Apocalyptica, the Finnish band known for their cello-based take on metal and hard rock, are returning to the UK in early 2018 to continue celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Plays Metallica By Four Cellos.

When the group released the LP in May 1996, the graduates of the prestigious Sibelius Academy added a new twist to the genre. Their unique, instrumental approach to some of Metallica’s biggest songs, including Enter Sandman and Master Of Puppets, paved the way for a career that’s seen the classically trained musicians release seven more studio LPs and amass sales of over 4 million units.

That’s a long way from their initial hopes.

Says band leader Eicca Toppinen: “When we made the first album, our expectations were: ‘Okay, if we sell 1000 copies and get a few shows, that’s cool.’”  

The five upcoming shows, which begin in Brighton, are being billed as the last chance to see Plays Metallica By Four Cellos live. They follow select UK performances earlier this year.

“We were blown away by the enthusiasm and feedback we received, especially in London,” say the group. “It was a no brainer looking into doing more shows in England and Scotland. Here we come!”

The quartet play Brighton Dome (27 February 2018), Bristol’s Colston Hall (28 February), Birmingham Symphony Hall (1 March), Cambridge Corn Exchange (2 March), and Glasgow’s O2 ABC (3 March). Tickets go on sale on 18 August at www.myticket.co.uk.

Photography: The Temperance Movement, Acoustic Live.