Finnish four piece Apocalyptica have dropped their very own Cello-Metal reinterpretation of classical bangers with the new EP Metal Classic, Classic Metal. Release day also sees the band unleash the focus track 'Flight of the Bumblebees' originally by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow.
On the EP's focus track, Perttu Kivilaakso states:
"'Flight of the Bumblebee' is one of the most well-known virtuosic pieces. I have played it during my classical years many times, always aiming for faster and faster performances. This time I thought it would be the coolest thing to make a rough and heavy 'Bee' for our band, basically creating the slowest and most doomy 'Bumblebee' ever! It's fascinating how musical structures can work out in many various ways! This 'Bee' is heavy and angry, but surely flies out with a smile on her face and a blink in it's eye!"
Metal Classic, Classic Metal also includes a new version of Beethoven’s '5th Symphony' as well as a re-do of Maurice Ravel’s 'Bolero'. The full EP is available HERE.
The Finnish four piece Apocalyptica announce the release of their very own Cello-Metal reinterpretation of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s legendary 5th Symphony.
Eicca Toppinen says: “The beginning of the fifth symphony by Beethoven is one of the most iconic classical themes ever written. The process of rewriting and transforming it into a new perspective was a challenging but a really joyful ride. Beethoven was one of the first “metal-heads” in classical music which made it even more enjoyable to work out his theme with more modern sound and approach.”
Listen to Apocalyptica’s “Beethoven 5th” and watch the animated visualiser here. The previously released single “Bolero” as well as “Beethoven 5th” are going to be part of Apocalyptica’s upcoming EP named “Metal Classic, Classic Metal”.
Apocalyptica will be touring the US extensively in 2022, as well as playing multiple Summer festivals, among other dates, before hitting Europe with the aptly named “Epic Apocalypse Tour” alongside Epica and Wheel. All dates can be found below.
APOCALYPTICA – Tour Dates 2022/2023
US Tour /w Leprous and Wheel
06.09.22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
07.09.22 – Charlotte, NC – Underground
08.09.22 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
09.09.22 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10.09.22 – Blue Ridge, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
11.09.22 – Harrisbrug, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
13.09.22 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
14.09.22 – Long Island, NY – Paramount
15.09.22 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
16.09.22 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
17.09.22 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
18.09.22 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
19.09.22 – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierres
21.09.22 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
22.09.22 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
23.09.22 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
24.09.22 – Indianapolis, IN – Vogue
25.09.22 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles
26.09.22 – Sauget, IL – Pops
27.09.22 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
28.09.22 – Denver, CO – Summit
30.09.22 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
01.10.22 – San Diego, CA – Observatory
02.10.22 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
04.10.22 – Las Vegas, NV – Bowl
05.10.22 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
06.10.22 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
07.10.22 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
08.10.22 – Guadelajara, MX – Coordenada Festival
12.11.22 – Wroclaw (PL) – Hala Stulecia
Finnish Tour w/ Wheel
16.11.22 – Tampere (FI) – Pakkahuone
17.11.22 – Oulu (FI) – Tullisali
18.11.22 – Seinajoki (FI) – Rytmikorjaamo
19.11.22 – Kupio (FI) – Musiikkikeskus
20.11.22 – Helsinki (FI) – Ice Hall (*special guests – Leprous)
“The Epic Apocalypse Tour” w/ Epica and Wheel
19.01.23 – Vilnius (LT) – Compensa Concert Hall
20.01.23 – Riga (LV) – Arena Riga
21.01.23 – Tallinn (EE) – Saku Arena
23.01.23 – Oslo (NO) – Sentrum Scene
24.01.23 – Stockholm (SE) – Berns
25.01.23 – Copenhagen (DK) – Amager Bio
27.01.23 – Amsterdam (NL) – AFAS
28.01.23 – Hamburg (DE) – Georg Elser Halle
29.01.2 – Brussels (BE) – AB
30.01.23 – Bristol (UK) – O2 Academy
01.02.23 – Nottingham (UK) – Rock City
02.02.23 – Glasgow (UK) – O2 Academy
03.02.23 – Manchester (UK) – Academy
04.02.23 – London (UK) – Roundhouse
06.02.23 – Luxembourg (LU) – Atelier
07.02.23 – Paris (FR) – Zenith
08.02.23 – Toulouse (FR) – Le Bikini
10.02.23 – Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 1
11.02.23 – Murcia (ES) – Murcia Gamma
13.02.23 – Madrid (ES) – La Riviera
14.02.23 – Lisbon (PT) – Coliseum
12.03.23 – Hanover (DE) – Capitol
13.03.23 – Colonge (DE) – Carlswerk Victoria
14.03.23 – Wiesbaden (DE) – Schlachthof
15.03.23 – Ludwigsburg (DE) – MHP Arena
17.03.23 – Zurich (CH) – Komplex 4567
18.03.23 – Lausanne (CH) – Metropole
19.03.23 – Milan (IT) – Fabrique
20.03.23 – Munich (DE) – Tonhalle
22.03.23 – Budapest (HU) – Barba Negra
23.03.23 – Vienna (AT) – Gasometer
24.03.23 – Brno (CZ) – Hala Vodova
25.03.23 – Warsaw (PL) – Progresja
27.03.23 – Gdansk (PL) – B90
28.03.23 – Berlin (DE) – Columbiahalle
29.03.23 – Leipzig (DE) – Haus Auensee
Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-metalers Apocalyptica release their brand-new track and music video, ‘Live Or Die’ featuring guest vocals from Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén via Silver Lining Music.
The song boasts an undeniably dynamic liaison in heavy metal - the spellbinding music of Apocalyptica and the potent, iconic vocals of Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén coming together to create a fierce battle cry focused on the desecration of our planet. ‘Live Or Die’ was composed by Apocalyptica and recorded in Finland with Apocalyptica and Martin Hansen (Scorpions) producing. The video, directed by Ville Juurikkala and filmed in Berlin, is a fiery performance piece that features Brodén on vocals.
Apocalyptica and Sabaton have a new but notable history of collaboration. Most recently, the two bands recorded a version of the 2010 Sabaton track ‘Angels Calling’ released in November 2019, with a companion music video. In addition, Apocalyptica was Special Guest on Sabaton's just-concluded, critically acclaimed, SRO, 15-country European tour, that included Apocalyptica joining Sabaton onstage every night for a half dozen songs. As one UK reviewer wrote, “The chemistry between the two bands was absolutely incredible. Apocalyptica were throwing around their cellos just as hard as Sabaton were throwing around their guitars.”
In support of their current studio album release, the all-instrumental Cell-0, Apocalyptica - cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen and drummer Mikko Sirén - will kick off the first leg of their 2020 North American tour on May 3rd in Orlando, Florida. The band will bring their moving and live performances to 20 cities over a three-week period wrapping up on May 26th in Boston, MA. With a set list that will vary night to night, Apocalyptica's performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band's rich catalogue. Lacuna Coil will support on all North American dates.
Whilst Europe will enjoy one of the most engaging, exciting and ‘Apocalyepic’ events of the year this coming Autumn 2020, when the cello metal giants Apocalyptica unite with Epica to entertain audiences all over the continent, from Budapest to Barcelona, on the Epic Apocalypse Tour. The two will co-headline, showing both a refreshing camaraderie and lack of ego, and will be joined by the exciting, progressive metal band Wheel, who will open each night with their engaging time-defying grooves and deep social exploration.
Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.
APOCALYPTICA EUROPEAN 2020 DATES
Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rock band Apocalyptica have released the video for ‘En Route To Mayhem’, which will transport the viewer to a fantastical post-humanity future. This imaginary world is barren, dusty, and littered with broken pieces of things once considered essential to humankind such as bits of plastic, a teddy bear, crumbling structures, cell phones and computers, bleached bones, and long-forgotten musical instruments. The setting is devoid of mankind, but brimming with the hope of new life; and then one day, thunder, lightning, and one drop at a time, it begins to rain, and Mother Nature steps in. Check out the ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video HERE.
Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen comments:-
“‘En Route To Mayhem’ is a journey of hedonic needs growing into greed and aggression, driving into inner mayhem and ending without satisfaction. This video underlines the fact that however we think we are in control by destroying things and life around us, life itself will take over in the end, always. We are not in control of the bigger picture, and we should be aware of it and raise our respect to life around us.”
The ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video is in support of Apocalyptica’s upcoming album, Cell-0, due out January 10th, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. Produced by Apocalyptica – cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band 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. For Cell-0 pre-order options, go to this location.
Perttu Kivilaakso comments:-
“Cell-0 has a concept which is to challenge the listeners to question themselves and ask “Am I doing the best I can for the environment, for other beings? Is there still something I can change?”
To highlight environmental issues, the band wanted to ask fans to do something for our planet; so to coincide with the release of the new video, they have launched a very special competition, which will give fans the chance to win the opportunity for Apocalyptica to play in their living room.
To enter, fans will need to show the band how they are making the planet a healthier place for everyone. Fans can head to their Facebook page and comment with photos/videos showing what they are doing to help the planet and telling the band why they should be picked as a winner.
To find out more information, head to the band’s Facebook page. The online contest is open to all European fans from now and will close at 7:00 pm CET Friday, January 10th, 2020. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
In concert, Apocalyptica are known for their moving live performances and will kick off the New Year as Special Guests on Sabaton's 15-country, 23-date European arena tour that begins on January 17, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland. With a set list that will likely vary night to night, Apocalyptica's performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band's rich catalogue. Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.
APOCALYPTICA 2020 TOUR DATES
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
20 Culture Factory, Zagreb, Croatia
21 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
22 Arena, Budapest, Hungary
24 Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
25 Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
26 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
30 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
31 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
7 Zenith, Paris, France
8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
12 Logomo, Turku, Finland
14 Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
15 Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio, Finland
27 Tullisali, Oulu, Finland
28 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
3 The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
4 The Masquerade - Heaven, Atlanta, GA
6 Emo's, Austin, TX
7 House of Blues, Houston, TX
9 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
10 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
11 The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
12 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
13 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
15 Imperial, Vancouver, BC Canada
17 Midway, Edmonton, AB Canada
18 The Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB Canada
20 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22 The Opera House, Toronto, ON Canada
23 MTelus, Montreal, QC Canada
24 Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
25 Webster Hall, New York, NY
26 Big Night Live, Boston, MA
18 Hant Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
19 Amfithéater, Terchova, Slovakia
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums
For further information visit: www.apocalyptica.com
Hungarian Symphonic Cello Metallers Leecher premiere new song “Get Over It” from their upcoming album “Deviant”
Symphonic / Cello metal band Leecher have released a brand new song and lyric video called Get Over It, heralding their upcoming second studio album Deviant, expected to be released early 2020 via Nail Records. The new album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Gábor Vári (Dystopia) in Miracle Sound Studios. Just like the cover of the new album “New Dawn Awaits” by Tales of Evening, the cover art and the layout design was created by Alex Mihályfi-Tóth (Redart Illustrations).
Leecher: Get Over It (Official Lyric Video) - youtu.be/4qopgnN9vpw
“This song teases our new album, Deviant, which is going to be released early next year. We’re looking forward to this release very much and we’re very proud of the new material, producer Gábor Vári really did a marvelous job! We truly feel we’ve given our best this time, there are no fillers on this record. In the same time, we’ve become more honest, we’re not afraid to express our freaky thoughts, hence the title of the album” - the band commented.
Despite it’s popularity, bands with music akin to Finland’s Apocalyptica’s metal played on cellos instead of guitars never crowded the scene, and Leecher started moving bows on their strings in 2008, when this unique genre was already flourishing, mixing female vocals, cellos and melodic metal. As soon as they’ve unleashed their debut album “Sightless” back in 2016, things started escalating quickly as Leecher found themselves performing all over their home country of Hungary with increasing international interest that resulted in an European tour in 2018 with Blodiga Skald.
Now with “Deviant” soon to be added to their catalogue, these determined and charming musicians are absolutely ready take their presence in the international scene to the next level, as they combine all the best aspects and sounds this genre has to offer - certainly recommended to fans of Therion, Nightwish and Apocalyptica.
Leecher: Messengers Of Fear (Official Lyric Video) - youtu.be/55IwXRPpUVE
Earlier this year Leecher has released the first new song off the album, Messengers of Fear, featuring growled vocals by Axuruk Kaleniuk of Blodiga Skald who they have also performed with on their European tour last year.
Anett Horváth - Lead Vocals / Songwriting, lyrics
Ádám Nagy - Cello, Bass, Orchestral Arrangements / Songwriting, lyrics
Barabás Bótyik - Cello
Dávid Tamási - Drums
Ábel Libisch - Songwriting
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