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Apocalyptica are thrilled to announce the third single from Apocalyptica Plays Metallica, Vol. 2 – the hotly-anticipated sequel to their legendary debut record. One falls hot on the heels of first singles The Four Horsemen and The Unforgiven II, and features none other than Metallica frontman James Hetfield himself, as well as Metallica bass player Robert Trujillo

Watch the official music video for “One”:

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 will continue the journey that began in 1996 when cellists from Helsinki’s world-renowned Sibelius Academy played symphonic tribute to the biggest of the big four – heavy metal titans Metallica. For their tenth record the classically-minded dynamos are returning to their roots to bring a legendary story full circle. It also features a host of surprises, including an unprecedented collaboration.

Third single One, taken from Metallica’s 1988 landmark …And Justice For All is a breathtaking reinterpretation of one of the biggest of Metallica’s greatest musical moments – a true crowning creative achievement in their staggering 40 year career. In a stunning development, the single sees Metallica frontman James Hetfield himself joining proceedings for a soul-stirring, spoken-word rendition of those inimitable, now immortal lyrics. More than a unique collaboration, this is history in the making.

“I think it’s incredible that James wanted to do it,” says Eicca Toppinen“We were always thinking, ‘it’d be great to someday do something with Metallica!’ I think the excitement for him came from the different approach we were taking – sometimes the craziest ideas are what excites people and that was our challenge.”

“We used everything at our disposal to make it as bombastic as possible. It had to be epic! The result was truly cinematic, with James Hetfield narrating the story with those poetic lyrics. It was powerful and touching,” adds Perttu Kivilaakso. “As a fan I have to say it was unbelievable to finally hear it. I was in my home crying. My hands were shaking. It was an incredible journey.”

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 was produced by longtime collaborator and studio supremo Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Tool) and will be released via new label Throwdown Entertainment on June 7th.

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1.    Ride the Lightning
2.    St. Anger
3.    The Unforgiven II
4.    Blackened
5.    The Call of Ktulu (in memory of Cliff Burton)
6.    The Four Horsemen (ft. Rob Trujillo)
7.    Holier Than Thou
8.    To Live Is To Die
9.    One (ft. James Hetfield)
10.    One (Instrumental)

Preorders are possible HERE.

Apocalyptica will embark on a big European Tour come fall 2024. Already in June they’ll play a special album release concert at Helsinki Ice Hall, as part of Metallica’s visit to the city that weekend. Find all dates here:

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour 2024
08 Jun FI Helsinki – Ice Hall
13 Sep AE Dubai – TBA
19 Sep TR Istanbul – Zorlu PSM
21 Sep SE Stockholm – Kagelbanan
22 Sep NO Oslo – Rockefeller
23 Sep DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio
24 Sep DK Aarhus – Train
26 Sep DE Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36
27 Sep NL Tilburg – O13
29 Sep UK Manchester – Manchester Albert Hall
30 Sep UK London – Royal Albert Hall
01 Oct IE Dublin – Olympia Theatre
03 Oct UK Glasgow – SWG3
04 Oct UK Nottingham – Rock City
05 Oct UK Cardiff – Great Uni Hall
07 Oct DE Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
08 Oct DE Munich – Tonhalle
09 Oct DE Cologne – E-Werk
10 Oct AT Vienna – Gasometer
11 Oct CZ Prague – 02 Universe
12 Oct DE Dresden – Alter Schlachthof
13 Oct DE Berlin – Columbiahalle
15 Oct PL Krakow – Studio
16 Oct PL Warsaw – Progresja
18 Oct LT Palanga – Concert Hall
19 Oct LT Kaunus – Zalgiris Arena
20 Oct LT Vilnius – Compensa Hall
21 Oct LV Riga – Arena
22 Oct EE Tallinn – Alexella Hall
11 Nov LX Esch Alzette – Rockhal
12 Nov BE Brussels – AB
13 Nov FR Paris – L’Olympia
14 Nov FR Bordeaux – Le Rocher
15 Nov ES Bilbao – Santana 27
17 Nov PT Lisbon – LAV
18 Nov ES Madrid – La Riviera
19 Nov ES Barcelona – Razzmatazz
20 Nov FR Marseille – Espace Julien
21 Nov IT Milan – Alcatraz
22 Nov CH Lausanne – Metropole
23 Nov CH Zurich – Komplex
25 Nov HU Budapest – Barba Negra
26 Nov RO Cluj – Form Space
27 Nov RO Bucharest – Sala Palatului
28 Nov BG Sofia – NDK (National Palace of Culture)
29 Nov MK Skopje – Boris Trajovski Arena
30 Nov RS Belgrade – Hangar

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Apocalyptica sind:
Eicca Toppinen
Perttu Kivilaakso
Paavo Lötjönen


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