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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.

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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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Ozzfest 2008 Confirmed As One-Day Event

OZZFEST--the original and iconic hard rock festival--returns in 2008 as a one-day stadium spectacular on Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas that teams OZZFEST founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne (in his only U.S. concert appearance this summer) with Metallica (marking their OZZFEST debut).

Produced by Sharon Osbourne and AEG LIVE, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in hard music-loving Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent (with many OZZFEST alumni) and reliably twisted OZZFEST side attractions.

The full main stage lineup will also spotlight performances by Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Hellyeah, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica and In This Moment. Also scheduled on the main stage is a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Second stage acts include Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. The Texas (third) stage—“an homage to the “many great metal bands that come from Texas,” says Sharon Osbourne--features The Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis.

“Ozzy just finished an 11-month world tour so I think he deserves a summer off,” Sharon says about this year’s one-day OZZFEST. “We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now--we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving OZZFEST. This is just the beginning; AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for OZZFEST."

This year’s dynamic line-up encompasses artists who’ve played OZZFEST before in different incarnations such as Serj Tankian (System of a Down); Jonathan Davis (Korn); Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul (Pantera) and Chad Gray (Mudvayne); Kingdom of Sorrow’s Jamie Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kirk Windstein (Down); and Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura) of Cavalara Conspiracy. Other OZZFEST graduates include Shadows Fall, Sevendust, Devildriver, Drowning Pool and In This Moment.

“Ozzy has great relationships with all of the bands that have played OZZFEST,” says Sharon. “We’re the only real festival for harder edge bands and these artists have been very loyal to us--there is lots of love on this line-up."

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Apocalyptica Recruit Fuel Frontman For US Tour

According to The Pulse of Radio, APOCALYPTICA has enlisted FUEL frontman Toryn Green to handle lead vocals on the remainder of the quartet's current North American tour, which began on April 11 and continues through mid-May. The group initially enlisted vocalist Johnny Andrews, who co-wrote the band's current single, "I'm Not Jesus", to sing on the trek, but Andrews has been replaced after just a handful of shows. In addition to "I'm Not Jesus", Andrews also co-wrote another track called "S.O.S. (Anything But Love)". Both tunes are from APOCALYPTICA's new album, "Worlds Collide", which arrived in stores in the U.S. on April 15.

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival 2008

A posting on the official Download festival website has confirmed that six more bands have been announced. Legendary former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is one of the acts confirmed who has been away from the UK for many years. Aussie rockers Airbourne have been added to the bill aswell as have southern rock favourites Black Stone Cherry. Irish Indie band Ash are also announced as have Elliot Minor. Finally, drum and bass act Pendulum are scheduled to perform.

This year's lineup has been the most controversial one yet. Many fans in the UK have been complaining of its choice of headliners and other acts with more British metal festival goers deciding to attend foreign festivals than before. More...

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More Bands Announced For Download 2008

The Download website has announced some more bands for this years festival. Metal and rock fans who have been previously disapointed and even angry will probably not find any comfort in the latest batch of acts confirmed for the festival. Bullet For My Valentine, Madina Lake, Fightstar, Seether and Biffy Clyro have been confirmed as the latest additions to the British festival.

The full line up so far is as follows:
KISS (headliners)
The Offspring (headliners)
Lost Prophets (headliners)
Judas Priest (special guests)
36 Crazyfists
A Day To Remember
Alter Bridge
Biffy Clyro
Black Dahlia Murder
Bleeding Through
Bullet For My Valentine
Cavalera Conspiracy
Children Of Bodom
Chris Cornell
Coheed And Cambria
The Devil Wears Prada
Dillinger Escape Plan
Jimmy Eat World
Job For A Cowboy
Jonathon Davis
Kid Rock
Madina Lake
Rise Against
Simple Plan
The Subways
Within Temptation

Stay tuned for more updates on the event.

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Motley Crue Management Dismiss "False Rumours"

Tenth Street Entertainment — which represents MÖTLEY CRÜE — has shot down as (at least partially) "blatantly false and completely unfounded" Internet rumors that CRÜE will headline a festival-type tour called "Cruefest", with support from several other artists from the Tenth Street management stable, including BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, SIXX: A.M. and DROWNING POOL. According to Tenth Street, CRÜE's April 15 press conference/announcement in Los Angeles will relate to "a few" (but presumably not all) of the following artists:


All four members of CRÜE will be present at the April 15 press conference at a location yet to be determined for what the release hyped as "by far...one of the biggest music announcements of the year!!" The band is also launching a contest in which one grand prize winner from each major city in the country will be flown to Los Angeles to cover the announcement, complete with a chance to interview the band and have the interview broadcast live. Details can be found at the official CRÜE site.

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More Bands Confirmed For UK's Download Festival

Within Temptation and Simple Plan are the latest bands to have confirmed their appearance at this year's Kerrang!-sponsored Download Festival.

Other bands set to join the three-dayer - which takes place at Donington Park on June 13, 14 and 15 - include Cavalera Conspiracy, The Dillinger Escape Plan and cello-wielding Finns Apocalyptica.

"The line-up at Download is always great, and it's something that we always want to be a part of," says Within Temptation vocalist Sharon den Adel. "It's one of those special festivals that you have to treasure when you're a band."

For den Adel, it will be a chance to draw a veil over last year's appearance which was fraught with technical difficulties.

"So many things didn't go the way that they were supposed to," she explains. "We had some technical problems that meant we started much later than we were supposed to, but even though we only ended up playing for around 15 minutes, there was still thousands of people going out of their minds. The crowd was so enthusiastic and that was really amazing to see."

Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau says the Montreal pop-punks can't wait to take part in this year's festival, especially when it comes to seeing Judas Priest and Kiss.

"It'll be awesome to see those bands at a festival like this," smiles Comeau. "Seeing that sea of people, and all jumping up and down at the same time or pounding their fists or whatever. I love it!"

Cavalera Conspiracy - featuring former Sepultura brothers Max and Igor - will make their UK debut at the festival, marking the first show the pair have played together on English soil since their acrimonious split after a show at London's Brixton Academy on December 16, 1996.

"I love Download!" says frontman Max Cavalera. "The last one with Soulfly was fucking great, and I think now it's even more exciting because it's me and Igor together in England, because of the last concert we played together in Sepultura. UK fans should be pretty fired up to see the Cavalera Conspiracy!"

The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman can't promise whether vocalist Greg Puciato will repeat antics at Reading 2002, where he defecated onto a towel and threw it into the crowd.

"I guess it depends what he eats!" laughs Weinman. "It was a situation that we felt we really needed to take advantage of. We knew there'd be thousands upon thousands of people that had never even heard of us watching that day, and we just wanted to give them something to keep them interested.

"We're really looking forward it," he adds. "I'm really looking forward to seeing Judas Priest. If I can stand at the side and watch Halford cruise onstage with his big-ass motorcycle I'll be a very happy guy."

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Apocalyptica To Play Free Show In Bulgaria

According to News.bg, Finnish metal band APOCALYPTICA will open the tourism season in the coastal city of Kavarna (North East Bulgaria) with a free concert on May 31. The show will take place on the central square of Bulgaria's metal capital and again will attract fans of the hard music from all over the country. The concert will be the first one from their European tour. The band will present their new album Worlds Collide. This will be the group's second visit to Bulgaria.

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Apocalyptica Add More U.S. Dates

Finland's APOCALYPTICA have updated their North American tour schedule in support of their new album, Worlds Collide. It is currently as follows:

11 - House Of Blues - Las Vegas, Nevada
12 - House Of Blues - San Diego, California
14 - Roxy - Los Angeles, California
16 - Slim’s - San Francisco, California
17 - Roseland - Portland, Oregon
18 - El Corazon - Seattle, Washington
19 - Commodore - Vancouver, British Columbia
21 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, Utah
22 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, Colorado
23 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, Missouri
24 - Pop’s - St. Louis, Illinois
26 - Fine Line - Minneapolis, Minnesota
27 - House Of Blues - Chicago, Illinois
28 - House Of Blues - Cleveland, Ohio
29 - Crofoot - Detroit, Michigan
30 - Phoenix - Toronto, Ontario

1 - Metropolis - Montreal, Quebec
2 - Paradise Club - Boston, Massachusetts
4 - Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5 - Irving Plaza - New York, New York
7 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC, Washington DC
9 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
10 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, Louisiana
11 - Warehouse Live - Houston, Texas
12 - House Of Blues - Dallas, Texas
14 - Sunshine Theatre - Alberquerque, New Mexico
15 - Marquee - Phoenix, Arizona

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.


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Apocalyptica Announce More U.S. Tour Dates

Russia Today has posted a two-minute video report on Finnish metal cellists APOCALYPTICA's recent trip to Russia for concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Watch the clip below.

According to Ticketmaster.com, APOCALYPTICA has scheduled the following U.S. dates:

Apr. 26 - Fine Line Music Café - Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 27 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 02 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
May 05 - The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza - New York, NY
May 12 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

More shows will be announced soon.

As previously reported, APOCALYPTICA has had the U.S. release date of its new album, "Worlds Collide", pushed back once again — this time to April 15. The CD, which entered the Finnish chart at position No. 8 and also landed on both the German and Swiss charts at No. 10, was made available in standard and "deluxe" versions, the latter of which is described as "truly a work of art both in its artwork and its content." The "deluxe" edition contains two bonus tracks — "Ural" and "Dreamer" — as well as a DVD. The DVD contains the "I'm Not Jesus" video along with the "making of" footage, plus an interview from the listening session in Berlin and a photo gallery.

"Worlds Collide" features guest appearances by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Till Lindemann (RAMMSTEIN), Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), and Adam Gontier (THREE DAYS GRACE). More...

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Apocalyptica Release First U.S. Tour Dates

Finland’s APOCALYPTICA appear to be planning an upcoming U.S. tour. The following are the first dates to be released:

April 27 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 12 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

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Korpiklaani Added To Metal Camp 2008

Korpiklaani have been confirmed for this year’s Metal Camp Festival set to take place July 3rd to 9th in Tolmin, Slovenia.

Other bands to appear include Behemoth, In Flames, Rage, Soilwork, Apocalyptica, Ministry, Kataklysm and Wintersun.

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Apocalyptica Confirmed For M'era Luna Festival

Apocalyptica have been confirmed to play at the M'era Luna festival on Sunday August 10. New acts are being announced, but so far teh lineup consists of the following bands:


For more up to date information and tickets, visit www.meraluna.de.

In related Apocalyptica news, the UK experimental rock band OCEANSIZE will support Apocalyptica at their gigs in Luxembourg, Paris, and London.

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Apocalyptica Have Album Pushed Back Once Again

Finnish metal cellists APOCALYPTICA have had the U.S. release date of their new album, "Worlds Collide", pushed back once again — this time to April 15. The CD, which entered the Finnish chart at position No. 8 and also landed on both the German and Swiss charts at No. 10, was made available in standard and "deluxe" versions, the latter of which is described as "truly a work of art both in its artwork and its content." The "deluxe" edition contains two bonus tracks — "Ural" and "Dreamer" — as well as a DVD. The DVD contains the "I'm Not Jesus" video along with the "making of" footage, plus an interview from the listening session in Berlin and a photo gallery.

APOCALYPTICA is in the process of booking a U.S. tour, to take place in the spring. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

In other news, APOCALYPTICA has been nominated in the following categories at the Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent):

* Metal Album Of The Year
* Band Of The Year
* Song Of The Year ("I'm Not Jesus")

Emma Gaala will be held on Saturday March 8, 2008 at Kulttuuritalo in Helsinki.

Also on the APOCALYPTICA-related front, the Finnish movie "Black Ice", which features a soundtrack composed entirely by APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen, has received nine nominations at the Finnish movie awards Jussi (including a nomination for Eicca in the "Best Music" category).

"Worlds Collide" features guest appearances by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Till Lindemann (RAMMSTEIN), Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), and Adam Gontier (THREE DAYS GRACE).

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Apocalyptica's Paavo and Mikko Interviewed

Apocalyptica's Paavo and Mikko were interviewed by German webTV-show Rockinvasion.de , when they played in Cologne on the last tour. They talk about their work with guest-musicians and the songwriting-process in general. You can watch the 7-minute-video interview on rockinvasion.de in Episode 6.

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Apocalyptica Announce More Tour Dates

Finnish metal cellists APOCALYPTICA have scheduled the following dates:

Feb. 04 - Auditorio Coca Cola – Monterrey, MEX
Feb. 05 - National Auditorium - Mexico City, MEX
Feb. 06 - Teatro Diana – Guadalajara, MEX
Feb. 25 - Oktybrsky Hall - St. Peterburg, RUS
Feb. 26 - B1 – Moscow, RUS
Mar. 05 - Den Atelier – Luxembourg, LUX
Mar. 06 - L'Olympia – Paris, FRA
Mar. 07 - The Forum – London, UK
Jul. 02 - Grosse Freiheit – Hamburg, GER
Jul. 04 - Metalcamp Festival – Tolmin, SLO More...

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A Heavy Metal Christmas Song Round-up

Yet another way you can tell metal is on the rise (commercially) is by how many metal Christmas songs are out this year. I don't recall another year that I have heard of more than one or two metal renditions of Christmas songs. This year, however, I've seen postings for more than half a dozen of them - some old, but some new as well. So I've decided to compile a list of these metal Christmas songs so that fans of this sort of thing can listen to and download them while they're still online.

Personally, I'm a sucker for metal Christmas songs, but only if they're done well. I figure if I've got to listen to something, it might as well be heavy or at least have a rock or metal edge to it. Granted, some of these songs are not ultra-heavy, but I find them to be fun expressions for the holiday season by metal bands. Others are parodies of Christmas songs or Christmas itself, and these are usually heavier than the actual Christmas carols.

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Apocalyptica Reveal 2008 Tour Plans

Apocalyptica have returned home from their European tour and in an email update discussed future touring plans for 2008 and beyond.

Currently, the band plans to rest from now until they embark on their "Worlds Collide" tour in Mexico in February. A US tour is tentatively planned for March/April, and the band is planning for a couple of shows in Russia in the spring as well, in addition to Paris and London dates. They also hope to tour Japan and other territories next year. The summer will see Apocalyptica play every possible festival they can fit into their schedule. By autumn, the band plans to head back to America and the UK.

While it's difficult to look ahead too far, the band hopes to tour Australia and India in 2009, which would at least point to a lack of plans to hit these areas as early as next year.

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Apocalyptica Post Xmas Songs, Mexican Tour Dates

Old but still among the fan's favourites, Apocalyptica have posted the Christmas songs "Little Drummer Boy" and "O Holy Night" on their MySpace for streaming.

Apocalyptica will rock the American continent, starting out in Mexico with the following tour dates:

02-04-2008 Auditorio Coca Cola - Monterrey
02-05-2008 Mexico City - National Auditorium
02-06-2008 Guadalajara - Teatro Diana

You can buy tickets for these shows here. More North American tour dates to be announced.

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