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Shadowmaker (Apocalyptica album)

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Studio album by Apocalyptica
April 17, 2015
Genre Symphonic metal, progressive metal, alternative metal, cello rock[1][2]
Length 53:57 (standard edition)
65:16 (limited edition)
Label Better Noise/Eleven Seven Music
Nick Raskulinecz
Apocalyptica chronology
Wagner Reloaded-Live in Leipzig
(2013) Shadowmaker
Singles from Shadowmaker
Released: December 15, 2014
"Cold Blood"
Released: February 13, 2015
Shadowmaker is the eighth studio album by the Finnish cello metal band Apocalypt
ica. It was released on April 17, 2015 in Europe and Australia, April 20 in the
UK, France and Latin America, April 21 in the U.S. and Canada, and April 22 in J
apan.[3][4] It will be the band's first album with one single vocalist, Franky P
Commenting on the album, member Eicca Toppinen said:[5]
I think it's a totally new kind of record for Apocalyptica especially because we
have one singer on the whole album and I think it's making the whole album more
solid. It's more of a band record compared to the album that we have had guest
vocalists so I think it's more solid.
Contents [hide]
1 Background and recording
2 Track listing
3 Release
3.1 Standard CD
3.2 Double Vinyl LP
3.3 Mediabook Deluxe CD
3.4 Digital download
3.5 Boxset
4 Reception
4.1 Charts
5 Personnel
6 References
7 External links
Background and recording[edit]
After the 7th Symphony tour, the band took some time off and did nothing except
for Wagner Reloaded-Live in Leipzig. After the break, they reunited and discusse
d the next album. According to Eicca, "[...] if we wanted to do something, we ha
ve to do exactly what we want to do and this record is the result of that, that
journey. We wanted to challenge ourselves even more and we wanted to be tight as
a band before the pre-production."[5]
Regarding Franky Perez participation, Eicca said the band was looking for a voca
list to make the entire record, tour with them and "make the whole thing more un
derstandable for people, to make the working circumstances more comfortable for
us where things are not so dependant on people outside of the band".[5] In order
to find a singer, the label came up with a list of 20-25 suggestions. The band
analyzed it and asked 5 of them to record something, and then they invited 3 of

them to sing a section of "Hole in My Soul", one of the album's tracks. Perez wa
s ultimately chosen and accepted it since he wasn't committed to anything other
than his solo career.[5] Eicca said he "loves" Perez's voice and commented: "He'
s not just a regular singer. He has a very soulful sound and he's able to sing d
ifferent styles which is perfect for Apocalyptica because our songs are not only
heavy metal, it's a variety of different colors and different dynamics and the
singer needs to match that. [...] We did a couple of shows in Canada last August
, a test run and it worked perfectly together".[5]
The album was mostly pre produced in Nashville with producer Nick Raskulinecz, w
ith additional work being done by the band in Finland.[6] Perez was part of the
album's pre-production and helped the band arrange the songs.[5] Commenting on t
he recording process, Perez said: "We were a team, in that each one had the righ
t to speak and every opinion in the room was completely taken into account and w
ere valuable."[6]
Track listing[edit]
All tracks produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
Standard edition
Title Writer(s)
"I-III-V Seed of Chaos" (instrumental) Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaaks
o, Paavo Ltjnen, Mikko Sirn 1:26
"Cold Blood"
Toppinen, Martin Hansen 3:27
"Shadowmaker" Toppinen, Johnny Andrews, Franky Perez 7:35
"Slow Burn"
Toppinen, Andrews, Perez
"Hole in My Soul"
Toppinen, Hansen, Perez 4:05
"House of Chains"
Toppinen, Andrews
"Riot Lights" (instrumental)
"Sea Song (You Waded Out)"
Toppinen, Guy Sigsworth, Richard Walters
"Till Death Do Us Part" (instrumental) Kivilaakso
"Dead Man's Eyes"
Perez, Toppinen, Kivilaakso, Ltjnen, Sirn
Total length:
Shadowmaker will be released in five different formats.
Standard CD[edit]
Contains the standard 10 track album.
Double Vinyl LP[edit]
Contains the standard 10 track album and two bonus tracks plus CD.
Mediabook Deluxe CD[edit]
Contains 12 songs (additional tracks being "Reign of Fear" and "Come Back Down")

edition bonus tracks

Title Writer(s)
"Reign of Fear" (instrumental) Toppinen
"Come Back Down"
Toppinen, Perez 4:24