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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:46 am

Now, I dunno if you guys have heard of them. I'm going to assume you have. If you haven't that is a sin on humanity and it must change, now.

These guys are fantastic. I admit, I was extremely skeptical. Heavy metal? On a cello?

I've loved the cello for a long time. I listen to orchestra, classical and opera while I clean house. Instrumental music puts me in the groove. I have no idea. But the cello solos... they make me shiver. I just love it.

I also love metal. I love just about everything, but I am a rock chick... I grew up listening to Kurt Cobain and Green Day as well. I love Elvis and Elton John and Tina frigging Turner for fuxake. I just love it. All of it. I goof around on my guitar, listen to jams and just chill.

I never, ever imagined cello metal. I swear to the moon that I nearly did a girly when an old friend of mine sent me a link to an Apocalyptica song on youtube a few years back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4YfOyjklQQ

This one is newer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4LK7R1n-pQ

(As a side note: Damien, it might amuse you to know that I actually work out to those songs. Actually, to a lot of their songs. You know why. It's hilarious to see.)

Then, my friend informs me that these guys were originally a Metallica cover band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D64UOxkwRPY

I heart them so much.

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Post by Smindas on Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:52 am

Apocalyptica aren't a bad band but I've never found that entire album of theirs can hold me. It's usually just individual songs like 'Bittersweet' or 'I'm Not Jesus' that keep me interested.

Admittedly, I saw them live at a festival last year and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed their show despite it being all instrumental. Unsurprisingly, they did a bunch of Metallica covers with the crowd singing along. It was good fun.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:10 pm

To me they are an oddity, kind of like Van Canto. I can appreciate the talent, but I've never really gotten into them.

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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:35 pm

I love instrumental music, though. It's so soothing. I adore Handel and Bach (who doesn't?) Beethoven and Mozart are okay.

These guys take a single instrument to a level I just can't get enough of. I've always enjoyed cello solos in orchestra. When I heard these guys, I was hooked. (She says, smiling at her collection of their albums) Inquisition Symphony was killer, and so was Reflections. They songs on all their CDs aren't stellar, but there are enough good songs for me to have them all.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:51 pm

Have you heard of Kitaro? Fantastic instrumental cds with a guitar tone that is very reminiscent of David Gilmour. I highly recommend him.

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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:53 pm

I haven't heard any of the music, but I've seen them mentioned somewhere because the name sounds familiar. I'll have to give them a search and see what's up.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:20 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:To me they are an oddity, kind of like Van Canto. I can appreciate the talent, but I've never really gotten into them.
I dig Apocalyptica, though in smaller doses than most bands. Van Canto, however, are pure novelty, in my opinion. It's very very cool what they do, but it gets kind of annoying real quick. Some dude going "riddly-diddly-diddly-diddly-diddly-dum-dum-dumdumdum-diddly-diddly" for riffs is ridiculous! Haha.

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Post by Smindas on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:27 pm

I can't stand Van Canto, I just think they're too ridiculous to be enjoyable. I'm sure they have some vocal prowess, but I honestly don't see the point in doing a capella metal to that extent.

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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:33 pm

Kenwood wrote:
Tall Tyrion wrote:To me they are an oddity, kind of like Van Canto. I can appreciate the talent, but I've never really gotten into them.
I dig Apocalyptica, though in smaller doses than most bands. Van Canto, however, are pure novelty, in my opinion. It's very very cool what they do, but it gets kind of annoying real quick. Some dude going "riddly-diddly-diddly-diddly-diddly-dum-dum-dumdumdum-diddly-diddly" for riffs is ridiculous! Haha.

Apocalyptica spends a lot of time on my playlist... mostly because I use them as exercise music and I enjoy their songs too. However, I prefer the instrumental of Bittersweet, as compared to the one with Ville and Laurie's vocals. The song is haunting and spellbinding with the vocals, but it overshadows the incredible cello work in the song.

I get into all kinds of music, though. My friends find it weird to hear screamo like Bullet for My Valentine start playing just after Elvis... or Apocalyptica just after Patsy Cline. *shrug* I is what I is, baby.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:00 pm

EffieCollins wrote:
Kenwood wrote:
Tall Tyrion wrote:To me they are an oddity, kind of like Van Canto. I can appreciate the talent, but I've never really gotten into them.
I dig Apocalyptica, though in smaller doses than most bands. Van Canto, however, are pure novelty, in my opinion. It's very very cool what they do, but it gets kind of annoying real quick. Some dude going "riddly-diddly-diddly-diddly-diddly-dum-dum-dumdumdum-diddly-diddly" for riffs is ridiculous! Haha.

Apocalyptica spends a lot of time on my playlist... mostly because I use them as exercise music and I enjoy their songs too. However, I prefer the instrumental of Bittersweet, as compared to the one with Ville and Laurie's vocals. The song is haunting and spellbinding with the vocals, but it overshadows the incredible cello work in the song.

I get into all kinds of music, though. My friends find it weird to hear screamo like Bullet for My Valentine start playing just after Elvis... or Apocalyptica just after Patsy Cline. *shrug* I is what I is, baby.
I dig that. Check this...

Beastie Boys - Right Right Now Now
Enchant - The Thirst
Guano Apes - Pretty In Scarlet
Fandango - Goin' Down For The Last Time
Hollow - Trademark
Ayreon - Out Of The While Hole
Dead Can Dance - Circumradiant Dawn
Emerg McVay - The Game Is Over
Eso Charis - Spirit Of Revival
Gun - Watching The World Go By

That's what just came up on my playlist by clicking Next ten times. Basically...rap, prog-rock, alt-rock, 70s rock, heavy metal, prog-metal, "world music" (not sure what they hell they're classified as), rap, screamo, hard rock. I could never listen to one style, or a few similar styles. I need my death metal mixed in with folk and rap and jazz, you know.

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Post by Smindas on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:21 pm

It's all about the variation. I may tend to favour rock more than other genres, but I do love a bit of everything. It's why I've never got along with anyone who seems to laud their genre of choice as superior to every other (a problem that I've noticed mainly with metal or jazz fans, but that's probably due to my overexposure to both ;P).

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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:22 pm

I thought I was the only one that listened to almost everything all mixed up. My playlists are crazy too hehe! But no rap for me, thankyouveryverymuch (Except for the Beastie Boys... who doesn't love them?). Or gospel (This irritates my aunt, who is a professional gospel singer. She and her sister had a blast on my FB page when I quoted some Nirvana "Lake of Fire" heh). Or country that came out after... 2000. I have much love for Reba, though. My god, that woman can sing.

My current playlist has...

Ray Charles - Ol' Man River

Eric Burdon of the Animals - cover of "16 Tons" (AWESOME song. The sax solo will make you fucking cream yourself and I'm not even joking. I get asked to play this one on my guitar a lot myself. My family loves it. Dunno why. Eric sings way better than I do.)

Tool - Jerk Off and Sober

Green Day- Know Your Enemy

Elvis - Teddy Bear, Hound Dog and Devil in Disguise

Patsy Cline - Walkin After Midnight

Carly Simon - You're So Vain

Janis Joplin - Crybaby

Sublime - Wrong Way (Annie's twelve years old... in two more she'll be a whore... was there ever a more catchy opening to a song?)

30 Seconds to Mars - Beautiful Lie

Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' For You and Godzilla

HIM - Passion's Killing Floor, Sleepwalking Past Hope, The Face of God, Behind the Crimson Door

Bullet for my Valentine - Crazy Train, Tears Don't Fall

Cradle of Filth - Darkness Our Bride

Those are just the ones I can see. I'm not scrolling down LOL.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:23 pm

Kenwood wrote:Gun - Watching The World Go By

One of my all time favorite bands. Taking On The World and Gallus are absolute classics, IMO.

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Post by Smindas on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:26 pm

The best playlist I have at the moment is effectively a list of covers we intend to do in my band;

- Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath, NIB, The Wizard, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabbra Cadabra, Electric Funeral
- NoFX – Louise, Linoleum
- DVDA – Now You’re A Man
- ZZTop – Gimme All Your Lovin, Sharp Dressed Man
- Sublime – Date Rape
- Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
- Natalie Imbruglia- Torn
- Dropkick Murphys – Shippin Up To Boston
- Ben E. King - Stand By Me
- Metallica - Seek & Destroy
- Guns N’ Roses – Used To Love Her
- Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much
- Reel Big Fish – Beer
- Kenny Rogers – Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In
- Weezer – Hash Pipe
- Traveling Wilburys – Handle With Care, Tweeter and the Monkey Man
- Blondie – Call Me

Yes, we quite like Black Sabbath.

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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:29 pm

Oooh! El Paso just came on.

I have this thing for Marty Robbins. El Paso is a "story" song and it makes me want to cry every time I hear it. I love it so much.

Sorry. Carrry on.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:43 pm

I don't like too much Country, but Marty Robbins is one of the greats. El Paso is a killer song.

Plus, I live about a 150 miles away from El Paso.

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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:55 pm

That he is. I have to say though, that I inherited that love from my Dad. Smile Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Tennessee Ernie, The Archies and The Platters, The Carpenters. My father loved his record player.

Seven Spanish Angels. Very Happy Now that's an awesome song. (Willie Nelson, y'all. Got to love him.)

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:00 pm

We're so cool! Def

Haha. And I don't listen to much rap. What I do listen is generally a bit different from "normal" hip hop, or whatever style is favored at the moment. For instance, here's some rap I dig.

Rap with blues (albeit weird).



Southern rap.



Rap mixed with punk.



And, though it's too heavy to be straight rap, who the hell can't dig this song?



The breakdown makes me want to punch people. Haha.


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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:08 pm

Well, that's... different. I do know the "awnaw" one, though. My hubs likes rap. I have to hear it sometimes. There's always the occasional song that catches my attention, but I don't actively seek rap music. Can't stand it. But even a dead clock is right twice a day, yanno?

I will admit to my addiction to Ke$ha and Lady Gaga, though. I'm sorry, there's no musical genius there, but I love dance music. Those ladies make me wanna dance. Very Happy

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Post by Smindas on Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:17 pm

I'll happily admit that I love a bit of Lady Gaga. Fantastically catchy music. I've never been huge on rap bar some late 80s / early 90s stuff. One of my favourites is this;



What a tune!

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:20 pm

Oh, and let's not overlook this recent entry from Smindas's Last.fm widget:

Slömber – XXX.CUM

lol

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Post by EffieCollins on Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:24 pm

lmao

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Post by Smindas on Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:29 pm

Hahaha, yeah that's a dodger title. Slömber are a glam band I had to review a few months back and that song was one of their best. Hilariously catchy chorus - you can give it a listen on their Myspace.

Speaking of bands I've had to review recently and relevant to our discussion of eclectic music, I had to review the debut of this band called Castrovalva. It wasn't a bad CD all around but it was awfully strange. I'm still not entirely sure what I make of it, let alone what genre I'd throw it in. This is one of their singles;


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Post by Kenwood on Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:16 pm

Smindas wrote:Hahaha, yeah that's a dodger title. Slömber are a glam band I had to review a few months back and that song was one of their best. Hilariously catchy chorus - you can give it a listen on their Myspace.

Speaking of bands I've had to review recently and relevant to our discussion of eclectic music, I had to review the debut of this band called Castrovalva. It wasn't a bad CD all around but it was awfully strange. I'm still not entirely sure what I make of it, let alone what genre I'd throw it in. This is one of their singles;

huh

Really bizarre. I can't hate it, either, which is even more bizarre. Haha.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:45 pm

I really dig that Kottonmouth Kings song. The rest, not so much.

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