We celebrate the 25th. Anniversary of "Soli Deo Gloria" with a reissue LP-version mastered for vinyl in July 2018 from the original tapes, and a CD-version remastered from the original tapes, containing no less than 7 bonus tracks!
The LP will be released in 300 copies limited edition purple vinyl and in an unlimited regular black vinyl version in Europe via Tatra Records/Rough Trade, and in Canada/USA via Artoffact Records, the LP will be released in 250 copies limited edition black+clear splatter vinyl and 250 copies limited edition purple+clear splatter vinyl. The CD's will have the same tracklist for both releases, but the Canada/USA edition will be a digipak, and the European version will be a regular jewelcase. Some of the artwork will also differ due to territorial licensing.
The original release date of the classic "Soli Deo Gloria" album was 11/11/93, so the date for the 25th. Anniversary Edition of "Soli Deo Gloria" is set to 11/11/18.
Here are the pre-sale links:
Artoffact Records: https://apoptygmaberzerk.bandcamp.com/releases
We sincerely hope you'll enjoy this celebration, and that you will join in with us!
The APB Crew
In 1993, Apoptygma Berzerk released the very first Norwegian EBM album, “Soli Deo Gloria”, and this seminal classic also took Norwegian electronic music out beyond the borders of their country.
The release of “Soli Deo Gloria” didn’t only spark an interest outside of Norway, but also inspired many Norwegian bands to start their own careers.
So, on 11/11/18, exactly 25 years after the original release, “Soli Deo Gloria” will be reissued on LP with the original 13 tracks, and now they are remastered for vinyl from the original tapes for the very first time, giving the listener a more detailed, dynamic and true listening experience. The CD version will include 7 bonus tracks, where 4 of them are previously unreleased! Two of them are alternative versions from back then, the other two are re-recorded/remixes. Tracklist will follow shortly!
The 25th. Anniversary Reissue was remastered for vinyl and CD by Morten Lund who did the original CD mastering back in 1993, the reissue LP and CD design are done by Halvor Bodin who did the original CD design back in 1993, in Europe the LP and CD will be released by Tatra Records who released the original album back in 1993, and finally, at the heart of it all, you have Stephan Groth and Per Aksel Lundgreen, the two guys who were the heart of it all back in 1993! So it couldn’t possibly be more true to the original and at the same time updated for this amazing celebration!
The LP and CD reissues of “Soli Deo Gloria” will be available via Tatra Records/Rough Trade in Europe, and via Artoffact Records in USA/Canada, and pre-sales will start 10th. August 2018 via Storming The Base for Canada/USA and Lo-Fi Merchandise for Europe!
Pre-order link for Artoffact Records here: https://apoptygmaberzerk.bandcamp.com/releases
Pre-order link for Lo-Fi Merchandise here: https://www.lo-fi-merchandise.com/?s=apoptygma&post_type=product&v=c2f3f489a005
On top of this classic album reissue, Stephan wanted to celebrate the 25th. Anniversary with friends, bands that had inspired him, and both old and new musical heroes. So, first off a reworked 12” with 4 tracks from “Soli Deo Gloria” was planned, but in true APOP style where nothing is done half-way, this soon expanded, and the decision was made to re-record/rework/remix the entire album with the help of other artists! The result is "SDGXXV" a 2xLP/CD/Cassette to be released early 2019 by Tatra Records/Rough Trade for Europe and Artoffact Records for Canada/USA. More info, tracklisting and details about bands involved coming soon!
On the brand new Technomancer release, "The Outsider EP", APOP's own Stephan Groth has participated by doing backing-vocals, co-production and playing his KORG MS-20 on the track "Puppets", a cover-version of the classic Depeche Mode track!
The EP consists of 4 cover versions, and apart from the above mentioned "Puppets", the songs "I've Got A Sister In The Navy" (Rational Youth), "Sleepwalk" (Ultravox) and "The Outsider" (Psyche) make out the full EP that was released on Spotify, iTunes, Klicktrack, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer, and all other digital platforms and streaming services on the 15th. June 2018.
As of now there's no plans for a physical release, but this is subject to change!
You can hear a 1m 30s snippet of the "Krasch (Apoptygma Berzerk Redux)" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7DdeLkf4vE
There's also been conducted an interview of Stephan Groth and Eddie Bengtsson in Zero Magazine by the fantastic journalist Johan Arenbo. The interview is in Swedish and can be found here: http://zeromagazine.nu/2018/05/29/pageapoptygma/
In Belgian Side-Line Magazine they've also done an interview in English with Stephan and Eddie that can be found here: http://www.side-line.com/page-releases-ep-start-includes-apoptygma-berzerk-remix/
The EP is according to Energy Rekords to be released on Spotify, iTunes and all other digital platforms and streaming services 1 month after the physical release, meaning the end of July 2018.
This years gig at Kulttempel in Oberhausen was a huge success, so APOP was immediately asked to return to Oberhausen for the 2019 E-Tropolis Festival! on the 16th of March!
We are super excited, and looking forward to being back in Germany early next year, hopefully with some new material to present to you as well!
Germany, we're coming back!
Great news for all our friends in the U.S. and Canada!
We've heard you asking for this for quite a while, and we've now found what we think is the ideal partner for taking care of our merchandise "over there", and that representative is The Electric Fox. So, save your pocket money this week kids, because the candy store opens on the 14th. April 2018, and they do ship WORLDWIDE!
We will start small with a few classic tee's, some vinyl, CD's and other merchandise, and focus on growing slowly but surely! If something's missing, don't blame them, blame us, as we've made the choices of items for now. Creative feedback and input is highly valued though, so is requests for different kinds of shirts etc, but we cannot promise to print everything you ask for even if we wanted. Still, if your size is missing or there are other issues, contact them directly, and they'll do their best to help you out!
We know that all APOP fans are loving and patient, so when the new shop opens, we know that you will open your arms to them, share their links, and order their stuff, all with that happy smile on your face! ;)
The shop will be run by Kelly Rayburn, and we are very happy to include her into the APOP-family! She's an absolutely fantastic lady that we are 100% certain will steer this ship securely forward from here! So happy to have you on board with us Kelly!
So, please help us spread the happy news to your friends, family, enemies, neighbours, bandmates etc, so that we can offer even more goodies to you in the future via The Electric Fox!
You can also "like" their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/theelectricfox/
And if you've read this far down, don't despair, news about new releases coming soon! BOMBS AWAY!
<3 APOP LOVES YOU <3
E-Tropolis Festival, Turbinenhalle
"It's Apoptygma Berzerk, Jim - but not as we know it."
APOP reinvents itself - again - with an exciting new sound; different from, but complimentary to, the electro rock future pop stylings of previous releases.
On Exit Popularity Contest (a fix-up of the 12" EPs Stop Feeding The Beast, Videodrome and Xenogenesis), APOP founder Stephan Groth distils the essence of carefully selected pioneers to construct a classic yet refreshingly contemporary sound. Varied and vital, it brings instrumental music back into the spotlight, and after the wildly enthusiastic audience reaction to the sold-out performance in Norway last year, it appears he has tapped into a rich seam of electronic pleasure for a new generation as well as older aficionados.
Always a musical chameleon, Groth pays homage to his roots through emulating the analogue soundscapes of innovators like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Klaus Schulze, and the driving motorik Krautrock rhythms of Neu!, Cluster and La Duesseldorf, all filtered through his own unique Scandinavian sensibility. In doing so he has created a vibrant, colourful 21st century palette on which to blend these classic influences from the Golden Age of electronic music.
Exit Popularity Contest demonstrates an admirable musical purity and sincerity, channeling the best of the past to forge a path into the future.