Cult is the third studio album by the Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica, released in 2000. It was the first album to feature mainly original compositions, along with some covers of Metallica, Sepultura and Edvard Grieg. The album also experimented with vocals, distortion effects and other instrumentation, giving it a more orchestral and progressive sound than their previous albums.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cult, Apocalyptica released a special vinyl edition of the album in 2020, containing an extra disc with two bonus tracks: \"Path Vol. 2\" featuring Sandra NasiÄ of Guano Apes, and \"Hope Vol. 2\" featuring Matthias Sayer of Farmer Boys[^1^]. The special edition also includes a CD in a plastic sleeve and a foreword by Eicca Toppinen, one of the founding members of Apocalyptica.
Cult is widely regarded as one of Apocalyptica's best albums, showcasing their versatility and creativity as musicians. The album contains some of their most popular songs, such as \"Path\", \"In Memoriam\", \"Beyond Time\" and \"Hall of the Mountain King\". The album also received positive reviews from critics, who praised the band's originality and skillful fusion of classical and metal elements[^2^] [^3^].
Cult is a must-have for any fan of Apocalyptica or cello metal in general. The album is available for download in zip format from various online sources, or you can order the special vinyl edition from the band's official website.
Apocalyptica has a long and rich history as a band, starting from their humble origins as a Metallica tribute act. The band was formed by a cello quartet from Finland back in 1993 and has since become one of the notable global influences in heavy metal, neoclassical metal, and symphonic metal[^3^]. After its formation at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Apocalyptica released its debut album in 1996. The album, titled Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, consisted of eight instrumental covers of Metallica songs, mostly from their albums Master of Puppets and The Black Album[^1^]. The album was a surprise hit, earning praise from critics and fans alike for its innovative and skillful approach to metal music.
Apocalyptica continued to explore the fusion of classical and metal music in their subsequent albums, adding more original compositions and covers of other bands such as Faith No More, Sepultura, and Pantera. The band also experimented with vocals, distortion effects, percussion, and other instruments, creating a more diverse and dynamic sound. The band underwent some lineup changes over the years, with Antero Manninen leaving in 1999 and Max Lilja leaving in 2002. They were replaced by Perttu Kivilaakso and Mikko SirÃn, respectively. The band also collaborated with various guest musicians and vocalists, such as Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Ville Valo of HIM, Lauri YlÃnen of The Rasmus, Sandra NasiÄ of Guano Apes, Matthias Sayer of Farmer Boys, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, Joe Duplantier of Gojira, Brent Smith of Shinedown, Franky Perez of Scars on Broadway, and many more[^1^] [^2^].
Apocalyptica has released nine studio albums to date, with their latest being Cell-0 in 2020. The band has also performed live around the world, headlining festivals and tours such as Rock am Ring, Download Festival, Wacken Open Air, Ozzfest, World's Collide Tour, Shadowmaker Tour, and Plays Metallica by Four Cellos Tour. The band has also participated in various projects and events, such as composing the music for the video game Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne , performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 , supporting the World Wildlife Fund , and celebrating the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius . Apocalyptica has sold over four million albums worldwide and has received numerous awards and nominations for their work[^1^] [^2^]. a474f39169