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“Worlds Collide” by Apocalyptica

Artist: Apocalyptica
Title: “Worlds Collide”
Label: Jive Records
Release Date: 4/15/2008
Genre: Experimental Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

I was rather excited to get my hands on a copy of the new Apocalyptica album “World’s Collide” because I already knew that the band which consisted of only three cellists and a drummer was one of the most interesting endeavors that I have heard in the realms of Experimental and Avantgarde types of Metal in some time. To me, the band not only raises the bar in the creative sense but also reminds us of just how many different roads one can take in a Heavy Metal band. The idea intrigued me from the beginning and I had owned copies of their “Cult” and “Reflections” albums along with their concert DVD “Life Burns Tour”, so while in possession of some idea of what they could do I was admittedly curious about what we would find with their newest CD. Over the past few years the band has seemed to be on a rather steady climb in terms of their success and overall appeal to a wide musical demographic and found fans of conventional Metal joining in with more Experimental fans at their shows. They have had guest spots on their albums by notable singers such as Ville Vallo (from HIM) and Lauri Ylonen (The Rasmus) as well as performing on a track for The 69 Eyes and this couldn’t do anything less than help them out in the long run. “World’s Collide” finds the band in exceptional form once again but when it came to the guest appearances I had to say that I think they over extended this a little bit. The opening track is classic Apocalyptica as far as dramatic presentation goes and one feels as though they are at a classical recital that was done next to a Metal rehearsal studio.
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