Apoptygma Berzerk

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Apoptygma Berzerk
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Background information
Also known as APB, APOP
Origin Sarpsborg, Fredrikstad, Norway
Genres Synthrock, futurepop, EBM, synthpop
Years active 1989–present
Labels Columbia, Tatra, Gun, Metropolis
Website theapboffice.com
Members

Apoptygma Berzerk /ɑːpɒpˈtɨɡmɑːbərzərk/ (commonly abbreviated to APB or APOP) is a Norwegian musical group. They have achieved success with a brand of synthpop, and ballads backed with electronic rhythms, commonly known within the scene and referring to themselves as "futurepop".[1][2] Apoptygma Berzerk has over 30 releases and won awards and Top 10 spots in Germany and Scandinavia.[3] Apoptygma Berzerk has toured Europe, North America, South America, Israel and Australia with bands such as VNV Nation, Beborn Beton, Icon of Coil and Unheilig.

Formation[edit]

The band was formed by Stephan Groth and Jon Erik Martinsen in 1989. Together they wrote several songs, one of them "Ashes To Ashes" would later be released as a 12-inch single on the Norwegian label Tatra Productions in 1991. Jon Erik left the band shortly afterwards feeling uncomfortable with the direction of the band's music.

Name[edit]

The name "Apoptygma Berzerk" either has a secret meaning or does not mean anything. Frontman and founding member Stephan Groth claims that it was randomly picked out of a dictionary (apoptygma being derived from the Ancient Greek word ἀπόπτυγμα meaning "piece of a tunic"). The first word of the name is pronounced a-pop-tig-ma. (Apoptosis is a similar sounding biological term for programmed cell death; stigmata are crucifixion-like marks on skin.).

Style[edit]

The first two albums, Soli Deo Gloria and 7 were a similar style of electropop and EBM. Welcome to Earth included a few tracks that sound experimental, getting away from the band's roots slightly. Harmonizer featured a softer, more synthpop-oriented direction when compared to previous albums, and their 2005 album, You and Me Against the World, represented an almost complete change in style for the band. It featured a more mainstream, indie rock-oriented sound, and the complete departure from the band's traditional electric synthpop and EBM roots that started with 7. With the release of latest album Rocket Science apop still going on the rock vibe while keeping close with synthpop sound like its predecessor YAMATW.

Many albums feature a hidden track that can be accessed by fast forwarding through many minutes of silence on the last album track. For instance, on 7, one can hear a remix of Nonstop Violence after Love Never Dies (Part II).

The band also features cover songs on several of their albums. For example, on the American version of 7 a cover of OMD's "Electricity" is featured; as well, they cover "all tomorrows parties by velvet underground" similarly s, on Welcome to Earth, the band has a cover of Metallica's "Fade to Black". You and Me Against the World has a cover of "Cambodia" by Kim Wilde and "Shine On" by The House Of Love. They have also made a cover of Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence, Keane's Bend And Break, Kraftwerk's Ohm Sweet Ohm and Marilyn Manson's "Coma White". Most recently, he does a sick cover of David Bowie's "Major Tom"

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Stephan Groth (STP a/k/a Grothesk) – Vocals, Programming, Guitars, Samples (1989–present)
  • Ted Skogmann – Drums/Guitar (1999–2002 and 2011-present)
  • Jonas Groth – Live keyboards, arranging (2009–present)
  • Audun Stengel (Angel) – Guitar (2002–2009 and 2013-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Geir Bratland – Keyboard, backing vocals (1995–2009)
  • Fredrik Brarud – Drums (2002–2009)
  • Anders Odden – Guitar (1992–1999, 2003–2006)
  • Brandon Smith – Guitar (2009–present)[4]
  • Jon Erik Martensen – Keyboard (1989)
  • Per Aksel Lundgreen – Keyboard/manager (1991–1994)
  • Fredrik Darum – Producer, live guitar (1999–2001)
  • Thomas Jakobsen – Drums (2009–2011)

Live members[edit]

  • Leandra Ophelia Dax – Live keyboards (2010–present)

Other collaborators[edit]


Line up changes[edit]

Per Aksel Lundgreen joined Apoptygma Berzerk in 1990, and remained an active member until 1994. He has since pursued numerous other musical projects, most recently joining Rossetti's Compass as a permanent member in March 2013.

In July 2009 Angel, Geir and Fredrik departed from the Apoptygma Berzerk lineup. The coming tour in the USA is going to happen with a yet unknown lineup along with only remaining member, Stephan Groth.

In August 2009, Brandon Smith (frontman from the electronic rock band The Anix) confirmed that he was joining the band on guitar for the US and Canada legs of the upcoming tour. source- www.theanix.com

Brandon writes on the forum saying, "this is just going to be a test run type of tour, to see how well Apop does in the US, Canada, and South America. I will be playing guitar for them on this tour."

On September 3, 2009, Stephan wrote on the official site:

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Apoptygma Berzerk - Release Music Magazine Spotlight". Releasemagazine.net. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Apoptygma Berzerk - Futurepop - Norway". Darktronica.com. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Apoptygma Berzerk Biography". Sing365.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  4. ^ nenART Mediadesign - Office for interactive Marketing and Rich-Media Development. "The official APOPTYGMA BERZERK Information Center // Impressum". The APB-Office. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 

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