APOCALYPTICA Streams “The Call of Ktulu” Single Featuring CLIFF BURTON’s Original Bass Track

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Apocalyptica have shared the visualizer video for the fourth single from their upcoming album “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica, Vol. 2” – the sequel to their legendary debut record. “The Call of Ktulu” follows on from a rapturous response to the preceding three singles: stunning reinterpretations of “The Four Horsemen,” “The Unforgiven II,” and “One.” Most notably, the track features the original bassline laid down by Metallica‘s legendary Cliff Burton, who tragically lost his life in a tour bus accident in 1986.

“Apocalyptica Plays Metallica, Vol. 2” will continue the journey that began in 1996 when cellists from Helsinki’s world-renowned Sibelius Academy played symphonic tribute to the biggest of the big four – heavy metal titans Metallica. For their ninth record, the classically-minded dynamos are returning to their roots to bring a legendary story full circle. It also features a host of surprises, including appearances by Metallica‘s very own James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo.

Apocalyptica’s “The Call of Ktulu”the original of which first appeared on Metallica‘s second album – 1984 landmark “Ride The Lightning” – is more than just a reimagining of that defining moment in thrash history. It represents a resounding seal of approval given by Metallica and the family of Cliff Burton themselves, who were all enthusiastically behind the idea. It also serves as a powerful tribute to a legendary bassist whose colossal musical legacy lives on.

“I’ve learned in life that if you have crazy ideas it’s always worth asking, so I called Lars!” says Apocalyptica founder Eicca Toppinen. “He was like, ‘I love that you guys always think outside of the box!’ James (Hetfield) loved the idea, and I met one of Cliff’s close relatives and she did, too. It was a spiritual experience working on this. We wanted to treat this with honor and maximum respect, and it was magical to have people so close to Cliff say that he would have loved it.”


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