Apocalyptica- 7th Symphony

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Friday, August 13, 2010

7th Symphony, the follow-up to the break out 2007 album Worlds Collide, shows a darker and harder side to Finnish metal band Apocalyptica. Featuring a new batch of guest vocalists including Gavin Rossdale (of Bush), Joe Duplantier (of Gojira), Brent Smith (of Shinedown) and Lacey Sturm (of Flyleaf), this album turned out to be one of my favorite albums of the year, by far.

When you’ve found a formula that works for you, you don’t change it. Apocalyptica have found a formula that works and I’m very happy to see they haven’t tweaked it too much. For every guest collaborator they have, they have two songs that don’t require collaboration. They stand-alone. Some songs are slow, melodic and beautiful such as “At the Gates of Manala”, “Beautiful” and “Sacra” while others have a much darker side to them. Slayer’s Dave Lombardo lends his drumming expertise to the song “2010”, giving the song (and year) a much darker score than some would like, but it’s pulled off beautifully. Gojira’s Joe Duplantier lends his voice to the song “Bring Them to Light”, which is by far the hardest song on the album.

Overall, 7th Symphony is hands-down one of the best albums of the year. There’s no denying that. They took the formula that garnered them mainstream attention and raised the bar even further. As stated earlier, this is easily one of the best albums of the year and I strongly urge anyone with an extra $10 to go and buy this album, you won’t be disappointed. There is something on this CD for everyone. Whether you like metal or mainstream rock; there is a song for you on this album.

With the amazing quality that 7th Symphony brings to the table, it’s hard to pick songs that really stand out, but if I had to pick three songs that really struck a chord with me, I’d have to go with “Beautiful”, “Not Strong Enough” and “Sacra”. I’d give 7th Symphony a 10/10. This was an absolutely amazing album.

7th Symphony will be available on August 23rd via Jive Records.

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