Apocalyptica’s Shadowmaker Tour packs the House Of Blues on a Tuesday and delivers some of the best Finnish metal the great city of Chicago can get.

Many moons ago, the Finnish orchestral metal quintet Apocalyptica blew the minds of hard rock fans by releasing the debut album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. The world became aware that cellos could indeed rock.

Formed in 1993, the band has Finland’s loyalty and have garnered a significant fan base here in the US. Chicago opened its doors and let the band bring in a little Northern chill so they could heat things up for a solid audience to support their critically acclaimed eighth studio album, Shadowmaker.

Apocalyptica has played with many guest vocalists over the years including Ville Valo of HIM, Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame, and Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil. Shadowmaker features all vocals from Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway), who is also lead vocalist for this tour.

It may be hard to pronounce the names of the core band members, and sometimes it’s harder to discern where one name ends, and the other begins. However, when it comes to shredding a classical instrument, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lotjonen, and Perttu Kivilaakso are the players for the job.

It’s incredibly difficult to take your eyes off of the trance-inducing headbanging cellists. But, if you get the chance, pay close attention to Mikko Siren on drums as he beats the skins and rounds out the ensemble in true rock n’ roll fashion. The band wraps up their US tour towards the end of May in Philadephia, so get your tickets while you can and experience a gem in the metal world.

Supporting Apocalyptica are Southern boys 10 Years from Knoxville, Tennessee and Failure Anthem from Greensboro, North Carolina. Both bands are established and drew their own fan base to the event as the audience was readily familiar with the evening’s lineup.

Although Failure Anthem seemed to be having some technical difficulties, they stilled pulled off a remarkable opening show and set the tone for the rest. Jesse Hasek of 10 Years was up to his usual antics by scaling the mezzanine level of the House Of Blues to set himself up for an epic stage dive. All in all, 10 Years delivered an exciting show, and their sound was rich, and their set was tight.

In closing, if you’re in the mood for something a different and have an appreciation for classical instruments, this tour could be just your thing.

Apocalyptica Setlist: Reign of Fear, Refuse/Resist, Grace, I’m Not Jesus, House of Chains, Master of Puppets, Inquisition Symphony, Bittersweet, The Unforgiven, Shadowmaker, Not Strong Enough, Seek and Destroy, In the Hall of the Mountain King. Encore: One, I Don’t Care.

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