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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 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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Apocalyptica New Album Features Guest Vocals

Apocalyptica's new album that was released Monday features guest vocals from Ville Valo from H.I.M., and Lauri Ylönen from The Rasmus. On the limited edition, Manu from Dolly and Marta Jandová from Die Happy.

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H.I.M., Apocalyptica To Play Finnish Benefit Gig

H.I.M., THE RASMUS, APOCALYPTICA, NEGATIVE and THE 69 EYES, in cooperation with the Finnish Red Cross, will stage a benefit concert for the victims of the Asian earthquake/tsunami disaster at Helsinki's 12,000-seater Hartwall Arena on Monday, January 17. The concert will starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are priced at 30 euros. Tickets will go on sale through Lippupalvelu at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11. There is no age limit.

Finland's YLE X national radio will broadcast the concert live starting at 7:00 p.m. YLE TV2 will do a two-hour special of the event to be broadcast on Sunday, January 23 at 7:15 p.m. and repeated the following Monday on TV2.

Hartwall Arena, RMC Light & Sound and RGB are among the many parties providing facilities and services for free and all income from the show will be channeled, without deductions, to the victims of the Asian disaster.

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Listen To Apocalyptica's Upcoming Album Online

Prelistening-links of Apocalyptica songs from their upcoming self-titled album are now available (in Real Audio, unfortunately). The album will be released on January 24th in Europe. We currently have no information on a North American release or what happened with the supposed deal with Spitfire Records for North America, as their previous album 'Reflections' never seemed to surface either except as an import item.

You can already preorder the limited edition of "Apocalyptica" (including 3 bonustracks and the video and making of "Bittersweet") at the German Universal Rockshop

The tracklisting and listening links are as follows:

  1. Life Burns

  2. Quutamo

  3. Distraction

  4. Bittersweet

  5. Misconstruction

  6. Fisheye

  7. Farewell

  8. Fatal Error

  9. Betrayal/Forgiveness

  10. Ruska

  11. Deathzone

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First-Ever Apocalyptica North American Tour

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have announced the details of their first-ever North American tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Mar. 15 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
Mar. 16 - Toronto, ONT @ El Mocambo
Mar. 20 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Mar. 21 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mar. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy

As previously reported, APOCALYPTICA have set "Apocalyptica" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in February 2005.

APOCALYPTICA travelled to Tallinn, Estonia last month to shoot the second video off the new CD, "Life Burns". The track features lead vocals and lyrics by THE RASMUS singer Lauri Yl?nen, who also appears in the clip.

As previously reported, SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo will be guesting on "Apocalyptica" on a song called "Betrayal". The track, which is described by APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso as a "really fast, thrash metal-influenced song," will mark the second time Lombardo has played on an APOCALYPTICA CD, having previously performed on 2003's "Reflections".

Lombardo recorded the drum tracks for "Betrayal" at Finnvox studios in Helsinki when SLAYER's "Unholy Alliance" tour hit Finland in October.

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Watch Apocalyptica's 'Bittersweet' Video Online

Apocalyptica are out with the video to their new single 'Bittersweet'. You can watch it online at Universal-Music.de (Real Media required).

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Apocalyptica's New Single And Tour Dates

The first single, "Bittersweet", of Apocalyptica's forthcoming album (due early February 2005) is a dark ballad, that features fellow-countrymen Lauri Ylönen from THE RASMUS and Ville Valo from H.I.M. on vocals. The single, written by Apocalyptica, Lauri and Ville together, will be released internationally on 29 November. You can order it right now in our online-recordstore for the price of 5,99 Euro. You can watch the video here.

The Single-Tracklist is as follows:

1 Bittersweet
2 Bittersweet (Acoustic Version)
3 Bittersweet (Instrumental Version)
4 Misconstruction
5 Monitor

There is also an Apocalyptica Player for all Apocalyptica Fans with the following features: screensaver with gallery and videos of Apocalyptica, Lauri and Ville Vallo and "The settlers"-competition.

Starting next year Apocalyptica will also be embarking on a 23 date tour of Europe. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Apocalyptica Tap Singers The Rasmus And H.I.M.

Finish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have returned to the studio to record the first single of their forthcoming album (due early February 2005). The song, entitled "Bittersweet", is a dark ballad, that features fellow-countrymen Lauri Ylönen from THE RASMUS and Ville Valo from H.I.M. on vocals. The single, written by Apocalyptica, Lauri and Ville together, will be released internationally on 29 November.

Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso will appear alongside Lauri and Ville in the video for "Bittersweet", shot in the bandís hometown Helsinki and directed by renowned finish director Antti Jokinen.

Where in the beginning the classically-trained cellists established themselves with interpretations of Metallica, Slayer, and Sepultura classics, the band have developed their own writing skills for many years and matured while doing so. The new album will - just like its predecessors "Cult" and "Reflections" - again contain originally APOCALYPTICA-penned songs.

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Festivalbussen Arrange Busses To Metalcamp

The Swedish company Festivalbussen.com will arrange busses to the Metalcamp festival in Slovenia. Some Swedish metal bands will be playing at the festival: Hypocrisy, Dark Funeral, Katatonia and Vintersorg. There will also be other bands like Danzig, Apocalyptica, Sentenced, Primal Fear, Destruction, Dew Scented, Fleshcrawl, Finntroll and more.

The location is situated in the Julijske Alp National park, in the city Tolmin, close to the beautiful surroundings of the Soèa river. The possibility to chill out on a sand beach or to swim in one of the purest rivers in Europe is unique in the European Festival history.

There will be 2 outdoor stages, camping ground inside the festival area, low-priced beer (1,5€), cheap food (hamburger about 2€), and of course some of the best metal bands on earth! So just everything what a Metalhead needs for the party of the year!

The festival take place August 20-21 and Festivalbussen.com will probably arrange buses if there is enough folks interested in this journey. Visit www.festivalbussen.com and www.metalcamp.com for more info!

The price will probably be 1495 SEK exkl entrance ticket (€49)

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Apocalyptica Confirmed As Headliner For Metal Camp

Tolmin, Slovenia's Metal Camp festival on August 20th and 21st have confirmed Apocalyptica as the headliner for the first day.

Confirmed bands for August 20th are:


Confirmed bands for August 21st are:


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