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APOCALYPTICA release new single “The Call Of Ktulu” (In Memory Of Cliff Burton).

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APOCALYPTICA are thrilled to announce the fourth and final exciting single from Apocalyptica Plays Metallica, Vol. 2 – the hotly-anticipated sequel to their legendary debut record. ‘The Call of Ktulu’ follows on from a rapturous response to the preceding three singles: stunning reinterpretations of ‘The Four Horsemen’, ‘The Unforgiven II’ and ‘One’. Most notably, ‘The Call of Ktulu’ features a truly remarkable guest: legendary Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton himself.

APOCALYPTICA’s ‘The Call Of Ktulu’, the original of which first appeared on Metallica’s second album – 1984 landmark Ride The Lightning – is more than just a reimagining of that defining moment in thrash history. It represents a resounding seal of approval given by Metallica and the family of Cliff Burton themselves, who were all enthusiastically behind the idea. It also serves as a powerful tribute to a legendary bassist whose colossal musical legacy lives on.

APOCALYPTICA founder Eicca Toppinen comments:

“I’ve learned in life that if you have crazy ideas it’s always worth asking, so I called Lars! He was like, ‘I love that you guys always think outside of the box!’ James (Hetfield) loved the idea, and I met one of Cliff’s close relatives and she did too. It was a spiritual experience working on this. We wanted to treat this with honour and maximum respect, and it was magical to have people so close to Cliff say that he would have loved it.”

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 ninth 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 appearances by Metallica’s very own James HetfieldRob Trujillo, and – in a move that is sure to set the metal world alight – ‘The Call of Ktulu’, featuring the original bass line laid down by Cliff Burton, who tragically lost his life in a tour bus accident in 1986.

This album is the band’s final studio release with APOCALYPTICA’s long-time member, drummer Mikko Sirén, who amicably departed after the new album’s completion. 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 on 7th June via new label Throwdown Entertainment.

Founding band-leader Eicca Toppinen comments:
“It’s the coolest thing. We didn’t push – it was offered. We played the first album live and it was so much more fun and exciting than we expected, so we got the idea to do something like the first album, but we couldn’t do it in exactly the same way – we needed to challenge ourselves and bring a totally new perspective to the original energy and emotion of Metallica.”

Lead cellist Perttu Kivilaakso adds: “We’ve been talking about making another Metallica album for around 20 years, as there were still so many great songs we wanted to play! We waited for the perfect moment to do it. Thinking of that teenage me who is now getting to play his favourite tracks gives me goosebumps!”

APOCALYPTICA Album Covers 1
APOCALYPTICA Album Covers 1

APOCALYPTICA“Plays Metallica Vol. 2”
Album Artwork – Download hi-res version here
Track Listing:

  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)

Band Members:
Eicca Toppinen – Cellos
Paavo Lötjönen – Cellos
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cellos

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