As a cellist and eager listener of Metallica's S&M album, I felt compelled to buy the two CD:s by Apocalyptica. Although I bought their second album, "Inquisition Symphony", first, which is probably the stupid reason why I only rate this CD with four stars. For I.S. the members of Apocalyptica have, according to what I've heard, developed a special playing technique, to be able to play faster, more furiously. In this album, however, they use the usual playing technique (the one you play "The Swan" or "Vocalise" with) and therefore this album is so light, too disharmonized. There is a screaming light "sing part", a bass section of two cellos, and a middle part, hardly noticable. In I.S. the four instruments are "closer" to each other, constituting a whole, a provoking storm of sound. Here they seem so separate. Perhaps it's because of how they recorded it, or perhaps it's just me, getting deaf from to listening to too much Apocalyptica, but it doesn't matter. The slower songs, like "The Unforgiven", a wonderful adagio movement by the way, are just as good as the slower songs on I.S., with "adagios" like "Nothing Else Matters" and "Fade To Black", but the faster ones, like "Wherever I May Roam" and "Enter Sandman" feel a bit numb and flat (not as alive as I'm shore I would feel if I'd bought this CD first...). Except from Sanitarium, which really does the trick. Anyway, the remaining four, brightly shining, stars represent the wonderful and ingenius arrangement, played virtuosly by the members of Apocalyptica.