In less than 48 hours rushonrock will have its sticky mits on the vinyl version of Death Magnetic (is there really another option?) and we’ll be casting our critical eye over the rock release of 2008. In the meantime we delve into the band’s back catalogue and today we are delighted to court controversy.

Laughing in the face of those who cite Metallica’s S&M as the product of a filthy rich band up their own arses we say give this record a chance. OK, so it’s recorded with Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra but it still features a canon of the best thrash metal the world has ever heard.

The last four songs on the second CD guarantee a huge finish with Sad But True, One, Enter Sandman and Battery blowing the rest away. So it’s not bone crushing metal but it’s brilliant and brave in equal measure.

It’s never been cool to like S&M. But who said we were cool?