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Apocalyptica is a band from Finland consisting of four classically-trained cellists and a drummer.

Their specialty is heavy metal music on cellos, though they also play classical music.

They started in 1993 by playing covers of Metallica, but once the concept became popular they wrote their own original works, maintaining the influences on their albums Inquisition Symphony (mainly covers as well) and Cult. Since Reflections, they have added drums to their recordings and live performances.

Members:
Eicca Toppinen - cello
Perttu Kivilaakso - cello
Paavo Lötjönen - cello
Mikko Sirén - drums

Former Members:
Antero Manninen – cello (1996–1999, usually plays live)
Max Lilja – cello (1996–2002, when he joined Hevein)
Dave Lombardo - drums (2003-2004, also contributed drums on the songs Betrayal/Forgiveness and Last Hope)

Covered bands and composers:
Metallica
Edvard Grieg
Pantera
Rammstein
Sepultura
Slayer
Faith No More
Savatage
David Bowie (Helden = 'Heroes' cover in German)

Collaborations with:
Oomph!
Nina Hagen
Şebnem Ferah
Tomoyasu Hotei
Lauri Ylönen (of The Rasmus)
Linda Sundblad (of Lambretta)
Matthias Sayer (of Farmer Boys)
Sandra Nasic (of Guano Apes)
Ville Valo (of HIM)
Marta Jandova (of Die Happy)
Emmanuelle Monet, aka Manu (of Dolly)
Max Cavalera (of Soulfly, ex-Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy)
Matt Tuck (of Bullet for my Valentine)
Waltari (of Space Avenue)
Corey Taylor (of Stone Sour, Slipknot)
Till Lindemann (of Rammstein)
Cristina Scabbia (of Lacuna Coil)
Adam Gontier (of Three Days Grace)
Toryn Green (of Fuel)
Mats Levén (of Tiamat)

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