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Apocalypitica: Cellos Are More Than "Gimmick"

Of the Oakland Press

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After 12 years and seven albums, Apocalyptica drummer Mikko Sirén senses that the gimmick of a heavy metal band fronted by three cello players is wearing off — which is good news for the Finnish quartet.

“We are hoping we’ll get out of that gimmick thing,” says Sirén, 31. “In the first stage, that’s what the band was, really, but now I think that the music is amazing. If people listen to the album and don’t know what it is, they are fully concentrating on the sound and the songs, not that we’re playing cellos.”

Apocalyptica’s latest release, “Worlds Collide,” certainly carries some heavyweight endorsements of the band’s validity. It features guest appearances by Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia, Three Days Grace’s Adam Gontier, Rammstein’s Till Lindemann and Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, the latter of whom sings on the first single, “I’m Not Jesus.” Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo also makes an appearance. Fuel’s Toryn Green, meanwhile, is the group’s touring vocalist.

Those colleagues, Sirén contends, brings Apocalyptica an approval of its peers that he and his bandmates hope will translate to fans.

“I think we’re lucky bastards that we get to work with such great people,” he says. “We’ve been touring a lot in past years and have met super cool musicians like Corey and Cristina. That mostly happens at festivals, where it’s sort of like this big, happy family thing and we get to meet people.

“It’s like doing work with friends, really. Like I said, we’re the lucky ones.”

Apocalyptica performs Tuesday (April 29th) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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