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Amplified: A Decade Of Reinventing The Cello [2 CD] Import
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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.
On this 'Best of' album there should be something for every Apoc. fan.
If you enjoy Apocalyptica's original sound, there's:
-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.
"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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Incredibly skilled and inventive use of the Cello, for all kinds of music.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 on June 5, 2014 by russ
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 morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Rustik Spirit
The Apocalyptica music influenced me to listen to metal, i loved this greatest hits album, and I also liked the cover.Published on September 20, 2013 by Pedro Lara
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 morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Kooper Mom
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 on January 13, 2013 by samoose00
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 morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Joey27