Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica is going to perform at Casa da Música in Porto on October 12 and at Aula Magna in Lisbon on October 13.
The band is composed of classically trained cellists and a drummer who joined the band in 2003. Their music features elements from classical music and neo-classical rock to symphonic metal. They have sold more than three million albums to date.
Apocalyptica was formed in 1993 by Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Max Lilja and Antero Manninen to play Metallica covers at Sibelius Academy.
In 1996, the band released their debut studio album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, which consisted solely of Metallica covers played on cellos.
In 1998, they released their second studio album, Inquisition Symphony.
Inquisition Symphony once again contained covers of Metallica, but also contained covers of Faith No More, Sepultura and Pantera.
For this album the band also decided to include three original songs written by Eicca Toppinen.
Their latest studio album entitled 7th Symphony, was released on August 2010 and features eight instrumentals plus four tracks with guest vocals.
The first single, End of Me, features Gavin Rossdale best known as the vocalist of the British alternative rock band Bush.
Tickets are available to buy at www.ticketline.pt Both concerts start from 9pm.