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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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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.

Without further ado, here's the list: More...

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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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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Metalcamp 2008

The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.

The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.

Acts confirmed for the festival currently include: APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BRAINSTORM, CATAMENIA, CELTIC FROST, DARK FORTRESS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, HELLOWEEN, KATAKLYSM, MINISTRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, PERSIHING MANKIND, RAGE, SKYFORGER, TANKARD, WINTERSUN.

More details to follow.

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Apocalyptica U.S. Release Pushed Back

APOCALYPTICA's new album, Worlds Collide, was initially scheduled for release in North America on February 5th. That date has now been changed to March 18th.

As previously reported, the first single, 'I'm Not Jesus', features Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR on vocals. That track can be heard on Apocalyptica's official MySpace page.

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Apocalyptica Announce London Gig in March 2008

APOCALYPTICA has announced a London performance at the London Forum on March 7, 2008. Tickets are available through Live Nation. The band are currently gearing up for their European Hammered at Xmas tour.

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Apocalyptica Complete New Video

APOCALYPTICA check in with the following:

"Being on tour for weeks doesn't seem to be a big problem. Apocalyptica just finished their new video for 'SOS (Anything But Love)'.

Also they had some charming assistance: Cristina Scabbia of LACUNA COIL appears in the new clip. Shots of the set and the whole new video will be online soon."

Apocalyptica's tour schedule is now as follows:

November
3 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola (NEW VENUE)
4 - Wroclaw, Poland - Club W-Z
5 - Prague, Czech Republic - Congress Centre
6 - Pilsen, Czech Republic - DK Invest (SOLD OUT)
7 - Budapest, Hungary - Petofi Csarnok
8 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
9 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus (SOLD OUT)
10 - Milan, Italy - Rainbow
11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
28 - Lille, France - Aeronef
29 - Paris, France - Bataclan (SOLD OUT)
30 - Toulouse, France - La Phare

December
1 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
3 - Madrid, Spain - Joy
4 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
5 - Lyon, France - Transborder
6 - Strasbourg, France - Laiterie
7 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
8 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Box
9 - Groningen, Netherlands - Oosterpoort
10 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
11 - London, UK - Astoria (SOLD OUT)
12 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)
13 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 1
14 - Glasgow, Scotland - Garage (SOLD OUT)
15 - Dublin, Ireland - Ambassador Theatre

March
6 - Paris, France - L'Olympia
7 - London, UK - The Forum
The Forum

July
2 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36

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New Apocalyptica Video Interview Online

Apocalyptica: New Video Interview Online

Holland's FaceCulture recently spoke to Mikko Sirén and Eicca Toppinen from Finnish metal cellists Apocalyptica. You can watch the interview here.

Apocalyptica's new album "Worlds Collide", entered the Finnish chart at position No. 8. The CD has also landed on both the German and Swiss charts at No. 10. In Austria, the album opened at No. 13.

"Worlds Collide" has been 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.

Due in North America on February 5, 2008, "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).

As previously reported, Apocalyptica has launched an official YouTube channel featuring all of their official video clips.

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Apocalyptica "SOS", "I'm Not Jesus" Posted Online

Apocalyptica's new song "SOS", featuring a guest appearance by Lacuna Coil frontwoman Cristina Scabbia, has been posted on the Apocalyptica MySpace page. When asked what it was like working with Apocalyptica, Cristina commented,"[Recording guest vocals] was fun to do. Great music, great guys..." The track comes from the group's new album, "Worlds Collide", due in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on September 14 via G.U.N. Records.

Apocalyptica's new video for the song "I'm Not Jesus", features another guest appearance, this time by Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour). The clip was filmed in in Los Angeles with director Tony Petrossian . The "I'm Not Jesus" single will precede the "Worlds Collide" album on August 31. Other confirmed guest musicians on the CD include Dave Lombardo, Tomoyasu Hotei (superstar Japanese composer, whose credits include the "Kill Bill" soundtrack), and Joseph Duplantier (Gojira). Backing vocals for the effort were laid down by Swedish singer Mats Levén (Yngwie Malmsteen, Therion, Krux). Watch the clip below:

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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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