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


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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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:

Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Grave Digger
In Extremo
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:

As I Lay Dying
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
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:


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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:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest

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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:

Blind Guardian
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Ozzy Osbourne
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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Apocalyptica Pushes Back French And Swiss Shows

Apocalyptica has issued the following update about moving the band's French and Swiss shows back to April:

"To ensure that Perttu has enough time to recover, we decided to move the French dates and the Swiss date back to April. Fortunately all the French dates and the Swiss show have now been rescheduled without any major problems and we were even able to add an extra show in Marmande at Garorock. All tickets already bought will remain valid for the rescheduled shows. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and thank you so much for your support! Rest assured, Apocalyptica will definitely start touring on February 22nd 2011 in Ljubiljana."

The new dates are as follows:

08.04.11 FR – Marmande - Garorock Festival
09.04.11 FR – Le Mans – L’Oasis
10.04.11 CH – Lausanne – Les Docks
11.04.11 FR – Clarement Ferrand – Le Coupe
14.04.11 FR – Lille – Aeronef
15.04.11 FR – Strasbourg – Le Laterie (Artefact Festival)
16.04.11 FR – Rouen – Le 106

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Apocalyptica Reschedules North American Tour Dates

After announcing the postponement of their planned North American tour due to Perttu's health, Apocalyptica has now rescheduled the tour for March 2011. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled dates.

The rescheduled tour dates are as follows:

03.03.2011 US - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
04.03.2011 US – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
05.03.2011 US – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando
07.03.2011 US – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
08.03.2011 US – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
09.03.2011 CA – London, ON – Cowboy’s
10.03.2011 CA – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11.03.2011 CA – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
12.03.2011 US - Albany, NY – Northern Lights
13.03.2011 US – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
15.03.2011 US – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
16.03.2011 US – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock Cafe
17.03.2011 US – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
18.03.2011 US – Richmond, VA – The National
19.03.2011 US – Greenville, SC – The Handlebar
20.03.2011 US – Knoxville, TN - The Valarium
23.03.2011 US – Houston, TX - House Of Blues
24.03.2011 US – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
25.03.2011 US – Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock
26.03.2011 US – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
27.03.2011 US – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

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Apocalyptica Postpones North American Tour

Apocalyptica has posted this message on the band's offical web site:

"We wanted to let you know that sadly we are having to reschedule the current run of US dates to the beginning of March 2011. This is due to issues with Perttu's health; we have taken the advice of several doctors before making this decision. We are working on all details and more information for you right now, and of course we will keep you fully informed! We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our fans and look forward to returning to health and touring in 2011."

Apocalyptica recently released its seventh studio album, "7th Symphony," and features Gavin Rossdae (Bush), Dave Lombardo (Slayer) and Joseph Duplantier (Gojira).

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Ozzy Osbourne Confirmed For Wacken 2011

Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne has been confirmed for a headlining performance at next year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Ozzy will be headlining on thursday the 22nd of August, which is the first day of the event. Other bands confirmed for the festival so far include Suicidal Tendencies, Blind Guardian, Apocalyptica, Mayhem and Avantasia.

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Apocalyptica Announces New U.S. Tour Dates

Finnish hard rock/cello metal act Apocalyptica has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United States. The band are currently on tour to promite its latest studio album "7th Symphony." You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

Nov. 25 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
Nov. 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Nov. 27 - Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor
Nov. 29 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
Nov. 30 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
Dec. 04 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
Dec. 05 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Dec. 06 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe
Dec. 07 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Dec. 08 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Dec. 09 - Richmond, VA - The National
Dec. 10 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
Dec. 12 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
Dec. 13 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Dec. 14 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Dec. 15 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
Dec. 16 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Dec. 17 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Dec. 18 - Corpus Christi, TX - House Of Rock

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Apocalyptica Seeking Fan Images

Apocalyptica has issued the following announcement about seeking fan images for the cover of "7th Symphony:"

"This goes out to all Apocalyptica Fans around the world. Apocalyptica wants YOU to be part of their huge Fan Mosaic. Please participate in 'Mosaic Symphony' with your favourite image. All uploaded fan pictures including yours will create the album cover of '7th Symphony.'

"Connect with thousands of Apocalyptica fans around the globe. You will then receive a printable mosaic for free. To make it easy and safe for all Apocalyptica fans, join in here with your MySpace login. Enjoy! Join in 'Mosaic Symphony' at this location."

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