|Active:||1993 - Present|
Max Lilja (formerly)
Antero Manninen (formerly)
Apocalyptica is a Finnish symphonic metal band from Helsinki, Finland, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso (all three of whom are graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki), drummer Mikko Sirén, and vocalist Franky Perez. Originally a Metallica classical tribute band, the band eventually adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of conventional guitars. They have sold over four million albums to date.
Connection to Rammstein
During the "Ahoi!"-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.
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.