23rd February 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

APOCALYPTICA are thrilled to announce a stunning follow-up to their legendary debut record. 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 beginning with a unique collaboration. Lead single ‘The Four Horsemen’, taken from Metallica’s 1983 debut Kill ‘Em All will feature Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo, setting the scene for a compendium of deep cuts and brilliant highlights spanning Metallica’s staggering 40 year career, and there are more surprises to come.

Stream ‘The Four Horsemen’ here.
Pre-save Apocalyptica Plays Metallica: Vol 2. here.


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 favorite tracks gives me goosebumps!“


This album will be 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 via the new label Throwdown Entertainment on June 7th.



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
10. One (Instrumental)

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The band will tour Europe in fall 2024.  Public on-sale for tickets will be Friday, February 23.  They will offer upgrades to regular tickets for VIP experiences via the band’s website.


Full tour dates:

08 Jun  FI Helsinki – Ice Hall (public on sale 26.2.)

13 Sep AE Dubai – TBA

19 Sep TR Istanbul – Zorlu PSM

21 Sep SE Stockholm – Kagelbanan

22 Sep NO Oslo – Rockefeller

23 Sep DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio

24 Sep DK Aarhus – Train

26 Sep DE Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36

27 Sep NL Tilburg – O13

29 Sep UK Manchester – Manchester Albert Hall

30 Sep UK London – Royal Albert Hall

01 Oct IE Dublin – Olympia Theatre

03 Oct UK Glasgow – SWG3

04 Oct UK Nottingham – Rock City

05 Oct UK Cardiff – Great Uni Hall

07 Oct DE Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

08 Oct DE Munich – Tonhalle

09 Oct DE Cologne – E-Werk

10 Oct AT Vienna – Gasometer

11 Oct CZ Prague – 02 Universe

12 Oct DE Dresden – Alter Schlachthof

13 Oct DE Berlin – Columbiahalle

15 Oct PL Krakow – Studio

16 Oct PL Warsaw – Progresja

18 Oct LT Palanga – Concert Hall

19 Oct LT Kaunus – Zalgiris Arena

20 Oct LT Vilnius – Compensa Hall

21 Oct LV Riga – Arena

22 Oct EE Tallinn – Alexella Hall

11 Nov LX Esch Alzette – Rockhal

12 Nov BE Brussels – AB

13 Nov FR Paris – L’Olympia

14 Nov FR Bordeaux – Le Rocher

15 Nov ES Bilbao – Santana 27

17 Nov PT Lisbon – LAV

18 Nov ES Madrid – La Riviera

19 Nov ES Barcelona – Razzmatazz

20 Nov FR Marseille – Espace Julien

21 Nov IT Milan – Alcatraz

22 Nov CH Lausanne – Metropole

23 Nov CH Zurich – Komplex

25 Nov HU Budapest – Barba Negra

26 Nov RO Cluj – Form Space

27 Nov RO Bucharest – Sala Palatului

28 Nov BG Sofia – NDK (National Palace of Culture)

29 Nov MK Skopje – Boris Trajovski Arena

30 Nov RS Belgrade – Hangar

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