‘Shadowmaker’ is the eighth studio release by Finnish cello metallers Apocalyptica. Since their ‘Plays Metallica By Four Cellos’ release in 1996, Apocalyptica established a novelty factor in a similar fashion to what early Rodrigo y Gabriela did with their famous metal covers. Apocalyptica have developed and perfected their style over the years, adding distortion and drums to their original material and thus earning the attention from their heroes. With tours under their belts with high profile acts such as Metallica and guests including Dave Lombardo and Ville Valo on their albums, Apocalyptica have stepped out from obscurity, sold 4 million albums and created a medium in which they truly stand alone. Apocalyptica aren’t very likely to be your favourite band. With “Shadowmaker”, they tie an interesting string of correlation between Metal and Classical music in a way that only Yngwie Malmsteen could dream of. Metal lends a lot of its melodic structure to baroque and classical music, and listening to cellos perform in the same vein as our beloved guitar is a treat. Not many bands can survive as far as eight albums into their career, but Apocalyptica have managed to build upon their initial sideshow promotion and create something unique.
Gearing up for the release, Metal Wani’s Editor In Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with founding member Perttu Kivilaakso. He discusses new album “Shadowmaker”, songwriting, new vocalist, instrumental parts, touring plans and much more.
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