Considering most people have heard the Apocalyptica namesake prior to reaching this webpage, I'll jettison the mandate summaration of Apocalyptica. I will hereby assume the reader is making an economic decision on whether to purchase or not.
This albumn is Apocalyptica's opus to date. Primarily original tracks, less 2 Metallica covers (my personal least favourites).
The music is ostensibly more ambient, "less" heavy and thrashing- which isn't to be mistaken for light and easily digested. A song such as "Coma", best described as background music for a funeral, has an eerie, macabre atmosphere riddled with conflict.
I'll be shunned by many an intellectual, yet is this contemporary rendition of "The Hall of the Mountain King" the greatest non-traditional version to date ? I vote, YEA.
Consider this: denizens of any era could proudly proclaim to have produced Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven...Chopin, Liszt, or Rachmaninov - recently there was Shostakovich. Who have we today to kindly gaze upon with delighted satisfaction? This quartet is no fluke.