“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.

There are some fine originals on the CD such as “Path Vol 2” which is nice and heavy and includes a vocal by Sandra Nasic (from Guano Apes) to “Romance” which is a bit slower. Besides their compositions you will find a rendition of Edvard Grieg’s “Hall Of The Mountain King”. Savatage fans will remember this track from the album that bore the same name yet titled “Prelude To Madness” on the recording. Apocalyptica is also known as the band that performs Metallica on cello. The two covers from the influential thrashers are brought to the table and should spark the fire of interest a little more based on how well they were executed. You will never hear “Fight Fire With Fire” the same again after this listen. The members of Apocalyptica are Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lotjonen, Perttu Kivilaakso and Max Lilja who are also joined by session players for the recording. If you are open-minded enough to accept the genres of Classical and Folk music as they continue to find their niche in Traditional Metal then this CD is worth your attention. Most of this CD is enjoyable and the Metallica renditions are very well thought out and make this a cool piece to own just the same. The CD is enhanced and comes with a video of “Path Vol. 2” as well.

Track Listing:
1. Path Vol. 2
2. Struggle
3. Romance
4. Pray
5. In Memoriam
6. Hyperventilation
7. Beyond Time
8. Hope
9. Kaamos
10. Coma
11. Hall Of The Mountain King
12. Until It Sleeps
13. Fight Fire With Fire

Official Web site: www.Apocalyptica.com

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