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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 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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Win an Apocalyptica Signed Album

Apocalyptica have decided to have a contest in which the winner will recieve a signed copy of their self-titled album. To enter, you can go to the "Win" section on their website.

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Apocalyptica Confirm North American Dates

The Finnish troupe APOCALYPTICA have confirmed North American live dates for this September in support of their current album, Reflections. Confirmed dates are as follows:

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Rammstein Confirmed For Sweden's Metaltown Fest

Rammstein just confirmed their performance July 30th 2005 at Metaltown Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Other bands set to perform at the festival include Hammerfall, Dark Tranquillity, Apocalyptica, Nine and Beseech. Ticket sale starts May 18 2005. For more information, visit www.metaltown.se.

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Apocalyptica Video Available For Download

The third single from APOCALYPTICA's latest self titled album, 'Life Burns', is available for download (in High and Low Res.) at this location.

As previously reported, the single is out in Europe through Universal. The complete tracklisting for the single is as follows: 'Life Burns' (featuring Lauri Ylönen), 'Life Burns - Instrumental', 'Deep Down Ascend - Demo Version', 'Kellot - Demo Version' and Apocalyptica-Software Player (ROM Part).

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been announced for this year's Download Festival, augmenting what is shaping up to be one of the biggest hard rock festivals seen across Europe in years.

US garage rockers The Mooney Suzuki, British band A and Japan's hardcore techno rockers Mad Capsule Market have all been added to the main stage, joining headliners Black Sabbath, System Of A Down, Feeder, Velvet Revolver, Slipknot, Slayer and Billy Idol.

Making an appearance on the Snickers second stage are InMe, Apocalyptica, Underoath, Lordi, Shadows Fall and Finch, among others. Flogging Molly will also be playing the event, an Irish-American punk act which features wrestling superstar Chris Jericho on vocals.

Snickers have launched a competition that will see one unsigned band will be making the journey to the festival and playing on the Snickers stage alongside other acts. For more information go to snickersunsigned.co.uk.

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New Apocalyptica Single Details, Tour Dates

A third single of the "Apocalyptica"-album is going to enter the shops next Monday. The maxi-single "Life Burns" contains the album version of the song featuring The Rasmus' Lauri Ylönen as well as a former unreleased instrumental version. Furthermore you'll find two new songs (demo-versions of the "Apocalyptica"-sessions) on the single.

1 - Life Burns - feat. Lauri Ylönen
2 - Life Burns - Instrumental
3 - Deep Down Ascend - Demo Version
4 - Kellot - Demo Version

Check out the new video of "Life Burns" (feat. Lauri Ylönen):

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Apocalyptica has been confirmed as special guest for Rammstein's Open Air-Shows at the Wuhlheide/Berlin and lots of new festival- and clubdates have been added. Here are the latest tour dates: More...

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.

New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.

German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.

Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.

The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.

Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.

Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...

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Apocalyptica American Tour Dates

Apocalyptica will be touring America in mid-March, dates are as follows:

3/14 Middle East – Boston, MA
3/15 Knitting Factory – New York, NY
3/16 El Mocambo – Toronto, ON
3/20 Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
3/21 The Independent – San Francisco, CA
3/22 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Apocalyptica To Release Second Single, Tour Dates

On Monday the second single of the new album "Apocalyptica" will be released. "Wie Weit" introduces three versions of the "Apocalyptica"-track "Quutamo": The French version features Manu of Dolly, the English and German versions feature Marta Jandová of Germany's alternative-hipsters Die Happy. Moreover, on this Saturday Apocalyptica and Marta will take part in the German "Bundesvision-Contest" presenting Baden Württemberg with "Wie Weit". So the single "Wie Weit" might enter the shops as the best German song of this contest - performed by a Finnish band.


[1] Wie Weit feat. Marta Jandová
[2] Quutamo
[3] How Far feat. Marta Jandová
[4] En Vie feat. Manu

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In February Apocalyptica supports the Europe-tour of Rammstein covering livedates in Germany, France and many other countries. Rammstein will release their new single "Keine Lust" on February 28th and you should be sure to get a glance on the extraordinary video. One can honestly say, that the band lost quite some of its fitness and gained quite some weight for this video... The band members' new body proportions are obviously the result of hard make-up work, but the result looks astonishingly realistic.

Here is the current list of Apocalyptica tour dates (note European date format of day / month) More...

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Apocalyptica To Tour With Rammstein

Classical metalheads Apocalyptica are to play second fiddle to Rammstein on the German rock giants' UK tour this February.

Apocalyptica are to release a single, "Bittersweet," in the Spring. The song features both Ville Vallo of Finnish goth-rockers HIM and Lauri Ylonen of The Rasmus.

Tour dates:

Feb. 3 London Brixton Academy
Feb. 4 London Brixton Academy
Feb. 5 London Brixton Academy
Feb. 6 Manchester Evening News Arena
Feb. 7 Nottingham Arena

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Katatonia Confirm Live Dates

Sweden's KATATONIA have psoted the following update:

"During the following 6 months, we'll be very busy with the making of our new album. Nevertheless, we won't be locked up in the studio the entire time as we have just confirmed 3 live dates in march - the Metal Mania festivals, that will take place in Hungary, Czech and Poland. Other bands appearing on the bill are CRADLE OF FILTH, APOCALYPTICA, MOONSPELL etc. This will be only opportunity to catch the band for a long time, so show up and rock with us! Check concerns section for details.

Upcoming Katatonia live dates include:

03/10 at Petofi Hall in Budapest, Hungary at Metal Mania Fest
03/11 at Novesta in Zlin, Czech Republic at Metal Mania Fest
03/12 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland at Metal Mania Fest

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