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Apoptygma Berzerk

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Also known as  APB, APOP
Website  theapboffice.com
Years active  1989–present
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Origin  Sarpsborg, Fredrikstad, Norway
Members  Stephan Groth, Geir Bratland, Anders Odden
Genres  Electronics in rock music, Futurepop, Electronic body music, Synthpop
Record labels  Metropolis Records, GUN Records, Tatra Productions, Dependent Records, Columbia Records
Albums  Exit Popularity Contest, Welcome to Earth, Harmonizer, You and Me Against the World, Rocket Science

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Apoptygma Berzerk /ɑːˈpɒptɡmɑː ˈbɜːrzərk/ (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". Apoptygma Berzerk has over 30 releases and won awards and Top 10 spots in Germany and Scandinavia. 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.


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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.


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The name "Apoptygma Berzerk" neither has a secret meaning nor does it 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.).


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The first two albums, Soli Deo Gloria and 7 were a similar style of electropop and EBM. Welcome to Earth eschewed the dark themes of 7 for a lighter, less aggressive sound, and included a few experimental tracks. 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; similarly, Welcome to Earth features 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 recorded covers 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, they have covered Peter Schilling's Major Tom (Coming Home).

Current members

  • Stephan Groth (STP a/k/a Grothesk) – vocals, programming, guitar, samples (1989–present)
  • Ted Skogmann – drums, additional guitar (1999–2002, 2011-present)
  • Jonas Groth – keyboards, production (2009–present)
  • Audun Stengel (Angel) – guitar (2002–2009, 2013-present)
  • Former members

  • Geir Bratland – keyboards, backing vocals (1995–2009)
  • Fredrik Brarud – drums (2002–2009)
  • Brandon Smith – guitar (2009)
  • Jon Erik Martinsen – keyboards (1989)
  • Per Aksel Lundgreen – keyboards (1991–1994)
  • Fredrik Darum – live guitar (1999–2001)
  • Thomas Jakobsen – drums (2009–2011)
  • Live members

  • Leandra Ophelia Dax – keyboards (2010–present)
  • Other collaborators

  • Vegard Blomberg of View
  • Pål Magnus Rybom of Echo Image
  • Claudia Brücken of Propaganda
  • Benji Madden of Good Charlotte
  • Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls
  • Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh
  • Håvard Ellefsen of Mortiis
  • Kurt Ebelhäuser of Blackmail
  • Anneli Drecker of Bel Canto
  • Line-up changes

    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.

    Anders Odden has been the most reoccurring member of Apop, joining in the live lineup in the early 1990s, and reappearing several times during the next 15 years, both live and in the studio.

    Geir Bratland also joined in the first part of the 1990s.

    In 1999, Fredrik Darum and Ted Skogman joined the band for the Welcome To Earth album and world tour.

    In 2001, Fredrik and Ted were replaced with Fredrik Brarud and Angel. The 2005 release You And Me Against The World and 2009's Rocket Science, are the only albums to feature other persons than main man Stephan as part of the band (Geir Bratland, Angel, Fredrik Brarud and Anders Odden on You And Me Against The World, and without Anders on Rocket Science).

    In July 2009 Angel, Geir and Fredrik departed from the Apoptygma Berzerk lineup.

    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 wrote 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:

    In 2010, Leandra Ophelia Dax (the only female member of the band thus far) stood in for Jonas during the support tour for German band Unheilich.

    In 2011, Thomas Jakobsen was replaced by Ted Skogman, and Angel came back, replacing Brandon (though Brandon has appeared live a few times after this, e.g. in Mexico City 2014).

    Studio albums

  • Soli Deo Gloria (1993)
  • 7 (1996)
  • Welcome to Earth (2000)
  • Harmonizer (2002)
  • You and Me Against the World (2005)
  • Rocket Science (2009)
  • Exit Popularity Contest (2016)
  • Songs

    Kathy's SongWelcome to Earth · 2000
    Non-Stop Violence7 · 1996
    Fade to BlackWelcome to Earth · 2000


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