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Heavy Metal Cellists Bare All For New Album

of the Oakland Press

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The Finnish heavy metal cello band Apolcalyptica doesn’t usually record ballads. And it usually wears clothes in the studio.

But both of those conventions changed on “Beautiful,” a track from the quartet’s new album “7th Symphony” — due out Aug. 23 — which was recorded in the nude with drummer Mikko Siren playing bass for the very first time.

“That’s true. We did it that way,” acknowledges Paavo Lotjonen, one of Apocalyptica’s three cellists. “But, you know, to be naked is a totally different thing for the Finns than the Americans, I think. Maybe for Americans it’s difficult to understand the joke behind it.

“It was just for fun. We were spending over one month in the studio, and you’ve got to get some fun happening there, too.”

Fans will find the rest of “7th Symphony” more typical of the Apocalyptica’s approach, however, as the group blends intricate and aggressive instrumentals with more mainstream-oriented vocal tracks featuring Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Flyleaf’s Lacey Sturm, who sings on the album’s first single, “Broken Pieces.”

“That has been Apocalyptica for 10 years already, we’re very used to it,” Lotjonen notes. “We are a bit schizophrenic in that way, but we feel really comfortable with the singers, and it’s really interesting to do music with different kind of voices like that. We enjoy it.”

Apocalyptica performs Friday, July 16, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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