The festival Provinssi, formely known as Provinssirock, is one of the oldest summer festivals organized in Finland; the first edition of the festival going back all the way to 1979. The festival is located in the town of Seinäjoki, Western Finland, and one of the best aspects of the festival is its diversity, always mixing different genres of music, from heavy metal to hip hop, from punk to pop, and so on. This year there were about 79,000 festival attendees, making this edition of Provinssi a huge hit. Although the festival started on a Wednesday there were more bands on the last 2 days of the festival, Friday and Saturday, playing in 5 different stages.
Not content with being one of the world’s more unique bands, metal cello masters Apocalyptica feel the need to push the boat out when promoting a new album. Before setting off on their US tour, the band went on a small promotional tour for new release ‘Shadowmaker’, which included an intimate acoustic performance to an invited audience within the specimen laden shelves of Barts Pathology Museum in the heart of the City of London.
Smaller European countries like Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia don’t always seem to get as many exciting bands passing through to perform, but when they do, it’s sure not a thing to miss out on.
Back in 2013 Latvian rock fans were pleased to find out that Finnish rockers Apocalyptica will be packing up their cellos and stopping by to play a show in Riga. To make such news even more exciting Apocalyptica announced that they will be bringing along Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.
On an evening of March 22nd, 2014 we had the opportunity and privilege to be nowhere else but Riga and experience the magic of heavy metal meeting classical music for ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »
Finland’s legendary orchestral rock band and Jive recording artist, Apocalyptica, are currently premiering the video for their latest single “Not Strong Enough” (Click here to view video) on AOL Noisecreep. The song which includes vocals by Doug Robb of Hoobastank is the follow-up to the hit single “End of Me,” which featured vocals by Gavin Rossdale. Other guests on their latest album, 7th Symphony, are Lacey from Flyleaf, Gojira’s Joe Duplantier, and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. Aside from the vocal tracks, the album features the group’s most dynamic symphonic instrumentals to date.
Apocalyptica’s North American tour will launch March 3rd in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Culture Room and run through March 27th in Dallas, TX at the House Of Blues. Apocalyptica will be touring in support of, 7th Symphony, which came out August 24th and debuted at No. 31 on the Billboard album chart. Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age) produced the majority of the record and Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach) produced an additional two tracks.
Apocalyptica’s 2010 North American dates are as follows:
New York, NY – The world’s premier orchestral rock/metal band and Jive recording artist, Apocalyptica, will return to the U.S. for 18 shows starting November 25h in Orlando, Florida at House Of Blues and concluding in Corpus Christi, Texas on December 18th at the House Of Rock.
The Helsinki, Finland based band recently finished their international sold-out summer tour supporting the release of their most recent album, 7th Symphony. Apocalyptica wrapped up their co-headlining U.S. tour, which included stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and other major U.S. cities. The New York Post declared “you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen long-haired dudes headbanging while playing classical cellos.” Apocalyptica now returns to continue to support the release of their seventh album 7th Symphony. The current single “End of Me”, featuring guest vocals by Gavin Rossdale of Bush, is a Top 5 smash on the Active Rock Radio chart. 7th Symphony also features stellar guest lineup Brent Smith of Shinedown, Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf and Joe Duplantier of French rock band Gojira and Dave Lombardo of Slayer.
Revolver called 7th Symphony’s instrumentals “their heaviest and most grandiose yet.” Metro Mix proclaimed “…all were in agreement that Apocalyptica put on a stellar performance” at their New York show. Brand X (Los Angeles Times) called their recent Los Angeles Club Nokia performance “…symphonic, emotional, gorgeous…”
Eicca Toppinen – cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – cello
Paavo Lötjönen – cello
Mikko Sirén – drums
This is one show you do not want to miss! Catch Apocalyptica live:
Since they formed in 1993, Finnish orchestral rock band Apocalyptica has released six studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals along with some vocal-based songs. Whatever styles they’ve explored – from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms — their music has been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.
For their 7th album, 7th Symphony, the band has composed an album that’s not just symphonic, it’s practically a symphony. This time, the instrumental tracks are pure instrumentals with long, progressive passages. At the same time, 7th Symphony contains songs that rock harder than anything they’ve done since 2001 when they released the epic, transfixing album Cult, their first album to contain mostly originals. In the same way that Cult caused fans to view Apocalyptica from a different perspective, 7th Symphony is the next forward step in the group’s creative evolution. Most of the songs on the disc were produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) and two of the four vocal numbers were produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach).
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
The seventh studio album 7th Symphony from rock Finnish cello-quartet Apocalyptica just debuted. Apocalyptica’s nationwide tour supporting the release kicks off tonight at the Nokia Theatre in New York City, and will wrap up September 13th at the Roseland Theatre in Portland. The band will play an eclectic mix of favorites from past albums as well as brand new tracks including the explosive “End of Me”, which has been steadily climbing the Billboard Active Rock Chart’s Top 20. Cosmos Gaming calls Apocalyptica’s latest “Hands-down one of the best albums of the year” and the Examiner.com raves, “Apocalyptica has an energy and stage presence that makes it hard to turn away from.”
7th Symphony was produced by Joe Barresi (Coheed and Cambria, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion). The album features eight instrumentals plus four headbangers with guest vocals, including the first single and video “End Of Me” with lead vocals by Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Lacey (Flyleaf), Joe Duplantier (Gojira) and Brent Smith (Shinedown) also make cameos on the album. In addition, producer Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Creed, My Chemical Romance) returns for production duties on two tracks.
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 sold over 300k albums in the US, one million digital tracks and featured numerous guest stars including Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier, whose resounding vocals on “I Don’t Care” blasted Apocalyptica through the stratosphere, and to #1 on the Billboard rock chart.
“END OF ME” FEATURING GAVIN ROSSDALE PREMIERING ON VEVO.COM
7th Symphony Out August 24th, Pre-Order Today!
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 here and 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 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 Collidethat 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.
U.S. Tour Dates
7/15 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
7/16 – Pontiac, MI @ Eagle Theater
7/17 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Apocalyptica really love touring in the UK, considering this is their third visit in the space of 12 months. And with the long black-shirted line snaking around the back of the venue, it appears that London at least loves Apocalyptica too. This time, there is more metal cred than ever, with the highly rated Swallow the Sun supporting, more metalheads turned up to the Astoria than they had done at the Forum in March.
Metal played on cello? How would that work? Apocalyptica made waves when they first started as the crazy Finnish quartet who played Metallica covers on cellos. That was back in 1996/7, and they have come a long way since. They were regarded as little more than a novelty then, but they have rebranded themselves, losing the tag of a Metallica cover band. They did this by establishing themselves as songwriters capable of making their own music; they added a drummer to give some drive and power to the songs. At the same time, they wrote powerful riffs for the unique tone of the cello, which on the lower registers sounds like a distorted buzzy guitar, but at higher registers is capable of the most beautiful and moving melodies.
Also, as time went on, they started getting guest singers in to add some vocals to their songs. This was a smart career move, and produced some truly amazing songs like the haunting and powerful “Seemann” (a Rammstein cover) with singer Nina Hagen, “Bittersweet” with the HIM and The Rasmus singers, and “Faraway (Vol. 2)” with Lambretta’s Linda Sundblad. Dave Lombardo from Slayer contributed drum tracks to a few songs on their REFLECTIONS album, and surprisingly, the collaboration with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor on “I’m Not Jesus” was pretty good. On the other hand, it produced some stinkers such as “Repressed” (with Max Cavalera and some emo singer), and “SOS” (the music was average, and Cristina Scabbia’s vocals are impossibly annoying).
Apocalyptica are touring in support of their latest album WORLDS COLLIDE. They came last December, and they’re back to give us more of their unique Finnish madness.
The Central Park Of Kaisaniemi ? Helsinki ? Finland 15th ? 17th of July 2005
Pics and reviews by Metal-Rules.com team Finland
What happens in the middle of July in the central park of the summer city of Helsinki every year? Well, what a easy question, the annual Tuska Open Air Metal festival takes place every year at that time. It pulls in over 33.000 metal hearts of all ages and all kinds of persons to spend an unforgettable metallic feast in the heart of Helsinki. As it is said The Gods made heavy metal which has turned out be nothing but right in every aspect as the weather was extremely warm and hot during the whole weekend apart from a few darker clouds having gathered around the area when Dimmu Borgir stepped on the stage and in general the atmosphere was peaceful and bigger problems managed to be avoided, thanks to the common metal spirit of the Finnish die hard metal freaks.
The bill of 2005 didn?t offer any offer so-called any big selling names like Nightwish being one of the headlining acts at Tuska last year, but instead a variety of different metal genres were at present ranging from a hyper-blasting grindcore to a more melancholic Finnish mainstream rock. Having a large range of metal proves Tuska is not limited to one certain metal category as everyone had something to feel, taste and see during the three long days.
The Tuska Open Air festival has reached and gained a lot of positive attention amongst the metal people around the world. There were people having arrived from Russia, Estonia, Sweden, all around Europe and even from some Far East countries. Despite not having a big name, the metal festival was totally sold out and even a few hundred leftover tickets for Friday were sold after all.
As usual it has turned out to be an annual mandatory tradition for having an article of the Tuska festival in Metal-Rules.Com, therefore the Finnish Metal-Rules.Com pain squad spent the whole weekend testifying several acts in action and tried to feel the spirit of Heavy Metal and enjoy the pleasure of the flesh as well during the three insane long days in the beautiful central park of Kaisaniemi and in the heart of Helsinki with several friends as well as everlasting enemies. Enjoy?