Andrew Kjelson

Ride the Lightning: An Interview with Eicca Toppinen of Apocalyptica

Andrew Kjelson
Jun 15, 2024
1 min read
Photo: Riki Murto

On June 13, 2024, I had the pleasure of chatting with Eicca Toppinen (Bandleader/Rhythm Cellist) of Apocalyptica. We spoke about the release of their newest album, Plays Metallica Vol. 2, their 2024-2025 touring plans, the group's writing processes, and more!

Apocalyptica is a symphonic/neoclassical metal band hailing from Helsinki, FI. Formed in 1993, the band have spent over three decades taking the metal/rock world by storm with their unique blend of metal and symphonic arrangements. Plays Metallica Vol. 2 is a sentimental release for the group, as it serves as a direct follow-up to their first studio album, Plays Metallica Vol. 1, which released in 1996, shooting the band to stardom.

Stream "Plays Metallica Vol. 2" by Apocalyptica on Spotify

Apocalyptica is:

·      Eicca Toppinen (Bandleader/Rhythm Cello)

·      Paavo Lötjönen (Rhythm/Bass Cello)

·      Perttu Kivilaakso (Programming/Lead Cello)

Watch the official music video for "One" by Apocalyptica (featuring Metallica's James Hetfield and Rob Trujillo) on YouTube

Apocalyptica's new album, Plays Metallica Vol. 2, is available now via Throwdown Entertainment/BMG.

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