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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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Apocalyptica Reveals New Album Cover Art

Apocalyptica has revealed the cover art to their new album, "7th Symphony," at this location. "7th Symphony," is set to be released August 24th in North America (Aug 23rd in Rest of World).

The majority of the album was produced by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stoneage, Bad Religion etc.) with two other songs produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Motörhead, Papa Roach). The first single, “End Of Me,” is featuring Gavin Rossdale, best known as vocalist of the British alternative rock band Bush. The band filmed a music video for the single last week.

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Apocalyptica Announces "7th Symphony" Release Date

Apocalyptica is set to release its seventh studio album, "7th Symphony," on August 23rd (August 20th in Germany). The majority of the album was produced by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stoneage, Bad Religion etc.) with two other songs produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Motörhead, Papa Roach).

The first single, “End Of Me,” features Gavin Rossdale, best known as the vocalist of the British alternative rock band Bush. The album also features a number of other notable guest performances: Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo plays on "2010"; "Bring Them To Light" features Joseph Duplantier, singer and guitarist of the French death metal band Gojira; "Broken Pieces" is a cooperation with Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm; and "Not Strong Enough" is sung by Brent Smith (Shinedown).

The band is set to promote the release of the new album with a worldwide tour in 2010 and beyond. The following dates have been confirmed already:

May 21 Nashville, TN – WUBZ Hootenanny
May 22 Louisville, KY – Headliners
May 23 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
May 29 Indianapolis, IN – WRZX "May Day"
Jul. 08 Mexico City, MX – Metropolitain Theatre
Jul. 09 Mexico City, MX – Metropolitain Theatre
Jul. 15 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
Jul. 16 Pontiac, MI – Eagle Theatre
Jul. 17 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Jul. 18 Quebec City, QE – Summer Festival
Jul. 29 Luzern, CH – Blue Balls Festival
Jul. 30 Loreley, DE – Rockarea Festival
Jul. 31 Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
Aug. 07 Pori, FI – Sonisphere Festival
Aug. 12 Moscow, RU – B1

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Metal Hammer To Release Three Tribute Albums

Britains Metal Hammer magazine has announced that they will be releasing three tribute albums later this year, to celebrate the anniversarys of some of the biggest albums in metal and hard rock. A Black Sabbath tribute album will be released to celebrate fourty years since the band released their debut record and will feature performances from Electric Wizard, Turisas and Apocalyptica, who have confirmed that they will be covering the song, "Spiral Architect."

The magazine will also pay tribute to AC/DC's "Back In Black" album, which was originally released in 1980 and will include covers by Steel Panther and Skindred amongst others. Skindred has revealed that they will be covering the song, "Back In Black."

To complete the trilogy, a tribute album of Judas Priest songs will be issued to celebrate thirty years since the band broke into the mainstream with "British Steel." White Wizzard have been confirmed for the CD, as have Trigger The Bloodshed, who will be performing a rendition of the song, "Rapid Fire."

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Apocalyptica Reveals New Album Title

Finnish metal band APOCALYPTICA has announced that their upcoming album will be titled "7th Symphony." The new album will follow up their chart-topping release "Worlds Collide." "7th Symphony" will be Apocalyptica's 7th studio album. The band recently announced tour dates in their native Finland with more international dates to be revealed soon.

Upcoming Apocalyptica tour dates are as follows:

2/20/10 FI – Helsinki – Kaapelitehdas (Finnish Metal Expo)
3/11/10 FI – Savonlinna – Savonlinnasali
3/12/10 FI – Lahti – Sibeliustalo
3/13/10 FI – Kuopio – Musiikkikeskus
3/19/10 FI – Levi - Hullu Poro Areena
3/20/10 FI – Oulu – Teatria
3/21/10 FI – Seinäjoki – Rytmikorjaamo
3/22/10 FI – Turku – Konserttitalo
3/23/10 FI – Tampere – Tampere-talo
3/24/10 FI – Hämeenlinna – Verkatehdas
3/28/10 UA – Dnepropetrovsk – Sport Palace
3/30/10 UA – Odessa – Sport Palace
3/31/10 UA – Kiev – Port Palace
4/2/10 BY – Minsk - Palace of Republic

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More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organisers of the Sonisphere festival's British leg has announced a further seven additions to the events lineup. Reunited, alternative rock band Skunk Anansie will take to the Sonisphere stage, as will Fightstar, Funeral For A Friend, Gallows, Apocalyptica, Madina Lake and Family Force Five. The festival will take place at Knebworth from July 30th to August 1st.

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Apocalyptica To Release New Album This Summer

Finnish cello-rockers Apocalyptica just announced a summer debut for their latest metal-inspired creation. The new album will follow up their 2007 release "Worlds Collide." Dave Lombardo of Slayer, along with several other surprise guest musicians, are set to participate on this 7th studio album.

Classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén are currently putting finishing touches on the album and gearing up for their February invasion of Kaapelitehdas, Finland’s metal expo. By early March the band will return to Los Angeles and prepare to unveil the album on an international stage.

Apocalyptica also has the following upcoming tour dates:

2/20/10 FI – Helsinki – Kaapelitehdas (Finnish Metal Expo)
3/11/10 FI – Savonlinna – Savonlinnasali
3/12/10 FI – Lahti – Sibeliustalo
3/13/10 FI – Kuopio – Musiikkikeskus
3/19/10 FI – Levi - Hullu Poro Areena
3/20/10 FI – Oulu – Teatria
3/21/10 FI – Seinäjoki – Rytmikorjaamo
3/22/10 FI – Turku – Konserttitalo
3/23/10 FI – Tampere – Tampere-talo
3/24/10 FI – Hämeenlinna – Verkatehdas
3/28/10 UA – Dnepropetrovsk – Sport Palace
3/30/10 UA – Odessa – Sport Palace
3/31/10 UA – Kiev – Port Palace
4/2/10 BY – Minsk - Palace of Republic

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Apocalyptica Announces Ukraine Tour Dates

Apocalyptica have announced the following extra tour dates in the Ukraine and Belarus:

28.03.10 UA – Dnepropetrovsk – Sport Palace
30.03.10 UA – Odessa – Sport Palace
31.03.10 UA – Kiev – Sport Palace
02.04.10 BY – Minsk - Palace of Republic

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Apocalyptica Announces New Tour Dates

Finland's Apocalyptica have updated their tour schedule with the following string of dates:

2/5 2010 Korjaamo Helsinki
2/20 2010 Kaapelitehdas Helsinki
3/11 2010 Savonlinnasali Savonlinna
3/12 2010 Sibeliustalo Lahti
3/13 2010 Musiikkikeskus Kuopio
3/19 2010 Hullu Poro Areena Levi
3/20 2010 Teatria Oulu
3/21 2010 Rytmikorjaamo Seinäjoki
3/22 2010 Konserttitalo Turku
3/23 2010 Tampere-talo Tampere

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Apocalyptica Cancels Ukraine Tour Date

Apocalyptica has issued the following announcement about canceling their upcoming show in the Ukraine:

"Hello,

"Unfortunately we have to cancel the performance in Kherson, Ukraine. As we were facing several techincal problems we are not able to ensure we can provide a real Apocalyptica show in Kherson. We are working on re-scheduling a show in the Ukraine for spring 2010. Hope to see you all then!"

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Apocalyptica To Enter The Studio

Finnish symphony metal outfit Apocalyptica has announced that they will be entering the studio later this year to record a new studio album. The record is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of next year. As with the previous album, special guest vocalists are rumoured to be taking part in the recording.

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Apocalyptica Cancels Upcoming Minsk Live Show

Apocalyptica has issued the following announcement about canceling their upcoming Minsk tour date:

"Due to problems in advancing the show we unfortunately had to decide to cancel this show. The band is very sad as this would have been the first time to play in Belarus for them. But the risk of flying the entire crew, the full stage set up and the band to Belarus and then not been able to play a show (with fans waiting at the concert venue) was too high. We hope to be able to have an Apocalyptica concert in Belarus during the next touring cycle."

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Knock Out Festival Changes Venues

Apocalyptica has issued the following announcement about the Knock Out Festival changing venues:

"Due to the current weather conditions and forecasts in Krakow the promoter decided to change the festival to safer and more comfortable venue. Knock Out Festival 2009 will now take place at „TS Wisla” Hall (Reymonta st. 22)."

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Apocalyptica Comments On Illegal Song Usage

Apocalyptica has issued the following statement about the illegial use of the song "Path:"

"This is on an official statement by the band about the illegal use of our song 'Path' in a tv and internet commercial in the Czech Republic.

"Apocalyptica always supports minorities, stands up for human rights, respects every human being, no matter their colour, ethnic background or religion, worldwide.

"Apocalyptica also supports the idea of a united Europe and the European Union.

"We hope it is a clear statement that we would never allow the Czech Republican party 'Národní Strana' to use any of our music. The fact is, we were never asked if they could use our material.

"Beside the fact that we are mortified by the illegal use, 'Národní Strana' has contravened the law with the owners of the rights for the song 'Path' in Czech Republic, who are Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music.

"Both companies will start legal proceedings against the party now."

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Deftones Confirmed For Highfield Festival 2009

Deftones has been added to the Highfield Festival in Erfurt-Hohenfelden, Germany on August 23. Other bands already confirmed for the bill, spanning August 21 through 23, 2009 include:

DIE TOTEN HOSEN
ARCTIC MONKEYS
THE OFFSPRING
MAXIMO PARK
RISE AGAINST
FARIN URLAUB RACING TEAM
DEFTONES
CLUESO
WILCO
APOCALYPTICA
AFI
THE WOMBATS
SELIG
TOMTE
PANTEÓN ROCOCÓ
GET WELL SOON
OHRBOOTEN
DENDEMANN
SHANTEL & BUCOVINA ORKESTAR
TURBOSTAAT
ZEBRAHEAD
BADDIES
PORT O' BRIEN
THE HOT MELTS
NEIMO
KATZENJAMMER

More information can be found at www.highfield.de.

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Moonspell Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Portugese gothic metal band Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Candlemass
Carcass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Moonspell
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Carcass And Arch Enemy Added To Bloodstock 2009

Reunited British death metal legends Carcass and Swedish metallers Arch Enemy have both been named as the latest acts for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival. The festival takes place between August the fourteenth and sixteenth at the Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Candlemass
Carcass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Gwar Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Shock rock legends Gwar have been confirmed for this years edition of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England from August 14th-16th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Candlemass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Apocalyptica Reveals 2009 Touring Plans

Apocalyptica is working on their tour plans for 2009. They have announced a few festival appearances this summer with more to follow. Prior to that, however, the band plans to tour Russia, The Baltics, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Here are the latest Apocalyptica tour dates according to the band's MySpace page:

Apr 7 2009 8:00P - MTL Arena Samara
Apr 9 2009 8:00P - Concert Hall Rostov
Apr 10 2009 8:00P - Center Concert Hall Krasnodar
Apr 12 2009 8:00P - B1 Maximum Club Moscow
Apr 13 2009 8:00P - Jubileeny St. Petersburg
Apr 14 2009 8:00P - Arena Riga
Apr 15 2009 8:00P - UPA Vilnius
Apr 16 2009 8:00P - Stodola Club Warsaw
Apr 18 2009 8:00P - Novesta Zlin
Apr 19 2009 8:00P - Bonver Arena Ostrava
Apr 20 2009 8:00P - Incheba Arena Prague
Jun 5 2009 8:00P - Sauna Open Air Tampere
Aug 9 2009 8:00P - M’era Luna Festival Hildesheim
Aug 16 2009 8:00P - Bloodstock Open Air Derbyshire
Aug 23 2009 8:00P - Highfield Festival Stausee Hohenfelden
Aug 29 2009 8:00P - Krock U Maybutne Festival Kherson

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

British metal festival Bloodstock Open Air has announced that Municipal Waste, Enslaved and Million Dollar Reload have been added to the bill. The festival takes place from August 14th-16th at the Catton Hall in Derbyshire.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Candlemass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun
Sabaton

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Apocalyptica Video Interview with Contraband Candy

Ending a hectic year of touring in 2008 at London's prestigious Astoria, Contraband Candy caught up with Finnish cello-rockers Apocalyptica to find out how things went, what they do to relax and what to expect in future.

Check out the rather surprising ending to this feature and hear the band's special musical Christmas message to their fans in the video below. More...

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