What happens when you amp a cello?

Who would think you could put a group of cellists on stage and call it heavy metal?  This, however, is exactly what happens when the band Apocalyptica plays.  This band from Finland consists of classically trained cellists (all graduates of the Sebilius Music Academy in Helsinki) who amp up their cellos and let it rock!!!  Their first album consisted entirely of covers of Metallica songs such as “Enter Sandman” and “The Unforgiven.”  One of their most popular songs from that album was this one.

They recorded a few more albums after that, mostly doing covers of bands like Pantera and Faith No More with a few of their own original songs thrown in.  It was during this time that they also started having guest singers for some of their music. This was how I heard of them.  In 2007, their album entitled “World’s Collide” came out and from that came a song called “I Don’t Care” featuring Adam Gontier, the lead singer of Three Days Grace, a band that I was really into at the time. 

First of all, I love rock.  Add orchestration into the mix and you have just created yourself a masterpiece in my opinion.  This song had everything I loved and the album was even better.  I was absolutely amazed at the way they could play their cellos so beautifully and classically and then turn around and make them sound harder and more metal than Eddie Van Halen on steroids. 

I got the chance to see Apocalyptica live in San Francisco and they were incredible.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  They came out strong and had everyone headbanging and making devil horns like we were in the throes of a Black Sabbath concert.  However, when they sat down to play a little classical, the crowd became almost completely silent to take in the beauty of it.  Just in case you don’t believe me, here’s a video from the concert that I was at.

My favorite song of theirs (so far) is called Not Strong Enough and it features Doug Robb from the band Hoobastank as the singer.  I adore the lyrics of this song.

In a nutshell, Apocalyptica is a great example for what can happen by thinking OUTSIDE of the box and mixing it up between two completely different worlds.  I kind of look at them and say “Wow.  If it can work that well for music, what else can we apply that to?”  Kinda make ya think, huh? 

You can find Apocalyptica on their Official Website. They are also on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and you can find their music on iTunes.


~ by musicloveaffair on March 6, 2011.

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