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on 27 October 2005
Apocalyptica are one of the most original and talented bands to surface in the past 20 years, introducing younger audiences to the power of classical instruments, and providing some much-needed variation in the increasingly samey world of rock and metal.
Their decision to feature German punk legend Nina Hagen on this album was possibly the best they've ever made - her massive cigars-and-brandy voice sounds as if it was made for them. Their breathtaking cover of Rammstein's 1995 classic 'Seemann' is one of the few versions that could better the original, and given the Berlin industrialists' enormous talent, this is no shallow comparison.
Performing live, Apocalyptica are true stars and need no flashy visuals to enhance their presence. They have the rare ability to appeal to a wide range of listeners (including the long-suffering parents of children who like Slipknot!), and can perform cover versions without ever sounding like they're ripping off the original tracks: Eicca Toppinen's arrangements are original, beautiful and faithful to the existing songs, yet still have Apocalyptica's musical fingerprints all over them.
Even if you've never heard of this band, buy an album - you'll wish you'd done it sooner.
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on 9 September 2006
I found Apocalyptica by accident while browsing and I'm glad I did, I love this music, the cello sound is wonderful and haunting mixed with the heavy metal. I am over 40 but have started to learn the cello due to hearing this CD alone. I have since bought more Apocalyptica, and although some tracks can sound a bit similar to the untrained ear, I still enjoy them. The tracks with vocals can be a bit heavy, but the instrumentals are great.
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on 27 October 2009
Reflections Revised
proof that they can compose as well interpret others artists work comes in the form of the expanded reflections. contrary to its title it is not a best of collection. disc one are mainly original compositions, featuring the single 'somewhere around nothing' whereas disc two contains live recordings (some as 4 piece) & videos featuring guest vocalists (which are mostly available now on the dvd 'life burns' as extras) & interviews. not a starting point for anyone to taste Apocalyptica for the first time, but a must have for anyone who has their entire catalogue or has seen them live as the live performances on disc 2 prove why they are unique, if you haven't got it yet you are missing the link between the pre 2003 quartet that was a support act & the recent main event act they have become. fans of Metallica or Sepultura (Dave Lombardo is a guest drummer) will hopefully have their earlier albums. the gentleness of Faraway with Linda's etheral vocals contrasts with Seeman with Nina Hagen's gutural reinterpretation of the Rammstein classic.
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on 29 November 2004
Well. This is a shock, having listened to their metallica covers amongst their tool and pantera covers i thought id heard most of what these clearly talented musicians had to offer, oh how wrong i was. This album is sheer musical genius, raw yet calm and composed. The distorted chello complementing the clean string sounds, the addition of drums adds a lot to this record. Theyve written a metal classic, i cant recommend it enough. Even if you dont think chellos and metal mix you MUST buy this album.
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on 9 June 2009
As a fan of this incredible band I can only recommend this with 5 stars when I want to give it millions and more.
This CD shows that not only can Apocalyptica cover other people's songs but they can create their own which are so much better.
With each CD Apocalyptica have improved, they are a band who can re-produce their music live and make it sound better than the recorded version.
With or without vocals these guys are brilliant, excellent in fact.
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on 6 February 2015
Why did I not find these guys years ago.Magnificent.
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