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Classic Album Review: Apocalyptica | Reflections

The Finnish metal cellists keep putting the classic in classic rock — minus Metallica.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


It looks like even Apocalyptica have had enough of Lars Ulrich.

Reflections, the fourth album from the Finnish metal cellists (yes, you read that right), is their first disc without any Metallica covers. Or any covers, to be exact. But fear not, headbangers, these 13 cuts are still plenty metallic — thanks in no small part to the presence of Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo on several cuts. But with or without his jackhammer percussion, leader Eidda Toppinen and his pals still know how to dish up the sort of menace and power you would never expect from oversized fiddles, weaving tragic melodies, frenzied solos and ominous, chugging basslines together into a sound that puts the classic in classic rock.