Apocalyptica has taken things to a new level with their third single, “One,” from their upcoming album Apocalyptica Plays Metallica, Vol. 2, a sequel to their iconic debut. Following the singles “The Four Horsemen” and “The Unforgiven II,” “One” features Metallica frontman James Hetfield, the legend himself.

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 continues the journey that began in 1996 when Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy cellists paid symphonic tribute to Metallica. This tenth album marks a return to their roots, featuring surprises like Hetfield’s spoken-word rendition of “One” from Metallica’s 1988 album …And Justice For All. Produced by Joe Barresi, Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 will be released by Throwdown Entertainment on June 7th.

Eicca Toppinen comments:

“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.”

Perttu Kivilaakso adds:

“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.”

Watch the clip below and pre-order the album here: