I have really been enjoying the evolution concept of this thread.
I seem to know a number of people who got into Metallica via S&M. To me it is a very interesting record - a few songs work fantastically others not so much. However, Metallica is one of the few metal bands that pulled off playing with an orchestra to have the outcome be a very listenable and enjoyable record throughout.
12/17 - Gorguts
02/08 - Dark Tranquility?