It’s funny how, out of a lifetime of gigs, there are some memories that stick with you. Way back in the dark and distant past we first encountered one of the most surprising bands we’ve ever seen grace the main stage at a festival, and we’ve been to a lot of festivals!! Over the years we’ve encountered the good, the bad and the Hollywood Undead but nothing has had quite the impact of seeing 4 stools set up on the Download main stage awaiting the bums of four long haired Finns who would soon be ripping their way through Master Of Puppets on that most metal of instruments, the Cello.
The impression that made on our young (well, comparatively) minds could not be understated. Given how fickle crowds were, even in those more accepting days, Apocalyptica could have been bottled off the stage but, the thing is, they weren’t.
This was nothing short of a triumph with the whole place giving them their undivided attention.
OK, so we were a bit late to the Apocalyptica party, by the time we saw them that fateful day at Download “Plays Metallica On Four Cellos” was already the best part of a decade old and they were the undisputed kings of the cello-metal scene. OK, technically they were the only members of the cello-metal scene but still…
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, the group re-released a remastered version with 3 bonus tracks a couple of years back, including previously unheard recordings of Battery, Nothing Else Matters and Seek & Destroy. There are a lot of bands trying to make a name for themselves by trying something a bit different, but in many ways Apocalyptica were the first and they’re still as awe inspiring live today as they’ve always been.
The 20th anniversary celebrations are still rolling on, and the great news is that the UK is getting a chance to relive it’s youth with three shows in suitably impressive surroundings. This is definitely an opportunity not to be missed, so we’ll see you there !!
Catch APOCALYPTICA at the following shows in 2018:
27.02 Brighton, Dome
28.02 Bristol, Colston Hall
01.03 Birmingham, Symphony Hall
02.03 Cambridge, Corn Exchange
03.03 Glasgow, o2 ABC