|1. Path Vol.2|
|5. In Memoriam|
|7. Beyond Time|
|11. Hall Of The Mountain King|
|12. Until It Sleeps|
|13. Fight Fire With Fire|
Originally Release '01 , Third album from the Finnish cellists with guest Sandra Nasic (Guano Apes ).
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In truth, I've never been a big follower of Apocalyptica's prior efforts, simply because the unimaginative renderings didn't seem to warrant a great deal of attention beyond the novelty value, and the revelation of just how heavy a quartet of amped up cellos can sound. Note for note transcriptions of all the original recording's instruments, including the vocal line, just didn't make for compelling listening for much longer than the three or four minutes it took to make it through even one song. But, forced to pull themselves up by the jackboot straps and take stock of their own talent, Eicca and his grim cohorts have come through with an opus that is everything their prior records could never possibly be (that Metallica's S&M embarrassment failed also to convincingly meld symphonic accompaniment to tracks unmodified from their rock context is no coincidence).
"Path Vol. 2" starts it all off as the most radical departure here, employing the vocals of Sandra Nasic from the indie pop band Guano Apes to a mostly alternative effect. The song begins with a multitracked onslaught of a cello riff which buoys up the strong, declarative emoting of Nasic, all very metal up until the chorus, where the Garbage-meets-Kittie intention is felt in the song's melody.Read more ›
Cult is defintely their best album to date. Furhtermore, this is technically their first album since they do mostly Metallica covers in their earlier releases. With the experience of two records under their belt, the confidence of the studio exec to give them a budget, and the freedom to write their own songs; the Cult sounds bolder than anything Apocalyptica has done. You get the feeling that they're not simply mimicking heavy metal, they're pushing the envelope with just how far cellos and metal mix.
In fact, most of the songs are not very metal-like. You can detect influence of trash metal and classical, but the songs are neither one nor the other.
With that said, Apocalyptica is an acquired taste. It's for people who have fondness for string instruments, heavy bassline, with structured but nevertheless complex progression.
As a sidenote, Apocalyptica's latest album Reflection (apparently only available in Europe) is not as good as Cult. While Reflection is basically a very lound album with cellos blasting like guitars, Cult is more refined as a hybrid of the classical meets metal.
In Cult, Apolalyptica tries to do some of their own composition and I think this is ultimately where the albums failure is. The writing is poor, muddy, old, and unoriginal. Much of it sounds like a musical score from a movie... almost as if you are missing something.
There are good things. They seem to have focused on more of a driving sound with dramatic pauses. Symbols and tambourines have been added in the first song. Sound effects have been added too and this adds an experimental flavor in places. They are usually successful in establishing a good dark mood... pensive and explosive. The power cords of metal have been expanded in range and depth... if it is possible, as they try to leave behind some of the limitations of the electric guitar.
Some songs sound like acid jazz, some with a classical flavor, some sound more modern (lone ranger-ish), one like warped unforgiven. They cover a lot of range. The music isn't boring... and I generally like it for hanging out.
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.
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These guys always deliver the goods and this may be my favorite of all 3 discs avaliable. There is a wide array of sounds these guys create with alot of dark brooding and intense... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003
I just bought Reflections, their latest release but I think it's not out in US yet. Whatever, on Reflections they have no Metallica covers and they have Dave Lombardo himself on... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by Washburn
I have had this CD over two years now and it seems that I never get tired to listen it again and again. Read morePublished on April 27 2003 by Nikke
This album in particular and the band's work in general are often touted by Metallica and other heavy metal music fans as a reinvention of classical music. It isn't. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by *
Dimmu Borgir's mix of classical and metal music I think got me into apocalyptica. This cd is brilliant. You can pretty much bang your head to it, and its just 4 cellos. I love it. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by taproot4life
Apocalyptica is fabulous! Even non-metal music lovers will enjoy the sounds of four celli supplemented by orchestral percussion and double bass. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2002 by Ashley Keesis-Wood
If you are a fan of metal, but really prefer the music to the noise, or you are a fan of classical, but don't really like falling asleep to your music, this is ideal. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2002 by G. Singer
I have been a fan of Apocalyptica since they released their Metallica by 4 Cellos album. I quickly picked up Inquisition Symphony and now their third release Cult. Read morePublished on July 19 2002 by Greg Aranda