Apoptygma Berzerk is a Norwegian synthpop/EBM/futurepop musical group. It has achieved moderate commercial success with a unique brand of gloomy, danceable rivethead synthpop, winning awards and top-10 spots in Germany and Scandinavia. Apoptygma Berzerk (abbreviated to APB or Apop) has toured Europe, North America, and Israel with bands such as VNV Nation and Icon of Coil.
All of the band's lyrics are in English.
The name "Apoptygma Berzerk", either has a secret meaning, or does not mean anything, depending on which interview you read. Groth claims that it was randomly picked out of a dictionary. Apoptygma is an old Greek word for the fold of a woman's garment. Technically the 'y' ought to be pronounced like a long 'u', but the band's name is universally pronounced a-pop-tig-ma.
The band was formed by Stephan Groth and Jon Erik Martinsen in 1986. They recorded a few demos, including Victims of Mutilation. Jon Erik left the band shortly afterwards feeling uncomfortable with the direction of the band's music.