Picking up where the previous volume left off, The Metallic-Era, Vol. 2 collects even more original versions of songs that Metallica has covered over the years. What makes the second volume of this series different from the first is that it includes several non-metal tracks, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's heartbroken ballad "Tuesday's Gone," Blue Öyster Cult's space rock epic "Astronomy," and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Loverman." But don't fret, metalheads, the majority of the track listing is once more comprised mostly of obscurities from New Wave of British Heavy Metal artists. Tops include two tracks each from a pair of thrash metal pioneers, Motörhead ("Overkill" and "Too Late Too Late") and Mercyful Fate ("Evil" and "Curse of the Pharaohs"), plus tracks from the band Metallica has covered the most, Diamond Head ("It's Electric"), and such ultra-obscure groups as Holocaust, Jaguar, and Savage. To trace where Metallica formed their original and influential sound, be sure to check out The Metallic-Era, Vol. 1 and The Metallic-Era, Vol. 2.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato