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Apoptygma Berzerk

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Norway (1989 – present)

Apoptygma Berzerk is a Norwegian // musical group, formed in 1989. The current lineup includes Stephan Groth (vocals, programming, guitars, samples), Brandon Smith (guitars) and Thomas Jakobsen (drums). The group has achieved moderate commercial success with a unique brand of gloomy, danceable gothic , winning awards and Top-10 spots in Germany and Scandinavia. The band’s name is commonly abbreviated to APOP or APB.

In 1989, Stephan Groth and Jon Erik Martinsen formed Apoptygma Berzerk in Norway. They wrote several songs, one of them “Ashes To Ashes” would later be released as a 12” single on the Norwegian label Tatra Productions in 1991. Martinsen left the band shortly afterwards feeling uncomfortable with the direction of the band’s music. Since then the band had many lineup changes, Groth being the only constant members.

Stephan Groth claims that the band name was randomly picked out of a dictionary. Apoptygma is an old Greek word for the fold of a woman’s garment. Technically the ‘y’ ought to be pronounced like a long ‘u’, but the band’s name is commonly pronounced a-pop-TIG-ma or a-pop-TEEG-ma.

Apoptygma Berzerk released six studio albums so far: Soli Deo Gloria in 1993, 7 in 1996, Welcome To Earth in 2000, Harmonizer in 2002, You and Me Against the World in 2005, and Rocket Science in 2009.

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