Finnish rock cello quartet APOCALYPTICA has released a statement condemning the "illegal use" of the band's song "Path" in a TV and Internet commercial in the Czech Republic. (See the commercial in question below.)
The group states: "APOCALYPTICA always supports minorities, stands up for human rights, respects every human being, no matter their colour, ethnic background or religion, worldwide.
"APOCALYPTICA also supports the idea of a united Europe and the European Union.
"We hope it is a clear statement that we would never allow the Czech republican party Národní Strana to use any of our music. The fact is, we were never asked if they could use our material.
"Beside the fact that we are mortified by the illegal use, Národní Strana has contravened the law with the owners of the rights for the song 'Path' in Czech Republic, who are Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music.
"Both companies will start legal proceedings against the party now."
APOCALYPTICA scored its first No. 1 rock radio hit in November with "I Don't Care", the latest single from the band's sixth studio album, "Worlds Collide". The disc has sold 233,000 copies in the U.S. and marks the group's first significant success in this country in APOCALYPTICA's 15-year career. Paavo Lotjonen told The Pulse of Radio that their newfound recognition has been worth all the effort. "It's been really amazing, all the success we have got," he said. "Of course it has taken a lot of work and we have given our heart to this. But I feel that it's been worth that and we have reached something new."
"I Don't Care" features guest vocals from THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier.
SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor contributed vocals to the CD's first single, "I'm Not Jesus".