|Plays Metallica by Four Cellos|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 13, 1996|
|Genre||Classical, chamber music, cello rock, symphonic metal|
Plays Metallica by Four Cellos is the debut album by Finnish metal band Apocalyptica, released in 1996. It features eight instrumental Metallica covers arranged and played on cellos.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Apocalyptica is a Finnish symphonic metal band from Helsinki, Finland, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso, drummer Mikko Sirén, and vocalist Franky Perez. Originally a Metallica classical tribute band, the band eventually adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of conventional guitars. They have sold over four million albums to date.
An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word song may refer to instrumentals. The music is primarily or exclusively produced using musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer ; as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in components from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.
The band was invited to record this album by a label employee after a 1995 show in which they performed some of the songs. The members were initially unsure and thought nobody would listen to such a record, but the employee insisted and they recorded it.On 22 July 2016, a remastered version of the album was released with new bonus tracks.
|Original 1996 Release|
|No.||Title||Writer(s)||Original Metallica album||Length|
|1.||"Enter Sandman"||Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield||from Metallica||3:41|
|2.||"Master of Puppets"||Cliff Burton, Hammett, Ulrich, Hetfield||from Master of Puppets||7:17|
|3.||"Harvester of Sorrow"||Ulrich, Hetfield||from ...And Justice for All||6:15|
|4.||"The Unforgiven"||Hammett, Ulrich, Hetfield||from Metallica||5:23|
|5.||"Sad but True"||Ulrich, Hetfield||from Metallica||4:48|
|6.||"Creeping Death"||Burton, Hammett, Ulrich, Hetfield||from Ride the Lightning||5:08|
|7.||"Wherever I May Roam"||Ulrich, Hetfield||from Metallica||6:09|
|8.||"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"||Hammett, Ulrich, Hetfield||from Master of Puppets||5:50|
All tracks written by Ulrich, Hetfield.
|2016 Remastered bonus tracks|
|No.||Title||Original Metallica album||Length|
|9.||"Battery"||from Master of Puppets||4:32|
|10.||"Nothing Else Matters (2016 Version)"||from Metallica||4:49|
|11.||"Seek and Destroy"||from Kill 'Em All||4:24|
Metallica is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Released on August 12, 1991 by Elektra Records, it received widespread critical acclaim and became the band's best-selling album. Metallica produced five singles that are considered to be among the band's best-known songs, which include "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True". A sixth song, "Don't Tread on Me", was also issued to rock radio shortly after the album's release, but the song did not receive a commercial single release. The album marked a change in the band's sound from the thrash metal style of the previous four albums to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal. Metallica promoted the album with a series of tours. In 2003, the album was ranked number 255 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time.
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