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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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Mats Leven Lays Down Vocals For Apocalyptica

Swedish singer Mats Levén (KRUX, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, CANDLEMASS) has issued the following update:

"Recorded some backing vocals on two songs today with producer Jacob Hellner for the APOCALYPTICA album, sounded good. First time I worked with Jacob, nice guy.
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Apocalyptica Reveal European Tour Dates

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have lined up the following tour dates:

May 25 - Liquid Room - Tokyo, JPN (showcase)
Jul. 15 - Olympic Stadium - Helsinki, FIN (supporting METALLICA)
Oct. 08 - Riga Arena - Riga, LAT
Oct. 09 - UPA - Vilnius, LIT
Oct. 10 - Linnahall - Tallinn, EST
Oct. 11 - R-Beat - Turku, FIN
Oct. 12 - Lippupalvelu - Tamper, FIN More...

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Apocalyptica Announce Album Details and Guests

In 2007, APOCALYPTICA will perform in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest Final on the May 12 as Special Guests (not in the actual competition). They will bring their trailblazing brand of metal to the show's final entertainment climax, blending old hits and previewing tracks from new album in an 8 minute medley. The 2007 final continues along the direction the 2006 winners Lordi had previously marked out, promising fantasy, fun and rock. Lordi will also naturally participate in the event, opening the whole ceremony themselves with a live performance.

APOCALYPTICA also release the live DVD 'The Life Burns Tour' on May the 14th across the UK, support Metallica on July 15th in Helsinki, and are building up to the release of the Jacob Hellner (Rammstein) produced next record, which is set for release in September (TBC). This much anticipated album will feature a whole host of incredible guest stars who are at the forefront of the hard rock/metal scene including Corey Taylor, Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Tomoyasu Hotei (superstar Japanese composer, whose credits include the Kill Bill soundtrack), Joseph Duplantier (Gojira), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and MANY more to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Metallica Announce Opening Acts for Upcoming Tour

METALLICA have issued the following update:

"Easter greetings from Metallica HQ! In our ongoing quest to keep you informed about every little thing we have planned for our upcoming jaunt through Europe this summer, we finally have an almost complete list of bands who will be joining us as we take a little break from recording to come hang with some of you in a few of the coolest cities on the planet. As you know, some of the shows are festival dates, so things could change a little here and there, and we may have one or two more surprises for you along the way, but as of April 8, here's what we've got for you so far. And for those of you in Denmark lucky enough to score tickets after we got done with Lars' guest list, we're spreading the Danish love with... just read Lars' extra special Easter greeting...in Danish!

We're super psyched to be sharing the stage with great musicians from all over the world . . . see you out there!" More...

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Apocalyptica Performing in Japan

In line with the Finland Fest, taking place in Tokyo, Apocalyptica will perform an exclusive show. Finland Fest in Tokyo is an opportunity to meet representatives from 26 top Finnish music companies: Labels, publishers and agents are bringing forth the abundant talents in pop, rock, electronic, world music and metal. Along with the music trade event at JETRO on Friday, May 24th, Finland Fest in Tokyo will ship nine top Finnish bands to Japan's capital for intense showcase performances in and Liquid Room, Pit Inn and Buddy.

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Apocalyptica DVD Details, US Release

Today marks the U.S. release of Apocalyptica’s new DVD, entitled The Life Burns Tour. The group, which hails from Finland and is comprised of four classically trained cellists plus a metal drummer, has achieved worldwide fame via their unique melding of epic metal with acoustic stringed instrumentation. The band initially gained notoriety in the U.S. with the 1997 album release “Plays Metallica By Four Cellos,” which sold over a million copies worldwide.

The new DVD is the band’s first release for Jive Records/Zomba Label Group, and it includes a 20-song complete live concert from Dusseldorf, Germany that features Apocalyptica’s original compositions as well as their re-imaginings of classic material by Metallica, Sepultura, and more, not to mention their version of Grieg’s well-loved piece “In The Hall Of The Mountain King.”

Also included on the disc is an Apocalyptica video collection showcasing the band’s ability to integrate vocalists into their music, including collaborations with Ville Valo (HIM), Lauri Ylonen (Rasmus), Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine) and Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly). A short EPK shows the in-studio recording of the song Repressed featuring Tuck and Cavalera, each of whom give exclusive interviews about the making of the song and their love for the band.

This DVD will tide Apocalyptica fans over until the group drops their new full-length album later this year. Many metal and rock insiders believe the next release will herald the group’s breakthrough in this country from underground sensation to household name.

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Apocalyptica Plan Three Releases, Tour Dates

There will be three new releases of Apocalyptica this May including the single "Repressed" featuring Max Cavalera/Soulfly and Matt Tuck/Bullet For My Valentine, which will be released on May 19, the ultimate Apocalyptica 2 CD Collection "Amplified - A Decade Of Reinventing The Cello," and the DVD "The Life Burns Tour" follow on May 26.

Details and tracklists of these releases will be forthcoming. However, here are links to the full length video of the single "Repressed":

Windows Media: low / high
Real Video: low / high

Currently scheduled Apocalyptica tour dates are as follows: More...

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Apocalyptica Announce More European Tour Dates

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have lined up the following European tour dates during the coming months:

May 25 - Eskisehir, TUR @ 222 Park
May 26 - Ankara, UR @ Cankaya
May 27 - Izmir, UR @ Fuar
May 28 - Istanbul, UR @ Yeni Melek
May 30 - Skopje, MAC @ Ice Hockey Arena
May 31 - Bucharest, ROM @ Romane Open Air
Jun. 01 - Kavarna, BUL @ Central Square
Jun. 02 - Sofia, BUL @ Hristo Botev Hall
Jun. 03 – Belgrad, SER @ Tasmajdan Arena
Jun. 04 - Zagreb, CRO @ Tvornica Kulture
Jun. 05 - Lublijana, SLO @ Krizrnka
Jun. 06 - Bratislava, SLO @ PKO
Jun. 16 - Nickelsdorf, AUT @ Nova Rock
Jun. 17 - Interlaken, SWI @ Greenfield Festival
Jun. 23 - Le Mans, FRA @ Hellfest Festival
Jun. 24 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, GER @ Southside Festival
Jun. 25 - Scheessel, GER @ Hurricane Festival
Jun. 30 - Mezötúr, HUN @ Wan2 Festival
Jul. 01 - Brussels, BEL @ European Union Open Air Event
Jul. 07 - Turku, FIN @ Ruisrock Festival
Jul. 16 - Vizovice, CZR @ Masters of Rock Festival

APOCALYPTICA recently signed a worldwide, multi-album recording deal with 20-20 Entertainment, Martin Dodd's New York-based joint venture with Sony BMG International. The band plan to enter the studio later in the year to record their sixth album, which will feature new material with unidentified collaborations.

Since the release of their debut 1996 album "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos" on Finnish indie label Zen Garden, the band has sold roughly 2.5 million albums, according to Sony BMG.

Until recently, the act was signed to Universal Music Germany. Their most recent album, "Apocalyptica" (Vertigo/Universal) was released in Europe in early 2005.

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Apocalyptica Sign With 20-20 Entertainment

Lars Brandle of Monsters and Critics is reporting that Finnish "cello rock" group APOCALYPTICA has signed a worldwide, multi-album recording deal with 20-20 Entertainment, Martin Dodd's New York-based joint venture with Sony BMG International.

According to a statement issued Monday (March 20) from Sony BMG, the band is to enter the studio later in the year to record their sixth album, which will feature new material with unidentified collaborations.

"We are immensely proud to sign APOCALYTICA," comments Maarten Steinkamp, president, Sony BMG Continental Europe and chairman/CEO of the company's German operations. "APOCALYPTICA are unique and we look forward to working with them and developing their success yet further."

In the statement, Steinkamp describes the decision to sign the act as "another example that shows how highly committed we are to working and breaking repertoire from all across Europe."

Since the release of their debut 1996 album "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos" on Finnish indie label Zen Garden, the band has sold roughly 2.5 million albums, Sony BMG says.

Until recently, the act was signed to Universal Music Germany. Their most recent album, "Apocalyptica" (Vertigo/Universal), its first set of original material, was released in Europe in early 2005.

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Apocalyptica Music Featured In German Movie

According to a posting on the official APOCALYPTICA web site, the band's music will be featured in a German movie entitled "Die Mandantin", which is set to air on the ZDF network on March 13 at 8:15 p.m. CET. The film, which was directed by Marcus O. Rosenmüller, features a soundtrack consisting entirely of APOCALYPTICA compositions.

As previously reported, APOCALYPTICA have been confirmed for this year's Hurricane Festival, set to take place June 23-25 in Scheessel, Germany. Other acts scheduled to perform include MANU CHAO RADIO BEMBA SOUND SYSTEM, DONAVON FRANKENREITER, ADAM GREEN, HARD-FI, THE HIVES and SIGUR ROS.

Upcoming APOCALYPTICA shows:

May 25 - Eskisehir, TUR - 222 Park
May 26 - Ankara, TUR - Cankaya
May 27 - Izmir, TUR - Fuar
May 28 - Istanbul, TUR - Yeni Melek
May 30 - Skopje, MAC - Ice Hockey Arena
Jun. 23 - Le Mans, FRA - Hellfest Festival
Jun. 24 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, GER - Southside Festival
Jun. 25 - Scheessel, GER - Hurricane Festival

APOCALYPTICA's self-titled album was released in January 2005 via Universal. The CD includes a guest appearance by SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo on a song called "Betrayal/Forgiveness". The track, which is described by APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso as a "really fast, thrash metal-influenced song," marks the second time Lombardo has played on an APOCALYPTICA CD, having previously performed on 2003's "Reflections".

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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Hurricane Festival

APOCALYPTICA have been confirmed for this year's Hurricane Festival, set to take place June 23-25 in Scheessel, Germany. Other acts scheduled to perform include MANU CHAO RADIO BEMBA SOUND SYSTEM, DONAVON FRANKENREITER, ADAM GREEN, HARD-FI, THE HIVES and SIGUR ROS.

Upcoming APOCALYPTICA shows:

May 25 - Eskisehir, TUR - 222 Park
May 26 - Ankara, TUR - Cankaya
May 27 - Izmir, TUR - Fuar
May 28 - Istanbul, TUR - Yeni Melek
May 30 - Skopje, MAC - Ice Hockey Arena
Jun. 23 - Le Mans, FRA - Hellfest Festival
Jun. 24 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, GER - Southside Festival
Jun. 25 - Scheessel, GER - Hurricane Festival

APOCALYPTICA's self-titled album was released in January 2005 via Universal. The CD includes a guest appearance by SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo on a song called "Betrayal/Forgiveness". The track, which is described by APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso as a "really fast, thrash metal-influenced song," marks the second time Lombardo has played on an APOCALYPTICA CD, having previously performed on 2003's "Reflections".

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2005 Awards

Having just wrapped up another year, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on what made this year a great year in metal.

Like last year, I've polled the entire staff here at metalunderground.com about their favorite albums of 2005. This year we've also added a few more categories as well. At the end of announcing the winners of all of the categories, the entire ordered list of nominees will be presented, because there was simply so much good metal to check out.

So without further ado, I'll present Metalunderground.com's staff picks for the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2005, Best Metal Newcomer of 2005, Best Live Act of 2005, and Most Anticipated Release for 2006.


Best Metal Album of 2005

There were some great metal albums released in 2005, although dare I say not many landmark albums. Still, a few great releases rise to the top of 2005 and the nod for Best Metal of 2005 goes to:

Nevermore's "This Godless Endeavor"

Runners-up:
Chimaira's "Chimaira"
Behemoth's "Demigod"
Dark Tranquillity's "Character"
Strapping Young Lad's "Alien"
Rammstein's "Rosenrot"


Best Metal Newcomer of 2005

Bands eligible for "Best Metal Newcomer of 2005" included bands who have released their first full length album or released their first album on a somewhat major metal label, or even have no formal release at all. This is a tough category to get consensus on, since we all have different tastes in metal and will hear of only a relatively few new bands each year. The band who rose to the top should be no surprise, however, as they've made waves and generated loads of press for being such a young band. Metalunderground.com's Best Metal Newcomer of 2005 is:

Trivium

Despite there being many great new bands coming out in 2005, only one other band got multiple nominations from the staff at metalunderground.com in this category.

Runner-up:
3 Inches of Blood


Best Live Act of 2005

Best Live Act was by far the most competitive category we voted on, since it was not restricted to releases from this year. The winner may not be expected by many metal heads, but at the same time may come as no surprise to those who have seen them live. Metalunderground.com's Best Live Act of 2005 is:

Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica embarked on their first full-fledged headlining US tour in 2005, and won the top votes from two of our staff (including myself) - enough to ensure victory. While the band plays cellos, their performance is as heavy and intense as any true metal band's you'll ever see.

As I mentioned, the competition was tight in this category, and we had seven more bands get multiple nominations and were right on the heels of Apocalyptica when the votes were counted.

Runners-up:
Megadeth
Anthrax
Mudvayne
Children of Bodom
Therion
Amon Amarth
Killswitch Engage


Most Anticipated Release for 2006

Most Anticipated release for 2006 as a category also generated a wide range of nominations due to the complete difference in people's tastes in metal. However, the few bands that got multiple nominations were really no surprise. The Most Anticipated Release for 2006 is:

Slayer

Slayer is well overdue for an album. Between their parent label being bought up and touring heavily, Slayer has delayed putting out an album since 2001's "God Hates Us All." Still, several other bands are garnering a lot of anticipation for new releases, including these:

Runners-up:
In Flames - Come Clarity
Metallica
Vader


Looking back, 2005 was a great year in metal despite there being few or no landmark releases. Nu-metal was all but nonexistent with the exception of its few top remaining bands such as Disturbed, Korn (who have moved away from metal once again) and System of a Down. Metalcore seemed less of a huge trend than the previous year, as the good bands have risen above the label and hardcore/metalcore elements have found their way into other styles of metal.

Last year was a huge year for many newer and up and coming bands putting out albums. But it was an even bigger year for many seasoned bands and old school metal bands - some recently reunited - on the tour circuit. 2006 looks to be even bigger with a slew of big releases by big name bands slated for release and more headlining tours by many of last year's up and comers as well as those bands reunited in 2005.

Finally, here is the entire list of nominations for the 2005 categories voted on, because all of these bands are worth looking into: More...

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Apocalyptica Tour Dates and DVD Plans

Apocalyptica performed 140 shows in 37 countries this year. The final German dates of this year are being reserved for mailing-list members and real fans.

01.12.05 - BREMEN: 25,00 €
02.12.05 - ERFURT: 23,15 €
03.12.05 - NEUMARKT: 25,00 €
05.12.05 - DÜSSELDORF: 25,00 €

Tickets will be available until the 21st of November (or while supplies last). You can order online at www.fkpscorpio.de or by phone at +49 (0) 1805 853 653. Your offer must contain the following keyword to get these tickets: "Harmageddon Night"

In other news, the Apocalyptica show in Erfurt will be recorded for a new live DVD. In addition to the filmed live show, the DVD will contain special material about the first North American tour and many surprises. The DVD will be released in 2006.

Finally, some Finnish dates for 2006 have already been announced. They are as follows:

24.01.06 - HELSINKI, Tavastia
25.01.06 - TAMPERE, Pakkahuone
26.01.06 - KUOPIO, Työnkulma
27.01.06 - OULU, Teatria
27.01.06 - LAHTI, Sibeliustalo

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Apocalyptica To Film Live DVD In December

Apocalyptica will be filming their December 2nd concert in Erfurt, Germany for a live DVD. Anyone interested in attending should go here to purchase tickets.

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Apocalyptica To Perform At Midem

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA will be headliner of the prestigious opening night party for the "MIDEM - The World’s Music Market", set to take place January 22-26 in Cannes, France. Under the banner "Come hear. Finland," the evening will include a series of multi-genre, live concerts from today's hottest Finnish artists, to be performed on three separate stages. "Come hear. Finland" will take place on Sunday, January 22 in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

APOCALYPTICA's self-titled album was released in January via Universal. The CD includes a guest appearance by SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo on a song called "Betrayal/Forgiveness". The track, which is described by APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso as a "really fast, thrash metal-influenced song," marks the second time Lombardo has played on an APOCALYPTICA CD, having previously performed on 2003's "Reflections".

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Rammstein Release Single

Rammstein has released the first sigle entitled, "Benzin", off of their new album, "Rosenrot". "Benzin" is being released as a digipak which includes remixes of Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys, Meshuggah, and Apocalyptica.

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Apocalyptica Announce Full World Tour Itinerary

Finnish cello metalers APOCALYPTICA have added more dates to their upcoming European tour schedule, including some dates with Bullet For My Valentine toward the end of the year. Here is how their tour schedule now looks:

North American tour with EYES OF FIRE:
September 23 - Vancouver, BC @ Richards On Richards
September 24 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 25 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
September 26 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues More...

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Meshuggah, Apocalyptica Remix Rammstein's 'Benzin'

Meshuggah, Apocalyptica Remix Rammstein's 'Benzin' For New Single Release

MESHUGGAH and APOCALYPTICA have contributed remixes of the RAMMSTEIN track "Benzin" to the German industrial metallers' new single containing several versions of the title cut. The complete track listing for the "Benzin" single is as follows:

01. Benzin
02. Benzin (Combustion Remix by MESHUGGAH)
03. Benzin (Smallstars Remix by Ad Rock)
04. Benzin (Kerosinii Remix by APOCALYPTICA)

The "Benzin" video was shot in August by Uwe Flade, who has also directed videos for DEPECHE MODE and FRANZ FERDINAND. The clip will premiere on Saturday (Sept. 17) on MTV Germany at 4:00 p.m.

As previously reported, RAMMSTEIN's new album, "Rosenrot", is scheduled for release in Europe on October 31. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include (English translation follows each German/Spanish-language title): "Benzin" (Gasoline), "Spring" (Jump), "Rosenrot" (Rose Red), "Zerstören" (Destroy), "Mann Gegen Mann" (Man Against Man), "Feuer & Wasser" (Fire & Water), "Wo Bist Du" (Where Are You), "Te Quiero Puta" (I Love You, Bitch) and "Ein Lied" (A Song). An audio clip of the album's first single, "Benzin", has been posted online at Motor.de. The single will precede the album on October 10.

RAMMSTEIN recorded several songs during the sessions for "Reise, Reise" which were omitted from the CD's final track listing. During a recent session at a Berlin studio, RAMMSTEIN recorded several more tracks and recently mixed the combined collection of new material for the "Rosenrot" album.

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Apocalyptica Show Report From Washington, DC

When I heard that Apocalyptica, a Finnish band best known for playing Metallica songs on four cellos, was finally planning a full US tour, I was hopeful that they'd come to the DC area. Their show on September 12 at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC was, in fact, the first stop on this tour – the band had actually left Finland earlier that day (their time), I discovered. That Monday happened to be the day I returned from a week of vacation, but I was determined to catch their show and finally see them live after their release of five albums and many years of never touring in the States. I would have loved to have seen them before, but if this show could be considered payback for that wait, it was well worth it. More...

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Eyes Of Fire To Support Apocalyptica

Orange County-based quintet Eyes of Fire will embark on a U.S. tour with Apocalyptica next month in support of "Prison," their highly anticipated sophomore release mixed by acclaimed producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon, Norma Jean). The trek, which kicks off on Sept. 20th in Washington, DC will lead the two genre-defying artists cross-country over the course of two weeks. The group are currently in the midst of a national U.S. tour alongside labelmates Manntis after completing a highly successful run supporting Danzig and Trivium earlier this year.

Upcoming Eyes of Fire tour dates: More...

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