Every now and then comes a band that totally changes the way people look at music. Enter Apocalyptica. Who would have thought that cellos and heavy metal could work so well together? Another thing that I find interesting is that Apocalyptica manages to take one of the largest, most bulky instrumental pieces, yet make it sound as if they’re playing something more managable. Secondly, I don’t think the inventor of the cello had heavy metal in mind, but Apocalyptica plays their cellos as if they were meant for that all along. Just look at the artwork on the front–you have a skull seamlessly blended in with the cello, symbolizing how the two were meant to be together. In short, I’m impressed. In this CD, there’s a little something for everybody. For those who like calmer music, there’s “Nothing Else Matters” and “Fade to Black.” The latter is particularly good. For those of us who like more speed and power to our music, there’s “Harmageddon”, “Inquisition Symphony”, and “Toreador”, just to name of few of my favorites. To me, the best music is the type that puts pictures in your mind. Whenever I hear one of these songs, I can’t help but think of Vikings, the Dark Ages, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft. If you’re a fantasy/horror writer, this is EXCELLENT stuff. Even the name “Apocalyptica” sounds like a word H.P. Lovecraft would have created. If you’ve never heard anything by this group before, let me say this: I envy you, because you get to discover this gem for the first time.