Worlds Collide

Worlds Collide

by Apocalyptica
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Worlds Collide

Originally four cellists, now three cellists and a drummer, Finnish quartet Apocalyptica have worked hard to become more than a mere covers band since their 1996 debut, Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. Their early material established them as astute interpreters of the thrash metal genre, finding a gold mine in the tension between their subject metal and their instruments of choice, but as their reputation grew they sought to become full-fledged members of the heavy metal community. By the time of 2007's Worlds Collide, Apocalyptica had completed the transition from chamber room instrumentals to pulsating neoclassical metal, a feat amazingly achieved without the use of conventional guitars. With drummer Mikko Sirén in tow, the three founding members play distorted cello in the style of Slayer and Metallica, alternating bass picking, distorted riffing, and clean melodic lines with or without a collaborating vocalist. The one spot on Apocalyptica's record to date has been the distinct lack of a great album to complement a catalog of musical accomplishments, but Worlds Collide is very much the antidote to that problem. Driven by the slick modern rock single "I'm Not Jesus," sung by Slipknot's Corey Taylor, the album expertly bridges the gap between accessibility and the group's more progressive instincts. Atmospheric opener "Worlds Collide" is as succinct a summary of Apocalyptica's musical style as can be, literally and sonically, contrasting sections of polite melodicism and bone-shaking thrash. The album's coup de grâce is its one piece of non-original material: "Helden" is a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" auf Deutsch, with Rammstein's Till Lindemann handling lead vocals, and the cellists' rendering of the main theme is so seamless, so perfect, that it's hard to remember just how much differently the original was handled.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2007
Label: 2-2 Ent. Llc
UPC: 0886971573527
catalogNumber: 715735

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Apocalyptica   Primary Artist
Howard Benson   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,farfisa organ,Korg,fender rhodes
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Dave Lombardo   Drums
Corey Taylor   Vocals
Phil X.   Guitar
Till Lindemann   Vocals
Cristina Scabbia   Vocals
Mats Levén   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Howard Benson   Programming,Producer
Brian Eno   Composer
Tomoyasu Hotei   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Apocalyptica   Composer
Max Martin   Composer
Eicca Toppinen   Arranger,Composer
Geno Lenardo   Composer
Jacob Hellner   Producer
Johnny Andrews   Composer
Ulf Kruckenberg   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Adam Gontier   Composer

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Worlds Collide 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MandyLovesJack More than 1 year ago
This is an awsome band! celllos do rock! LOL I have a three finnish friends, they love this band. their other cds are amazing. This was the first one I got, and bought some of their other albums. soft, mesmerizing, and energetic. It brings my world back to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band is great. I hadn't heard about them until this album, but now i'm buying up all the rest. The incorporate and orchestrate sound with hard rock. They don't sing, but bring in great lead singers from other bands. I'm Not Jesus (featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour), I Don't Care (with Adam Goutier of Three Days Grace) S.O.S (featuring Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil), and Helden (featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein). All four songs are amazing and with the string work, they are just powerful. I would totally recommend this album to anyone. APOCALYPTICA!!!
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I first heard of Apocalyptica through a good friend of mine. She really likes them. In honor of their release of 7th Symphony...and seeing as how I couldn't review that album...I decided I would go ahead and revisit World's Collide and write a review on it. I had not listened to World's Collide in a while, which is a shame, because it's a very good album. I like how these guys create rock/metal sound with amplified string instruments like violin and cello and whatnot...drums too of course. Many of their songs are purely instrumental, but they do bring in guest vocalists too that are pretty good. In this album, they brought in lead singers from the likes of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Rammstein, Lacuna Coil, and Three Days Grace...and in the new one they have guest lead singers from the likes of Flyleaf (a personal favorite of mine), Bush, Shinedown, and Gojira. Both this album and 7th Symphony are very good. I have heard a little of their Metallica covers, but I still have yet to explore older albums of theirs, but I'm sure they're pretty good. If you are into rock/metal, this is a good group. They are interesting, and they have some good music to offer. Check em out.
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