Apoptygma Berzerk was formed by Stephan Groth and Jon Erik Martinsen in 1989. Together they wrote several songs, including "Ashes To Ashes," which would later be released in 1991 as a 12-inch single on the Norwegian label Tatra Productions.
The first two albums, Soli Deo Gloria and 7, were a similar style of electropop and EBM. Their third,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 direction, but their 2005 mainstream, indie rock album, You And Me Against The World, was a complete departure from the band's traditional electric synthpop and EBM roots, a rock exploration they continued into Rocket Science. Now, APOP's upcoming compilation album Exit Popularity Contest promises to explore and reflect the depths of their ever-evolving sound.