Apocalyptica’s brand new single “One” featuring James Hetfield is available now

Author Benedetta Baldin - 17.5.2024

Apocalyptica are thrilled to announce the third single from “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica, Vol. 2” – the hotly-anticipated sequel to their legendary debut record. One falls hot on the heels of first singles “The Four Horsemen” and “The Unforgiven II“, and features none other than Metallica frontman James Hetfield himself. 

“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 tenth 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 an unprecedented collaboration.

Third single “Onetaken from Metallica’s 1988 landmark “…And Justice For All is a breathtaking reinterpretation of one of the biggest of The Big Four’s greatest musical moments – a true crowning creative achievement in their staggering 40-year career. In a stunning development, the single sees Metallica frontman James Hetfield himself joining proceedings for a soul-stirring, spoken-word rendition of those inimitable, now immortal lyrics. More than a unique collaboration, this is history in the making.

I think it’s incredible that James wanted to do it. We were always thinking, ‘it’d be great to someday do something with Metallica!’ I think the excitement for him came from the different approach we were taking – sometimes the craziest ideas are what excites people and that was our challenge. Eicca Toppinen

We used everything at our disposal to make it as bombastic as possible. It had to be epic! The result was truly cinematic, with James Hetfield narrating the story with those poetic lyrics. It was powerful and touching. As a fan I have to say it was unbelievable to finally hear it. I was in my home crying. My hands were shaking. It was an incredible journey. Perttu Kivilaakso

“Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2” was produced by longtime collaborator and studio supremo Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Tool) and will be released via new label Throwdown Entertainment on June 7th.


  1. Ride the Lightning
  2. St. Anger
  3. The Unforgiven II
  4. Blackened
  5. The Call of Ktulu (in memory of Cliff Burton)
  6. The Four Horsemen (ft. Rob Trujillo)
  7. Holier Than Thou
  8. To Live Is To Die
  9. One (ft.. James Hetfield)
  10. One (Instrumental)

Apocalyptica are:

Eicca Toppinen

Perttu Kivilaakso

Paavo Lötjönen