Apocalyptica bring world-ending metal to Vancouver

By Jacob Zinn

It’s been a few years since Apocalyptica, the world’s most popular cello metal group, played Vancouver, and fans are finally getting the opportunity to see them in full force again.

The world-renowned four-piece from Finland is bringing their thrashed uprights to the Commodore Ballroom next Tuesday. Cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen and Perttu Kivilaakso – all graduates of Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy music school – will be ready to shred the thick strings, with drummer Mikko Sirén providing the metal double-kick.

The band has toured the world extensively and performed at numerous hard rock and metal festivals, including Wacken Open Air, Rock am Ring, Download and Donington’s legendary Monsters or Rock.

This will be their first show here since the release of 2010’s 7th Symphony, but it’s likely the band will dig back in their discography for their biggest songs. Fans can count on 2007’s “I Don’t Care”, “Deathzone” from their self-titled fifth studio record and “Harmageddon” off 1998’s Inquisition Symphony.

Cuts from their debut cover album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, will surely make it into the set – hopefully “Enter Sandman”, “Creeping Death” and “Wherever I May Roam”.

And more neo-classical covers such as Edvard Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” will wind up to appease the symphonic metalheads.

In addition to Vancouver, the group is stopping in Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon before touring South America and Europe through the summer. They will be accompanied by B.C.-based melodic rock band Incura on all Canadian dates.

Fans who missed Apocalyptica four years ago shouldn’t miss out on their sole Vancouver date. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take another four years to see them in our city.

Apocalyptica makes their long-awaited return to the Commodore Ballroom on Tuesday, May 22. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for $44.00.


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