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Origin: Helsinki, Finland Flag of Finland.svg
Active: 1993 - Present
Genre: Cello Metal
Website: www.apocalyptica.com
Eicca Toppinen
Perttu Kivilaakso
Paavo Lötjönen
Mikko Sirén
Franky Perez
Max Lilja (formerly)
Antero Manninen (formerly)

Apocalyptica is a Finnish symphonic metal band from Helsinki, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso, and jazz drummer Mikko Sirén. Originally a classical-style Metallica tribute band, the band eventually adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of conventional guitars and bass. They have sold over four million albums to date.


Connection to Rammstein

Prior Connection

During the Reise, Reise Tour in 2005 Apocalyptica toured together with Rammstein. Over the years they played Ohne dich, Mein Herz brennt and Ich will together on stage. In 2005 the band contributed the "Kerosinii Remix" to the Benzin single.

Apocalyptica also recorded a cover of Seemann with Nina Hagen in 2003. They also released the song as a single.

Worlds Collide and GUN Records lawsuit

In 2007, the band covered Helden by David Bowie with Till Lindemann and Richard Kruspe. Rammstein later sued the label GUN records, who were responsible for promoting the album, as the promotion of the album did not conform to the wishes of the band. The lawsuit ended with the closure of GUN records.[1]

Connection to Emigrate

Drummer Mikko Sirén has also been the studio drummer for Emigrate since the album Silent So Long.