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“Cult” by Apocalyptica

Artist: Apocalyptica
Title: “Cult”
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 11/6/2001
Genre: Classical Metal
Rating: 7/10

The influences of classical music and the use of symphonic elements has been very apparent in Heavy Metal music for a number of years now. One can find this when listening to the music of Nightwish and most specifically Therion. However, this is taken to different levels by Finland’s Apocalyptica for this band is not only classically trained but is also fronted by three cellists. If you had never heard of them before I can tell you that it is very interesting music and the overall presentation on the CD is something that merits a listen. The mixing of classical instruments in Metal has also seen its presentation in albums by Metallica and KISS who recorded live concerts with full symphony orchestras. This practice of being accepted by such major artists has led bands who do this the way Apocalyptica does be taken a little more seriously. That is a good thing for there is a lot of music out there and its all the more interesting when something unique is the case.
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“Reflections” by Apocalyptica

Artist: Apocalyptica
Title: “Reflections”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 3/22/2005
Genre: Classical Metal
Rating: 8/10

The idea of a Metal band having a cellist is odd enough but when you add two more you are left with the wondrous creation that is the group Apocalyptica. This band clearly have taken traditional barriers and shattered the accepted with something completely out of left field. Mixing classical instruments with heavy music is not something that has never been done before (see the Metallica S&M as well as KISS Symphony releases for examples of that). Now while those were appealing in their own unique ways, the Apocalyptica music is new creations entirely. As I listened to this skillful blending of classical instrumentation along with rock solid riffing I was wondering if I was listening to Metal at all. Instead I wondered if perhaps a new breed of Progressive Music was upon us. At fear I would leave something out, I decided to settle on this being a little bit of both. In any case it is a welcome addition to the fold. With Progressive music there are often many classical inferences, what better way to showcase them than with actually classically trained musicians who also are lovers of Metal and things heavy.
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