Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos
Twenty years ago Finnish Rockers, Apocalyptica, released their epic debut album Play Metallica By Four Cellos. The instrumental cello-driven rock opus changed the landscape of heavy metal music for years to come, and on Thursday Night they Rocked The Florida Theater in Jacksonville Florida.
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Originally a Metallica classical tribute band, the band eventually adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of conventional guitars. They have sold over four million albums to date.
Apocalyptica was formed in 1993 when four cellists, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Max Lilja, and Antero Manninen gathered to play Metallica covers at Sibelius Academy. In 1996, Apocalyptica released their debut studio album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, which consisted solely of Metallica covers played on cellos. They were later featured on two songs on the Waltari album Space Avenue in 1997.