Interview: Apocalyptica Chat About Their New Frankie Perez “Facelift”

Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica were flat out during their Australian tour for Soundwave 2015, juggling cross-country festival appearances and multiple Sidewaves alongside Marilyn Manson and Deathstars. But that didn’t stop them from paying a visit to Music Feeds studio during their stopover in Sydney, for a special unplugged performance and gasbag for Music Feeds LIVE.

Apocalyptica’s newest touring member, vocalist Frankie Perez (ex-Scars On Broadway) was a special addition, after laying down vocals for the band’s forthcoming eighth studio album, Shadowmaker. But he doesn’t believe his presence has made a huge impact on the dynamic within the group. “I’m just a little darker,” the frontman jokes, referring to his Finnish counterparts’ ice-blonde locks.

“I think it has also given us a facelift,” adds drummer, Mikko Sirén. “We feel much more vital and energetic with having him on board.”

“We were working with Frankie on the new material – the rehearsal room, preproduction and then the studio,” explains cellist Eicca Toppinen. “I think that’s changed the feeling, it feels more natural to combine the instrumental Apocalyptica with vocals so there doesn’t seem to be any gap between those two different elements. It feels really natural and good.”

During their visit to Music Feeds, Apocalyptica also performed stripped-back renditions of their first two singles off the new album with Perez, Cold Blood and the title track, Shadowmaker. The full LP is due to hit shelves next month.

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