I know I’ve mentioned this band before as one of my favs, but today I’m going to sell you on their diversity and range, and maybe you’ll check them out. If you’re a writer, they’ve got great ‘background’ songs with no lyrics, that range from classical to hard-core heavy metal. As well, evocative stuff that’ll put you in the right mood for your stories. If you’re a listener, I think they have something for everyone, from easy, to pop, to rock, to extreme shredding.
APOCALYPTICA is a Finnish band of three cellists and one drummer who were all classically trained. They started by putting out covers of Metallica songs and other heavy metal groups. They’ve graduated to performing their own compositions, ranging from purely classical, to moody, to hard-grinding heavy metal. They’ve composed music for video games, musicals, and other assorted stuff. All songs are entirely cello and drums, no electric guitar, nothing else. Just amazing to listen and hear the sounds they can emulate with their cellos.
To get you started, here’s a nice piece called BEAUTIFUL. I saw them play at First Avenue last fall and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the middle of their concerts, after major headbanging, they pull out some chairs and quiet things down a bit. If this song doesn’t win you over, nothing will.
Now something rock n’ roll-y, featuring guest singer Gavin Rossdale. The imagery is gorgeous.
And now something a little harder to show their range.
And because I am fascinated by what the cello can emulate, here is a video of Perttu challenging an electric guitar player, or vice versa.
Let me know what you think! Would you listen to this band if you use music as background when writing? Or how about cranking them up when cruising down the highway?