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Amplified: A Decade Of Reinventing The Cello [2 CD] Import

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Faraway Vol. 2
  22. Life Burns!
  23. Seemann


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fontana International
  • ASIN: B000FIHFDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Allis on September 11, 2006
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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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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:
-Harmageddon
-Nothing Else Matters
-Somewhere Around Nothing
-Farewell
-One
-Heat
-Cohka
-Kaamos
-Deathzone

And if you keep them around for the really hard stuff, there's:
-Harmageddon
-Refuse/Resist
-Betrayal
-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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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. This is a great album for some new inspiration! Just enough familiarity with some of the songs, yet a fresh and moving take on them to keep the mind alive and active. Thank you for great music!
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I'm not a fan of Metallica so I had never heard of Apocalyptica before Brent Smith of Shinedown recorded a song with them. I've got four APO cds now. I still don't care for Metallica, but I like APO's take on them. On this cd Enter Sandman is my favorite.
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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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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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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 it, on this album, doing away with the vocals and playing it on electric cello, is an absolute masterpiece.

Many of the other songs on this album, particularly the instrumentals, are just fabulous.
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The classic appeal of the bow and how it hits a metallic cord makes the cello a deeply passionate musical companion. The heavy handedness of this album expresses a a romantic and passionate zeal for the journeys through the trials of life.
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