APOCALYPTICA – SHADOWMAKER
Release Date: 21st April 2015
℗ 2015 Better Noise Records
- I-III-V- Seed Of Chaos
- Cold Blood
- Reign Of Fear (bonus track)
- Hole in My Soul
- House Of Chains
- Riot Lights
- Come Back Down (bonus track)
- Sea Song (You Waded Out)
- Till Death Do Us Part
- Dead Man’s Eyes
For those of us who are fervent admirers of this monumentally magnificent musical force that is Apocalyptica, the wait is finally over. Shadowmaker is released today in Australia (17.04.2015).
Thanks to the generosity of Eicca I was blessed with the opportunity to review this magnificent work in mid-January, and although not completed at that time, I knew in advance how epic this brilliant masterpiece would be. I do not use those terms wantonly or frivolously and offer them with the greatest of respect to the band and potential investors alive. The return on your investment as consumers is really quite simple, namely one of the finest works of musical brilliance from a band at the peak of their prowess and talent.
The Australian fan base has grown exponentially since their visit to our shores for Soundwave 2015, as mouths were agape in astonishment among those lucky enough to witness the wonder that is Apocalyptica.
When you take time to consider the humble beginnings of this band with such vast musical talent and formal training it becomes acutely apparent how their success was more destiny than careful planning, and this album in a milestone in the bands ongoing journey of excellence.
From the outset we are treated to the delicate and precious symbiosis between hard rock, heavy metal, tremendous lyrics and instruments typically reserved for the delivery of works from the classical masters of old.
Portions of this album such as Slow Burn will bring goose bumps to the skin and draw emotion from the listener’s very soul in a most unexpected and tremendous fashion. The album is a most exciting and uplifting collection of works, save for an unmistakable and deeply imbedded mood of sadness and loss, exactly as portrayed on the cover artwork.
Those who are connoisseurs of Appocalyptica know this album has been eagerly anticipated and will probably have pre ordered long ago. Those who witnessed the wonder of live performances on our shores will most likely be buying immediately, and for those unfamiliar with their work, I challenge you to research the history of the group and defeat the natural temptation which will surely follow to own a copy of their latest work of splendiferous greatness born under the veil of an experimental cover band, completing the collective metamorphosis into a writhing creature of musical brilliance.
And one word of warning offered with due respect to all. Once you have listened to this album on CD, or download, particularly to tracks like Reign of Fear, you simply WILL want to own this alum on vinyl.