Power of Metal.dk Review

Wagner Reloaded - Live in Leipzig
Style: Cello Metal
Release date: 15 November, 2013
Playing time: 56:13

I've been a fan of Apocalyptica for what seems like forever. Their cello metal hits all the right notes with me, and I've loved every album of original music they've ever released. These Finnish musicians are extremely talented from delicate, beautiful ballads to stormy, violent passages. So, with this live album, I was excited to hear from them once again.

I have to admit that I come away disappointed. The concept behind this live show is a collaboration with the MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra. This collaboration has the purpose of giving tribute to the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of German composer, Richard Wagner. This is an honorable purpose, and Apocalyptica has created all new compositions to commemorate this occasion. This event is simultaneously the highlight and drawback to this live show.

Apocalyptica has so much personality. They are capable of so many styles and tones, and they have the ability to create pictures and stories in your head. I don't get any of that here. These compositions seem so forced and so flat that I can't help but be, well, bored. Most of the songs sound the same. Most of the songs have the same even-tempered tone. Most of the songs are completely forgettable. Now, this doesn't mean the music is bad. It just means that the music isn't up to the band's normally incredible level.

When I heard the long, low siren at the beginning, I was getting excited about what I was about to hear. I was obviously disappointed. I can't help but wonder if it would have been better to modify some of their own tunes to commemorate the occasion. Possibly, they could have just put new interludes or something. But these compositions are completely new, and they lack bite and personality.

I applaud these guys for their purpose here. And, I'm sure the show is breath-taking live. However, this live album is completely unnecessary for me. The music is bland and the Apocalyptica element is somehow missing. A good effort for a great event, but it just doesn't jive with me totally.

01. Signal
Fight Against Monsters
Stormy Wagner
Flying Dutchman
Path in Life
Creation of Notes
Running Love
Birth Pain
12. Ludwig - Wonderland
13. Ludwig - Requiem
14. Destruction
Label: BMG Rights Management
Distribution: BMG
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 17 January, 2014
Website: www.apocalyptica.com