From the first time I heard them I was a Metallica fan.
When I heard Fade to Black, I found that music could have a message without being a folk song. Hard and heavy (with meaning), the song stirred me… and the world. Newspapers actually covered the song, and its effect on its listeners.
They continued to make music, and I continued to be a fan.
Then one day, I heard a song being played that had a familiar ring, but seemed odd… different… good.
I sought out this music and stumbled onto something I had once joked about ("Heavy Metal Elevator Music… the songs of Danzig… on pan flute!") but had never thought would be anything I would consider amazing.
Apocalyptica. Their first album was a collection of Metallica songs played on four cellos. Simply unbelievable.
Since they have done more covers, as well as some original music. All of it stunning for the simplicity and complexity of playing music with cellos while retaining depth.
If you haven’t, check them out. I highly recommend them.