Review by Meghan Player
It’s been a long time coming for fans of Finnish band Apocalyptica to finally catch the band on Australian soil for the first time in their 16+ year career – and it was well worth the wait.
As the band take to the stage to a roar from the local crowd, the first thing you must remember is to forget everything you know about ‘traditional’ metal bands and their sound. Apocalyptica not only redefines what makes a great metal band, but the manner in how the sound is achieved.
Arming themselves with cellos [yes, cellos], the band whip through melodic frenzies of gorgeous noise – willing the crowd into an incredible sense of awe. The head banging, hair twirling spectacle doesn’t cease through the bands entire set – never disengaging, never boring, never predictable.
The climax of the night comes as the band treat the crowd to, perhaps their most recognised cover, of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”. As the cellos ring out over the venue, the hushed state of the audience, quietly singing along in whispers, creates a glorious atmosphere – a moment that will surely stay with not only the band, but all those in attendance tonight.
Tonight, undoubtedly, is a testament to Apocalyptica and their constant drive to create something unique in an industry where others struggle to maintain individualism. Their dedication and passion for their craft in indescribable – and highly appreciated by tonights crowd.
Without a doubt, this is the best gig I’ve been to. Ever. And that’s saying a lot.