After 2010's 7th Symphony, the Finnish cello masters Apocalyptica are currently finishing their 8th studio album to be released in early 2015, followed by an extensive live tour. For the upcoming album, the band is working with Franky Perez as exclusive singer on the vocal tracks - this time not only during production, but for the whole cycle including the tour.
The Finnish group Apocalyptica has made the new video for "Stormy Wagner" available online for viewing. This live clip had only been previously available in iTunes only. Now you can watch it right here. This is one of the three videos created for Apocalyptica's live CD Wagner Reloaded, which was recorded in July, 2013, in Leipzig, Germany and released in November.
Cello metal masters Apocalyptica have just released the official video clip for "Fight Against Monsters", the third out of three live clips for their upcoming album Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig. Recorded in Leipzig in July 2013, this is a live collaboration with the MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra and will be released on November 19th via BMG.
Cello masters Apocalyptica have premiered today a new live performance video for "Ludwig Wonderland". The track is from the band's upcoming release Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig. The album is a live collaboration with the MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra and will be released on November 19th via BMG. It was recorded in July 2013 in Leipzig. The song "Ludwig Wonderland" is the first in a chronological set of 3 clips to be published in shorter intervals towards the release. Enjoy the show.
Finnish cello gods Apocalyptica have just announced the release of their first ever live album which you will be able to get your hands on November 15th, 2013. The live album is called Wagner Reloaded, it contains 13 tracks and will be released as an official live recording with the MDR Symphony Orchestra on CD and vinyl. Moreover, you can already take a look at the release's artwork below.
Finnish cello act Apocalyptica have recently decided to officially release "Psalm", a new song which Perttu Kivilaakso played during the band's most recent tour. In addition to that, Apocalyptica's Paavo Lötjönen has produced the accompanying music video, which was filmed at the Sibelius Academy, where the band recorded its first album. Paavo took care of everything from direction to post-production during the making of the clip, which can be seen below.
Finnish cello metallers Apocalyptica announced on their official website that the dates previously scheduled for Brazil and Chile have been cancelled due to issues with the promoter.
In a New Year update, the band stated: "A Happy New Year to all of you! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas time with your friends and family as well as a blasting night to start 2012! We are super excited to start our Latin American tour in a few days. It has been years since we met all of you in this part of the world... Unfortunately within the last weeks we faced many difficulties with the concert promoter who was hired to do the shows in Chile and Brazil."
Following the recent commotion concerning a lawsuit for copyright infringement filed by Rammstein, Apocalyptica have now released a statement clarifying the events:
"The article's headline Anwalt24.de, ed.] is substantially wrong: neither the band Apocalyptica nor their management are or were involved in the described lawsuit. However, the parties involved are the band Rammstein and Sony Music Entertainment GmbH, as the successor of the by now defunct affiliated label "Gun Records".
Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management regret the events, but neither had any influence on a violation of trademark and naming rights, nor any part in whatsoever resulting agreements.
It is correct, that "Gun Records" published advertisements with the stated endorsement disregarding existing agreements, and the band Rammstein subsequently filed a lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment GmbH as the parent company. It is furthermore correct, that Sony Music Entertainment GmbH and Rammstein have agreed on a settlement. The details of which, however, are unknown to Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management. We ask that further articles on the topic correctly reproduce the facts."
Rough days for Apocalyptica. Earlier this week the news came out the band had to pay €45,000 to Rammstein regarding a trademark infringement during the band's advertising campaign in Germany for their 2007 release Worlds Collide. You can read the details again over here.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, the Finnish cello metallers have now been forced to pull the vocals of Shinedown frontman Brent Smith off the band's new single, Not Strong Enough. A source told The Pulse Of Radio that Apocalyptica apparently failed to secure the rights from Shinedown's label, Atlantic Records, to release the song to radio with Smith's vocals on it. Instead, the radio version will feature vocals from Hoobastank singer Doug Robb. The version with Smith on vocals remains featured on the band's latest effort, 7th Symphony.
The Regional Court of Berlin has convicted Apocalyptica for trademark infringement against Rammstein. The Finnish cello metallers face a fine of €45,000.
The case concerns the advertising campaign launched in Germany for Apocalyptica's 2007 release Worlds Collide. Worlds Collide featured many guest musicians, including Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe on the track "Helden" (a David Bowie cover of "Heroes"). The band promoted the album's release on stickers, magazines and posters with the words "featuring Rammstein", this without the authorization of the band and their management.
UPDATED, in case you have trouble understanding: Apocalyptica used the name "Rammstein", which is a trademark, for commercial use without authorization of the trademark holder. The trademark holder (Rammstein and their management) rightfully filed a lawsuit against Apocalyptica for copyright infringement. They won.
A few weeks ago, we informed you cello metallers Apocalyptica were embarking on a North American tour later this month. But the band is now forced to cancel those plans due to the recent illness of one of the band members.
Here's the official word from the band: "We wanted to let you know that sadly we are having to reschedule the current run of US dates to the beginning of March 2011. This is due to issues with Perttu's health; we have taken the advice of several doctors before making this decision. We are working on all details and more information for you right now, and of course we will keep you fully informed! We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our fans and look forward to returning to health and touring in 2011."
Haven't gotten a chance to see Finnish cello metal act Apocalyptica on tour yet? You are in luck as the band has just announced more dates for their forthcoming tour of the United States. Check them out below and stay tuned for more info. The band is currently touring in support of their latest studio effort, 7th Symphony.
Nov. 25 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
Nov. 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Nov. 27 - Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor
Nov. 29 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
Nov. 30 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
Dec. 04 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
Dec. 05 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Dec. 06 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe
Dec. 07 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Dec. 08 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Cello metallers Apocalyptica are offering a free mp3 of the brand-new track "At The Gates Of Manala".
Here's the deal. All you have to do is register for the band's regular newsletter at this location. Don't worry, the newsletter is supposed to be "non-annoying and will be sent to you in either Spanish, English or German". If you subscribe now the band will send you "At The Gates Of Manala" as a high quality mp3 for free.
"At The Gates Of Manala" is the opening track for the band's upcoming 7th Symphony, scheduled for a release later this month. Another new track, "End Of Me", was already streaming on the band's MySpace.