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Watch: Boca Raton Teens Emil and Dariel Shred Some Serious Metal Cello

Boca Raton brothers Emil and Dariel Liakhovetski made a splash as finalists on season nine of NBC's America's Got Talent (currently in its eleventh season), garnering a massive following for their sizzling cello covers of classic rock anthems.

Since ending their AGT stint, the boys have been making some serious in-roads in the world of high-powered rock cello. "Our grandfather was a principal cellist for all his life, and he taught us how to play, and we basically perverted the instrument with rock music," a precocious Emil told local WTVJ-TV's 6 in the Mix in an on-air interview earlier this month.

"Our biggest dream came true just a few weeks ago," he continued. "We were invited to perform by our childhood idols, Apocalyptica, who are also the biggest cello band in the world."

"They're really incredible guys. The way they treated us was so heartwarming," said Dariel. They opened for the famous Finnish cello metal group at their May show at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale.

About two weeks ago, the brothers posted a video of the joint performance to their Facebook page, which was subsequently shared by Apocalyptica and has since garnered an impressive 1,012,238 views. Watch the video below:

"Wow! We went from #AGT to playing with our childhood idols, and the most Iconic cellists in the world! LIKE and SHARE so we spread the Cello Madness and Love with EVERYONE!!!!!" they captioned the video.

As for what's next, Emil and Dariel say they have some massive plans in the works, including a project with Apocalyptica, but they're keeping details under wraps for now. In the same interview with WTVJ-TV (NBC 6), Emil said, "They're an amazing band, and we're kind of an amazing band, so something cool is going to happen."

Keep up with Emil and Dariel via their Facebook page, which right now counts more than 20,000 fans.
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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami. She previously produced videos for Univision and edited music content for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in Vice, Bustle, Broadly, Time Out, and other publications. She has a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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