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Formed: 1993
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

This four-strong collective of classically-tutored cellists have successfully brought together the seemingly disparate worlds of classical music & hard rock without diluting either one.

The turning point for Apocalyptica came in December 1995 when they were asked to perform at the heavy metal club Teatro in Helsinki; it was here, whilst giving the full four-cello treatment to Metalli-classics like ‘Master Of Puppets’ and ‘Creep-ing Death’, that the group was spotted by local independent Zen Garden Records, who suggested they make an album showcasing the modern metal classics nearest (and dearest) to their collective heartbeat.

Since its release in Spring 1996, the debut Apocalyptica album ‘Plays Metallica By Four Cellos’ has notched up worldwide sales in excess of 350,000, gaining rich & ready approval from both strictly classical & hardline rock supports. Each release since then has featured more and more original material, proving without a doubt that Apocalyptica's talent and success are not merely a fluke or owed solely to a hand full of well-known Metallica songs.

Latest Apocalyptica News

Below is our complete Apocalyptica news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Napalm Death Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added another act to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: legendary U.K. grindcore act Napalm Death.

The world's largest metal cruise casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

Though the "All-Star Jam" was absent from the 2014 edition, the Jeff Waters run funfest - now dubbed "Jamming With Waters" is set to return in 2015. This is how it will go down: Waters will assemble the line-up and compile a list of songs. Then the fans will vote later this year for which of these songs will be played!

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Napalm Death joins previously announced bands below, with 34 bands still to be announced:

Alestorm
Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
D.A.D.
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Lake of Tears
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Origin
Primal Fear
Tank
Therion
Threshold
Triosphere
Xentrix More...

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New Bands Announced For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added four more acts to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: Danish hard rock act D.A.D., Scottish pirates Alestorm, U.K. legends Tank and the ultimate evil from Poland: Behemoth.

Though the "All-Star Jam" was absent from the 2014 edition, the Jeff Waters run funfest - now dubbed "Jamming With Waters" is set to return in 2015. This is how it will go down: Waters will assemble the line-up and compile a list of songs. Then the fans will vote later this year for which of these songs will be played!

The world's largest metal cruise casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

D.A.D., Alestorm, Tank and Behemoth join previously announced bands below, with 35 bands still to be announced:

Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Lake of Tears
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Origin
Primal Fear
Therion
Threshold
Triosphere
Xentrix More...

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Primal Fear Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added the 21st act to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: German power metal act Primal Fear.

The world's largest metal cruise casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Primal Fear joins previously announced bands below, with 39 bands still to be announced:

Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Lake of Tears
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Triosphere
Xentrix More...

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Lake Of Tears Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added the 20th act to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: Swedish gothic metal act Lake of Tears.

The world's largest metal cruise casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Lake of Tears joins previously announced bands below, with 40 bands still to be announced:

Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Triosphere
Xentrix More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015 Adds Triosphere

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added the 19th act to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: Norwegian power/progressive act Triosphere, which features vocalist/bassist Ida Haukland, who recently took part in the latest album from Epysode "Fantasmagoria." legendary Michael Schenker with the Temple of Rock and Canadian death metal act Kataklysm.

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock will feature Michael Schenker on guitars, Herman Rarebell on drums, Francis Buchholz on the bass guitar, Doogie White on vocals and Wayne Findlay on Guitars and Keyboards.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Triosphere joins the previously announced bands below, with 41 bands still to be announced:

Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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70,000 Tons Launches Channel, Announces Two Acts

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC launched a new YouTube Channel at this location and continued the countdown of 60 bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the largest cruise festival, adding the 17th and 18th band: legendary Michael Schenker with the Temple of Rock and Canadian death metal act Kataklysm.

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock will feature Michael Schenker on guitars, Herman Rarebell on drums, Francis Buchholz on the bass guitar, Doogie White on vocals and Wayne Findlay on Guitars and Keyboards.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock and Kataklysm join previously revealed bands, with 42 band left to be announced:

Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Korpiklaani
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Apocalyptica Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC continued the countdown of 60 bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the largest cruise festival, adding the 16th band: Finnish symphonic metal act Apocalyptica.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com. Booking is now open to all starting today!

Apocalyptica joins previously revealed bands, with 44 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Korpiklaani
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Apocalyptica Posts "Ludwig Wonderland" Live Clip

Apocalyptica has announced the release of "Wagner Reloaded" for this coming November and today unveils the video for "Ludwig Wonderland." Check out the live video clip below.

In celebration of Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, the sold-out Arena Leipzig saw standing ovations for Finnish cello act Apocalyptica, which for years has been building bridges between rock and classical music.

13 tracks of the exceptional premiere will be released on November 18th, 2013 as an official live recording with the MDR Symphony Orchestra on CD and vinyl. More...

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012, Day 3

Day three was upon us, and the only thing that banished the gloomy weather was knowing that the day held a few favorites in store. For me at least due to a stubborn illness I caught only the biggest acts. With a healthy mix of folk metal, deathcore, and even some classically inspired loveliness Day three promised to be another rousing adventure in Helsinki for everyone who came out to enjoy.

Suicide Silence was the first act of the day. The energetic Americans started the day off with some epic stage presence and brutal death core that prepared our ears for what was to come this day. Usually I’m not into this genre, but these guys have the kind of energy that is contagious. Singer Mitch is unusually acrobatic for a front man and has the audience frantically headbanging and moshing as he seemingly defies gravity while singing.

Next up was everyone’s favorits cellists, Apocalyptica. There’s something about this band that just pleases everyone, form pretentious purists to the most brutal metal fans; these guys have a very wide fan base. Always impressive is the fact that these well trained musicians can get a clean sound from their strings, even despite the humid weather and rain which usually wreak havoc on acoustic instruments. It’s hard not to enjoy the enthusiastic act on stage when the music can go from lovely, to rageful from one beat to the next. Though I wouldn’t have dreamt it doable these guys run around, headbang and essentially violate their cellos with bows that drop horse hair all over the stage; all while emitting music that permeates the festival grounds with its torment. More...

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Apocalyptica Cancels Shows In Brazil And Chile

Finnish band Apocalyptica announced that show dates previously scheduled for Brazil and Chile have been cancelled due to issues with the promoter. In a New Year update, the band stated:

"A Happy New Year to all of you! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas time with your friends and family as well as a blasting night to start 2012!

"We are super excited to start our Latin American tour in a few days. It has been years since we met all of you in this part of the world... Unfortunately within the last weeks we faced many difficulties with the concert promoter who was hired to do the shows in Chile and Brazil. Since weeks he ignored our team, which now ends in not even knowing venue addresses in Brazil.

"All this costs us a lot of money we will now lose. And since we cannot guarantee a show as of today we need to cancel both, the planned shows in Brazil and Chile.

"We cannot say whether tickets will be reimbursed or not since the promoter is not speaking to us for days now. Please check with your local ticket office.

"We are very disappointed about this news. But we will work hard now to reschedule concerts in Brazil and Chile as soon as possible - with different people promoting the shows!

"Some of you have purchased VIP tickets for the shows via our Pledge campaign for the photo book. You will receive a personal e-mail. Please look out for this.

"All others, who are not effected by the cancellation we are looking forward to see you all very very soon!"

For information on tour dates head over to this location for dates and venues.

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Waltari Celebrates 25 Years of Music

Finnish metal band Waltari recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band. Formed in 1986, they’ve become known in their careers as a band that excels at combining different styles of music, especially creating diverse and refreshingly open minded variations within rock and metal. So it was only natural that at their anniversary show at Nosturi in Helsinki, some of the areas diverse quantity of musicians within the Finnish musical community (and a few other from other areas! ) would be taking the stage to perform with these heroes of rock.

First up to take the stage was Lord Bishop of Lord Bishop Rocks. I cannot stress the diversity of this show enough, especially in the case of getting to hear this upbeat 70’s influenced rock. The charismatic Lord Bishop played well with the musicians of Waltari, and the effect was an intro to the night that spoke purely of the good times ahead.

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Apocalyptica Updates Tour Schedule

Apocalyptica has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates:

"The holiday season is over, the batteries are charged and the tour dates 2011 will take place as scheduled. And this isn’t everything– there are six (!) new festival dates and just now the support band for the first part of the tour has been confirmed! Apocalyptica are very happy to have the Munich band A Life Divided on board. As usual, the desirable VIP tickets are available in the US and Europe, if not already sold out in particular cities. Here, once again, all concerts in an overview and for taking notes."

You can check out Apocalyptica's recently uploaded video for "Not Strong Enough" here, or catch the band live on the following dates:

2/22 SI – Ljubiljana, Cvetlicarne
2/23 HU – Budapest, Petofi Hall
2/24 PL – Krakow, Studio
2/25 CZ – Pilsn, Locomotiva
2/26 CZ – Prague, Archa
2/27 DE – Munich, Zenith
2/28 DE – Stuttgart, Theaterhaus
3/1 DE – Frankfurt, Hugenottenhalle
3/3 US – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
3/4 US – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
3/5 US – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues Orlando
3/7 US – Nashville, TN – Cannery
3/8 US – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
3/9 CA – London, ON – Cowboy’s
3/10 CA – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
3/11 CA – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
3/12 US – Albany, NY – Northern Lights
3/13 US – Washington, DC – 9:30
3/15 US – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
3/16 US – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
3/17 US – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
3/18 US – Richmond, VA – The National
3/19 US – Greenville, SC – The Handlebar
3/20 US – Knoxville, TN – Valarium
3/21 US – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
3/23 US – Houston, TX – House of Blues
3/24 US – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
3/25 US – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
3/26 US – St. Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
3/27 US – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues More...

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Apocalyptica Posts "Not Strong Enough" Video

Apocalyptica has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to post a music video online for the song "Not Strong Enough," which is off the band's latest album "7th Symphony." You can check out the video clip below.

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Onslaught Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have been added to the bill for this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Also newly confirmed is Venomin James. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany from August 4th-6th 2011.

The lineup is now as follows:

Accuser
Alberlour's
Apocalyptica
As I Lay Dying
Avantasia
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Blowsight
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Devildriver
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Hellsaw
Horch
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Khold
Knorkator
Kreator More...

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Apocalyptica Comments On Rammstein Lawsuit

Finnish cello rock act Apocalyptica has posted the following statement online, in response to previous reports that the band had been sued by German metal act Rammstein. The statement reads;

"The [Anwalt24.de] article's headline [which suggested that Apocalyptica was forced to pay damages to Rammstein] is substantially wrong: neither the band Apocalyptica nor their management are or were involved in the described lawsuit. However, the parties involved are the band Rammstein and Sony Music Entertainment GmbH, as the successor of the by now-defunct affiliated label GUN Records.

"Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management regret the events, but neither had any influence on a violation of trademark and naming rights, nor any part in whatsoever resulting agreements.

"It is correct that GUN Records published advertisements with the stated endorsement disregarding existing agreements, and the band Rammstein subsequently filed a lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment GmbH as the parent company. It is furthermore correct that Sony Music Entertainment GmbH and Rammstein have agreed on a settlement, the details of which, however, are unknown to Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management. We ask that further articles on the topic correctly reproduce the facts."

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Apocalyptica Sued By Rammstein

Apocalyptica has experienced a couple legal hurdles recently. First, The Regional Court of Berlin has convicted Apocalyptica for trademark infringement against Rammstein. The Finnish cello metallers face a fine of 45,000 Euro. The Finnish band was sued over the album's release being promoted on stickers, magazines and posters with the words "featuring Rammstein" without the authorization of the band and their management, despite the appearance of Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe on the track "Helden" (a David Bowie cover of "Heroes").

In other Apocalyptica news, Atlantic Records would not give clearance to promote the album version of "Not Strong Enough," which features Brent Smith of Shinedown, to radio in the US. This was due to Shinedown's "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)" track off The Expendables soundtrack competing for radio play at the same time. Doug Robb of Hoobastank has now recorded a vocal track for the song and that is the version that will be going to radio in the U.S. on January 18, 2011. The track will be released digitally as well.

UPDATE: Apocalyptica has commented on the Rammstein law suit to clarify the situation.

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Devildriver To Play Wacken Open Air

Santa Barbara, California metal act Devildriver has confirmed that it will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the legendary Wacken Open Air festival. Wacken 2011 is set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:

ACCU§ER
APOCALYPTICA
AS I LAY DYING
AVANTASIA
BLAAS OF GLORY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BLOWSIGHT
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CRADLE OF FILTH
DEVILDRIVER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
EXODUS
HAYSEED DIXIE
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
HELLSAW
ICED EARTH
IN SOLITUDE
JUDAS PRIEST
KHOLD
KNORKATOR
KREATOR
MAYHEM
MORBID ANGEL
MORGOTH
MOTÖRHEAD
OZZY OSBOURNE
PRIMAL FEAR
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
RUSSKAJA
SEPULTURA
SIRENIA
SKÁLMÖLD
SKI KING
SMACK BALLZ
SODOM
STIER
SUBWAY TO SALLY
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
TAUTHR
THE HAUNTED
THE PROPHECY²³
TOKYO BLADE
TRIVIUM
TSJUDER
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
VOLCANO
VREID
WARRANT

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Visons Of Atlantis To Play Wacken 2011

Visions of Atlantis has announced it will be performing at the 2011 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is set to take place in Wacken, Germany from August 4th - 6th. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

Other confirmed bands for the festival include:

Motorhead
Airbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
Avantasia
Judas Priest
Apocalyptica

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Sepultura Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2011

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura have been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place fom August 4th-6th. The lineup is now as follows:

Apocalyptica
Avantasia
Blind Guardian
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Khold
Mayhem
Ozzy Osbourne
Sepultura
Suicidal Tendencies
Warrant (Ger)

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Apocalyptica Posts Hardrock Cafe Clips

Footage is available online of Apocalyptica performing at the Hardrock Cafe in Germany. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.

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