted with Metallica's iconic S&M2 shows, and comes in an epic presentation box

How Blackened Batch 106 Captures The Orchestral Majesty Of Metallica's S&M2
Kerrang! staff

Metallica’s Blackened American Whiskey isn’t made like other whiskeys. As well as tasting really, really good, there’s a big part of The Four Horsemen in every batch that makes it very Metallica, and very, very metal. Using their own patented BLACK NOISE™ technique, the master distiller at Sweet Amber Distilling Co. literally blast the barrels with the band’s tunes in order to vibrate the wood and literally shake out more flavour into the drink. Delightfully devilish, Metallica. And delicious.

To, ahem, distill the spirit of one of the most thrilling and groundbreaking live performances of the band’s career, for Batch 106 the barrels were treated to the recordings from last year’s stunning S&M2 shows, recorded in the band’s San Francisco hometown with the local symphony orchestra, laid on to mark the opening of the new Chase Center, as well as salute 20 years since the original S&M shows.

“The S&M2 performances were a challenge for us,” says guitarist Kirk Hammett. “The first S&M shows in 1999 were such a pivotal part of Metallica’s evolution. We knew we had to mark their 20th anniversary on an even bigger scale, but without sacrificing any of the intimacy of those shows. The reaction has been incredible, to the shows and the album, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring those same S&M2 vibes to Blackened.”

“I was actually at the arena for both nights of the S&M2 concert,” adds Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller/Blender for BLACKENED. “The insane energy that exuded from both the fans and performers is unforgettable. It’s amazing to bring that spirit and passion to Blackened.”

As well you would. This special Batch 106 playlist with cuts from the two nights is infused with the same energy and ingenuity that made the project such a triumph. Like reimagining their songs with an orchestra – or indeed, removing themselves completely, as on the brilliant, double-bass solo interpretation of (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth – the process fully celebrates Metallica’s pioneering way of thinking and doing things their own way.

Even the packaging is metal, with Batch 106 coming in a special commemorative presentation box, featuring artwork designed by S&M2 cover artist and longtime Metallica visual collaborator Squindo. And if you’re into that, there’s a chance to win a limited-edition T-shirt featuring the artwork. The contest begins October 14, 2020 and runs through November 14, 2020 with multiple winners selected daily.

Batch 106 is available to order now. And if you want to know how the whiskey felt as it sat in the barrel getting buzzed by the vibrations of S&M2, the full playlist used in the process is…

  1. The Call of Ktulu
  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  3. The Day That Never Comes
  4. The Memory Remains
  5. Confusion
  6. Moth Into Flame
  7. The Outlaw Torn
  8. No Leaf Clover
  9. Halo On Fire
  10. The Unforgiven III
  11. All Within My Hands
  12. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
  13. Wherever I May Roam
  14. One
  15. Master of Puppets
  16. Nothing Else Matters
  17. Enter Sandman

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