Apocalyptica HOB Orlando

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos Tour at the House of Blues Orlando on September 6th, 2017

Apocalyptica is a Finnish cello metal band from Helsinki, Finland, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén. Antero Manninen joined them on the cello for their 20 year tour. 

Since they formed in 1993, Finnish orchestral rock band Apocalyptica has released six studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals along with some vocal-based songs. Whatever styles they’ve explored – from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms – their music has been gripping, dynamic and full of melody. But with their seventh album, 7th Symphony the band has composed an album that not just symphonic, it’s practically a symphony.

The room fell silent around eight as the band walked to the front of the stage and sat on four boxes, starting off with “Enter Sandman,” and “Master of Puppets.” Their lighting was minimal but still looked very carefully planned as they each had a square shaped background behind them with a spotlight reflecting their shadow. It was so interesting to hear these songs played with such intensity without a singer. The crowd quickly began to sing along and each of them encouraged this.

Their encore included a beautiful version of “Nothing Else Matters,” which had the whole space filled with the echo of the words, followed by “One.” Before closing out the show, Toppinen talked about the song being about war and he asked everyone to simply take care of each other and to love each other. A wonderful message to close a fantastic evening.

Set list:

  • Enter Sandman
  • Master of Puppets
  • Harvester of Sorrow
  • Unforgiven
  • Sad But True
  • Creeping Death
  • Wherever I May Roam
  • Welcome Home Sanatarium
  • Fade to Black
  • Fight Fire With Fire
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Until It Sleeps
  • Orion
  • Escape
  • Battery
  • Seek & Destroy
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • One