The cello band Apocalyptica was formed in Helsinki, Finland in 1993. The current lineup includes the cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lotjonen and the drummer Mikko Siren. They are mostly famous for such singles as “Path Vol.2”, “Seemann”, and “Bittersweet”.
All cellists from the band studied at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy. During their university years, they got together many times and contemplated creating a band while playing their cello music. In 1993, they were creating a concert program for a summer camp and the women decided to play several Metallica songs. The songs were very well received by the audiences and the cellists decided to go further with heavy music experiments.
In 1995, the band gave their first concert. Some time after their performance, the group was approached by a representative of a local record label Zen Garden Records, who offered them to record an album with Metallica songs. The musicians accepted and in 1996, they released their first official LP Plays Metallica By Four Cellos. The album sold 250,000 copies and the band became famous worldwide. The LP was certified platinum in Finland and golden in Poland and Germany.
The new approach to the old music conquered the hearts of all Apocalyptica fans. They created a mix of complex classical sound and an original approach to the accented rhythms. Musicians became so popular that fans and organizers all over the world tried to book Apocalyptica for private events.