Ground-breaking cross-genre quartet returns to its non-vocal roots to release the first video/single “Ashes of the Modern World” today.
“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 visualise 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 10 January 2020 through Silver Lining Music.
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.
“Ashes of the Modern World” is the album’s first single and music video, both released today.
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.
CELL-0 will be available as:
* CD mediabook
* Deluxe D2C bundles
* Digital download and streaming
* Heavy-weight double vinyl with etching artwork in a 6-panel gatefold with 12-inch 20-page booklet
Pre-release orders are available now at www.apocalyptica.com
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 travelling 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.”
Produced by Apocalyptica
Recording, editing and additional production: Joonas Parkkonen at Sonic Pump Studios, Helsinki
Mixed by Andrew Scheps at Punkerpad, Titton (UK)
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums
Photos by Ville Juurikkala