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Updated on April 17, 2015

Apocalyptica - Cello Metal Masters

Combining classical cellos with heavy metal, Apocalyptica is one of the most distinctive metal bands in the world.

These metal loving cellists started covering Metallica songs in their spare time and eventually recorded an album of their work. Then they began covering other metal bands and composing their own original pieces.

Apocalyptica has toured around the world and performed live with heavy metal greats such as Metallica and Rammstein. Their music has also been used for soundtracks in movies and video games.

Check out their videos below and discover a new form of heavy metal music that will rock you to the core.

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Three reasons to love Apocalyptica

1. Their covers of "One" and "Nothing Else Matters" are as good and possibly better than the original Metallica versions.

2. It's amazing what they can do with a few cellos.

3. They smash through your musical boundaries.

Apocalyptica Concert Videos

Apocalyptica Albums

Plays Metallica By Four Cellos
Plays Metallica By Four Cellos

Apocalyptica's early production of awesome Metallica covers.

Amplified: A Decade Of Reinventing The Cello [2 CD]
Amplified: A Decade Of Reinventing The Cello [2 CD]

A collection of Apocalyptica's various cello heavy metal works from covering Metallica to playing their original work.


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Apocalyptica Music Videos

Like Classical Versions of Metallica?

Then you'll love this...

This 2 disc set is from a one time concert that Metallica did with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Share your Apocalyptica stories, sightings and thoughts. Have they helped change your view of classical or heavy metal music? Please leave a comment below.

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    • Silwen LM profile image

      Silwen LM 

      6 years ago

      Love them. Cello is a great instrument. Combining it with a great talent the result is incredible. Apocalyptica is one of my top music bands.

    • navalava lm profile image

      navalava lm 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed their concert last year. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! I like to see such great crossover musicians that really stand out. I'm lensrolling this lens to my lens about the remarkable Croatian (my countryman) cellist Stjepan Hauser :)

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      7 years ago

      Great dinner music at weddings too!

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      7 years ago

      These guys were the needed fresh wind in metal world!

    • Surfie LM profile image

      Surfie LM 

      8 years ago

      Nice lens! I love Metallica, and I love classic music too. This makes for a very enchanting mix. I love it when bands use classical instruments in their music. I love the I Am Ghost albums with Kerith playing her violin. Awesome stuff.

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens. I love this group's work. ***** to you.

    • LouiseKirkpatrick profile image


      10 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi Mac33,

      Congrats on an excellent lens :)

      I've just started a new Squidoo group devoted solely to Heavy Metal and wondered if you'd be interested in joining?

      You can check out the group here - Heavy Metal Headquarters


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      10 years ago

      Love their haunting eerie music! Thanks. Very nice design on your site.


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