Loud TV recently conducted an interview with Eicca Toppinen of the Finnish rock cello quartet APOCALYPTICA. You can now watch the chat below.
APOCALYPTICA traveled to Los Angeles in early June to shoot a music video for "End Of Me", the first single from "7th Symphony". The song features BUSH singer Gavin Rossdale on vocals, with Rossdale also making an appearance in the video.
"7th Symphony" is scheduled for release on August 24. The majority of the album was produced by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, BAD RELIGION), with two other songs produced by Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH).
Just like on their previous album, "Worlds Collide", APOCALYPTICA has employed guest vocalists for several tracks on the record. APOCALYPTICA member Eicca Toppinen told The Pulse of Radio that it's always a challenge to fit the band's music around each individual singer's style. "You know, there's certain challenges, but we also, we always want to see how the vocals fit in that, "he said. "(But) after that, we work on the arrangements and see what else with the cellos we can create around the vocals. But I think with everybody — we've been so lucky to work with some great people, so it's always pretty easy."
Other guest artists on "7th Symphony" include SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith, FLYLEAF singer Lacey Mosley, vocalist Joseph Duplantier of French metal act GOJIRA and drummer Dave Lombardo from SLAYER.
2008's "Worlds Collide" was the first APOCALYPTICA album to really break through in the U.S., as well as the first by the band to make major use of vocals after a number of instrumental outings.
Vocalists on that record included THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier, LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia, RAMMSTEIN frontman Til Lindemann and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor, who sang on the single, "I'm Not Jesus".