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Cell-0 Tour

Apocalyptica

Lacuna Coil

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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Apocalyptica

www.apocalyptica.com/


“Cell-0 represents the core of everything. For us it is a particle that symbolizes the essence of all.
That is to say, where everything comes from and where everything ends up…”
– Eicca Toppinen – Apocalyptica (cellist and founding member)

Apocalyptica are true explorers, always seeking new frontiers and uncharted territories in which
to express themselves. With Cell-0, their 9th studio album, the ambitious and electric quartet
have not simply returned to their non-vocal roots, they have traveled deeper and further into the
universe of instrumental music than ever before. That first love and passion which fueled
Apocalyptica to form during 1993 in Helsinki now carries richer layers of knowledge and
experience, which in turn have led to the band to a fundamental realization and creative path.
“We wanted to challenge ourselves to find further flavours in the cello itself,” says cellist Perttu
Kivilaakso “had we found them all? Had we explored every corner to find them?”

“We went about creating Cell-0 as a full piece of art and not thinking about singles or ‘the timing
of singles’ or anything like that,” continues Eicca “it’s challenging to get all the details and colours
right and still have the energy of being a real metal cello band.” continues Eicca, who like Perttu
and fellow cellist Paavo Lötjönen graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki “So that was
the main goal for us when doing this album, to have those two very different worlds connecting
to each other in a stronger, more explorative way than ever before.”

The genesis for Cell-0’s creation arrived as Apocalyptica were busy revisiting their initial
breakthrough turf on tour. During 2018’s 20th anniversary tour celebrating their genre-breaking
debut album Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos, the importance and potential of their
roots started to take on deeper proportions.

“We found that these concentrated instrumental events helped us to find ourselves better than
on other albums,” explains Perttu, “this ‘real’ connection between the cello and the audience was
renewed, and made us want to both self-produce and lure ourselves to find the real core of why
we began and why we started. I think it is braver and more progressive in terms of the writing.
As the band began their journey at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, it was clear that such
discoveries were not going to come easily. Yet afforded the freedom to explore and create
without the constraints of format or schedule, Apocalyptica were invigorated by the process.
“On Cell-0 you can clearly hear that we did not take the easiest path,” chuckles Eicca, “when we
might’ve thought something was good, we’d then say it wasn’t great, kick it out and work at it
again. And that’s been the tool for us to develop the songwriting, the arrangement, the
production, every aspect of making this album. It’s a hard process to be in the studio for a couple
of months and keep on challenging yourselves every day for twelve hours a day, but that stamina
is something you learn in your career. Some bands get lazy and just release albums that don’t
bring anything new to the table, that’s not our way of working.”

In pushing themselves to find other places and levels in their music, Apocalyptica opened up to
some seemingly unorthodox methods and emotions to travel through the creative process. The
result is an album which engages the listener in a myriad of feelings and emotions ranging from
the raging thrash of ‘En Route To Mayhem’ to the ethereal shroud of ‘Ashes Of The Modern
World’ and the cinematic scope of ‘Call My Name’, something the band were hoping would
happen.

“It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-0 we found particles of our universe previously
unknown to us.” explains Perttu “Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells
combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear. When
you look at symphonic sheet music, it looks similar to starry skies, and when I look up at the sky
and see the stars, I also see them as potential notes. There are people suffering, and people not
treating our planet properly, so there is anxiety at the state of the world. Many of the songs on
Cell-0 refer to the blindness and greed of humanity and what we should be doing. We discussed
during the writing that this was a very important series of emotions and observations to express,
especially with regards to ignorance. I started to believe that human ignorance should be treated
as a deadly sin, as it is behind so much of the bad stuff currently around us.”

“Writing music, at least for me, is about filtering experiences through your personality,” furthers
Eicca, who found himself listening to old favourites like Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Gojira in and
around the time of co-creating Cell-0. “I start to play something, develop it and then just transfer
my own emotions into the music. It varies a lot depending on the mood. These songs have so
many layers, and are so complex, it’s not always easy to point out exactly what they are about.
But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to
experience the same songs in very, very different ways. It’s also one reason why we don’t want to
explain the songs before they’re experienced.”

Apocalyptica worked with renowned producer and engineer Andrew Scheps, who has worked
with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath among others. He
mixed the album at Monnow Valley Studios in South Wales, UK, and the band couldn’t be happier
with the results.

“We’ve admired Andrew’s work for a long time, and he brought essential clarity to the mix.” says
Perttu “Mixing cellos creates more problems than any other instrument with any other band. We
all play the same instrument, all in the same register, and this time with Andrew, we found perfect
balance and clarity between us all. It has left us more than excited to experiment with these songs
live.”

Apocalyptica’s Cell-0 live renditions will commence on January 17th 2020 when they head out as
special guests to Sabaton for a European tour, before the band develop more comprehensive
headlining plans. At once a smorgasbord, symphony and crushing metallic masterpiece, Cell-0
shows a band at the very peak of its unique and magical compositional powers.

“We will be planning the full Cell-0 tour to be at the next level in terms of how we frame our
performances,” promises Eicca “because as you can probably guess, we don’t know any other
way.”

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