Plays Metallica by Four Cellos

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Plays Metallica by Four Cellos
Studio album by Apocalyptica
Released June 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.

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 Jul 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


  2. Schizodeluxe, Andrew (14 January 2015). "Apocalyptica talks to The Rockpit". The Rockpit. Retrieved 20 April 2015.