Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica

Who is:

Apocalyptica is a Finnish Cello metal trio (formally a quartet), composed of classically trained cellists and, since 2005, a drummer. All three cellists are graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.

Years active:

1993 ““ present

Relation to Rammstein:

Apocalyptica released their sixth studio album, Worlds Collide, on September 17, 2007. Till Lindemann of Rammstein is among the guest singers. He will be taking on David Bowie’s song “Heroes”, which was also released in German as “Helden”. Till will be singing the German version, making his song the only German-language song on Worlds Collide and the second in the band’s history.

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Biography

Apocalyptica was formed in 1993 when four cellists, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Max Lilja, and Antero Manninen gathered to play Metallica covers at the Teatro Heavy Metal Club. Among the audience was Kari Hynninen, who worked for the independent label Zen Garden Records. After listening to Apocalyptica’s set, Kari Hynninen signed them on the spot to Zen Garden Records.

In 1996, Apocalyptica released their debut studio album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, which consisted solely of Metallica covers played on cellos. In 1998, Apocalyptica released their second studio album, Inquisition Symphony, which was produced by Hiili Hiilesma. Inquisition Symphony once again contained covers of Metallica, but also contained covers of Faith No More, Sepultura, and Pantera. For this album the band also decided to include three original songs written by Eicca Toppinen.

In 1999, Antero Manninen left the group, and was replaced by Perttu Kivilaakso. In 2000, Apocalyptica released their third studio album, Cult, which now featured 10 original songs, and only 3 covers. In 2002, Max Lilja left the group and joined Hevein, leaving Apocalyptica with only three members.

In 2003, Apocalyptica released their fourth studio album, Reflections, which consisted for the first time of all original songs. Reflections featured a more experimental sound, instead of the previous acoustic style arrangements found on Inquisition Symphony and Cult. Dave Lombardo from Slayer played drums on five songs from Reflections.

In 2005, Apocalyptica released their fifth studio album, Apocalyptica, which featured Mikko Sirén on drums, who would be, as of December that year, introduced as an official bandmember. This album featured a number of guest musicians including Ville Valo of HIM, Lauri Ylönen, and once again Dave Lombardo. They also recorded the Intro for Bullet For My Valentines album The Poison

Apocalyptica released their sixth studio album, Worlds Collide, on September 17, 2007. Till Lindemann of Rammstein is among the guest singers. He will be taking on David Bowie’s song “Heroes”, which was also released in German as “Helden”. Till will be singing the German version, making his song the only German-language song on Worlds Collide and the second in the band’s history.

  • Danelle Vranich

    Captain Fantastic’s (Bengal) half brother, Dharma, is very proud.

  • Amazing Alex

    Love your books I’ve read almost all of them my fav is a mango shaped space because I can really feel how you feels with colors!

  • mariana

    i love so much to Perttu, he`s my hope and my life…………………
    apocalyptica is the best band of cello metal than there`s in this world

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  • Frank

    Greats band

  • ladyDeath

    hooray for apocalyptica!!!!xx