Apocalyptica - 7th Symphony

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Metal
Jive Records
Apocalyptica
7th Symphony
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Apocalyptica broke big three years ago with their streamlined hit “I’m Not Jesus”; a tune that integrated the bands classical fortunes with a rugged evil Slipknot’s leader Corey Taylor often evokes from behind the mic. From then on it was a tactical game of supply and demand; lining up the best mainstream music had to offer, in regards to vocalists (and often times not the best simply the most popular) in order for all the kiddies to gobble up their faux renditions of classical thrash. Most can consider this a genius marketing tool as it forced critics to examine what lay underneath the pithy guest vocals provided and absorb the band for their unique qualities. Jamming with cello’s instead of guitars provides the appearance of diversity setting Apocalyptica apart from all the Three Day’s Graces and Stone Sours, but a fault exuded then as it does now with 7th Symphony which keeps the Finnish metal-ers from being anything more than a gimmick. That fault being that most of the time the cellos they play are doing guitars can do, condoning their existence as some sort of façade. The band of Metallica covers has faded ever so vastly in turn for the lime light, and what’s been sacrificed is all that made Apocalyptica so ingenious from their contemporaries.

Sure, they’ve been consistent from their self titled onwards, but before the impact of their self titled dropped, the band were focused on creating fast metal on top of heavy instruments that lay suit to impeccable atmospheres. Today Apocalyptica settle for tepid instrumentation that simply carries the voices of the below average guest spots. Both Gavin Rossdale and Brent Smith lend their talents for mere chug-a-long ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ performances. This impedes the focal point of the release - the guys with the cellos. Surely they could have derived better verse counterparts for both “Not Strong Enough” and “End of Me” than jun-jun-jun/jun-jun-jun, yet unfortunately that’s all were given in substantial amount with 7th Symphony. And don’t be fooled by their grasping attempts to be progressive; aside from their unnecessary length the only quality to the bookend tracks (the two longest songs found on the album) is that they provide ample time to hear Mikko Sirén go to work on the drums. Crushing start/stop cadences are attributed for the only atmosphere the album seems to know, claustrophobia.

Although, 7th Symphony isn’t all trite, experimental trickling heard on the wicked “On the Rooftop” gives excellent reprieve to the stifling twenty-five minutes before hand. As well as the only facet of metal left in the band's belt being shown on Gojira’s Joe Duplantier lead “Bring Them To Light”. The track is fast, aggressive, and just about everything that used to make Apocalyptica better than the likes of which their working with now – Flyleaf’s Lacey Mosely. Though bless her heart because try as she might, she can’t be blamed for what accompanies her with her guest spot, which is why this album is misfortune on Apocalyptica’s part, and no one elses.

1. At the Gates of Manala
2. End of Me
3. Not Strong Enough
4. 2010
5. Beautiful
6. Broken Pieces
7. On the Rooftop
8. Bring Them To Light
9. Sacra
10. Rage of Poseidon

Apocalyptica is a band from Helsinki, Finland consisting of three classically-trained cellists and a drummer.

Their specialty is heavy metal music on cellos, though they also play classical music.

They started in 1993 by playing covers of Metallica, but once the concept became popular they wrote their own original works, maintaining the thrash metal influences on their albums Inquisition Symphony (mainly covers as well) and Cult. Since Reflections they have added drums to their recordings and live performances.

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