Plays Metallica by Four Cellos

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Plays Metallica by Four Cellos
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ReleasedJune 13, 1996
Genre Classical, chamber music, cello rock, symphonic metal
Label Mercury/Universal
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Plays Metallica by Four Cellos is the debut album by Finnish metal band Apocalyptica, released in 1996. It features eight instrumental Metallica covers arranged and played on cellos.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Apocalyptica Finnish symphonic metal band

Apocalyptica is a Finnish symphonic metal band from Helsinki, Finland, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso, drummer Mikko Sirén, and vocalist Franky Perez. Originally a Metallica classical tribute band, the band eventually adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of conventional guitars. They have sold over four million albums to date.

An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word song may refer to instrumentals. The music is primarily or exclusively produced using musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer ; as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in components from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.

The band was invited to record this album by a label employee after a 1995 show in which they performed some of the songs. The members were initially unsure and thought nobody would listen to such a record, but the employee insisted and they recorded it. [2] On 22 July 2016, a remastered version of the album was released with new bonus tracks. [3]

Track listing

Original 1996 Release
No.TitleWriter(s)Original Metallica albumLength
1."Enter Sandman" Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield from Metallica 3:41
2."Master of Puppets" Cliff Burton, Hammett, Ulrich, Hetfieldfrom Master of Puppets 7:17
3."Harvester of Sorrow"Ulrich, Hetfieldfrom ...And Justice for All 6:15
4."The Unforgiven"Hammett, Ulrich, Hetfieldfrom Metallica5:23
5."Sad but True"Ulrich, Hetfieldfrom Metallica4:48
6."Creeping Death"Burton, Hammett, Ulrich, Hetfieldfrom Ride the Lightning 5:08
7."Wherever I May Roam"Ulrich, Hetfieldfrom Metallica6:09
8."Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"Hammett, Ulrich, Hetfieldfrom Master of Puppets5:50

All tracks written by Ulrich, Hetfield.

2016 Remastered bonus tracks
No.TitleOriginal Metallica albumLength
9."Battery"from Master of Puppets4:32
10."Nothing Else Matters (2016 Version)"from Metallica4:49
11."Seek and Destroy"from Kill 'Em All 4:24

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