Apocalyptica Cover Sabaton’s New Song “Fields Of Verdun”

Sabaton have shared Apocalyptica’s cover of their new song “Fields Of Verdun.” The track will appear on Sabaton’s new album “The Great War,” which will be released on July 19. Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström commented:

“I watched Apocalyptica’s show in Madrid last year and I was blown away by the magic atmosphere they created. This made me excited to see what these fantastic musicians could do with a Sabaton song! And what would be more fun than to let them record their version of a song not yet released?”

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Apocalyptica Share “One” Live Video From “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos – A Live Performance”

Apocalyptica have shared live footage of “One” from their “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos – A Live Performance” release. That effort is currently available as a 2CD+1DVD digipak and digitally. A 3LP+1DVD+download code package will be released on February 8. The DVD features the band’s set at the Finnish Savonlinna Opera Festival. The CD/digital formats also come with one of the band’s three sold-out shows at the Tavastia club in Helsinki, which took place in September.

Apocalyptica Share “Enter Sandman” Live Video From “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos – A Live Performance”

Apocalyptica have shared live footage of “Enter Sandman” from their “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos – A Live Performance” release. That effort will be available on December 7 as a 2CD+1DVD digipak and digitally. A 3LP+1DVD+download code package will follow on February 8. The DVD features the band’s set at the Finnish Savonlinna Opera Festival. The CD/digital formats will include one of the band’s three sold-out shows at the Tavastia club in Helsinki, which took place in September.

Apocalyptica To Release “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos – A Live Performance” In December

Apocalyptica have announced that their new live release “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos – A Live Performance” will be available on December 7. Fans will be able to purchase it as a 2CD+1DVD digipak and digitally. A 3LP+1DVD+download code package will follow on February 8. The DVD features the band’s set at the Finnish Savonlinna Opera Festival. The CD/digital formats will include one of the band’s three sold-out shows at the Tavastia club in Helsinki, which took place in September.

Apocalyptica’s Next Album May Be Instrumental

It looks like Apocalyptica’s next album may be instrumental. Eicca Toppinen revealed the news in the below interview with Kaaos TV:

Toppinen said the following:

“We have not written yet much,” he said. “We’ve been planning a lot, because, after this tour, there are so many different options we could do. So we’ve been figuring out what feels most exciting for ourselves, and maybe what would be something that somebody would listen to. But definitely we’ll go to the studio in the winter.”

“At the moment, it looks like… there’s a strong feeling that we’ll make an instrumental album. Because on the previous ones, we always combined the instrumental songs with the vocal songs, and it was great to have the featuring artists, it was great to work with Frank Perez for the ‘Shadowmaker’ album. But then, on the other hand, it became a bigger interest for us, like, okay, it would be interesting to make a full instrumental album, so there’s no compromise with anything. So maybe it’s gonna be something really, really crazy… that nobody did before. Because that would be most interesting to make an album that doesn’t sound like any other album you’ve ever heard. Because we’ve been able to do that already a couple of times in the past — to make music that doesn’t relate to… You can’t compare it, ‘This sounds like this.’ I think especially the first album, of course, it was kind of revolutionary, because it sounded like nothing else sounded before. And also, I think the ‘Cult’ album [2000], there’s no other album you can compare it to, so it’s a very unique piece of art. And that’s something I find, and we all find, very interesting. And because also, in today’s world, life is not so much about albums anymore.”

Despite this, he did say there is still a possibility that plans can change as they continue to write new material:

“You never know before you write enough music and see what it starts to tell you, because whatever plan you have, at least for me — it’s, like, whatever plan I have, and we have together, it’s, like, you can have the plan, but when you write the music, the music starts to tell you what you should do. So it can change. So it’s, like, never say never — it’s that kind of thing. It can change, but I’m pretty convinced that the next album will be instrumental. But there might be even vocal tracks before the album. It’s always a matter of when right things come together in the right way. When right people meet and the timing [is right], and if the song is great, why not release a single then?”

[via Blabbermouth]

Apocalyptica Are “Super Hungry To Get Into Writing New Music In The Studio Next Winter”

It looks like Apocalyptica will start writing a follow-up to their 2015 album “Shadowmaker” next winter. Eicca Toppinen confirmed the news to northjersey.com, saying they are “super hungry to get into writing new music in the studio next winter.”

Apocalyptica Announce 2018 “Plays Metallica By Four Cellos“ U.S. Tour

Apocalyptica previously celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Plays Metallica By Four Cellos” with a remastered re-release in 2016 and several tours around it. Now, the band will continue the celebration with a 2018 U.S. tour.

Tour Dates:

05/07 Spokane, WA – Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox
05/08 Salem, OR – Historic Elsinore Theatre
05/09 Modesto, CA – Gallo Center for the Arts
05/10 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
05/11 Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
05/12 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
05/13 Chandler, AZ – Chandler Center For The Arts
05/15 Austin, TX – Emo’s
05/16 Dallas, TX – Strauss Square
05/17 Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
05/18 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
05/19 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
05/20 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre and Ballroom
05/22 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/23 Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall
05/24 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
05/25 Portland, ME – State Theatre
05/26 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino – Wolf Den
05/27 Albany, NY – The Egg
05/29 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
05/30 Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
05/31 Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury