This month music reviewer, Andrew Scott, digs through the shelves of his own collection to present one of the most perfect examples of combining classical and hard rock music with the group Apocalyptica and their 2010 release “7th Symphony”.
Apocalyptica is primary made up of Perttu Kivilaakso (Cello, Additional Vocals), Paavo Lötjönen (Cello, Additional Vocals), Mikko Sirén (Drums, Percussion, Additional Vocals) and Eicca Toppinen (Cello, Additional Vocals). Their collection “7th Symphony” was this Finnish band’s seventh studio release.
“7th Symphony” not only features these great classical musician but many guests sharing their talents on track vocals. There is Joseph DuPlantier (Gojria) on the extremely aggressive “Bring Them To Light”, Gavin Rossdale (Bush) and Brent Smith (Shinedown) in the passionate pieces of music “End of Me” and “Not Strong Enough” respectively. Not to be outdone but these guest is Lacey (Flyleaf) in the bittersweet, empowering “Broken Pieces”. Slayer’s Dave Lombardo takes a turn on the drums for the suspenseful “2010”. Each guest only adds to already strong pieces of music.
This foursome really take flight on the instrumentals throughout such as the intense “At The Gates Of Manala”, the epics “Rage of Poseidon” and “The Shadow Of Venus”. With each of these pieces of music, all of the instruments being played are showcased without taking anything away from the song. A highlight of this is the majestic and beautiful piece, “Beautiful”.
For fans of classical and hard music this is an excellent collection as the “7th Symphony” showcases this an excellent blending of both
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Andrew Scott is an internationally published writer, reviewer and radio personality.