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Apocalyptica is a Finnish cello metal band, composed of classically trained cellists and, since 2005, a drummer. Three of the cellists are graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Their music features elements from classical music, neo-classical metal, thrash metal, and symphonic metal.

Band members[]

Current line up[]

  • Eicca Toppinen – cello (1993–present)
  • Paavo Lötjönen – cello (1993–present)
  • Perttu Kivilaakso – cello (1995,1999–present)
  • Mikko Sirén – drums, cello (2003–present)

Former members[]

  • Antero Manninen – cello (1993–1999; session 2002–2009)
  • Max Lilja – cello (1993–2002)

Sessional members[]

  • Dave Lombardo of Slayer – drums (2003–2007)
  • Sami Kuoppamäki – drums (2003–2006)
  • Toryn Green – touring vocals (2008)
  • Tony Kakko – guest vocalist (2008 Finland and Japan)
  • Johnny Andrews – touring vocalist (April 2008)
  • Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace – vocalist in New York and Toronto (2008)
  • Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil – vocalist at Download festival (2008)
  • Tipe Johnson of Leningrad Cowboys – touring vocalist in 2009–present
  • Kyo of Dir En Grey – guest vocalist (US tour 2010)

Guest musicians[]

Vocalists
  • Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace (“I Don't Care”)
  • Brent Smith of Shinedown ("Not Strong Enough")
  • Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour (“I'm Not Jesus”)
  • Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil (“S.O.S. (Anything But Love)”)[1]
  • Doug Robb of Hoobastank ("Not Strong Enough")
  • Emmanuelle Monet of Dolly (“En Vie”)
  • Gavin Rossdale of Bush ("End of Me")
  • Joe Duplantier of Gojira ("Bring Them to Light")
  • Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf ("Broken Pieces")
  • Lauri Ylönen of The Rasmus (“Life Burns!”, “Bittersweet”)
  • Linda Sundblad of Lambretta (“Faraway Vol. 2”)
  • Marta Jandová of Die Happy (“Wie Weit” / “How Far”)
  • Mats Levén of Therion, Krux (“S.O.S.”, “I Don't Care”) (Backing Vocals)
  • Matt Tuck of Bullet for My Valentine (“Repressed”)
  • Matthias Sayer of Farmer Boys (“Hope Vol. 2”)
  • Max Cavalera of Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Nailbomb, ex-Sepultura (“Repressed”)
  • Nina Hagen (“Seemann”)
  • Sandra Nasić of Guano Apes (“Path Vol. 2”)
  • Till Lindemann of Rammstein (“Helden”)
  • Ville Valo of HIM ("Bittersweet")
Instruments
  • Tomoyasu Hotei[1] (“Grace”) (Guitar)
  • Dave Lombardo of Slayer ("2010", “Last Hope”, “Betrayal/Forgiveness”, "Reflections" (Album)) (Drums)

Discography[]

  • 1996: Plays Metallica by Four Cellos
  • 1996: Apocalyptica (Christmas Single)
  • 1998: Inquisition Symphony
  • 2000: Cult
  • 2002: Best of Apocalyptica (Japan only)
  • 2003: Reflections
  • 2005: Apocalyptica
  • 2006: Amplified // A Decade of Reinventing the Cello
  • 2007: Worlds Collide
  • 2010: Mag S.V.E.R. original soundtrack
  • 2010: 7th Symphony

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lacuna Coil, Gojira Members To Guest On New Apocalyptica Cd. Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
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