Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have set "7th Symphony" as the title of their seventh studio album, which is scheduled for a summer release. The CD was once again produced by Howard Benson (MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH, SEPULTURA) with "strong artistic direction" from Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, COHEED & CAMBRIA), who recently spent time in Finland with classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén perfecting the final details. Dave Lombardo of SLAYER, along with several other surprise guest musicians, also participated in the project.
The new LP will follow up the band's chart-topping release "Worlds Collide" (2007) featuring the #1 Billboard single "I Don't Care" produced by Benson. THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier provided vocals for the track and sultry video, which became a top 20 fixture on the modern rock charts for nearly an entire year.
"Worlds Collide" has sold around a quarter million copies in the U.S. and marks the group's first significant success in this country in APOCALYPTICA's 15-year career. APOCALYPTICA's 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."
SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor contributed vocals to the CD's first single, "I'm Not Jesus".
Eicca Toppinen - Cello
Paavo Lötjönen - Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso - Cello
Mikko Sirén - Drums
(Thanks: Markus Rutten / www.sounds2move.de)