Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos=20th Anni=

  2 x LP   180grs       20th Anniversary Edition    + bonus CD

2016 EU reissue on 180g 2LP+bonus CD =released their 1996 debut, Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, a potent 8-track set of instrumental Metallica covers including revelatory takes on warhorses like "Master of Puppets," "Creeping Death,...

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Release date: 21-07-2016(originally released in 1996)
 
2016 EU reissue on 180g 2LP+bonus CD=20th Anniversary Edition = Since they formed in 1993, Finnish orchestral rock band Apocalyptica has released eight studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals along with some vocal-based songs. Whatever styles they've explored – from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms - their music has been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.
 
Apocalyptica started as an outlet for Eicca Toppinen and three of his classically trained classmates at the prestigious Sibelius Academy. Three years later, they released their 1996 debut, Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, a potent 8-track set of instrumental Metallica covers including revelatory takes on warhorses like "Master of Puppets," "Creeping Death," "Enter Sandman," and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)."
 
Toppinen explains, "When we made the first album, our expectations were, ‘Okay, if we sell 1,000 copies and get a few shows, that's cool.' Then, we got the requests to play a lot of shows after the first album and the sound changed totally."
 
Tracks:
A1 Enter Sandman
A2 Master Of Puppets
A3 Harvester Of Sorrow
 
B1 The Unforgiven
B2 Sad But True
B3 Creeping Death
 
C1 Wherever I May Roam
C2 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
 
D1 Battery (Bonus Track)
D2 Nothing Else Matters (Bonus Track)
D3 Seek and Destroy (Bonus Track)

 The premise of a cello-playing four piece (from Finland, no less) performing the music of Metallica may seem outrageous at first, but much of the metal gods' repertoire translates surprisingly well into this "classical" reading. And while Apocalyptica chooses to concentrate on more recent hits like "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True" and "Wherever I May Roam" for obvious commercial purposes, it is Metallica's earlier, more complex compositions, like "Master of Puppets," "Creeping Death," and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," which actually work best in this scenario. The quartet's love and understanding of the music is the real key here, and their attention to detail and technically flawless performance will no doubt satisfy even the most skeptical of fans. And while it is unlikely that this album will interest non-Metallica fans, it obviously inspired the band themselves to explore the classical direction on their own terms with 1999's S&M album.
Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33rpm
Extra info: 20th Anniversary Edition
Bonus(cd,single,download): bonus CD
Label: OMN
Originally released: 1996
This release: 2016
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