APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen has issued the following update:
"I just hold the mastered version of our new album 'Worlds Collide' in my hands for the first time. I want to write you few lines as I think most of you are really looking forward to hear what have been happening in the APOCALYPTICA family during last year...
"I must say the creation of this album was an exciting journey, starting last August with band rehearsals for the very first new songs (any of those didn't get through to the finals...) working hard the entire autumn and winter on pre-production (writing, rehearsing, arranging etc...). Stepping into the studio in February, finishing recordings in early June and all this mixing and mastering since then drives us absolutely insane. And now having the feeling that it was all worth that as we are now able to present clearly the best APOCALYPTICA so far!!! (at least in our ears)
"I know some fans are scared on having so many vocals etc. on the album but from our perspective it brings more colours and emotional levels to the whole picture. But we'll let everyone to make their own experience and hope you beeing able to share the joy and excitement on creating this new music!!!!!!
"While you are waiting to hear this new stuff we are putting together all remaining power into the work on our upcoming tour as we are all hungry to get on road to perform new songs and see YOU again. As there are only European dates announced so far — don't worry — we are planning to tour our asses off for next two years... as usual. So please be patient. It's impossible to come to every country at the same time, yours will be in the tour schedule sooner or later!"
As previously reported, APOCALYPTICA's new song "SOS", featuring a guest appearance by LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia, has been posted on the APOCALYPTICA MySpace page. The track comes off "Worlds Collide", due in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on September 14 via G.U.N. Records.
APOCALYPTICA's new video for the song "I'm Not Jesus", featuring a guest appearance by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), has been posted at YouTube. The clip was filmed in in Los Angeles with director Tony Petrossian (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, RISE AGAINST, SLIPKNOT). The "I'm Not Jesus" single will precede the "Worlds Collide" album on August 31. Other confirmed guest musicians on the CD include Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Tomoyasu Hotei (superstar Japanese composer, whose credits include the "Kill Bill" soundtrack), and Joseph Duplantier (GOJIRA). Backing vocals for the effort were laid down by Swedish singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, KRUX, TREAT, AT VANCE).