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Worlds Collide *

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An album by Apocalyptica

In addition to laying claim to being (most likely) the world's only heavy metal band composed entirely of cellists, Apocalyptica are also compulsively listenable. The group's sixth studio album continues their trend of dramatic, intense ensemble work … see full wiki

1 review about Worlds Collide *

Bach and Roll

  • Sep 23, 2008
Rating:
+5
Pros:

A unique blend of the worlds of classical and metal



Cons:

I would have liked even more cello!!



The Bottom Line:

This is an album that will appeal to a wide variety of people.  It is a terrific piece of work.



When I think of metal music, the cello is not the first instrument that comes to mind. As a matter of fact, until I heard these four guys from Helsinki, I thought the banjo might stand a better chance of infiltrating the heavy metal market. But what do I know. Apocalyptica has shown the world that their brand of cello metal is here to stay. With the release of Worlds Collide, the globe has been treated to one of the most interesting works in the world of heavy metal or for that matter, music period.

With the first song, the title track "Worlds Collide"the free for all begins with a mixture of heavy metal and sinister string arrangements that is guaranteed to send tingles up and down your spine. These guys from Finland really know what strikes a nerve!

But with this album you get something else. They have enlisted the help of many great singers and musicians to make this a real collision of talent. Starting off with the great Japanese guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei on the song "Grace". He definitely adds a unique flavor to this very enthralling tune.

Then for a real change of pace they bring out Corey Taylor of Slipknot to give a very good vocal performance of the song "I'm Not Jesus". This one not only shows off the bands talent it also show off the ability of Mr. Taylor. This was the first single off the album and with good reason. It is a terrific piece of rock and roll.

Also on the album are guest appearances by Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace, Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil and Dave Lombardo from Slayer. Adam's help to the song "I Don't Care"has made it one of the hits to grace the airwaves today. It is a great tune that sucks you in even though it is very mild by Apocalyptica standards.

But one of the most impressive guest to on the album is the main man from Rammstein, Till Lindermann. His vocal treatment along with the bands magnificent performance gives a whole different spin to a rework of one of my favorite David Bowie songs with "Helden". It is better known to Bowie fans as Heroes. In this version, Lindermann sings the whole thing in German with his typical growl that adds a menacing touch to a song that is dark and mysterious anyway. This is one of the highlights for me on the disc. Maybe cause I liked the song so much to begin with, but Till is such a powerful singer and the complete opposite of Bowie, it makes this a real treat.

Then there are the instrumentals where the band shows its full potential. From the very heavy "Ion" and "Stroke" to the furious "Burn", Apocalyptica blazes a trail of metal wickedness that still carries the soul of Johan Sebastian at its heart. This music is just too good for mere words. They manage to capture what is so riviting in both the world of metal and the realm of the first true rock stars, classical.

The band has taken you on a magical trip through many fields of music and having reached the end, they decide to give you a final kick just to make sure that you are still alive after the thrashing you have received so far. The worlds really do collide and the results are an explosion of sound that could have cataclysmic effect upon the listener. "Peace"is the embodiment of the band. Starting out with the cellos lulling you into a sense of security, then the thunder strikes down! Suddenly the sun shines through and the sweet sound of the cellos once again emerge until they are beaten back by the metal gods once more. This interplay continues until your brain becomes dislocated as if you were trying to watch a tennis match straddling the center net. This song cranked to the max may just be the thing to send a schizoid person into the rubber room! You have to admire the way they pull this off. It is much more than just musical ability. It is being able to recognize the power that any kind of music can have if placed in the right hands.

From the moment that I heard this album, I knew that I was going to be a fan. Their brand of music is so different but yet so much a part of what I even listen to music for in the first place. They make it OK for me to like Beethoven as well as Black Sabbath. Apocalyptica is breaking the rules if their were any, and that is fine with me. You can still be cool no matter what you listen to.

Track listing for Worlds Collide:

1. Worlds Collide
2. Grace
3. I'm Not Jesus
4. Ion
5. Helden
6. Stroke
7. Last Hope
8. I Don't Care
9. Burn
10. S.O.S.(Anything But Love)
11. Peace

If you want to hear something that is totally different, this is the band for you. They offer something that is very special to the world of music. Not only are they terrific musicians they are also a group who proves that no matter how opposite two ideas are, it is possible to make them work together.

Recommended:
Yes

Great Music to Play While: Hanging With Friends

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Label: Red Ink Records (USA)
Artist: Apocalyptica
Release Date: April 15, 2008

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