Release date: September 2007 Label: Sony BMG
By: Elvira Visser
Before the album was released the band already leaked some information to the
fans. While still being in the process of recording one of the guys already
told their fans that the album would be a bit more dark. Maybe even the darkest
they had ever written.
Now my ears like to hear that, I am very fond of the dark songs on the previous
albums and I was instantly thinking of songs such as “Toreador” from
the Inquisition Symphony album. The guys proved in the last couple of years
that they are very capable of leaving the path they had once chosen with covering
songs by Metallica, since then they have been on a musical journey and with
this album they surely did not go off track.
Some weeks or even months before the release the management posted a little
teaser for the fans on their website and myspace. There would be collaborations
with multiple artists. First one was Corey Taylor (Stone Sour). This collaboration
was clearly to get a hold on the American market, which is a goal of the band.
I was quite anxious about this because there have been bands before them, with
the same dream, with an own sound trying to set foot on the American market.
Which in the end were changing their music, losing their own sound. Apocalyptica
clearly has that own sound, beautiful arranged cello melodies woven into the
harsh raging sound of the cello strings.
Not much later it was announced that there would be up to five collaborations.
Fuck! That was my very first thought. I mean I love their old collaborations
such like: “Seemann” (Nina Hagen), “Path” (Sandra Nasic)
and more recent “Bittersweet” and “Life burns”. Though they
made me really curious after announcing with whom they would work with. Till
Lindemann (Rammstein), Corey Taylor and Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) are quite
First released was the single: “I’m Not Jesus” with Corey Taylor and
opinions were varied. Personally I really like the track, Corey’s sound fits
great with the cellos, but it sounds more as a Stone Sour song with Apocalyptica
instead of the other way around. Are they loosing the original cello sound?
This question was answered pretty fast when I got a copy of the new album “Worlds
I am simply amazed. Let me explain this to you with some of the songs.
The first song is the title song of the album “Worlds Collide” and
starts very thin, very beautifully, very core cello but before you start to
think you put on a classical record, the drums kick in at full speed and delivers
deliver a thrashy sound. Then a slower part comes back and fades again, really
colliding parts of music into one great peace. One part reminds me a bit of
“Betrayal” from their “Apocalytpica” album. There is this
change this break but then it is building around it towards that thrashy sound
Of the song Grace I have to mention a little part because first of all you
clearly can hear a guitar in this song. There is little bridge with the guitar
playing simple notes, the cello presents on the background like a buzzing sound,
persistently and the drums build up the tension. Though they used a guitar in
this song it is a fine piece of work, the guitar tends to sound cello-like at
some places and the other way around.
“Last Hope” must be my favourite on this album. What they do with
the cello’s in here is amazing. They sound more raging than ever accompanied
with Dave Lombardo’s drumming skills. The tempo is changing throughout the song,
from fast to unbelievable fast back and forth. I think if you have an old CD
player it might crash, this is pure energy, pure tilt, pure structured chaos
of drumming madness.
For the best collaboration I would go for “I Don’t Care”. Adam Gontier
(Three Days Grace) starts slowly and maybe again a bit classical and that is
exactly what I needed. This collaboration I like the most, maybe because the
cellos are still dominantly present. It starts a bit slower but bursts out in
a powerful ballad with a very catchy not too difficult chorus. It is a vocal
sound but still the cello sound is most prominent.
Because I have the special edition I have two bonus songs and I am very pleased
Mainly because we have had songs from all the band members but never did one
of Paavo’s works reach the CD’s. But now we can hear some of his works from
him. “Dreamer” is totally different from the rest of the album and
therefore probably a bonus song although for me this is the perfect ending.
This is pure cello, no drums. Classical, dark and melancholic but easy to listen
to. Really dreamlike. It will relax you after the other songs have pumped up
your energy levels with those thrashy and pounding tempo’s, yet the only sad
thing is that it ends unexpectedly.
Although I had a lot of negative thoughts before I heard the album, they really
managed to convince me yet again that they are a marvellous set of musicians.
It is really up to you to judge for yourself, and you should, because they delivered
a fine piece of work.
| 1 Worlds Collide
3 I’m Not Jesus
7 Last Hope
8 I Don’t Care
10 S.O.S (Anything But Love)
11 Peace Bonus: