Apoptygma Berzerk (commonly abbreviated to APB or Apop) is a Norwegian musical group. They have achieved success with a brand ofsynthpop, and ballads backed with electronic rhythms, commonly known within the scene and referring to themselves as futurepop. Apop has won awards and top-10 spots in Germany and Scandinavia. Apoptygma Berzerk has toured Europe, North America, Australia and Israel with bands such as VNV Nation , Beborn Beton and Icon of Coil.
The name "Apoptygma Berzerk" either has a secret meaning or does not mean anything. The name is reminiscent of the word apophthegm, which means a statement that speaks one's mind - which would make the title mean a berserk manifesto. 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 band's name is pronounced a-pop-tig-ma.
The band was formed by Groth and Jon Erik Martinsen in 1989. They recorded a few demos, including Victims of Mutilation.
The first two albums, Soli De 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 2007 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 albumRocket Science apop still going on the rock vibe while keeping close with synthpop sound.
A song Shadow reminds us on the best what Apoptygma can record, it is the best from this album Rocket Science! Enjoy!
Apoptygma Berzerk has a fantastic sense in making a very good and often much better cover songs than original, if I might say so, but I like it, which one you prefer?
In anyway, ENJOY!!