Apocalyptica always has been, and it will be an interesting band to see live. They play metal with cellos, if that is not the very embodiment of symphonic metal, I don’t know what else it could be. Most recently the band released their 8th studio album titled Shadowmaker after five years from the released of 7th Symphony. With some heavy touring, and a sabbatical year in between the two, Apocalyptica returned to the road with a long North American tour in 2015.
Apocalyptica played a very special set last week here in Tempe, AZ, and the reason behind of the special show was the unfortunate back injury suffered by drummer Mikko Sirén that left him out of the stage for several shows including the one here in Arizona. But, that didn’t stop Apocalyptica from delivering an interesting show composed by their classical interpretations of Metallica‘s songs on Cellos, and some acoustic arranged pieces from their new album Shadowmaker. The performance of this special show was received gladly by the crowd, who sang along to the Metallica material, and delivered a huge support to the band.
It was a special Apocalyptica show in the way we had the pleasure to experience the band on it’s very first form, and for many it presented a singular opportunity to see Apocalyptica playing the music that put them on the international spotlight nearly 20 years ago. It was unfortunately not be able to fully experience the material of Shadowmaker the way it supposed to sound, but it was a great show, and the audience left the venue satisfied as they got a rare opportunity to experience Apocalyptica on its very raw form. It was a really interesting show I must say.
Before the show The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Cellist Paavo Lötjönen & Drummer Mikko Sirén about the tour, Shadowmaker, the video concept for the single Shadowmaker, and their upcoming documentary.