Supports – We Lost The Sea, Tempest Rising
September 21st, 2016
After an astounding performance at Soundwave last year, orchestral band Apocalyptica obviously couldn’t wait to return to Australian shores, opening with the Perth leg, for fans who missed out on the final ever Soundwave visit. Renowned for playing live covers and having a lot of fun on stage, the crowd knew they were in for a bit of a treat.
Introducing the evening’s proceedings were Perth band Tempest Rising, who are rapidly building a name and reputation for themselves with their presence. The thrash, come nu-metal band supported Drowning Pool not so long ago, and made just as much an impressive noise this time as they did then. The West Australians ensured the gathering of Apocalyptica endured plentiful riffs and a diverse vocal range. The slowly growing crowd nodded their heads and appreciated some home grown talent.
Sandwiched between the stage openers and the almighty headliners were Sydney band We Lost The Sea, who brought a recipe for progressive perfection. The post-rock band kept punters on their toes as their outstretched chords and droning notes could lead the world astray at any point. Like many musicians within this beautiful sub-genre, the band eloquently and carefully transcended the pace into a waterfall of sonic magnificence. Given the technical and experimental facets of the evenings’ main act, the crowd really appreciated the east-coast catalysts, and provided a worthy applause.
The venue grew and grew in population and everyone was in high anticipation for the lights to cease and the maestros of orchestral metal to hit the stage, and when they did, it was perfect. The trio of cellists and their drummer brought a strong Scandinavian appearance of long majestic hair, perfectly sculptured facial hair and the heavy metal attitude that flows through their blood from birth. The cellos were so majestic and exciting to witness up close in an intimate venue.
The band had an incredible time on stage, smiling as they gauged the crowd’s reaction when they figured out which of their favourite covers were being played. Of course, some of these covers included tracks from the band’s twenty year old release ‘Plays Metallica by Four Cellos’ with no other than ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Seek and Destroy’. It would have been counter-intuitive not to sing along, head bang and immerse one’s self in the moment. The real surprise was hearing a Sepultura cover early in the set; a blistering rendition of ‘Refuse/Resist’¸ that the band introduced with enormous excitement.
Colleague of Slash and Myles Kennedy, Franky Perez joined the band on stage to deliver well-complemented vocals from recent album tracks ‘Shadowmaker’. The American singer held the high notes and treated fans to some growls as well. The band constantly revved up the crowd begging for yells, claps and screaming for more, more, more! Apocalyptica graced the Perth stage one last time to humbly demonstrate their musical talent and stretch the night out as much as they could. The Nordic metal fanatics had this indescribable ability to enhance the evening’s experience with every move they made. If you’re a fence-sitter on this tour, just commit, because this show is not one to miss.
Review by Ricky Aarons
Capturing the night was Emanuel Rudnicki, his awesome gallery is below – simply click on an image to enlarge.
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WE LOST THE SEA