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Apocalyptica haben ein ganz neues Genre gegründet: den Cello Rock. Die vier Finnen Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Max Lilja und Antero Manninen studierten auf der Sibelius-Akademie in Helsinki und kamen auf die geniale Idee, Songs ihrer Lieblingsband Metallica auf dem Cello zu spielen. 1996 erschien „Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos“, das die Genres Heavy Metal und Klassik gleichermaßen revolutionierte. Doch sollte Metallica nicht die einzige Band bleiben, derer sich Apocalyptica annehmen würden: Auf späteren Alben coverten die Finnen außerdem Slayer, Rammstein und Faith No More. Gemeinsam mit der Sängerin von Die Happy, Marta Jandová, nahmen Apocalyptica mit dem Song „Wie Weit“ beim Bundesvision Song Contest teil. 2015 erschien „Shadowmaker“, das mittlerweile siebte Album der talentierten Finnen.

photo credit of press picture: Ville Juurikkala

APOCALYPTICA – Ground-breaking Cross-Genre Quartet Returns to its Non-Vocal Roots

“It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-0, we found particles of our universe previously unknown to us.  Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear.”  – Cell-0

Bristling with an epically baroque life and energy, Cell-0, the ninth studio album by Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rockers Apocalyptica, will be released on January 10, 2020 (Silver Lining Music).  The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band – Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen, and Mikko Sirén, all of whom are classically-trained musicians – a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music.  Cell-0 is the quartet’s first instrumental album in 17 years and found the musicians challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments. “Ashes Of The Modern World” is the album’s first single and music video, both released on October 04th. This powerful video was directed by the award-winning Finnish photographer/videographer Ville Juurikkala who has worked with a wide variety of prominent artists from Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith to opera singer Andrea Bocelli.  

Produced by Apocalyptica, mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Cell-0 sees the band soaring into ethereal space on “Ashes Of The Modern World,” while diving head-first into aggressive thrash ‘cello-riffery’ during “En Route To Mayhem.”

Rather than put strategic attention on aspects like writing singles, the band approached Cell-0 as a fully-formed piece of art, connecting the right details and hues with the energy of being a real cello-metal band.  By pushing themselves to find other places and levels in their music, Apocalyptica opened up to some seemingly unorthodox methods and emotions while traveling through that creative process.  Said Eicca Toppinen, “These new songs have so many layers and are so complex, and it’s not always easy to point exactly what they are about.  But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to experience the same songs in very, very different ways.  It’s also one reason why we don’t want to explain the songs before they’re experienced.”

In support of the release of Cell-0, Apocalyptica will Special Guest with Sabaton on a 15-country, 23-date European arenas tour that begins on January 17, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland.  “We will be planning the full Cell-0 tour to be at the next level in terms of how we frame our performance,” added Toppinen, “because we don’t know any other way.”  All confirmed dates are below.

Jan 17  Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 18  Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
Jan 19  Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
Jan 21  Gasometer, Vienna, Austria

Jan 22  Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Jan 24  Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
Jan 25  Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
Jan 26  O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Jan 28  Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Jan 30  Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Jan 31  Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany

Feb 1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
Feb 2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
Feb 4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
Feb 5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
Feb 7 Zenith, Paris, France
Feb 8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
Feb 9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Feb 11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Feb 12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
Feb 15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway

1. Ashes Of The Modern World
2. Cell-0
3. Rise
4. En Route To Mayhem
5. Call My Name
6. Fire & Ice
7. Scream For The Silent
8. Catharsis
9. Beyond The Stars


Apocalyptica are:
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums

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