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Apocalyptica Praise Wagner With New Live Album

Check out Apocalyptica's latest project Wagner Reloaded on Pledgemusic. Photo by Michel Valentino. Published October 13 2013.

  by Jonathan

Metal and classical music’s intrinsic links are well established, be they in a modern setting or providing a historical context. The former has manifested itself in shows like Metallica’s S&M, with the San Francisco Symphony or the use of typically classical string and brass arrangements on records, take the recent examples of Light Bearer’s Silver Tongue for instance or Ulver’s metamorphosis from raw black metal to avant-garde experimentalists, topped off by their new record Messe I.X–VI.X, a collaboration with the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra.

Finland’s Apocalyptica, on the other hand, has been a band that fully embraced the aesthetic and musical connections between metal and classical, releasing reinterpretations of classic Metallica, Pantera and Sepultura tunes. The three cellists and drummer then began working on albums of their own original material, such as 2007’s acclaimed Worlds Collide, with many high profile guest vocalists including Corey Taylor and Christina Scabbia.

The collective’s latest endeavour is the release of a new live album entitled Wagner Reloaded and sees the band return to their initial plans of tackling other musicians’ music, this time much further back than Metallica or Pantera.

Recorded across two nights in July in Leipzig, Germany, alongside the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wagner Reloaded is the band’s celebration and commemoration of the great German composer on his 200th birthday, a show which Apocalyptica themselves describe as a “showcasing a rich blend of brilliant dance performances, circus and theater arts, audiovisual effects, and unique live music.”

Joined by a slew of musicians, dancers and noted choreographer Gregor Seyffert, the performance transcended any notions of a gig and, as the band’s vision intended, was a visual extravaganza as much as it was a sonic one, which has been captured in the shape of this new live record.

The Finns have looked to the Pledge Music platform to sell pre-orders of the album, which is being released on both CD and vinyl, and are also offering fans signed copies if they’re willing to part with a few more extra euros.

Wagner Reloaded is scheduled to be released on November 15th with pre orders available now via the Apocalyptica Pledge Music page.

Get a sneak preview here ...