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Apocalyptica premier video for Stormy Wagner

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Apocalyptica, the Finnish cello rock unit, have premiered the video for Stormy Wagner, which can be viewed below. The song is apart of the band’s new live album Wagner Reloaded – Live In Leipzig, for which the band teamed up with MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra. The perfectly timed release of the album marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. Cellist Eicca Toppinen comments:

It’s complex to record a live album with an orchestra, because there are so many lines, microphones and there’s one stupid drummer, who beats the shit out of the drums and creates so much noise that everything is spoiled afterwards. It’s a challenge, we prepared well in advance, and Sven Helbig, the orchestrator, did a great job in making it run together, it works.

For Wagner Reloaded – Live In Leipzig, Apocalyptica created new compositions based on Wagner’s body of work and his life, teaming (with award-winning choreographer and dancer Gregor Seyffert to stage a brilliant and magical, cross-genre event featuring a live concert and theatrical production.

Since its inception, the Finnish cello-based heavy rock group Apocalyptica has been mining the classical form and structure creating compositions that are both unpredictable and unforgettable. From the Metallica covers that turned the music scene on its ear to 2007’s Worlds Collide — which saw the group collaborate (with everyone from Slipknot’s Corey Taylor to Rammstein’s Till Lindemann and Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia) — Apocalyptica have released seven studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals and vocal-based songs. They’ve explored styles from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms — their music has always been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.

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Germanic metallers Dark At Dawn announce reunion with original line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , on 20th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Germanic metallers Dark At Dawn announces their reunion as well as a new release.

In 2007, Dark At Dawn announced their disbanding after 14 years and five albums. It was too difficult for the members to handle the band as well as their day-jobs.  After several setbacks including line-up changes and business problems they lost the motivation to continue as band.

In the beginning of the 21th century the Harz-Mountain based band was called one of the most promising newcomer of the German scene. Shows at Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze and the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig raised their fame among the audience and their debut record Baneful Skies won praise from the print media. They managed to mix up traditional and typically Metal-Sounds with a unique note of power and melancholy.

Now five years after their disbanding the five musicians decided that the time has come to get back together with new energy and dozens of new ideas.

On the first of October the band releases a new EP with new songs in digital form, as well as a very limited amount of physical copies, which will be sold at their upcoming shows.

In 2013 Dark At Dawn will celebrate their 20th birthday with a new full length album and shows at different festivals. Be prepared!