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Inquisition Symphony


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  • Audio CD (June 2 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00000AFDY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Harmageddon
2. From Out Of Nowhere
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
4. Nothing Else Matters
5. Refuse/Resist
6. M.B.
7. Inquisition Symphony
8. Fade To Black
9. Domination
10. Toreador
11. One

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What happens when you take four classically trained cellists who have a love for heavy metal? You get the group Apocalyptica. This group crosses the metal sounds of Metallica, Faith No More, Sepultura, and Pantera with the classical sounds of strings. I've always believed strings would make a good addition to a heavy metal group, and Apocalyptica did just that running their four cellos through distortion. The amazing thing about "Inquisition Symphony" is that there are no other instruments. The full, heavy and thundering sound is just four cellos. The ability to take true head-banger music and play it on the cello without losing any intensity is truly incredible. Eicca Toppinen, Antero Mannienen, Paavo Lotjonen, and Max Lilja are great musicians.
There is a great sampling of heavy metal on this album that is more than just a tribute to the heavy metal bands. The classic Metallica "Fade to Black" is so well played. The haunting melody carried on the undistorted strings of a single cello before the others join in bringing the weight of the song. This proves that Metallica does belong in a symphony hall. Another good example is "One". The song almost sounds like a classical piece until the crescendo of distorted strings mimic the staccato bursts of lyrics. But this album is just more than covers as Toppinen takes his hand at penning three songs here. There opening track, "Harmageddon" shows that Toppinen can head-band with the best of 'em. Opening with an airy beginning, he turns up the volume with a heavy rhythm and a clean melody playing over it. The two make a startling counterpoint. Later, "M.B." is another heavy song, which slows down in the middle for a slow, haunting movement as it slowly picks up speed back to heavy metal land.
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Every now and then comes a band that totally changes the way people look at music. Enter Apocalyptica. Who would have thought that cellos and heavy metal could work so well together? Another thing that I find interesting is that Apocalyptica manages to take one of the largest, most bulky instrumental pieces, yet make it sound as if they're playing something more managable. Secondly, I don't think the inventor of the cello had heavy metal in mind, but Apocalyptica plays their cellos as if they were meant for that all along. Just look at the artwork on the front--you have a skull seamlessly blended in with the cello, symbolizing how the two were meant to be together. In short, I'm impressed. In this CD, there's a little something for everybody. For those who like calmer music, there's "Nothing Else Matters" and "Fade to Black." The latter is particularly good. For those of us who like more speed and power to our music, there's "Harmageddon", "Inquisition Symphony", and "Toreador", just to name of few of my favorites. To me, the best music is the type that puts pictures in your mind. Whenever I hear one of these songs, I can't help but think of Vikings, the Dark Ages, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft. If you're a fantasy/horror writer, this is EXCELLENT stuff. Even the name "Apocalyptica" sounds like a word H.P. Lovecraft would have created. If you've never heard anything by this group before, let me say this: I envy you, because you get to discover this gem for the first time.
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This album is simply amazing! I had heard and liked the original, self-titled album, but this leaves it in the dust. Where the first album, while original, seemed focused on treble, and some of the songs (Master of Puppets) seemed to wear on a bit, Apocalyptica refined their style, and released an album so raw its almost visceral. "Refuse/Resist" assaults your senses so criminally, you wonder how many bows they went through to record it. "Fade to Black" showcases their ability to get to the heart of a song, and show you something new. The three original tracks, while lacking the pull of the covers, are so good that while you become interested in an all-original composition album, you worry that they might never cover another Metallica song again. "One" however, is the showcase of the album, and wisely left last; once you hear it, everything else pales in comparison. It pulled me out of my seat, and when its throbbing conclusion faded from my senses, I was left feeling empty. I have owned this CD for six months now, and I can honestly say it has dulled my taste for many of my other cd's. It is just that amazing.
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By L. Magnus on June 13 2000
Format: Audio CD
Oh dear oh dear ! In my opinion, words would only succeed in degrading this second "effort" by Apocalyptica. Haa haa...that is somewhat of an exageration, yet this album is a purely magnificent piece of art. I thought their first album, though well-done, became tedious. But this...this is a step in a direction that music needs to make ! It's wonderful listening to the four of them compose their own pieces (which I believe are better than the metallica songs .. except maybe Nothing Else Matters - that version is phenomenal). But what mystifies me is such songs as Refuse/Resist....which upon listening to, it's hard to imagine this is simply four cellists ! There's a cello solo in this....true, there were cello solos in the first album..but NOT like this one - this cello solo rivals many a guitar solo I've EVER heard! Anybody who doesn't consciously choose to listen to this, is merely cheating their minds and ears !
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