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Plays Metallica By Four Cellos

Apocalyptica Audio CD
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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 Great adaptation Feb. 10 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holy smokes! Nov. 28 2012
By Langer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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. This album proves that premise
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serious fun! Not a gimmick. Dec 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
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 arranging it for a cello quartet without losing the original mood of the songs. This album sounds more acoustic than their subsequent, and equally-good, Inquisition Symphony, which gets more electronic and heavier.
Occasionally, the voice part gets a little repetitive since there are no lyrics to provide variation between identical passages, but overall it's a very satisfying album. It should appeal to both metal lovers who are interested in a different take on Metallica and to classical lovers who like their music heavy. Cellists (like me) may find a new appreciation of the capabilities of their cello.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Non-metal metal Oct. 28 2009
By Brian Ashe TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a good intro to Apocalyptica, basically four guys with cello and occasional percussion playing classic Metallica. In later albums, they play some of their own compositions, many of which are actually (should I say it?) better. Cellos with and without electrical enhancement sometimes sound just like electric guitars, and that's boring after the novelty wears off. But in the songs where the cellos are allowed to sound like real (acoustic) cellos, the music takes off, the melodies and harmonies speak for themselves, and Metallica emerges as a group that composes real music.

Four stars, not five, because yes, we know that electric cellos can be made to sound like electric guitars. But well worth listening to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!! Nov. 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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, "orchestra" instruments. This brings a whole new touch to cellos, and music, and it sounds INCREDIBLE together!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! Feb. 9 2003
Format:Audio 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. I never thought a solo played buy kirk hammet could be played on a cello. The Cd is the great so if your thinkig about buying it then BUY it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome album Jan. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I used to be a non-metallica fan, but till i tried this album, i simply can't believed how great this album is. This album is irresistable, very cool, and 2 tumbs up for this four cellos artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a discovery Dec 13 2002
Format:Audio CD
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. They have this dark, almost medival sound that you must listen carefuly for. Nobody else has that. This band Apocalyptica captures it completely!!! Better than even Metallica can!! Its like a band has taken another bands music, and perfectly, beautifuly spelled out for you what you love about it!!! I was skeptical at first. Sounds so corny. 4 Cellos play white trashy metal. But.....its amazing. Keep an open mind. It is note for note. Listen to it for the darkness. Very ancient sounding, almost religious. Once in a while you discover something really special. It doesnt happen often because there are no resources like Mtv for great music. Only crap. This is special.
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