On Wednesday May 27, 2015 Finnish metal band Apocalyptica brought the “Shadowmaker Tour 2015” to downtown Reno at the Knitting Factory Concert House. Also on the bill, Canadian rock band Art of Dying.
Attendance for this show was very good for a work night, almost six hundred fans showed up for this very unusual rock show. This examiner had heard of the band, but really had no idea what to expect, all I can say is that I was blown away on how well the whole thing was played out. These guys were very good at what they do and really know how to rock the house. Same for the opener Art of Dying, they blew me away as well.
Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993.
The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso (all three of whom are graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) and drummer Mikko Sirén, also in the line-up, vocalist Franky Perez.
Originally a Metallica tribute band, their music borrows elements from a wide variety of genres including classical music, neoclassical metal, speed metal, alternative metal, post-grunge, hard rock, progressive metal, thrash metal and symphonic metal, you name it and they know it.
They also incorporate some influences from Middle Eastern music, world music and folk music. They have sold over four million albums to date.
Apocalyptica got around an hour and fifteen minute set that went like this (from the set list on stage)
“Intro 1-3-5”, “Cold Blood”, “Burn”, “I’m Not Jesus”, “House Of Chains”, “Sea Song”, “Inquisition Symphony”, “Unforgiven” (Metallica cover), “Creeping Death”, “Til Death Do Us Part”, “Hole In My Soul”, “Grace”, “Shadowmaker”, “I Don’t Care”, “Hall Of The Mountian King” and two encore songs, “One” and “Dead Man’s Eye”.
This examiner would have never thought that such classically trained cellists could pull off a rock and roll show like this or would even want to. But in the case of these very gifted and talented musicians, you can tell they are real rockers at heart and love what they do to an audience and the fans really eat it up. Very impressive, these guys are truly rock stars in my book.
Before the show, Apocalyptica did a fan meet & greet where they took photos and signed autographes for their fans. I highly recommend that if you get the chance to see Apocalyptica play live in the future, you do it. I guarantee you will love every minute of it. A truly amazing show to see.
Starting this awesome night of rock & roll off were rockers Art of Dying.
Art of Dying is a Canadian rock band fronted by Jonny Hetherington. They are currently signed to Better Noise Records.
The band was formed in 2004 by lead singer Jonny Hetherington and guitarist Greg Bradley.
On December 1, 2009, it was announced that the band signed a record deal with Reprise Records and Intoxication Records, founded by Disturbed members David Draiman and Dan Donegan.
The album, “Vices and Virtues” was the bands second stuido release to date and was produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. The album was released on March 22, 2011
This group of guys was and is the perfect band to open for Apocalyptica. That’s most likely why they were asked to join them on this tour. You could tell that they were very happy that they got the tap to go on the road and basically tour the world with such great band as Apocalyptica.
Lead vocalist for Art of Dying, Jonny Hetherington mentioned several times during their set that the band was so honored and grateful that they got the opportunity to go on tour with Apocalyptica . Hetherington said, “I still have can’t believe that one minute were playing in Canada and the next thing you know, were on a tour playing shows all around the world”.
The current line-up for Art of Dying is, Jonny Hetherington (lead vocals), Tavis Stanley (guitar), Cale Gontier (bass) and Jeff Brown (drums).
Their set lasted around forty five minutes or so and went just like this, (also fron the set lost on stage)
“Best Won’t Do”, “Eat You Alive”, “Some Things Never Change”, “Get Thru This”, “Tear Down The Wall”, “Ubuntu”, “Everything”, “Moth”, “Rise Up” and “Die Trying”.
Art of Dying is another band you don’t want to miss seeing live. If you’re lucky enough, you might just catch both of these awesome bands on the same tour, like I did.
A great time was had by all.
To check out who’s up next at the Knitting Factory Concert House Reno (click here)
If you want to see all the photos from Apocalyptica (click here) and Art of Dying (click here)
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, I always say, “The photos are what it’s all about, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show”.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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