It’s been twenty three years since Apocalyptica released their ground-breaking debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. Eight albums, and countless touring hours later, Apocalyptica return to North America to celebrate the music that started it all. While this tour is wrapping up tonight at Mohegan Sun, I have no doubt that it won’t be long before we see the band back on this side of the Atlantic. After all, Eicca Toppinen did tease a new studio album due sometime this winter.
Apocalyptica is one of those bands that I have seen a lot. So while I’m entirely too familiar with their rock show, last night’s performance in Englewood, NJ, was a bit of a treat. Playing through the entirety of Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, Apocalyptica brought us back to their roots as a band in a demure, almost church-like theater setting that was both different and exciting. After a brief intermission, drummer Mikko Sirén joined Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaasko, Paavo Lötjönen and Antero Manninen on stage for a more traditional, no holds-barred rock set. This tour was truly the perfect representation of the band’s evolution through their twenty-three year career. I can’t wait for the next chapter.