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Apocalyptica Import

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2008 reissue of the Canadian pressing of the classically trained metal act's 2005 album. Apocalyptica is a Finnish cello metal band, composed of classically trained cellists and, since 2005, a drummer. Three of the cellists are graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Their music features elements from cello metal, neo-classical metal, thrash metal, progressive metal and symphonic metal.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Life Burns!
  2. Quutamo
  3. Distraction
  4. Bittersweet
  5. Misconstruction
  6. Fisheye
  7. Farewell
  8. Fatal Error
  9. Betrayal/ Forgiveness
  10. Ruska
  11. Bonustrack inkl. Deathzone & En VIe


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fontana International
  • ASIN: B00070FZCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Arda Özdemir on October 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Once again Apocalyptica proved to be influencial and staggering with their new album. For those of you who are not familiar with Apocalyptica and their music, I recommend you to listen to their former albums in order to appreciate and fully understand the groups's progress. For a quick info you can listen to tracks such as "Master of Puppets", "M.B.", "Inquisition Sypmhony", "Path", "Toreador" and "Prologue[Apprehension]".

Well, from the day they started off with "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos" Apocalyptica have immensely matured and diversified their sound span. Today, their new self-titled album "Apocalyptica" stands at the peak of their maturing. Diversity blended with drums continue to flourish throughout this album. Tracks such as "Fisheye", "Fatal Error" and ofcourse "Betrayal/Forgiveness", which is featuring Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, are the most aggressive and thrilling tracks on the album. While listening to "Fisheye" or "Betrayal/Forgiveness" you can find yourself accompanying the drums and totally blown out. By the way should I mention the unbelievable cello playing skills that will give you shivers?

On the other hand tracks like "Farewell", "Ruska" and "Deathzone" are more classical tuned and evenly beatiful like the rest of the album. I should recommend "Farewell" to everybody, this song conveys all feelings so poised and brilliantly that it can make you cry easily at the end of a though day.

Remaining tracks; "Life Burns!", "Quutamo", "Distraction", "Bittersweet", "Misconstruction" are all moving and should appeal to everyone who likes metal or classical music.

Eventually in this album Apocalyptica took one step forward in terms of sound and recording quality.
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This is my favourite album thus far released by wicked classical/heavy-metal band Apocalyptica. The album is diverse, akin to Reflections, but I'd say that this album is tied together exceptionally well. There are particular harmonies that carry through much of the album. When it is played in order, the album is an engaging event, taking the mind away into Apocalyptica's complex world of intermixing genres.
The album has a few slow songs, which although original, beg the listener to remember where they know those sounds from: Bittersweet, Faraway Ruska are the three that have stuck with me. Then there are some hardcore industrial sounds in Fisheye and Betrayal/Forgiveness that take slightly different angles than the hardcore songs on Reflections.
This is such a good album, I have no problems listening to it through and through a few times in a row, since it is such a rewarding, emotional experience.
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I REALLY love this CD! I bought one of their other CDs before this one and I instantly fell in love with this one as well. I am always impressed with the unique sound and the great lyrics to a couple of the songs. I listen to this a lot and it is one of my favorite CDs. I am definitely planning on buying another one of their older CDs. I totally recommend this for anyone who loves orchestra type music and rock. It has a different feel and you get lost in it.
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I first heard of Apocalyptica from one of my teachers in high school, and was immediately interested. This was the first album I bought on iTunes, and now they are one my favorite bands ever! Here are the highlight songs:

1. Quuatmo- First song I ever listened to by them! Slow and melodic, but slowly picks up and finishes great.
2. Distraction- A faster track that totally screams "creativity"
3. Bittersweet- Another song with guests H.I.M. and The Rasmus singers; the video is interesting, but a haunting song nonetheless.
4. Misconstruction & Fisheye- with guest drummer Dave Lombardo that brings these dark, heavy tracks to life!
5. Farewell- Simply a slow, beautiful song with a bit of classical taste.
6. Misconstruction & Fisheye- with guest drummer Dave Lombardo that brings these dark, heavy tracks to life. Possibly two of the best ones on the album.
7. Ruska- My FAVORITE on the album! This song, with its slow, graceful tone, really helps me think during homework or with my creativity.

The bonus, 10 minute track is quite good, though it surprised me that it was two songs in one. The second one is Quuatmo with lyrics (probably in French), and the better half I think...

I have no idea how they do it, but they sure have an amazing well of creativity and taste. I usually ignored cellos in concerts or classical songs, but after listening to them, no way! I'm excited to see them live, and can't wait to complete more of their masterpiece albums!
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I had heard a few songs by Apocalyptica on Pandora that I was impressed with, so I bought this CD, given the ratings. Not what I was looking for. Not enough rock, too much of a symphonic/orchestral sound, with not very good vocals. If you are into symphonic/orchestral music with predominantly instrumental music, you will like it.
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By Jonathan Dunn on August 16, 2005
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I came across this band seeing them listed on a forum and decided to check their music out. All i can say its better late then never. This is the first release that i've heard from them, so i can't conclude on whether this is their finest work to date yet. Upon first listening it strikes you all at once and it makes it hard to describe their music. They seem to mix Classical music with Metal, you wouldn't think it could work, but they do it perfectly. Most the songs are instrumentals that sometimes have great melodies using cellos and others just straight out rock. I'm not usually that big on instrumentals but, this is an exception. You can almost feel the emotion put into these songs, they really don't need lyrics. Songs such as "Bittersweet" or "Farewell" and many others show some of the most raw emotion i've seen in a while, which is something that is lacking in the majority of the music coming out these days. This group from Helsinki, Finland is definitely a band to watch out for in the near future. This ranks up there as one of my top cds for 2005.
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