Heard: Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos
When: All day yesterday, except when I was in class.
Where: Various locations on the University of Idaho campus, including the office of The Argonaut.
Thoughts: Sifting through the mess that has become Idaho senator Larry Craig and remembering that I had to leave the office one day due to an e-mailed bomb threat made me need something hard, loud, and fast. Normally this would mean Metallica but I was not in the mood to hear James Hetfield's vocals or Lars Ulrich's drums.
Apocalyptica has neither of those. Instead, it has four Scandinavian long hairs shredding away on their classically made cellos. Yes, they do indeed shred, competing with the best Kirk Hammet riffs and often outdoing the bass lines of Cliff Burton or Jason Newsted (the new guy doesn't count, sorry).
This album includes four songs from the Black Album, two from Master of Puppets, one from ... And Justice For All, and one from Ride the Lightning. Later albums would see more tracks from Metallica's first two albums, including a kick ass version of "Fade to Black." The best track on this album is "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" with "The Unforgiven" a close second.
Metal and classical are a great match and this record proves it. next time you are in the mood for some Beethoven with your Beelzebub, pick up Apocalyptica instead of Metallica's S & M.
Apocalyptica are head bangers through and through. Watch this video and you'll see.