The Finnish cellists of the band Apocalyptica, who perform metal music on cellos, initially became famous for their instrumental covers of compositions by famous metal bands, but later began to release their own compositions.
And recently, the band released a new mini-album, which includes just cover versions of famous classics. The album called “Metal Classic, Classic Metal” includes covers of a fragment of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” and Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”. Here’s what Perttu Kivilaakso said:
Flight Of The Bumblebee is one of the most well-known virtuosic pieces. I have played it during my classical years many times, always aiming for faster and faster performances. This time I thought it would be the coolest thing to make a rough and heavy Bee for our band, basically creating the slowest and most doomy Bumblebee ever! It’s fascinating how musical structures can work out in many various ways! This Bee is heavy and angry, but surely flies out with a smile on her face and a blink in its eye!
The band plans to tour extensively in the U.S. in 2022 and will also play several festivals before heading to Europe with Epic Apocalypse Tour with the band Epica.
Recall that Apocalyptica’s latest song “I’ll Get Through It” was released in March of this year and was written for the band by Diane Warren. The composition features Franky Perez, guest vocalist for the 2015 album “Shadowmaker,” and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler on bass.