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Apocalyptica Live iClips Broadcast Tonight
August 31, 2010
iClips is pleased to announce the LIVE broadcast of Apocalyptica on August 31st from The Pageant in St. Louis, MO. The show will start at 9 PM EDT. For more information on the live broadcast go to www.iclips.net/livefaq
 
 
 
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Apocalyptica Video 'End Of Me' Premiered On Vevo
July 5, 2010
Apocalyptica's new album, '7th Symphony', will be released August 24th through Jive Recods. The first single off the album is the song "End of Me" which features lead vocals from Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. The brand new video for the track is being premiered on Vevo.com, view it below.

You can pre-order your copy of '7th Symphony' at Amazon now as well.

'7th Symphony'
was produced by Joe Barresi (Coheed and Cambria, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion), and is scheduled for release August 24. The album will feature eight instrumentals plus four tracks with guest vocals. In addition, producer Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Creed, My Chemical Romance) returns for production duties on two tracks on the forthcoming album.

U.S. Tour Dates
7/15 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
7/16 - Pontiac, MI @ Eagle Theater
7/17 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

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Apocalyptica Prep For New Album With U.S. Tour Dates
May 13, 2010
When it comes to symphonic metal, no one has a pedigree like Finland cello-based quartet Apocalyptica. And this summer they'll demonstrate their abundant skills and dramatic performance flair during a run of North American shows to support their upcoming seventh album '7th Symphony'. The tour launches May 21 in Nashville, Tennessee at the WBUZ Hootenanny and runs through July 17 with a headline show at the Buffalo Town Ballroom.

'7th Symphony'
was produced by Joe Barresi (Coheed and Cambria, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion), and is scheduled for release August 24. The album will feature eight instrumentals plus four tracks with guest vocals including the first single "End Of Me" featuring lead vocals by Bush's Gavin Rossdale. In addition, producer Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Creed, My Chemical Romance) returns for production duties on two tracks on the forthcoming album.

The conservatory-trained musicians of Apocalyptica (three of whom are graduates of the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) started playing Metallica covers in 1993 and in 1996 they released their critically acclaimed debut 'Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos'. But it was 2007's 'Worlds Collide' that broke the band into an international phenomenon. The disc featured numerous guest stars. Slipknot's Corey Taylor appeared on "I'm Not Jesus," Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia sang on "S.O.S. (Anything But Love)" Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann performed on a cover of David Bowie and Brian Eno's "Helden" and Three Days Grace Singer Adam Gontier sang his heart out on "I Don't Care." "I Don't Care" blasted Apocalyptica through the stratosphere, and peaked at number one on the Billboard rock chart. Apocalyptica promoted 'Worlds Collide' with a world tour that included numerous stops in North America.

Now, Apocalyptica are coming back to shake the world again. Don't be left in the rubble.

Apocalyptica Tour Dates:
May 21 - Nashville, TN - WBUZ Hootenanny
May 22 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall (Headline show)
May 23/24 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range Festival
May 29 - Indianapolis IN - X103 May Day
July 15 - Cadott WI - Rock Fest
July 16 - Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theatre (Headline Show)
July 17 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom (Headline Show)
 
 
 
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Apocalyptica Announce U.S. Headlining Tour
April 1, 2008
Finnish cellist-metallers Apocalyptica will be headlining a U.S. Tour kicking off on April 11 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV. Along with the tour, they are set to release their sixth studio album 'Worlds Collide' on April 15. Their first single, “I’m Not Jesus” featuring Corey Taylor, is surging up the charts, currently Top 20 at Active Rock Radio.

Apocalyptica is its own unique and maverick musical animal, one that continues to reinvent itself. Formed solely of cellists in 1993, a drummer was added in 2005 to complete the Finnish band.

Apocalyptica Tour Dates:
4/11 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
4/12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
4/13 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
4/14 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy
4/16 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
4/17 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
4/18 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
4/21 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
4/22 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
4/23 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
4/24 - Sauget, IL - Pop’s
4/26 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
4/27 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
4/28 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
4/29 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
5/2 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
5/4 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
5/5 - New York, NY - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
5/7 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
5/8 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
5/9 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerad
5/10 - New Orleans, LA - Parish at House of Blues
5/11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
5/12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
5/14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
5/15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

*additional dates to be released
 
 
 
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Apocalyptica: New Song Available For Streaming
February 13, 2008
Apocalyptica, the Finnish Metal band made up of three cellists and a drummer, has released a new single entitled "I'm Not Jesus". The single, which is taken from their forthcoming album, 'World's Collide', features a guest vocal performance from Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.

You can check out "I'm Not Jesus" here (Windows Media). The song is also currently streaming on the band's Myspace Page player. The video is also available for viewing below.

'World's Collide' will see a release here in the U.S. on April 15th, 2008.
 
 
 
 
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Biography
MEMBERS:
Eicca Topinnen
Perttu Kivilaakso
Paavo Lotjonen
Mikko Siren

There aren't many rock bands on this planet that wouldn't like to be regarded as unique. Of course, in these times of nostalgia and endlessly recycled ideas, very few actually deserve that description. Finland's Apocalyptica deserve it more than most. Utterly original in every respect, these classically-trained merchants of genre-shattering metal, sound quite unlike anything or anyone else in musical history.

Formed in the early ‘90s Apocalyptica chose an entirely individual path from day one. A few years earlier, while students at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, these young virtuosos joined a cello band that specialized in playing music by everyone from Bach to Hendrix. However, Eicca Toppinen and his three comrades had something louder in mind. All fans of heavy metal, they decided to form their own band. Toppinen wrote some unique arrangements of songs by Metallica, Slayer and other metallic legends and the group embarked on a series of shows at student balls. As their services became more and more in demand, Apocalyptica took the bold step of playing a gig at a bona fide heavy metal club...

"We got to play at an after-Christmas party for metal heads at Teatro Heavy Metal Club in Helsinki in 1995," recalls Toppinen. "There were three other bands and every band was doing covers. It was one of the first shows when HIM played. They were covering Type O Negative, we were covering Metallica. It was really scary to go there and play in front of metal heads. We didn't know what was going to happen. We thought they might kill us! But they really freaked out and had a great time."

Lurking in the audience at this soon-to-be legendary gig was one Kari Hynninen of Zen Garden Records, who was so bowled over by the band's ingenious interpretations of metal anthems that he instantly offered them a contract and the chance to release their 1996 debut album, ‘Plays Metallica by Four Cellos'.

"He called us and asked us if we wanted to make an album," says Toppinen, shaking his head with bewilderment. "For ourselves, we never thought we could make an album out of what we were doing. It was just for fun, some therapy away from practicing all those shitty scales! So when the first album was released, we didn't expect much. If it had sold 1,000 copies in Finland that would've been great, but it sold over one million copies worldwide!"

Apocalyptica were an overnight success in their native land, embraced by a surprisingly large audience that contained both die-hard metal fans and chin-stroking classical aficionados. It might seem a peculiar combination, but for the band the two genres have a logical and natural relationship.

"There's a primitivity to be found in both metal and classical music," says Toppinen. "It's more hidden in classical music, but it's very powerful and strong. If you listen to the symphonies of Shostakovich, when he's really going hard it's comparable to Pantera or Sepultura. Also, people in both worlds love good musicians."

Inspired by their sudden and surprising rise to prominence, Apocalyptica spent the rest of the ‘90s riding a towering wave of creativity and earning themselves a formidable reputation as a jaw-dropping live act. In 1998 they released their second album, ‘Inquisition Symphony', a second batch of cover versions that this time included songs by Faith No More, Pantera and Sepultura. It also featured the band's first original material: three songs that revealed that there was far more to Apocalyptica than novelty. By the time the Finns reached their third studio effort, 2000's ‘Cult', they had decided to move away from cover versions and produced nearly a whole album's worth of fresh material that set the band's wild and compellingly diverse blend of disparate genres in stone once and for all. Now reduced to a trio Apocalyptica were determined to establish themselves as a powerful creative force.

"Writing our own songs brought a new dimension to the band," states Toppinen. "We already knew what we could do with cover versions and it wasn't interesting anymore. We needed to write new, fresh music for the instruments. We didn't think ‘We need to do this to be credible', we just wanted to keep it interesting for ourselves and not to repeat the same shit."

With their reputation soaring, Apocalyptica entered the new millennium with another major step forward when they collaborated with legendary Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo on their fourth studio album, ‘Reflections' (2003).

"We were playing at a metal festival in '97 in the Netherlands and Dave was giving a drum clinic," recalls Toppinen. "He came up to us and said ‘Can you play some Slayer as well? Would you like to play with me?' so we said ‘Sure!' We played ‘South Of Heaven' live together with him, and after that he said ‘Whenever you need a drummer, call me.' We've been friends ever since."

Realizing that Lombardo's rhythmic muscle had given their sound a new lease of life and enabled them to veer off in numerous new directions, Apocalyptica enlisted their own full-time drummer, Mikko Sirén, for 2005's self-titled opus. Easily the strongest album of their careers, ‘Apocalyptica' saw the band strengthen their song writing skills and invite some guests into the studio, including HIM front man Ville Valo, Lauri Ylönen of The Rasmus and, again, Dave Lombardo, all of whom helped metal's premier bow-wielders to reach a wider audience than ever before.

And so to 2007, and Apocalyptica's brand new album, ‘Worlds Collide'. Produced by long-time Rammstein muse Jacob Hellner, this is plainly the pinnacle of the Finnish ingénues steadily accelerating upward ascent; a dazzling collection of stunning mini-epics that touches upon every aspect of the band's history while introducing countless new ideas and unexpected detours to their unmistakable sound. Or simply put: a collection of great rock songs. Work began on the record back in August 2006, and since then the 40 or so songs the band wrote for the project have been whittled down to a concise and flawless dozen, including collaborations with Stone Sour/Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor (on first single ‘I'm Not Jesus'), Lacuna Coil's sublime Cristina Scabbia, 3 Days Grace vocalist Adam Gontier and again their long time friend and collaborator Dave Lombardo.

"It's been really exciting," enthuses Toppinen. "For the last two albums we were producers, song writers, everything. This time we opened the door for different singers, a producer and even some co-writers. We've allowed other elements to come into Apocalyptica's world. It's been really interesting and exciting."

When Apocalyptica took centre stage as special guests at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, millions of music lovers around the world were blown away by the sight and sound of a band that create an ear-boggling spectacle wherever they go and who wear their uniqueness as a badge of ho*nour. With the release of ‘Worlds Collide', Apocalyptica are poised to conquer hearts and minds all over the globe

"We have tried to deliver a world class album," concludes Toppinen. "For us, it's an exciting time. We have great people working for us and I'm absolutely thrilled. For the first time in 11 years I feel that the whole team is working together. With that team we should be able to wake up all the people that knew about Apocalyptica but wouldn't have bought a ticket or bought the album before. We want to spread the word."