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Cult (Awaiting Repress)Finnish cello-based heavy rockers Apocalyptica want to be remembered as the band that brought balls back to heavy metal and the band that did so in a unique way. Since its inception, the band has been mining the classical form and structure, coming up with something totally unpredictable and utterly unforgettable. Twenty years into an inimitable and formidable career, they are still reinventing themselves and finding new sources of inspiration. That's not easy to do!
Originally released in 2001, Cult was a landmark album for Apocalyptica, showing off their compositional skills as they incorporated original material into their blend of Metallica covers, classical reinterpretations, and stunning cello acrobatics.1. Path
5. In Memoriam
7. Beyond Time
11. Hall of the Mountain King
12. Until It Sleeps
13. Fight Fire with Fire
14. Path$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Inquisition SymphonyCello-playing Finnish quartet Apocalyptica's sequel to their well-received first album departs from the safe haven of Metallica covers (only four tracks) and introduces material by other heavy metal bands, and even a few originals.
Of the latter, Harmageddon is probably the standout track, and while most Metalli-fans will be eager to hear the group's rendition of the smash hit One, the song takes a backseat to inspired renditions of earlier classics such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and Fade to Black.
As for the other bands covered, the arrangements of Pantera's Domination and Sepultura's Refuse/Resist are rather dull, but Faith No More's From Out of Nowhere works surprisingly well, and the group's performance of the album's incredibly complex title track (another Sepultura original) is simply stunning.1. Harmageddon
2. From Out of Nowhere
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
4. Nothing Else Matters
5. Refuse / Resist
7. Inquisition Symphony
8. Fade to Black
11. One$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Heavyweight Double Vinyl (Including A CD Version) With 10 Songs Plus 2 Bonus Tracks
Apocalyptica has sold over 4 million albums internationally. Following the success of 7th Symphony, the band is set to release their 8th studio album, Shadowmaker. They have taken on a new musical challenge for the upcoming album by collaborating with Franky Perez as the exclusive singer on the vocal tracks.
Shadowmaker was produced by Grammy winning rock producer Nick Raskulinecz, whose credits include Foo Fighters, Rush, Def Leppard, Paramore, Danzig, and Queens of the Stone Age, to name a few.LP 1
1. I-III-V Seed of Chaos
2. Cold Blood
4. Slow Burn
5. Hole in my Soul
6. Come Back Down
7. Reign of Fear
1. Sea Song (You Waded Out)
2. House of Chains
3. Riot Lights
5. Dead Man's Eyes$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ApocalypticaA listen to Apocalyptica's Apocalyptica brings with it the nagging urge to figure out where, exactly, the music fits. Certain moments - entire tracks, even - are given over to classical formality, and it is in those moments, steeped as they are in traditional loveliness, that a listener can come dangerously close to thinking he is hearing something lofty and important. He is not.
Apocalyptica, the genre-splicing Finnish instrumental band that changed headbangers' perception of the cello, is not pretentious exactly, but its effect is the same as that of a rock band whose lead singer is audibly British: it sounds smart. Too smart, for instance, to issue from the headphones of a kid just discovering Black Sabbath or lining up for Slipknot tickets.
Where Apocalyptica might fit, then, is not with heavy rock scenesters but with aging metal heads. It is not hard to envision tracks like Fatal Error and Fisheye booming from the speakers of a splashy convertible with a bald guy at the wheel. Elaborate fantasy-concocting gamers - Dungeons & Dragons players and their descendants - also stand a better chance than most of finding relatable rock bliss here.1. Life Burns!
8. Fatal Error
9. Betrayal/ Forgiveness
11. Bonustrack Inkl. Deathzone & en VIe$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Reflections RevisedSpecial Edition Of Reflections Featuring Five Bonus Tracks
From classical cover band devoted exclusively to performing Metallica's symphony-friendly epics to all purpose string ensemble interpreters of other heavy metal bands' music for the cello, to composers of original material fit to mingle with even more metallic translations, Finland's Apocalyptica had come a long way in the span of their first three albums. And, naturally, there were bound to be further innovations lined up for the band's fourth opus, Reflections, which arrived in 2003 bearing not a single heavy metal cover, and introducing several unexpected innovations into Apocalyptica's m.o., to boot. Chief among these was the addition of a drummer behind the group (recently paired down from quartet to trio), and since Apocalyptica's virtuosos would hardly stand for anything short of brilliance for such an assignment, that percussionist wound up being none other than Slayer legend Dave Lombardo, on whose Grip Inc. albums, group leader Eicca Toppinen had conveniently performed as well. One of those rare rock drummers whose sound and style is instantly recognizable, Lombardo was more than up to the task, providing the necessary flailing-limbs thrust behind dramatically driving originals like Prologue (Apprehension), Somewhere Around Nothing, and Resurrection (which sounds like it should have originated as a metal song, but didn't). Apocalyptica also does without him on several compositions, of course, but they keep the experimentation coming by adding a pianist for the exquisite ballad Far Away, discreet synth effects for the multi-faceted Cohkka, full-on drum machines for Heat, and a Spanish horn section for Toreador II -- Ole! And for those fans who simply want to hear them shred, there's plenty of that throughout this set, with the suitably named Pandemonium offering an especially blinding display. All in all, Apocalyptica's first foray into all-original material is nothing short of triumphant, and an eye opener for rock music fans who simply came along because of the Metallica connection. Recommended.
- Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music guide)1. Prologue (Apprehension) [feat. Dave Lombardo]
2. No Education (feat. Dave Lombardo)
4. Somewhere Around Nothing (feat. Dave Lombardo)
8. Resurrection (feat. Dave Lombardo)
10. CortÉge (feat. Dave Lombardo)
12. Toreador II
13. Epilogue (Relief)
14. Seeman (feat. Nina Hagen)
15. Faraway Vol. 2 (feat. Linda and Dave Lombardo)
18. Leave Me Alone$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Plays Metallica By Four Cellos (Awaiting Repress)Includes 3 Bonus Tracks Never Before Available
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 Chirazi1. 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)
9. Battery (Bonus Track)
10. Nothing Else Matters (Bonus Track)
11. Seek And Destroy (Bonus Track)$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
NationNation is the eighth studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura, released in 2001 through Roadrunner Records. Nation features guest appearances from artists such as Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta, Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, Ill Nino singer Cristian Machado, Bile frontman Krztoff and Apocalyptica.Sepulnation
One Man Army
The Ways Of Faith
Who Must Die?
Tribe To A Nation
Valtio$43.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Unsung HeroesTitled `Unsung Heroes' and produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica, etc.), this is the hour-plus follow-up to 2009's `From Afar', and sees the Finnish five-piece, founded in 1995, pushing their signature sound to bold new heights of drama and excess. A cinematic experience from first note to last, `Unsung Heroes' takes the listener on a journey of genuine light & shade, with the 16 minute-plus `Passion Proof Power' showing that when it comes to the epic statement, Ensiferum are very much in the front-line, swords at the ready. 'We've tried to push the different aspects of what we do as far as we can,' reflects the band, 'the sonic scope is wider than ever. The folk elements go further down that path and the metallic parts will absolutely rip your face off!' Once again, album art has been supplied by Kristian Wahlin, with featured special guests including members of Apokalyptischen Reiter plus legendary Finnish singer & actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri.1. Symbols
2. In My Sword I Trust
3. Unsung Heroes
4. Burning Leaves
5. Celestial Bond
6. Retribution Shall Be Mine
7. Star Queen (Celestial Bond part II)
9. Last Breath
10. Passion Proof Power$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Schizophrenia (Awaiting Repress)
Transparent Blue Vinyl
Limited To 1500 Copies
Brazilian death metal upstarts Sepultura took an incredible creative leap forward with their second full-length album, 1987's Schizophrenia. Although it was recorded not too long after their primitive, black metal-dominated debut efforts -- 1985's Bestial Devastation EP and 1986's Morbid Visions LP -- Schizophrenia introduced an entirely new sound fusing thrash and death metal, and all of it supported by much improved songwriting, musicianship, and the first truly professional-sounding production job of the band's short career. Constant touring, rehearsal, and the addition of lead guitarist Andreas Kisser (his classical guitar training and memorable solos made an immediate impact) were all key to this stunning transformation, but the heightened level of proficiency at hand is such that it almost seems miraculous at times. With their precise, lightning-quick staccato riffing and multiple, distinct, but interlocking sections, the album's opening triplet of From the Past Comes the Storm (preceded by a Psycho-inspired intro theme), To the Wall, and Escape from the Void proved simply devastating to the ears. And yet the seven-minute instrumental Inquisition Symphony (later covered by Finnish cello virtuosos Apocalyptica) was arguably even more breathtaking in its diversity, brilliantly showcasing the band's incredible, new-found combination of melody and aggression while adding some tasteful synth touches, to boot. Additional head-banging standouts like Screams Behind the Shadows and a re-recorded version of early fan favorite Troops of Doom bookend a few less distinctive offerings on side two -- those being token thrashers Septic Schizo and R.I.P. (Rest in Pain), plus the acoustic interlude The Abyss, but only a trifling of momentum is lost, nevertheless. All of which helped make Schizophrenia the first Sepultura release to make serious waves with international critics and fans, while setting the stage for the group's imminent breakthrough release, Beneath the Remains.
- Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)1. Intro / From the Past Comes the Storms
2. To the Wall
3. Escape to the Void
4. Inquisition Symphony
5. Screams Behind the Shadows
6. Septic Schizo
7. The Abyss
8. R.I.P. (Rest in Pain)$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now