on October 3, 2005
This album is great! Better than relfections in my oinion. They put vocals on three tracks.. Life Burns!, Bittersweet and the secret track. And they're awesome. If you like the vocal additions, listen to Path Vol. 2 featuring Sandra Nasic (guano apes) it's amazing. Similar to reflections but taken a step further in terms of greatness, they're perfecting their sound and I'm not sure if it can get any better than this. This is my favourite album, hands down even though I had a lot of doubt before I heard it but it's fantastic! Oh and i got to see them live too in Vancouver. The show was mind boggling. Antero manninen was there and he was great as were Paavo, Perttu and Eicca. I believe Mikko Siren was the drummer (not sure cause they never mentioned his name) but he was fantastic, especially on somewhere around nothing (previously a dave lombardo track). They played bittersweet, life burns and the secret song while Antero Manninen played the cello equivalent of the vocals. Great show, great album, great band.
on July 14, 2005
I saw these guys live at the Opera house in Toronto, and honestly . . .it was the best live show I've ever seen. There was 40 year old business men with their wives, and metal heads, and people that looked like they belonged at the opera . . .no joke. I can't even describe what these musicians can do with cellos, but the crowd at their show pretty well serves as a description of their music. You won't believe your ears.
But . . .this is pretty intense and dramatic CD. At once heavy metal, glam rock, classical, and a bunch of other stuff. The truth is, that it kinda defies classification, and is better for it. This album has songs with guest singers, and also purely instrumental songs, going from singer to harmony cello from song to song.
The music is VERY melodic, even in the heavier, faster songs. If you are looking for an amazingly different sound, and some truly well composed music, you can't beat Apocalyptica. And if you EVER get the chance to see them live, pay up to $200/ticket . . .they are that good live.
on April 18, 2005
This is my favourite album thus far released by wicked classical/heavy-metal band Apocalyptica. The album is diverse, akin to Reflections, but I'd say that this album is tied together exceptionally well. There are particular harmonies that carry through much of the album. When it is played in order, the album is an engaging event, taking the mind away into Apocalyptica's complex world of intermixing genres.
The album has a few slow songs, which although original, beg the listener to remember where they know those sounds from: Bittersweet, Faraway Ruska are the three that have stuck with me. Then there are some hardcore industrial sounds in Fisheye and Betrayal/Forgiveness that take slightly different angles than the hardcore songs on Reflections.
This is such a good album, I have no problems listening to it through and through a few times in a row, since it is such a rewarding, emotional experience.
on March 9, 2005
The new opus of Apocalyptica is awesome, in direct line of Reflections, their previous CD. Once again there is a drummer with the celloists and is very heavy metal but with cello. The sound of those instruments is just... great ! And there is also some slow song, more melancholic. And there is a hidden piece at the end of the last song, where a female singer sing in french... If you like Reflections, you'll love this one too. Enjoy...
on June 27, 2006
I had only heard some of the inquisition symphony tracks when I got this one as a gift. It's much better, more rock-like, some songs more metal, I really enjoy it. How can you go wrong, it's rock cello! I liked it enought that I'm also buying Reflections.