Who wants to start a heavy metal clarinet band? What could we call it? Grenadilla Death. Nuclear Cylinders. Ideas?
Apocalyptica cellist Eicca Toppinen: "I think all music has certain connections, because music is all about emotions, and I think that so many different music styles can give you the same kind of emotion," he says.
This connection seems obvious to Toppinen, a classically trained musician who performed for years in various symphony orchestras in Finland.
"When we started Apocalyptica, we were surprised people got so excited about it, because for us, it was the most natural thing to do," he says. "We loved classical music, we loved metal music, we loved all kinds of rock music -- I liked Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Jimi Hendrix, Pantera, Slayer. It was a big surprise for us when people were like, 'Wow, this is so revolutionary.' We were like, 'No, we're just playing the music we like on the instruments that we can play.' "