The Art of Darkness

Apocalyptica

March 29th, 2011 by Cobwebs

I have a suspicion that the long winter nights in Northern Europe tend to subtly warp its inhabitants, because an awful lot of truly weird stuff seems to come out of Scandinavia. Amongst these is Apocalyptica, a metal band from Helsinki featuring a trio of classically trained cellists. Because when I think of metal, “cello” is certainly the first thing that pops to my mind.

They have a channel on YouTube, although all of their “official” videos have had embedding disabled (which sort of subverts the point of YouTube, to my mind), so the example below was uploaded by a fan. You can also buy their MP3s on Amazon.

They’re certainly…unique.

(Hat tip to pdq)

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  1. xJane Says:

    Love it! I don’t know what it is, but I love the combination of completely dissimilar genres (like classical and metal). There was a group I loved when I was in high school, called Industrial Monk which took Gregorian chant and set it to techno/industrial beats. I can’t find it anymore and has a sad because of it.

    You have, of course, seen the cello cover of Smooth Criminal?

  2. LylahExperimental Says:

    These guys are fantastic. You wouldn’t think that a few guys on stage with some cellos would make for a good metal concert, but holy strings batman, it was the most metal thing I’ve ever experienced. They keep the crowd engaged, and maintain a good balance between Metallica covers, original metal-sounding stuff, songs with lyrics (all original songs at the show I attended), and softer, more classical sounding things. And, hey, not many people can hold a cello above their head and CONTINUE TO PLAY. If that’s not metal, I quit.

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