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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 20 customer reviews
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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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Originally Release '01 , Third album from the Finnish cellists with guest Sandra Nasic (Guano Apes ).

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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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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 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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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.
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