Apocalyptica release their brand-new track and music video, ‘Live Or Die (featuring Joakim Brodén)’

L-R: Perttu Kivilaakso, Mikko Sirén Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen

Today, Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rockers Apocalyptica release their brand-new track and music video, “Live Or Die (featuring Joakim Brodén)” (Silver Lining Music).  The song, which boasts what is certainly one of the most dynamic liaisons in heavy metal – the spellbinding music of Apocalyptica and the potent, iconic vocals of Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén – is a fierce battle cry focused on the desecration of our planet.  “Live Or Die” was composed by Apocalyptica and recorded in Finland with Apocalyptica and Martin Hansen (Scorpions) producing.   The video, directed by Ville Juurikkala and filmed in Berlin, Germany on January 25, is a fiery performance piece that features Brodén on vocals.  You can check out the music video HERE;  the track, which will be available exclusively in digital form, can be accessed HERE.


Apocalyptica and Sabaton have a new but notable history of collaboration.  Most recently, the two bands recorded a version of the 2010 Sabaton track  “Angels Calling,” released in November 2019, with a companion music video. In addition, Apocalyptica was Special Guest on Sabaton’s just-concluded, critically-acclaimed, SRO, 15-country European tour, that included Apocalyptica joining Sabaton onstage every night for a half dozen songs.  As one UK reviewer wrote, “The chemistry between the two bands was absolutely incredible.  Apocalyptica were throwing around their cellos just as hard as Sabaton were throwing around their guitars.”

Apocalyptica ‘s Eicca Toppinen, Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén. Photo Credit: Ville Juurikkala

In support of its current studio album release, the all-instrumental Cell-0, (Silver Lining Music), Apocalyptica – cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén – will kick off the first leg of its 2020 North American tour on May 3 in Orlando, FL.  The band will bring its moving and bombastic live performances to 20 cities over a three-week period wrapping up on May 26 in Boston, MA. With a setlist that will likely vary night to night, Apocalyptica’s performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band’s rich catalog.  Lacuna Coil will support on all North American dates.  Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.

Apocalyptica’s upcoming and massive 2020 tour itinerary is as follows:
MARCH  (headline dates)
12  Logomo, Turku, Finland
14  Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
15  Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio, Finland
27  Tullisali, Oulu, Finland
28  Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
13   Échos & Merveilles, Le Bascala, Bruguières, France
 1  Guitar Guinness Record, Wroclaw, Poland
 3   The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
 4   The Masquerade – Heaven, Atlanta, GA
 6   Emo’s, Austin, TX
 7   House of Blues, Houston, TX
 9   Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
10  The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
11  The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
12  The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
13  Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14  The Showbox, Seattle, WA
15  Queen Elisabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC  Canada
17  Midway, Edmonton, AB  Canada
18  The Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB  Canada
20  First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
21  House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22  The Opera House, Toronto, ON  Canada
23  MTelus, Montreal, QC  Canada
24  Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
25  Webster Hall, New York, NY
26  Big Night Live, Boston, MA
JUNE  (headline dates)
18  Amfiteáter Raca, Bratislava, Slovakia
19  Amfiteáter, Terchova, Slovakia
20  Nummirock Metal Festival, Kauhajoki, Finland
 7  Olavinlinna, Savonlinna, Finland
OCTOBER  (The Epica Apocalypse Tour 2020 – co-headline with Epica)
21  Komplex, Zurich, Switzerland
22  Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland
23  Fabrique, Milan, Italy
25  Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
26  Hala Vodova, Brno, Czech Republic
27  Tonhalle, Munich, Germany
29  Berns, Stockholm, Sweden
30  Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
31  Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
 2  Capitol, Hannover, Germany
 3  Docks, Hamburg, Germany
 4  Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
 6  Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
 8  Haus Auensee, Leipzig, Germany
 9  Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
21  Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland  (Apocalyptica headline date)
26  Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
28  Gamma, Murcia, Spain
29  La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
30  Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
 3  Zenith, Paris, France
 4  AB, Brussels, Belgium
 5  Roundhouse, London, UK
 7  O2 Academy, Bristol, UK
 8  O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
 9  Academy, Manchester, UK
11  AFAS Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12  Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
15  Carlswerk Victoria, Cologne, Germany
16  Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
17  MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
APOCALYPTICA L-R: Perttu Kivilaakso, Mikko Sirén, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen
Photo Credit: Ville Juurikkala
Chyrisse Tabone, Ph.D.
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