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Cult Enhanced


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Musicrama
  • ASIN: B00005R8CI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Path Vol.2
2. Struggle
3. Romance
4. Pray!
5. In Memoriam
6. Hyperventilation
7. Beyond Time
8. Hope
9. Kaamos
10. Coma
11. Hall Of The Mountain King
12. Until It Sleeps
13. Fight Fire With Fire
14. Path

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Cult, the third album by Helsinki cellists Apocalyptica, finally takes them where they should have ended up on their last effort: a full record of metal-inspired originals care of bandleader Eicca Toppinen (with a few covers thrown in for caution's sake). Cult finds the band flinging themselves more recklessly into the realm of experimentation, weaning themselves away from the novel safety of covering the work of other artists, and instead attempting to make a mark through the strength of Toppinen's compositions.
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.
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By A Customer on Sept. 10 2003
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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 feeling. Puts you in another world (as long as you want to go).
If you dig this disc I also recommend "Carmina Burama" by Carl Orff, if you like Apoc you will also love Orff.
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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 drums!!! Great album. It's my first Apoc so I can't compare.
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By A Customer on June 2 2003
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I was blown away by Apocalyptica's first album. They made a fan out of me and since then I snatched their latest release at the first chance I could. And the only thing more impressive than their musicianship is that they keep sounding better with each release.
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.
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I have had this CD over two years now and it seems that I never get tired to listen it again and again. I have about 200 CD's in my collection and I am quite sure that this is the one I have listened most. The older cover albums were good too, but this record Cult proves that the band truly has skills and creativity required at composing new good music. This CD is different. It is not like the Metallica cover albums that Apocalyptica started with. This album is not pure heavy metal, but it is not classical either, however it includes elements of both and very much something original. Is the magic in the way Apocalyptica succeeded to combine metal and classical, I don't know, but one thing is sure: The mood in the music matches my mind. It was very easy for me to give five stars.
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By Andrew Stone on Feb. 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
I think that Apocalyptica as a whole is hit and miss. Although I'm not a Metallica fan I have really enjoyed apocalyptica's work in transposing the music to Cello. I think Metallica's music is quite well written with heavy driving sounds mixed with melodies. My favorite music though has been Sepultra's because of it's sheer heavy complexity and guile.
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.
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