The nominees for the 2010 Emma Awards have been announced and Apocalyptica found themselves amongst the honorees in two categories.
Their album "7th Symphony" is up for "Metal Album of the Year" against with HIM's "Screamworks", Mokoma's "Sydanjuuret" and Stam1na's "Viimeinen Atlantis".
The band's video for "End of Me", which features Gavin Rossdale and was directed by Lisa Mann, is in the running for "Music Video of the Year". Other nominees in the video category include HIM's "Heartkiller", and videos by CMX, Lapko, Life House, Poets of the Fall, Jenni Vartiainen, Tures Kilpatrick and Kaihon Caravan.
Apocalyptica previously won the Emma in 2009 for Best Export Act and were nominated twice before that in 1997 and 2008.
The Emma Gaala will be televised in Finland on February 26th, 2011.
Apocalyptica has issued the following update: "We wanted to let you know that sadly we are having to reschedule the current run of North American dates which were scheduled to begin on November 25 in Orlando to the beginning of March 2011. This is due to issues with Perttu's Kivilaakso health; we have taken the advice of several doctors before making this decision."
"We are working on all details and more information for you right now, and of course we will keep you fully informed! We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our fans and look forward to returning to health and touring in 2011."
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It has been a busy couple of weeks for the band Apocalyptica. They have released the cover art and first single from their upcoming album, "7th Symphony", as well as filmed the video for that single. All while doing a small tour in the US, which included festivals in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana and a headlining show in Louisville, KY. The cover art for the album was debuted on June 4th and now graces the band's official website at http://www.apocalyptica.com.
The first single, "End of Me", features Gavin Rossdale, best known as the vocalist of the alternative rock band BUSH. The song was written by Gavin and Johnny Andrews, who had also worked with the band on their previous album, "Worlds Collide". "It's definitely a cool rock song," Eicca Toppinen says. "Gavin definitely had his own ideas and wanted to change some of the music and lyrics, but working with him was pretty easy. He's a nice guy and he's very professional."
During the last week of May, Apocalyptica traveled to Los Angeles to film the video for the song with Gavin and have announced that it will be ready for release soon. Both the band and Gavin have been sharing some behind the scenes photos from the shoot on their Facebook sites.
On Monday, June 7th, Apocalyptica's Paavo Lotjonen, appeared on Ylex radio in Finland where he hosted the premiere of the single, "End of Me". The following day it was added to their music playlist on MySpace, while Gavin added the song as a You Tube audio video. The band has announced that the song, which had originally been scheduled for an end of June release, may be available to radio stations worldwide earlier than expected and the video is expected to appear on the band's site shortly.
Eicca revealed in a recent interview that the album will also feature the first collaboration between himself and fellow band mate Perttu Kivilaakso with a song called "Shadow of Venus". While drummer Mikko Siren is responsible for the album's most uniquely named song, "On the Rooftop with Quasimodo".
During their career, the band has sold more than four million copies worldwide. The last two albums — "Apocalyptica" (2005) and "Worlds Collide" (2007) — made it into the Top Ten in most of the European album charts. On top of that, "Worlds Collide" also scored the band's first entry into the U.S. Billboard chart. APOCALYPTICA's albums have achieved gold or platinum status in virtually every European country.
The band is set to promote the release of the new album with a worldwide tour starting in August 2010 that will continue on through the next two years.
The first single, "End Of Me", features Gavin Rossdale, best known as the vocalist of the British alternative rock band Bush.
Billboard.com has announced that Shinedown front man, Brent Smith, has lent his vocal talent to Apocalyptica's upcoming CD "7th Symphony". Brent and Dave Lombardo of Slayer are the first of the surprise guest musicians to have been named as appearing on the album.
This news came with the announcement that Shinedown would be heading the first "Carnival of Madness" tour this summer that kicks off in Jacksonville Florida on July 16th. Brent stated that it was a tour that the band hopes will become an annual event, bringing the biggest tour of the summer to the people. The first year's lineup will include Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust and 10 Years. Currently, Shinedown is touring with Nickleback until June 3rd and promoting the 5th single from their album 'he Sound of Madness'.
Apocalyptica recently announced on their Facebook site that they were headed into their studio this week to record specials for the album that is due out this summer. Fans in Finland and the Ukraine were lucky enough to enjoy two songs from the upcoming CD, the instrumental's Beautiful and Sacra, during the band's recent Kaamos tour.
Metal hammer magazine is lining up some awesome tribute albums to be given away with future copies of Metal Hammer to celebrate some iconic rockers - AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.
Apocalyptica has been confirmed to be taking part in the album tribute to Black Sabbath with a cover of the classic track "Spiral Architect". Others on this disc will include Turisas and Electric Wizard. While bands like Steel Panther and Skindred will be paying tribute to AC/DC and Trigger the Bloodshed will be paying homage to Judas Priest.
Metal Hammer will be revealing more details of the tribute albums as soon as they are confirmed and will be posting updates on www.metalhammer.co.uk.
Apocalyptica announced that their upcoming 7th studio album will be titled "7th Symphony".
The new album will follow up their release "Worlds Collide" featuring the #1 Billboard single "I Don't Care" produced by Howard Benson (Motorhead, Papa Roach, Sepultura).
Dave Lombardo of "Slayer" along with several other surprise guest musicians are also set to participate in the project. One of the songs was made in collaboration with Gojira's Joseph Duplantier.
During the last week, Apocalyptica returned to the studio to record a new album. According to the musicians, the whole process of studio work should take about four weeks. Drum parts for this release were recorded recently in Los Angeles.
Apocalyptica will make the new album with the record engineer and producer Joe Barresi.
Joe Barresi is the legendary American record engineer and music producer who worked with bands like Kyuss, The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Tomahawk and Tool.