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Plays Metallica By Four Cellos

Apocalyptica Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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1. Enter Sandman
2. Master Of Puppets
3. Harvester Of Sorrow
4. The Unforgiven
5. Sad But True
6. Creeping Death
7. Wherever I May Roam
8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

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Take four cellos, mix with a quartet of Finnish classical-music students who possess a note-for-note knowledge of metal giants Metallica, and beat gently. Viola! You have a truly stirring album that provides tangible evidence of the dramatic passages and intricate arrangements that classical music and heavy metal share. On "Enter Sandman" and "Creeping Death," the exquisite playing of the cellists intensifies the darkness and emotion of Metallica. In the process the strength and versatility of the group's songwriting is given more credence. Perhaps the most remarkable element of the album is the faithfulness that's shown to the original songs, right down to faultlessly following the vocal melodies. With Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, Apocalyptica have proved that the universal language of good music is unbound by genre. Here is a clever concept brilliantly realized. --Steffan Chirazi

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4.0 out of 5 stars I started playing cello because of these guys... July 12 2002
By Leo
Format:Audio CD
Incredible. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is that, like some of the other reviewers, I have heard both of their newer CDs, and I think that each one improves on the last.
These guys are geniuses. The way they play, it seems perfectly natural for rock to be played on cellos. We need more of this. Cello rock should become an entire genre. It just works so well.
I think the high point of this CD is the quiet part in Master of Puppets. I'm sure a lot of people will disagree with me, but I think that section (just the quiet part) actually improves on the original.
Overall, the best song on this CD is The Unforgiven, which is infinitely better than the original. The original really wasn't that good (I actually found it kind of annoying), but Apocalyptica completely transformed it into a true masterpiece. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have EVER heard.
Buy this CD, then Inqisition Symphony, then Cult. That way you get the most out of each CD, since each one is better than the last. And it's cool to hear them evolve from a Metallica tribute band to an actual band (Cult is almost all original, with just two Metallica covers and a really awesome version of Hall of the Mountain King, a classical piece).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Aug. 17 2000
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Aug. 17 2000
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good, it's scary June 26 2000
Format:Audio CD
Take the music of Metallica. Definitely something to be impressed by in the first place, Metallica has created some of the best songs ever made. Now take four cello players from Finland who play Metallica's music. Does it sound like it'll end up cheesy? Yes. Is it? Definitely not.
From the opening track, "Enter Sandman," to the closing, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos" is an excellent album. The best song on the album is "The Unforgiven," which sounds so good on the cello, it's hard to believe. These guys seem to have a guitarish quality while playing their cellos. The cellos actually do sound like guitars at some points. No matter what the critics say, "Master of Puppets" will also be another one of my favorites on this album, just because it sounded so close to the original and because the ending is so damn cool, you can't help but say this, "These guys rock."
Apocalyptica is a group of four very talented cello players. One listen and you'll become hooked. This sounds even darker than Metallica's own music with the absence of percussion on some of the songs. This is an amazing album that's quite worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great adaptation
I liked it. It sounds great, and its real metal to the core, even if it is orchestral instruments rockin' the sound. They do the Metalica sound justice.
Published 19 months ago by Ray Wallis
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy smokes!
Never actually realized that thrash metal translates well to strings.I'm a fan of both classical and metal and have always felt thde two aren't mutually exclusive. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Langer
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-metal metal
This is a good intro to Apocalyptica, basically four guys with cello and occasional percussion playing classic Metallica. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2009 by Brian Ashe
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!
I've played the cello for 9 years, but I never knew that a cello could sound that awesome! Apocalyptica really changes the whole stereotype that cello's are boring,... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Cellos played like electric guitars!
This cd is dissapointing. Why? because it's not a real mix of classical and metal music. The guys just played his cellos like playing electric guitars. Nothing else. Read more
Published on March 6 2003 by Matias
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
I never thought that Metalica could sound good on cello's. The cd is soooo good. Its one of the most amazing cd's ive have listened to. The lead cello player is just amazing. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2003 by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome album
I used to be a non-metallica fan, but till i tried this album, i simply can't believed how great this album is. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars it looks cool but how can i know
i like calassical. i play the cello and when i heard of this band i got really excited. When i tried to download the music it didn't work so i still have no idea what they sound... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by a good fan, i think..
5.0 out of 5 stars what a discovery
I can't believe what I have discovered here. Im so blown away. I don't even like Metallica that much. Yes there is something special about Metallica though. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2002 by Tyler M. Hennessey
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious fun! Not a gimmick.
Some albums that cover other genres with classical instruments end up being very gimmicky. Apocalyptica, however, obviously loves Metallica's music and does an excellent job of... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by David Ravetti
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