Apocalyptica rocked the Crofoot with support from 10 Years and Failure Anthem.

A line of people stretched down the sidewalk 30 minutes prior to doors. Others were walking back to their cars with signed merchandise after attending a meet-and-greet with the headliner, Apocalyptica. There was a clear buzz in the air as fans shared their excitement of the evening to come.

Kicking off the night was Failure Anthem from Greensboro, North Carolina. They are supporting their debut album, First World Problems, released this past January and receiving airplay on SiriusXM Octane.

Failure Anthem ripped through a brief set that included their hit single, “Paralyzed.”

Failure Anthem consists of JD Eubanks (vocals), Ryan Nimmo (bass), Kile Odell (guitar), Wil Andrews (guitar), and Zane Frye (drums).

Next up was the alt-metal band, 10 Years. Formed back in 1999, 10 Years has built a loyal following through their five albums and relentless touring.

With a sparsely lit stage, they kicked off their set with the title track from their latest album, From Birth to Burial. Lead singer Jesse Hasek sported a mask for this song that started slow and built to a feverish climax with drummer Kyle Mayer beating the hell out of his set. Jesse, a skilled frontman, works the stage engaging the audience.

Drawing from all five of their studio albums, they played a powerful set that included “Miscellanea,” “Dancing with the Dead,” “Fix Me,” “…And All The Other Colors,” “Knives,” “Russian Roulette,” and “Wasteland,” They closed with one of their most popular songs, “Shout It Out.” The other members of 10 Years are Ryan Johnson (guitar), Matt Wantland (guitar) and Chad Huff (bass).

The other members of 10 Years are Ryan Johnson (guitar), Matt Wantland (guitar) and Chad Huff (bass).

After a somewhat lengthy break, Apocalyptica took the stage and the crowd erupted. They are touring in support of their latest release, Shadowmaker. Surprisingly, Apocalyptica has been around since 1993 and has eight studio albums including their debut, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos.

The lineup today is just three cellists – Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lotjonen, and Perttu Kivilaakso. That change has not diluted their sound.

These classically trained cellists play their instruments like guitarists in extreme metal bands; rapid fire riffs while headbanging and hair flailing. Not exactly something you would expect to see at a concert led by three cellists.

Drummer Mikko Siren was an animal behind the skins. He played hard, dripping sweat as he marshalled on. He loves what he does and played up to the audience throughout the evening, even standing on top of his drums on several occasions. Clearly, he is a natural entertainer.

Apocalyptica tore through a 90-minute set that included several Metallica covers and other songs spanning their career. This included “Master of Puppets,” “Unforgiven,” “Seek and Destroy,” “Bittersweet,” and “Hall of the Mountain King.” Singer Franky Perez came out for several of the most popular songs of the evening, “I’m Not Jesus” and “I Don’t Care.”

During one of the Metallica covers, a mosh pit broke out on the floor. While Apocalyptica is not the typical band for a rowdy metal concert, the fans didn’t care as they poured out the enthusiasm in the pit of slamming bodies. The crowd loved every minute of it and wanted more when their set was done.

Apocalyptica is on tour now through May 22.

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