Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellosby Apocalyptica
The premise of a cello-playing four piece (from Finland, no less) performing the music of Metallica may seem outrageous at first, but much of the metal gods' repertoire translates surprisingly well into this "classical" reading. And while Apocalyptica chooses to concentrate on more recent hits like "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True" and "Wherever I May Roam" for obvious commercial purposes, it is Metallica's earlier, more complex compositions, like "Master of Puppets," "Creeping Death," and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," which actually work best in this scenario. The quartet's love and understanding of the music is the real key here, and their attention to detail and technically flawless performance will no doubt satisfy even the most skeptical of fans. And while it is unlikely that this album will interest non-Metallica fans, it obviously inspired the band themselves to explore the classical direction on their own terms with 1999's S&M album.
- Release Date:
- Fontana Island
Performance CreditsApocalyptica Primary Artist
Max Lilja Cello
Paavo Lotjonen Cello
Eicca Toppinen Cello
Antero Manninen Cello
Technical CreditsPekka Ritaluoto Producer
Pekka Ritaluoto Producer
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This album is wonderful. These celloists' version of many of these songs are almost as good as the originals. In some cases, like Sad But True, they have managed to surpass the original. This album is enjoyable on many levels. At first there is the novelty of cellos playing Metallica, then there is the skill with which the celloists play, and also there is the level where the richness of Metallica's songs can be seen.
It was nice to hear some classical artists deciding that they weren't going to "dignify" metallica by rearranging their tunes into accessible drivel. Instead they recreate the atmospheres with great contrast between the heavy and the light, the sad and angry, and everything inbetween. The more percussive style of "Creeping Death" finds the cello's struggling to find the underneath all the clamor. But that minor bump is the only soft spot on a great album that neither panders to or against Metallica's music.