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APOCALYPTICA “Plays Metallica Vol 2.” Album Review by Carlos Villanueva

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I’ve been closely following Apocalyptica since their initial foray into the music scene, an endeavor that uniquely positioned them at the intersection of classical finesse and metal ferocity. Their journey, from reimagining Metallica‘s electric guitar-heavy anthems through the prism of cellos to crafting their original compositions, has been nothing short of remarkable With the release of Plays Metallica Vol. 2, the band revisits the concept that catapulted them into the spotlight, yet this latest album emerges not merely as a sequel but as a refined, deeper exploration of the Metallica legacy.

Plays Metallica Vol. 2 presents a rich tapestry of Metallica‘s discography, showcasing Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen, and Mikko Sirén‘s mastery over their instruments and the genres they blend. The album kicks off with “Ride The Lightning”, introducing a gripping arrangement that immediately sets the tone for this ambitious project. It’s evident from the outset that Apocalyptica is not content with simple mimicry; instead, they infuse each track with their signature, resulting in versions of Metallica‘s music that feel both familiar and refreshingly new.

Standouts like “St. Anger” and “The Unforgiven II” are transformative, offering a glimpse into the versatility of the cello and the band’s ability to convey the intensity and emotion of the original compositions in a new light. The inclusion of tracks from Metallica‘s later works alongside the iconics, such as a haunting rendition of “Blackened”, underlines the band’s intent to span the breadth of Metallica‘s influence.

The collaborations with Metallica members themselves, particularly the dual versions of “One”, serve as a bridge between the original artists and their classically-driven counterparts. James Hetfield‘s spoken-word approach to “One” offers a poignant reinterpretation of the song’s angst and narrative, while Robert Trujillo‘s participation underscores the mutual respect and camaraderie between the bands.

Apocalyptica has successfully navigated the fine line between homage and innovation, delivering an album that both honors and redefines Metallica‘s legacy. With Plays Metallica Vol. 2, they reaffirm their position as pioneers in their own right, capable of bridging disparate musical worlds with grace, technicality, and deep respect for their roots.

As a long-time observer of Apocalyptica‘s evolution, Plays Metallica Vol. 2 feels like a mature reflection on their own journey, as well as Metallica‘s, encapsulating the energy, passion, and innovative spirit that has defined both bands. It’s a compelling listen, one that not only pays tribute to Metallica‘s monumental influence but also highlights Apocalyptica‘s unique place within the musical landscape.

I rate Plays Metallica Vol. 2 a solid 8 out of 10. It is a testament to Apocalyptica‘s ongoing commitment to pushing the boundaries of genre and the enduring power of Metallica‘s music, even when rendered through the unlikely medium of cellos.


Track Listing:

  1. Ride the Lightning
  2. St Anger
  3. The Unforgiven II
  4. Blackened
  5. The Call of Ktulu (in memory of Cliff Burton)
  6. The Four Horsemen (ft. Rob Trujillo)
  7. Holier Than Thou
  8. To Live Is To Die
  9. One
  10. One (Instrumental)

Band Members:
Eicca Toppinen – cellos
Paavo Lötjönen – cellos
Perttu Kivilaakso – cellos

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