Venue: Nokia Theater (New York, NY)
Label: Zomba Music
While I wasn’t too sure about attending another Apocalyptica show after only seeing them a few months ago, I had to let my love of how these guys do things be my guide for this evenings performance. Apocalyptica is a band that is best witnessed during a live performance and the last time around they prowled the comfortable Fillmore NY but tonight would use the sizable space of the Nokia Theater to their best advantage. The entire floor area and sidelines were packed with people as was the level just above this region but the seating was blocked off by a huge curtain and this was the very first time that I saw that going on. The group had recently released the album “World’s Apart” which found a number of notable singers offering up their vocals against the music of the cellists and in the end it delivered an album that brought the band some added attention in the minds of Metal heads. Tonight would be what appeared to be one of the final appearances in the states for the bands current tour and lucky for everyone present the guys were not showing any signs of being tired and instead were a super-charged outfit that while beginning the show seated were soon on their feet and in everyone’s faces. To refresh everyone’s memory, the core cellists of the group are Eicca, Paavo and Perttu and they are the most active in the group. Their original fourth member is Antero Manninen, and while he performs with them on tour he is strictly a “for hire” gun in the enterprise at this point. Together there is an incredibly full sound that will surprise any new listener and with the drumming expertise of Mikko Siren keeping the time in the background, the audience will hardly seem to miss the presence of a lead guitarist, singer or bassist.
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