Apocalyptica Shadowmaker on 2LP
Shadowmaker is the highly anticipated eighth album from Finnish, cello-wielding metal quintet Apocalyptica. The band previously had guest vocalists on their songs, but this new effort will usher in exclusive new singer Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway), marking the the first time a vocalist has been featured on one of the band’s entire albums. Shadowmaker was produced by Grammy winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Def Leppard, Paramore, Danzig and Queens of the Stone Age).
Since their inception in 1993, the quartet of Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén have redefined the boundaries between rock, metal and classical music in a truly unprecedented way: they’ve not so much rewritten the rulebook as penned a brand new tome all of their own. Formed initially by four true virtuosos at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, over the course of seven highly acclaimed studio albums (of which they have sold in excess of four million copies globally) they have forged a reputation as an act capable of bringing fans from both heavy and more traditional musical spheres together in euphoric celebration.
The addition of Perez was the final piece of the puzzle for the band. From bow-eviscerating speed to sprawling, spine-shivering waves of sound, Apocalyptica’s sonic palette is as rich as it is diverse: Metallica covers, Wagnerian tributes alongside international Symphony Orchestra’s and collaborations with members of Slipknot, Soulfly and Bush all falling comfortably within the band’s remit.