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Plays Metallica By Four Cellos - Apocalyptica

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Apocalyptica / Audio CD released 1998-02-02 at Mercury Records Ltd (London)

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      12.05.2010 10:38
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      Metallica fans will find this album interesting, but I doubt many would give it a second listen.

      With this curious album the metal genre is brought to classical music's nursing home for a visit, to catch up on old times and wonder about the metamorphic journey which led one into the other. Metal's classical roots are amply understood by now, and I imagine if Beethoven were alive today he'd most likely have Metallica on his iPod, but Apocalyptica are in the here and now and they've brought their virtuosity in classical playing to a generation of greasy, head-banging, tinnitus sufferers. Me, in other words.

      The album features eight cover versions of classic Metallica songs spanning their 20-odd year career. If you haven't heard Metallica before, or if you just aren't into thrash metal, I don't believe this album will act as a buffer between you and the bloodied eardrums of my ilk. In other words, a string quartet might be expected to provide you with a more easily accessed experience than if you had simply fired up a Metallica record from way back when, but that's far from the reality of what this album contains. The harsh machine-gunning guitars Metallica are famed for are replaced with even harsher sounding cellos, raspy and screeching with every bow, setting your teeth on edge and punching holes through your skull (figuratively, of course). Even the softer balladesque numbers such as Welcome Home (Sanitarium) are given a gritty, rumbling intensity which belies their original despairing tone. This isn't a criticism, it's wonderful to hear such a vivid redesign of the music I've spent half of my life listening to, but it's probably more off-putting to non-metallers than Metallica is.

      Apocalyptica consists of four cellists - there are no vocals, drums or anything other than cellos. The vocal lines sung by James Hetfield of Metallica are instead played here on a cello. If you aren't already familiar with Metallica's work the vocal lines will probably sound weird, because they're played "phonetically" and the phrasing feels bizarre without words to link it all together. Equally, the guitar solos don't translate very well onto cellos; if a cellist was to come up with a solo for a metal song it would almost certainly sound nothing like anything Kirk Hammett has ever produced. Again, if you are familiar with the songs being played then it sounds fine, but if you are coming to this album fresh from a metal-free life you'll be wondering what the hell is going on for the most part.

      One cello tends to keep rhythm in lieu of a drum set, another might provide plucked accompaniment while others provide harmonies, lead parts and vocals. Overall Apocalyptica utilise their limited instrumentation with impressive confidence; the songs sound fat and fleshy, despite the fact that they essentially consist of a single instrument. These cellists have many tricks up their sleeves to get the grandest and most expansive sound they can from their chosen "axe".

      Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos is a fan project, nothing more. Fans of Metallica will get a kick out of it, but this kick is short-lived and they'll probably abandon the album after two or three listens. People unfamiliar with Metallica or indeed metal itself should steer clear.

      The full track listing follows:

      01. Enter Sandman
      02. Master of Puppets
      03. Harvester of Sorrow
      04. The Unforgiven
      05. Sad But True
      06. Creeping Death
      07. Wherever I May Roam
      08. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

      The album was released by Mercury Records in 1998 and currently costs a little over a fiver on Amazon.co.uk. If you are apprehensive about buying the album you can hear samples on the Amazon.co.uk page, or you can hear the songs in their entirety on YouTube. A handful of official music videos have been made by Apocalyptica which are also viewable on YouTube.

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        08.01.2009 17:17

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        A wonderful example of people taking a risk and succeeding.

        Metallica tracks played by four guys on cellos - this is a concept that really shouldn't work, heavy metal played on instruments exclusively used for classical music. However, it does work, and it works very well.

        The first time I hear The Unforgiven I knew I knew the track, but I couldn't place my finger on it. I played it to my mother in law and she loved it, even said it would sound nice at a wedding as a song for the first dance - imagine her suprise when I said it's a Metallica song!

        These guys are pioneers, they have taking a genre that they love, and they have put their own sound to it, effectively creating their own genre of music. If you are a fan of Metallica, you have to buy this. The music sounds so different and pieceful, yet they manage to keep the heavy metal spirit in the music.

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        26.10.2008 12:46
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        First and finest of Apocalyptica's albums

        This is the debut album of Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica. It was released in 1996 and at the time of its release the band comprised of four classically trained cellists,Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Max Lilja, and Antero Manninen.

        The first time I saw this band perform was one late night staring at MTV at first I presumed the video was Metallica themselves as I was not paying much attention.

        But then the familiar voice of James Hetfield was not there as it should have been, instead it had been replaced with the sound of a cello. I immediately started to pay more attention to the video playing and found myself treated to an absolutely beautiful rendition of the "Unforgiven".

        Unfortunately it was not for another few years before I could find a copy of Apocalyptica's first album "Plays Metallica by Four Cello",
        However when I did it became the only album I listened to for the next few months.

        Unlike what most people would think just because the guys of Apocalyptica play cellos this is no soft mellow album, as all the tracks on the album are played at the same blistering pace the originals are played at. (Yes this includes Kirk's solos all played on cello which sound incredible.)

        Album Track list

        1. Enter Sandman

        A great opening track to the album with the guys of Apocalyptica showing the listener just what their musical style is all about. Instantly recognisable despite the lack of lyrics to the track you'll still find yourself singing along.

        2. Master of Puppets

        From the commercially successful Enter Sandman the next track Master of Puppets really lets the band let loose with an amazing pace and aggression to the track. The track is the full length version of the track and sounds very harrowing the whole way through.

        3. Harvester of Sorrow

        Out of all the older Metallica tracks this has got to be one of my favourites and this version of it does it an amazing amount of justice. The whole track just chugs along with an overall down and dirty sound to it.

        4. The Unforgiven

        The first song I ever heard from Apocalyptica and it is an absolute classic their style of playing really fits this song really well and adds something extra to an already great Metallica track.

        5. Sad But True

        As if Harvester of Sorrows was not heavy enough this track makes it sound tame in comparison. The cello line for the vocal track is really raw sounding and makes the whole song really stand out.

        6. Creeping Death

        Not only is this one of my favourite tracks by but it is also the finest of Apocalyptica's Metallica covers. As with all the songs on this album you can't help but find yourself singing along to it especially during chanting of the bridge section to the song.

        Here is a link to them performing live:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvy5I2yHZTs&feature=related


        7. Wherever I May Roam

        Another of Metallica's more commercial tracks, although I've never been a massive fan of this song the Apocalyptica guys do this song proud and produce an interesting version of it.

        8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium).

        A classic track from the Master of Puppets this song is absolutely brilliant and the combined sound of the cello players sounds amazing during the first half of the song and really builds up in to a fantastic climax to the album.


        My personal favourites on the album would be "Creeping Death" as this has always been my favourite Metallica song especially live and "Masters of Puppets" which is a classic Metallica tune and really shows just what the Apocalyptica guys can do.

        I would highly recommend this band and especially this album to everyone, especially the Metallica fans out there.


        Why not treat yourself and go check them out here:
        Even if you are not a fan of metal/Rock music you may actually like their sound.

        www.last.fm/music/Apocalyptica/Plays+Metallica+by+Four+Cellos

        To find out more about them you can visit their website here: www.apocalyptica.com

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          02.07.2008 20:01
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          an innovative approach to metal as we know it.

          As first and foremost, a Metallica fan, I first found out about the Finnish cello band Apocalyptica when I was looking for interesting covers of Metallica songs. When I found Apocalyptica, I found a new love in my life. This Apocalyptica album is pure cello, and nothing but cello.


          I must warn readers first of all, for those who are Metallica fans will either love Apocalyptica for their innovative cello covers, or will dislike them for not being heavy enough.

          This 1998 album is what got Apocalyptica noticed in the first place, as these covers added a totally new dimension to extremely famous metal songs. The music made famous by electric guitars fits extremely well on cello, and makes the solos sound absolutely inspiring (with The Unforgiven being a particularly beautiful cover and the Master of Puppets solo being shockingly impressive).

          Whereas the majority of Metallica songs are extremely good for rocking out to, Apocalyptica's versions offer the listener a chance to listen to these songs in a relaxing and soothing way.

          This CD can be bought for around £5 or less, which is a great bargain for this album. Interestingly, it was upon hearing this cover album that Metallica decided to do their famous S&M album.



          The album track listing is as follows:

          1. Enter Sandman
          2. Master of Puppets
          3. Harvester of Sorrow
          4. The Unforgiven
          5. Sad But True
          6. Creeping Death
          7. Wherever I May Roam
          8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Enter Sandman
          2 Master Of Puppets
          3 Harvester Of Sorrow
          4 The Unforgiven
          5 Sad But True
          6 Creeping Death
          7 Wherever I May Roam
          8 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)