Apocalyptica
Worlds Collide


3.5
great

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2007 | 44 replies | 38,372 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Apocalyptica take a more commercial direction with the new album, which leads to mixed results at times. However, the band's musicianship ultimately triumphs...

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Apocalyptica are probably one of the most unique bands to walk the planet. Hailing from the seemingly endlessly musically gifted country of Finland, the trio of cellists (with an added drummer to their lineup now, Mikko Siren) have taken the world by storm since their inception of heavy metal on cellos. The band got heavier and heavier over the years, and every release featured maturing in songwriting skills and musical direction, culminating in the band's best effort to date, 2005's near godlike Apocalyptica.

Hopes and expectations are high in the musical camp. Classically trained cellists that have an ongoing run of good albums: a next high-quality effort is expected. This new album, Worlds Collide, is to provide a reason for justifying these expectations. And it has to be said, once again musically Eicca Toppinen and friends hit another snare with the public on this record. As of 1 October 2007, we can succesfully say the band is prolonging their effective run of good albums.

Prime example is the seventh track, Last Hope. The band has a notable habit of inviting guest musicians for vocal tracks, drum tracks, and various other things to do with production, instruments (on this disc you will find an insane amount of people that made the record at all possible), and this particular one stars all time drum master Dave Lombardo. It turns the track into an insane cello metal speedfest with the band firing off riffs faster than Slayer themselves and Lombardo providing once again an inhumanly brutal drum backdrop with pounding double bass and snares.

The band also experiments with more different styles on the album. Track number two, Grace, features Japanese guitar virtuoso Tomoyasu Hotei, which makes for an interesting melodic duet between cellos and guitars. It also shows that melodically the band are as great as they are with riffs: it's one of the best tracks on here and has a line that will get stuck in your head for the coming weeks.

However, the band's penchant for inviting famous musicians takes a less starry turn on the miserably lacklustre I Don't Care. Featuring 3 Days Grace pipewailer Adam Gontier, his vocals are less than worthy of being on an Apocalyptica album, and the lyrics seem to be transformed in large doses of prepubescent teen angst (indeed more similar to Adam's own band than Apocalyptica.) S.O.S. (Anything but Love) features Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, and while it's a kind of nice ballad, it lacks the immediate punch of a Bittersweet or In Memoriam and again signifies the band treading more commercial waters with their music.

On the rest of the album we also find Corey Taylor doing lead yelps on the first single "I'm Not Jesus", with a strikingly better performance than he's ever released with Slipknot (he actually sounds like a singer!) and of course inviting Till Lindemann of Rammstein was a wise move by the band. Teaming up with his Finnish friends, they perform a German cover of the famous David Bowie song "Heroes". The new arrangements for cello and Till's unmistakably powerful vocals carry the song all the way home, perhaps even eclipsing the classic's former glory. And if you don't like cellos, Lindemann's bandmate Kruspe does some guitaring as well!

Apocalyptica, however, remains best at tracks where nobody does guest vocals to harm and ruin the flow of their instrumental prowess. An absolute highlight is opener Worlds Collide, with cello riffs that are more distorted and heavier than electric guitar chugging, and as a bonus it features perfect melodic melody lines throughout. Burn is another aptly titled blasting monster, with another hammer of a riff. It is especially these instrumental tracks where the classical training of the band shines through, as the band displays a knack for winning melodies, meandering yet coherent compositions, mixed with crushingly intense playing.

Some may despise the more commercial route the band has now taken with guest vocalists among the upper echelons of modern metal and alternative rock, but ultimately the band does come through with compositions that leave one awed at their quality. It may not reach the pure majesty of earlier efforts, nor does it have the same immediate punch, but it's an interesting effort nonetheless, and definitely worth picking up if you're into more experimental and symphonic styles of rock and metal.



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BallsToTheWall
October 2nd 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never listened to this band before. Sounds highly intriquing with all those guest appearances. Good review, what would you reccomend as their first to buy?

Altmer
October 2nd 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

S/t is a masterpiece

Crimson
October 2nd 2007



1935 Comments


Never heard them but I am intrigued...

Confessed2005
October 2nd 2007



3314 Comments


S/t was awesome and their Metallica covers are sumptuous.

Shattered_Future
October 2nd 2007



1540 Comments


This wasn't terrible. Not something I'd listen to more than once, but it was enjoyable while it lasted.

Jim
October 21st 2007



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Currently listening to this.
Opinion pending.

Jim
October 21st 2007



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great. Slides a bit in the middle but there's some great tracks. Grace, Stroke and Peace were the highlights. Helden was genuinely surprising (in a pleasant way).
I'll keep listening.

whackerinc
October 23rd 2007



28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Apart from the atrocious singing that comes out from the mouth of that emo singer from 3 Days Grace and the rather hideous-sounding Lacuna Coil chick, this is a not bad album. It's an easily more digestible album for the masses compared to the previous ones.

Lombardo + Apocalyptica = Awesome.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2007



2667 Comments


The Dave Lombardo, Corey Taylor, and Till Lindemann tracks are all great, but it escapes me as to how that Three Days Grace singer found his way on this album.

Altmer
December 2nd 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, that is one of my least favourite tracks. Though they've had the dudes from HIM and The Rasmus sing on their albums before.

Seeing them on Friday YEAH!

Poet
December 5th 2007



5922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bittersweet is good though

Buddha Bassline
January 7th 2008



16 Comments


Nice review, seems like the work of a professional. I'm a huge Apocalyptica fan (have been for 2 years now, I think) and when I read that the band was taking "a more commercial direction", I got scared. But the review's definetely taken the egde off that. I'll pick it up.

Don't let me down

BallsToTheWall
May 17th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've heard I'm Not Jesus played on the radio but didn't catch me enough to check this out. S.O.S with Christina Scabbia is brilliant and the video is amazing.

Jim
May 18th 2008



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im not jesus is pretty standard radio rock
some of the instrumentals here are pretty nicer to the dicer

Poet
July 14th 2008



5922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like their self titled more than this. I need to start listening to this band again.

Smileyface
July 14th 2008



309 Comments


The cello has moar power than u realize.

Altmer
July 17th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Spat I like the s/t more but yes this is a great album.

BallsToTheWall
July 17th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I find it bizarre that some cello metal band from Finland receives a bunch of airplay on my basic alterna rock station. Granted both tracks suck, Corey taylor and 3DG's vocals aren't great but S.O.S has the best performance from Christina i've ever heard. Most def a top track in my opinion.

Altmer
July 17th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they are pretty big

KamikazeSkies
September 22nd 2008



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band changes so much, it's hard to tell where they'll go next. But still, to play this way with cellos is wonderful. Great twist when it comes to Metalcore.



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