Apocalyptica has accomplished the amazing feat of on the one hand demonstrating the musicality of heavy metal while on the other expanding the boundaries of the cello repetoire. For example, the arrangement of "Fade to Black," while absolutely faithful to the original Metallica, is heartbreaking lyrical, with the strong pizzicato underpinning the soulful, almost homely, melodic line. "One" is a bravura rendition of an apocalyptic descent into chaos; its genius is its interpretation of the drum line in the b section ("Darkness imprisoning me. . .") and the subsequent "guitar" solo, which is as powerful and disturbing as anything I have heard in any genre.