Apocalyptica Recruit Rob Trujillo For Their Latest Metallica Cover


Apocalyptica are ready to pickup where they left off with their 1996 tribute to the mighty Metallica. The Finnish symphonic metal band are readying “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2” for a June 07th release through Throwdown Entertainment.

Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age) was tasked with producing that outing. Thus far Metallica‘s own bassist/vocalist Robert Trujillo has been announced for the record,  with further guests pending. Trujillo appears on the lead single, a cover of the “Kill ‘Em All” cut “The Four Horsemen“.

Apocalyptica‘s Eicca Toppinen commented:

“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.”

Perttu Kivilaakso added:

“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!”

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2” stands as the final Apocalyptica release with drummer Mikko Sirén, who has since exited the fold. The band commented on his departure yesterday, February 22nd:

“Some of you may have already seen us playing without our drummer Mikko Siren in Brasil and Mexico earlier this year…or have heard rumors to this effect. We are very sorry to have to inform you that we have amicably parted ways with Mikko after 20 years. Recording our forthcoming album was our last collective achievement. Also, we want to reassure all of you that we – Eicca, Perttu and Paavo – will continue as Apocalyptica. We wish Mikko happiness and success in everything he aims for in all his future endeavors!!”

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2” track listing

01 – “Ride The Lightning
02 – “St. Anger
03 – “The Unforgiven II
04 – “Blackened
05 – “The Call Of Ktulu” (in memory of Cliff Burton)
06 – “The Four Horsemen” (feat. Rob Trujillo)
07 – “Holier Than Thou
08 – “To Live Is To Die
09 – “One
10 – “One” (Instrumental)

Pre-orders are available through Meanwhile, European, UK, etc. touring on the album is expected later in the year with the following dates announced:

06/08 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
09/13 Dubai, UAE – TBA
09/19 Istanbul, TUR – Zorlu PSM
09/21 Stockholm, SWE – Kagelbanan
09/22 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
09/23 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
09/24 Aarhus, DEN – Train
09/26 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit 36
09/27 Tilburg, NET – 013
09/29 Manchester, UK – Manchester Albert Hall
09/30 London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
10/01 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre
10/03 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
10/04 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10/05 Cardiff, UK – Great Uni Hall
10/07 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
10/08 Munich, GER – Tonhalle
10/09 Cologne, GER – E-Werk
10/10 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/11 Prague, CZE – 02 Universe
10/12 Dresden, GER – Alter Schlachthof
10/13 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
10/15 Krakow, POL – Studio
10/16 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
10/18 Palanga, LIT – Concert Hall
10/19 Kaunus, LIT – Zalgiris Arena
10/20 Vilnius, LIT – Compensa Hall
10/21 Riga, LAT – Arena
10/22 Tallinn, EST – Alexella Hall
11/11 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
11/12 Brussels, BEL – AB
11/13 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
11/14 Bordeaux, FRA – Le Rocher
11/15 Bilbao, SPA – Santana 27
11/17 Lisbon, POR – LAV
11/18 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
11/19 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
11/20 Marseille, FRA – Espace Julien
11/21 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
11/22 Lausanne, SWI – Metropole
11/23 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
11/25 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
11/26 Cluj-Napoca, ROM – Form Space
11/27 Bucharest, ROM – Sala Palatului
11/28 Sofia, BUL – NDK
11/29 Skopje, MAC – Boris Trajovski Arena
11/30 Belgrade, SER – Hangar

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