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"Apocalyptica" is a Finnish band consisting of three (formerly four) classically trained cellists and (since 2003) a drummer. Their speciality is heavy metal music played on cellos, though they also play classical music. They are all former students of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Their first album, ''Plays Metallica by Four Cellos'', consisted solely of Metallica covers. For their second album ''Inquisition Symphony'', they added covers of Faith No More, Sepultura and Pantera, as well as three original songs. For their fourth album, ''Reflections'', they developed their style of cello rock further; adding drums and developing a more electronic sound, instead of the previous acoustic style arrangement found on ''Inquisition Symphony'' and ''Cult''.

In 1999, Antero Manninen left the band, being replaced by Perttu Kivilaakso followed by Max Lilja in 2002; leaving Apocalyptica only with three members. Dave Lombardo did the drumming for five tracks on ''Reflections'' and for one track on ''Apocalyptica''. Lombardo was unable to tour with the group from the beginning so Mikko Sirén filled the position and is now officially the fourth member of Apocalyptica. During concer...

years active 1995–present
origin Helsinki, Finland
music genre Cello rock
current members Eicca Toppinen
Paavo Lötjönen
Perttu Kivilaakso
Mikko Sirén
website Official Website
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