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Amplified: A Decade of Reinventing the Cello [Import]

ApocalypticaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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There aren't many rock bands on this planet that wouldn't like to be regarded as unique. Of course, in these times of nostalgia and endlessly recycled ideas, very few actually deserve that description. Finland's Apocalyptica deserve it more than most. Utterly original in every respect, these classically-trained merchants of genre-shattering metal, sound quite unlike anything or ... Read more in Amazon's Apocalyptica Store

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Enter Sandman
2. Harmageddon
3. Nothing Else Matters
4. Refuse / Resist
5. Somewhere Around Nothing
6. Betrayal/ Forgiveness
7. Farewell
8. Master Of Puppets
9. Hall Of The Mountain King
10. One
11. Heat
12. Cohkka
13. Kaamos
14. Deathzone
15. Angel Of Death (Previously Unreleased)
16. Repressed (Previously Unreleased)
17. Path Vol.2
18. Bittersweet
19. Hope Vol.2
20. En Vie
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Editorial Reviews

Two disc 2006 collection featuring the best moments from this classically based Finnish quartet's first decade, including a handful of tracks from their internationally successful Plays Metallica For Four Cellos. 23 tracks. Universal.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind. September 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Apocalyptica is three guys (used to be four) who play metal on cello. Best known for covering famous songs by renowned artists (they first startled the music scene in 1996 with "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos"), they also write some magnificent pieces of their own, frequently featuring the collaboration of other bands such as HIM. Talented musicians, they're all classically trained, but they put that skill to use in a unique way.

Their music is beautiful. On a piece like Metallica's "One," the strings dance through the intro in almost baroque fashion, only to plunge into a startling imitation of a guitar's grind, and then cut loose into the meat of the piece with a snarl you've probably never heard from a cello before. Maximizing the cello's rich tonal range from a deep bass growl to a soprano that soars into the upper atmosphere, the instruments lend power ballads a heart-rendingly beautiful sound, while they crash through the hard stuff with a vicious exuberance that'd make any metal band proud.

If you enjoy metal, if you admire the lyricism of a well-played string instrument, if you like discovering novel sounds, or if you're simply tired of hearing rehashes of the same old stuff over and over again, you owe it to yourself to check out Apocalyptica. This collection is an excellent place to start, with some of the highlights from all their albums up to this point. Dark, ferocious, beautiful, and ageless, every person I've played this album for has turned to me with a look of joyful surprise and asked where they could find a copy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough blend of melody, harmony and dissonance July 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Though I buy Apocalyptica for only about half of their songs, the one's I DO like are among my favorites of all time, and I very much appreciate the band's overall originality.
On this 'Best of' album there should be something for every Apoc. fan.

If you enjoy Apocalyptica's original sound, there's:
-Enter Sandman
-Master of Puppets

If you go for their more symphonic sound (as I do), there's:
-Nothing Else Matters
-Somewhere Around Nothing

And if you keep them around for the really hard stuff, there's:
-Hall of the Mountain King
-Angel of Death

On top of the well-rounded and awesome main attraction there is the second disk with eight tracks (none are repeats from disk 1) that include vocals by various artists (sadly I'm not familiar with any of them, but since they're collaborating with Apoc I'm sure they're top-notch). These stray quite a bit from the band's roots but are nonetheless a blast.
Hope Vol.2 is by far my favorite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublimely Soothing. May 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is not your typical soothing music but it is soothing all the same - in its own way. The cello is a haunting instrument and Metallica can be haunting music but this group makes haunting wonderful. The whole CD is mysterious, intense, reflective and oozing with talent. I have to say that I was only recently introduced to Apocalyptica so I don't have the background to compare this CD of theirs to another. On its own though, it is a wonderful composition of class, style with a bit of metal thrown in. Not like anything you normally hear. Truly refreshing and amazing! These guys are very talented (and hot too).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Boys Have Grown Up October 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It has been 10 years since these boys decided to do a cover album of metallica tracks. Now they are making some of the most hardcore metal on cellos that I have ever heard. All of their orignal work just blows their cover work out of the water. Ever since Harmageddon, this band has outdone themselves with their work. Favorite tracks are Heat, Wie Weit, Life Burns, And Bittersweet. All of the versions here have vocals, but the instramental versions are the ones I fell in love with. This is just an excellent album, worth owning for all fans of this band. Get it Now!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! January 18, 2009
By ZabKat
Format:Audio CD
Apocalyptica is really a band that you must hear to believe. They are very talented musicians, and they reach all the depths and heights fully in their chosen form of expression. They can be as hard as any of the Heavy Metal bands, or as wistful and timeless as any classical piece I have heard. This album is perfect for my husband and I to enjoy together, because he likes music that is quite hard and aggressive, while I tend towards more emotional depth and classical/traditional forms. Apocalyptica is a fusion of classical and Heavy/Death metal, so it appeals to both of us very nicely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? AMAZING! November 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
These guys are amazing. I wrote a review for "Cult", another album and that review definitely applies here too! Our family LOVES their music, all of it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have it the music stuck with me!!!! October 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I watched vids on youtube and discovered the song Path feat - Sandra Nasic (lead singer of Guano Apes), and Bittersweet feat - Ville Valo (lead singer of H.I.M.). I was obssesed with Path and than Bittersweet got stuck in my head. After I got the Cd I've become obssesed with Hope feat - Matthias Sayer (lead singer of Farmer Boys). But all The songs are really great even Seemann though Till Lindemann (lead singer of Rammstein) isn't singing. But really check it out Apocalyptica are super great cellists if I had lots of mulla I'd pay to have them at my wedding with lots of other people of course!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon rocks with this one
This is a great CD to add to my eclectic collection of music. If you like heavy metal to classical then this is the one CD to get.
Published 3 months ago by russ
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
A new genre has been created with this group. I think this is their best album yet. Hoping to see much more of this type of music.
Published 5 months ago by M. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and inspiring music!
I'm an artist and a yogi... I can see me using this music in both areas of my life. It's unexpected and alternative to my normal routines. Read more
Published 5 months ago by apparently
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Rock!
Apocalyptica successfully and artically blends rock and baroque. Cellos add a haunting, surreal vibe that hypnotically transports the listener to world that tantilizes the senses... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rustik Spirit
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decade of Reinventing the Cello
The Apocalyptica music influenced me to listen to metal, i loved this greatest hits album, and I also liked the cover.
Published 12 months ago by Pedro Lara
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Amazing music. Both beautiful and rocking. My son and I both love it... he's a teen, and I am NOT :-) I play it in my classroom and my high school kids often ask what it is as... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kooper Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Handed and Deeply Passionate
The classic appeal of the bow and how it hits a metallic cord makes the cello a deeply passionate musical companion. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jason Paul Westmas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Enhancement
Metallica is pretty good, except that I don't like their vocals very much.

"Nothing Else Matters" is pretty much Metallica's best song, but Apocalyptica's rendition of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ted Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby loved it
Bought this for my hubby and he said it totally rocks. He is amazed at how cellos can be so rockin'! Definitely a good purchase.
Published 20 months ago by samoose00
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
This is an awesome CD and a True Must Have to anyone that appreciates Classical and Metal Music. The Slayer, Metallica and Rammstein cover/remakes are brilliantly played out. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Joey27
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