Metallica’s ‘Orion’ played on cellos is face-meltingly awesome

21 February 2018, 16:38

By Lizzie Davis

The four cellists of Apocalyptica performed this cover of a Metallica classic at ‘Hellfest’ in 2017. And it proves once and for all that heavy metal and classical music are two sides of the very same coin

Metallica’s ‘Orion’ is an instrumental track from the band’s 1986 album ‘Master of Puppets’. It’s an epic metal masterpiece, clocking in at eight minutes.

And as if that’s not epic enough, it’s named after the constellation Orion in actual space.

The song has a prominent bass solo – originally performance by the band’s former bass player, the late Cliff Burton.

So it shouldn’t really come as any surprise that the track translates neatly over to cello.


You can catch Apocalyptica on tour from 27 February in Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge and Glasgow. Find out more and book tickets here.