Posted by Reggie
One of the most impressive sets at Sonisphere UK 2010 was seeing Apocalyptica. Not because they are so different, but hearing those cellos at rock concert volume was pretty powerful and a cool experience. The whole day was great, but this Finnish band really stood out. Fade to Black (the original) appears on the Metallica album Ride the Lightning released in 1984. It is one of their more well-known dark and gloomy songs that any old-school Metallica fan can probably sing. This is also the infamous song where pyrotechnics burnt James Hetfield in Montreal, Canada back when they toured with Guns n’ Roses.
Apocalyptica started out as a Metallica tribute band, but has since blossomed into a full-blown band. Their more recent albums contain scores of special guests including Dave Lombardo, Cristina Scabbia, Joe Duplantier, Max Cavalera, Corey Taylor, Till Lindemann, and many more. This cover of Fade to Black can be found on the album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos released in 1996.
Here is the cover version from Apocalyptica.
Below is the live version from Metallica.
Posted by Reggie
I heard a lot about Moonsorrow before I ever took the time to listen to them. Now, I can see why so many people love their music; they are a great band despite singing the lyrics in their native tongue. That can be a turn off to some, but does it really matter if you know what they are singing about? I think not! Their cover of Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls is a really strong cover. Moonsorrow definitely made it their own. While it’s important to retain at least some of the core sound, this version is definitely unique as far as cover songs go.
When I first heard Ride The Lightning, I think this was my initial favorite song and to this day remains one of my favorites on the album and a great song to hear live.
This is the clip live from Sofia, Bulgaria (Big Four), but if you want the original recording look to Ride The Lightning released in 1984.
This is the stellar cover from Moonsorrow off the EP Tulimyrsky.