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“7th Symphony” by Apocalyptica

Artist: Apocalyptica
Title: “7th Symphony”
Label: Jive Music
Release Date: 8/24/2010
Genre: Classical Metal
Rating: 4.25/5

Like a breath of fresh, cold Scandinavian air comes the latest release by Finland’s Apocalyptica. While I am thinking that you should know who they are by now, I will indulge the newcomer by saying that they are the band that made playing the cello not only cool but frigging awesome. Many of their original fans came to love them from their renditions of Metallica standards. With this in your memory banks we can now get down to business about their new album “7th Symphony”. The release is the bands seventh recording which makes the title rather kitsch and it follows suit with their previous album “World’s Collide” by making strong use of their instrumental fare and a number of well-known musical guests to provide vocals on the remaining tracks. I have to take a moment and revisit a minor issue that I felt with their “Worlds Apart” release and that was my initial worry about how the guest appearances seemed to take away from the magic that was Apocalyptica music and how I felt these tunes sounded more like the bands that the singers came from than they should have. Looking back on this I have to say that I was wrong because it really ended up working in the bands behalf and brought them to greater heights than had they not chosen to do so. Hearing Eicca, Perttu, Paavo and Mikko with new voices to their compositions was truly interesting from beginning to end. Here is the layout of this musical map.
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“Inflikted” by Cavalera Conspiracy

Artist: Cavalera Conspiracy
Title: “Inflikted”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 3/24/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

It seemed that while the legendary Brazilian Metal band Sepultura had continued on for many years with different members in its roster that the hardest core of its following had not so secretly hoped for a reunion of the band with singer Max Cavalera fronting it once again. For many this made sense as over time the band had morphed quite a bit from its original style with their no longer new singer Green, but when Igor Cavalera chose to move on from the lineup as well it seemed as though the brothers would never again be working together – until now. Presenting the Cavalera Conspiracy, a reunion of sorts but in truth also a brand spanking new and exciting collaboration between the siblings that is sure to satisfy even the most critical of the Sepultura legions. The band also features the talents of Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Il Nino) and Joe Duplantier (Gojira) on guitar and bass respectively and in the end delivers a crushing debut that offers a number of highlights. One could expect that with this lineup making up the bands core that there would be tastes of the Thrashing we found in bands like Soulfly and Sepultura with a lot of the groove we found in Gojira and in the end that is pretty much was is to be found on this hell raising release. The album starts off strong and finds the brothers in a lock with one another that might surprise those who recall the more than ten years it had been since they worked on material together. It’s great to find that the familial bond had kept these guys in sync with one another and the tightness of the band can literally be felt on every track. The album begins with “Inflikted”, which is not only a crushing intro to the band but it had a tasty Middle Eastern guitar vibe during parts of it that made it all the more interesting. Coincidently, “Inflikted” was supposed to be the bands name but I think it was the wiser choice to play off the family name for this project. “Sanctuary” will start off the circle pits without question as Rizzo deftly displays just how good a guitarist he is over the thundering drumming of Igor, it’s a tune that is half Thrash and half slow breakdowns that will really get the audience moving when delivered in concert.
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