Apocalyptica press photo 1 (photocredit ville juurikkala)

The song boasts an undeniably dynamic liaison in heavy metal - the spellbinding music of Apocalyptica and the potent, iconic vocals of Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén coming together to create 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, is a fiery performance piece that features Brodén on vocals.

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.”

In support of their current studio album release, the all-instrumental Cell-0, Apocalyptica - cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen and drummer Mikko Sirén - will kick off the first leg of their 2020 North American tour on May 3rd in Orlando, Florida. The band will bring their moving and live performances to 20 cities over a three-week period wrapping up on May 26th in Boston, MA. With a set list that will vary night to night, Apocalyptica's performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band's rich catalogue. Lacuna Coil will support on all North American dates. 

Whilst Europe will enjoy one of the most engaging, exciting and ‘Apocalyepic’ events of the year this coming Autumn 2020, when the cello metal giants Apocalyptica unite with Epica to entertain audiences all over the continent, from Budapest to Barcelona, on the Epic Apocalypse Tour. The two will co-headline, showing both a refreshing camaraderie and lack of ego, and will be joined by the exciting, progressive metal band Wheel, who will open each night with their engaging time-defying grooves and deep social exploration.

Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.

APOCALYPTICA EUROPEAN 2020 DATES

MARCH

12th - Logomo, Turku, Finland

14th - Pakkahuone,Tampere, Finland

15th - Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio, Finland

27th - Tullisali, Oulu, Finland

28th - Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland

APRIL

13th - Échos & Merveilles,Le Bascala, Bruguières, France

MAY

1st - Guitar Guinness Record, Wroclaw, Poland

JUNE

18th - Amfiteáter Raca, Bratislava, Slovakia

19th - Amfiteáter, Terchova, Slovakia

20th - Nummirock Metal Festival, Kauhajoki, Finland

AUGUST

7th - Olavinlinna, Savonlinna, Finland

OCTOBER

21st - Komplex, Zurich, Switzerland

22nd - Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland

23rd - Fabrique, Milan, Italy

25th - Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary

26th - HalaVodova, Brno, Czech Republic

27th - Tonhalle, Munich, Germany

29th - Berns, Stockholm, Sweden

30th - Sentrum Scene,Oslo, Norway

31st - Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark

NOVEMBER

2nd - Capitol, Hannover, Germany

3rd - Docks, Hamburg, Germany

4th - Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany

6th - Progresja, Warsaw, Poland

8th - Haus Auensee, Leipzig, Germany

9th - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria

21st - Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

26th - Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal

28th - Gamma, Murcia, Spain

29th - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain

30th - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain

DECEMBER

3rd - Zenith, Paris, France

4th - AB, Brussels, Belgium

5th - Roundhouse, London, UK

7th - O2 Academy, Bristol, UK

8th - O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK

9th - Academy, Manchester, UK

11th - AFAS Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

12th - Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

15th - Carlswerk Victoria, Cologne, Germany

16th - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany

17th - MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany