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Biography

  • Years Active

    1993 – present (28 years)

  • Founded In

    Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

  • Members

    • Antero Manninen (1993 – 1999)
    • Eicca Toppinen (1993 – present)
    • Max Lilja (1993 – 2002)
    • Mikko Sirén (2003 – present)
    • Paavo Lötjönen (1993 – present)
    • Perttu Kivilaakso (1999 – present)

Apocalyptica is a band from Helsinki, Finland consisting of three classically-trained cellists and a drummer. Their speciality is heavy metal music on cellos, though they also play classical music.

They started in 1993 by playing covers of Metallica, but once the concept became popular they wrote their own original works, maintaining the thrash metal influences on their albums Inquisition Symphony (mainly covers as well) and Cult. Since Reflections they have added drums to their recordings and live performances.

Members:
Eicca Toppinen - Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso - Cello
Paavo Lötjönen - Cello
Mikko Sirén - Drums

Former members:
Sami Kuoppamäki - Session Drums
Perttu Kivilaakso - Cello (1995)
Antero Manninen – Cello (1996–1999, usually plays live)
Max Lilja – Cello (1996–2002, when he joined Hevein)
Dave Lombardo - Drums (2003-2004, from the band Slayer. Also contributed drums on the songs Betrayal/Forgiveness, Last Hope and 2010 from 7th Symphony)

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