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  • Reflections Revised Reflections Revised Quick View

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    Reflections Revised

    Special Edition Of Reflections Featuring Five Bonus Tracks

    From classical cover band devoted exclusively to performing Metallica's symphony-friendly epics to all purpose string ensemble interpreters of other heavy metal bands' music for the cello, to composers of original material fit to mingle with even more metallic translations, Finland's Apocalyptica had come a long way in the span of their first three albums. And, naturally, there were bound to be further innovations lined up for the band's fourth opus, Reflections, which arrived in 2003 bearing not a single heavy metal cover, and introducing several unexpected innovations into Apocalyptica's m.o., to boot. Chief among these was the addition of a drummer behind the group (recently paired down from quartet to trio), and since Apocalyptica's virtuosos would hardly stand for anything short of brilliance for such an assignment, that percussionist wound up being none other than Slayer legend Dave Lombardo, on whose Grip Inc. albums, group leader Eicca Toppinen had conveniently performed as well. One of those rare rock drummers whose sound and style is instantly recognizable, Lombardo was more than up to the task, providing the necessary flailing-limbs thrust behind dramatically driving originals like Prologue (Apprehension), Somewhere Around Nothing, and Resurrection (which sounds like it should have originated as a metal song, but didn't). Apocalyptica also does without him on several compositions, of course, but they keep the experimentation coming by adding a pianist for the exquisite ballad Far Away, discreet synth effects for the multi-faceted Cohkka, full-on drum machines for Heat, and a Spanish horn section for Toreador II -- Ole! And for those fans who simply want to hear them shred, there's plenty of that throughout this set, with the suitably named Pandemonium offering an especially blinding display. All in all, Apocalyptica's first foray into all-original material is nothing short of triumphant, and an eye opener for rock music fans who simply came along because of the Metallica connection. Recommended.

    - Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music guide)

    1. Prologue (Apprehension) [feat. Dave Lombardo]
    2. No Education (feat. Dave Lombardo)
    3. Faraway
    4. Somewhere Around Nothing (feat. Dave Lombardo)
    5. Drive
    6. ohkka
    7. Conclusion
    8. Resurrection (feat. Dave Lombardo)
    9. Heat
    10. CortÉge (feat. Dave Lombardo)
    11. Pandemonium
    12. Toreador II
    13. Epilogue (Relief)
    14. Seeman (feat. Nina Hagen)
    15. Faraway Vol. 2 (feat. Linda and Dave Lombardo)
    16. Delusion
    17. Peridition
    18. Leave Me Alone
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  • Apocalyptica Apocalyptica Quick View

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    A listen to Apocalyptica's Apocalyptica brings with it the nagging urge to figure out where, exactly, the music fits. Certain moments - entire tracks, even - are given over to classical formality, and it is in those moments, steeped as they are in traditional loveliness, that a listener can come dangerously close to thinking he is hearing something lofty and important. He is not.

    Apocalyptica, the genre-splicing Finnish instrumental band that changed headbangers' perception of the cello, is not pretentious exactly, but its effect is the same as that of a rock band whose lead singer is audibly British: it sounds smart. Too smart, for instance, to issue from the headphones of a kid just discovering Black Sabbath or lining up for Slipknot tickets.

    Where Apocalyptica might fit, then, is not with heavy rock scenesters but with aging metal heads. It is not hard to envision tracks like Fatal Error and Fisheye booming from the speakers of a splashy convertible with a bald guy at the wheel. Elaborate fantasy-concocting gamers - Dungeons & Dragons players and their descendants - also stand a better chance than most of finding relatable rock bliss here.

    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
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  • Inquisition Symphony Inquisition Symphony Quick View

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    Inquisition Symphony

    Cello-playing Finnish quartet Apocalyptica's sequel to their well-received first album departs from the safe haven of Metallica covers (only four tracks) and introduces material by other heavy metal bands, and even a few originals.

    Of the latter, Harmageddon is probably the standout track, and while most Metalli-fans will be eager to hear the group's rendition of the smash hit One, the song takes a backseat to inspired renditions of earlier classics such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and Fade to Black.

    As for the other bands covered, the arrangements of Pantera's Domination and Sepultura's Refuse/Resist are rather dull, but Faith No More's From Out of Nowhere works surprisingly well, and the group's performance of the album's incredibly complex title track (another Sepultura original) is simply stunning.

    1. Harmageddon
    2. From Out of Nowhere
    3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
    4. Nothing Else Matters
    5. Refuse / Resist
    6. M.B.
    7. Inquisition Symphony
    8. Fade to Black
    9. Domination
    10. Toreador
    11. One
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  • Shadowmaker Shadowmaker Quick View

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    Heavyweight Double Vinyl (Including A CD Version) With 10 Songs Plus 2 Bonus Tracks

    Apocalyptica has sold over 4 million albums internationally. Following the success of 7th Symphony, the band is set to release their 8th studio album, Shadowmaker. They have taken on a new musical challenge for the upcoming album by collaborating with Franky Perez as the exclusive singer on the vocal tracks.

    Shadowmaker was produced by Grammy winning rock producer Nick Raskulinecz, whose credits include Foo Fighters, Rush, Def Leppard, Paramore, Danzig, and Queens of the Stone Age, to name a few.

    LP 1
    1. I-III-V Seed of Chaos
    2. Cold Blood
    3. Shadowmaker
    4. Slow Burn
    5. Hole in my Soul
    6. Come Back Down
    7. Reign of Fear

    LP 2
    1. Sea Song (You Waded Out)
    2. House of Chains
    3. Riot Lights
    4. Sovereign
    5. Dead Man's Eyes

    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Plays Metallica By Four Cellos (Awaiting Repress) Plays Metallica By Four Cellos (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Plays Metallica By Four Cellos (Awaiting Repress)

    Includes 3 Bonus Tracks Never Before Available

    Take four cellos, mix with a quartet of Finnish classical-music students who possess a note-for-note knowledge of metal giants Metallica, and beat gently. Viola! You have a truly stirring album that provides tangible evidence of the dramatic passages and intricate arrangements that classical music and heavy metal share.

    On Enter Sandman and Creeping Death, the exquisite playing of the cellists intensifies the darkness and emotion of Metallica. In the process the strength and versatility of the group's songwriting is given more credence.

    Perhaps the most remarkable element of the album is the faithfulness that's shown to the original songs, right down to faultlessly following the vocal melodies. With Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, Apocalyptica have proved that the universal language of good music is unbound by genre. Here is a clever concept brilliantly realized.

    --Steffan Chirazi

    1. Enter Sandman
    2. Master Of Puppets
    3. Harvester Of Sorrow
    4. The Unforgiven
    5. Sad But True
    6. Creeping Death
    7. Wherever I May Roam
    8. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
    9. Battery (Bonus Track)
    10. Nothing Else Matters (Bonus Track)
    11. Seek And Destroy (Bonus Track)
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  • Cult Cult Quick View

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    Finnish cello-based heavy rockers Apocalyptica want to be remembered as the band that brought balls back to heavy metal and the band that did so in a unique way. Since its inception, the band has been mining the classical form and structure, coming up with something totally unpredictable and utterly unforgettable. Twenty years into an inimitable and formidable career, they are still reinventing themselves and finding new sources of inspiration. That's not easy to do!

    Originally released in 2001, Cult was a landmark album for Apocalyptica, showing off their compositional skills as they incorporated original material into their blend of Metallica covers, classical reinterpretations, and stunning cello acrobatics.

    1. Path
    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
    14. Path
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    Nation is the eighth studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura, released in 2001 through Roadrunner Records. Nation features guest appearances from artists such as Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta, Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, Ill Nino singer Cristian Machado, Bile frontman Krztoff and Apocalyptica.
    Border Wars
    One Man Army
    Vox Populi
    The Ways Of Faith
    Uma Cura
    Who Must Die?
    Tribe To A Nation
    Human Cause
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    Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig

    APOCALYPTICA - the ground-breaking Finnish orchestral rock group - release Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig, an epic live collaboration with the acclaimed MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, via BMG. The album's release is perfectly timed since 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of iconic German composer Richard Wagner.

    For Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig, Apocalyptica created new compositions based on Wagner's body of work and his life, teaming with award-winning choreographer and dancer Gregor Seyffert to stage a brilliant and magical, cross-genre event featuring a live concert and theatrical production.

    "We've been asked many times to do this type of project, but this is the first one we got excited about," explains Apocalyptica's Eicca Toppinen. "The mission was to celebrate Wagner, we took elements of his life and used his original music and rearranged it. It was like writing a score for a movie, I had a list of themes and I had to think about the length of scenes and write the music while envisioning Apocalyptica performing on a massive stage with the symphony, choir and one-hundred dancers."

    Since its inception, the Finnish cello-based heavy rock group Apocalyptica has been mining the classical form and structure creating compositions that are both unpredictable and unforgettable. From the METALLICA covers that turned the music scene on its ear to 2007's Worlds Collide - which saw the group collaborate with everyone from SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor to RAMMSTEIN's Till Lindemann and LACUNA COIL's Cristina Scabbia - Apocalyptica have released seven studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals and vocal-based songs. They've explored styles from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms - their music has always been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.

    - Braveworlds

    1. Signal
    2. Genesis
    3. Fight Against Monsters
    4. Stormy Wagner
    5. Flying Dutchman
    6. Lullaby
    7. Bubbles
    8. Path in Life
    9. Creation of Notes
    10. Running Love
    11. Birth Pain
    12. Ludwig - Wonderland
    13. Ludwig - Requiem
    14. Destruction
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  • Unsung Heroes Unsung Heroes Quick View

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    Unsung Heroes

    Titled `Unsung Heroes' and produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica, etc.), this is the hour-plus follow-up to 2009's `From Afar', and sees the Finnish five-piece, founded in 1995, pushing their signature sound to bold new heights of drama and excess. A cinematic experience from first note to last, `Unsung Heroes' takes the listener on a journey of genuine light & shade, with the 16 minute-plus `Passion Proof Power' showing that when it comes to the epic statement, Ensiferum are very much in the front-line, swords at the ready. 'We've tried to push the different aspects of what we do as far as we can,' reflects the band, 'the sonic scope is wider than ever. The folk elements go further down that path and the metallic parts will absolutely rip your face off!' Once again, album art has been supplied by Kristian Wahlin, with featured special guests including members of Apokalyptischen Reiter plus legendary Finnish singer & actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri.
    1. Symbols
    2. In My Sword I Trust
    3. Unsung Heroes
    4. Burning Leaves
    5. Celestial Bond
    6. Retribution Shall Be Mine
    7. Star Queen (Celestial Bond part II)
    8. Pohjola
    9. Last Breath
    10. Passion Proof Power
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  • Goldkinder Goldkinder Quick View

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    Picture Disc

    'Goldkinder' is the self released fourth album from We Butter The Bread With Butter.

    Guitarist Marcel Neumann comments, We had about 80 songs recorded during this time, but we kept throwing away recordings and starting over again until we felt we created something totally new.

    Goldkinder was recorded by the band itself and mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Apocalyptica). Incorporating the technical harmonics of metal and the hooks of electro-pop into heavy rock, songs range from in-your-face pit-starters like "Alles Was Ich Will" to tunes with colossal melodies like "Mayday Mayday."

    While Neumann admits that the band may shock some fans who loved the pure aggression of 2010's full-length, Der Tag an dem die Welt unterging, he says "We didn't want to be carbon-copy band # One Million and one with the same elements, the same sound and same structures as everyone else. It makes us sad to see every band trying to copy themselves or others."

    Obviously any band naming itself something as non-threatening as We Butter The Bread With Butter expecting to gain an audience in the heavy music landscape is not afraid to take chances. Speaking on the moniker, Neumann says, "When we were forming the band, the overall metal landscape was rife with morose imagery and nihilist lyrics. While we play music influenced by metal, our personalities certainly don't echo the negative worldview that dominates the scene. Our name reflects our humor, not our musical style." Positivity is a strong force within the band with lyrics and song subjects centering on wishes, dreams and even fairy tales.

    - xFiruath (Metal Underground)

    1. Alles was ich will
    2. Meine Brille
    3. Pyroman & Astronaut
    4. Ohne Herz
    5. Super Heiß Ins Trommelfell (S.H.I.T.)
    6. Viva Mariposa
    7. Fall
    8. Mayday Mayday
    9. Makellos
    10. Das Uhrwerk
    11. Krieg aus Gold
    12. Psycho
    13. Kind im Brunnen
    We Butter The Bread With Butter
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    Schizophrenia (Awaiting Repress)

    Transparent Blue Vinyl

    Limited To 1500 Copies

    Brazilian death metal upstarts Sepultura took an incredible creative leap forward with their second full-length album, 1987's Schizophrenia. Although it was recorded not too long after their primitive, black metal-dominated debut efforts -- 1985's Bestial Devastation EP and 1986's Morbid Visions LP -- Schizophrenia introduced an entirely new sound fusing thrash and death metal, and all of it supported by much improved songwriting, musicianship, and the first truly professional-sounding production job of the band's short career. Constant touring, rehearsal, and the addition of lead guitarist Andreas Kisser (his classical guitar training and memorable solos made an immediate impact) were all key to this stunning transformation, but the heightened level of proficiency at hand is such that it almost seems miraculous at times. With their precise, lightning-quick staccato riffing and multiple, distinct, but interlocking sections, the album's opening triplet of From the Past Comes the Storm (preceded by a Psycho-inspired intro theme), To the Wall, and Escape from the Void proved simply devastating to the ears. And yet the seven-minute instrumental Inquisition Symphony (later covered by Finnish cello virtuosos Apocalyptica) was arguably even more breathtaking in its diversity, brilliantly showcasing the band's incredible, new-found combination of melody and aggression while adding some tasteful synth touches, to boot. Additional head-banging standouts like Screams Behind the Shadows and a re-recorded version of early fan favorite Troops of Doom bookend a few less distinctive offerings on side two -- those being token thrashers Septic Schizo and R.I.P. (Rest in Pain), plus the acoustic interlude The Abyss, but only a trifling of momentum is lost, nevertheless. All of which helped make Schizophrenia the first Sepultura release to make serious waves with international critics and fans, while setting the stage for the group's imminent breakthrough release, Beneath the Remains.

    - Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)

    1. Intro / From the Past Comes the Storms
    2. To the Wall
    3. Escape to the Void
    4. Inquisition Symphony
    5. Screams Behind the Shadows
    6. Septic Schizo
    7. The Abyss
    8. R.I.P. (Rest in Pain)
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