Apocalyptica was originally known for their numerous cello-only Metallica covers, they evolved to composing original songs and adding some percussion and vocals to their songs. Earlier this year the band released Cell-O.
The band states, «It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-O, we found particles of our universe previously unknown to us. Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear……Cell-O». The track Ashes Of A Moderne World,
Cello-O is their ninth studio album and the group teamed up with award-winning photographer/videographer Ville Juurikkala to create a visually engaging clip to go along with Ashes Of The Modern World. Apocalyptica have worked with singer Franky Perez on their previous release, but on their new album they goes to their roots and deliver a fully instrumental release. Cell-O showcases a band with a fair amount of sinister sounds and also with plenty of Thrash Metal vibes.
The band’s Eicca Toppinen states, «These new songs have so many layers and are so complex, and it’s not always easy to point exactly what they are about. But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to experience the same songs in very, very different ways. It’s also one reason why we don’t want to explain the songs before they’re experienced».
Listening to the album is an evocative and dynamic experience and the good songs are the many of. Sometimes we hear real Apocalypica artifacts like running the cello through distortion pedals and other effects. Still, the most natural use of instruments is sound. The band deliver a varied and timeless album with use of goth, electronic soundscapes, folk, prog metal, contemporary rhytmes, classic music, chamber music etc.