Apocalyptica are coming. Twenty years from inception, one of the biggest names in European metal is finally touring Australia. Combining classical nuance with brutal breakdowns, this fantastic Finnish four-piece are quintessential Eurock with a difference. They are metal, with cellists..
Their most recent album, 7th Symphony was produced by Joe Baressi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Tool) and features guests vocalists including Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Brent Smith (Shinedown), Joe Duplantier (Gojira) and Diane Warren (Award winning songwriter for artists like Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion). 7th Symphony has been touted as the band’s most inspired release to date, with equal emphasis on beautiful melodies and heavy, bombastic rhythms.
Their track Beautiful is particularly bare and vulnerable, but it may have something to do with its unique recording process. “We decided to play it naked,” songwriter Eicca Toppinen says. “It was a moment where there were four guys naked in the room just playing acoustic music. Being naked always brings good feelings. Immediately, it was much more fun.”
7th Symphony’s guest stars and subsequent reception may be staggering, but it’s perfectly in keeping with their pedigree. Interestingly Apocalyptica was originally formed as a cover band, and a simple creative outlet for Toppinen and three of his classically-trained classmates at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy. Their debut release -a Metallica cover album- created a stir amongst fans, but the band eventually blossomed into their own beast with 2007’s World’s Collide (which featured Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia, Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann amongst others), which rocketed onto the Billboard charts without warning, landing at 59 on the Hot 200 and never looking back.
Now with over four million album sales worldwide to date and a reputation for an incredible live show under their belt Apocalyptica make their first ever trip to Australia this August. Don’t miss these unique live performances.
Tickets on sale 9am Friday 29 June
Thu 30th August – Brisbane Hi-Fi 18+
Tickets from thehifi.com.au or 1300 The HIFI & Moshtix outlets including Kill The Music, Butterbeats CBD & Valley and Atlantis Music Southport
Fri 31st August- Sydney Hi-Fi 18+
Tickets from thehifi.com.au or 1300 The HIFI & Moshtix outlets including Resist Records, Utopia Records & Red Eye Records
Sat 1st September- Melbourne Hi-Fi 18+
Tickets from thehifi.com.au 1300 THE HIFI & Moshtix outlets including Fist2Face, Polyester Records & Greville St Records