What happens next is somewhat surreal...drum kit aside, the tech crew practically strip the stage bare and for a brief moment you forget there's a headline act to come...but it's testament to the ability of Apcalyptica  who are truly world class performers in every manner. With Mikko Siren on drums...Perttu, Paavo and Eicca command the stage with just themselves and their cello's and it's nothing short of magnificent. Classically trained at the Helsinki Sibelius Academy music school and fueled with a love of heavy metal, their sound is a mesmerizing assault on the listeners ears.
Their skill and musicanship is flawless and they put many guitarists to shame with the way they manipulate riffs using cellos. Covering Metallica's "Seek And Destroy" and "Master Of Puppets" gets the crowd pumped, acting as the bands unofficial 5th member providing vocals, while there is a somber hush enveloping the entire venue as the band blissfully stroke their way through "Bittersweet", the audience hypnotized by the tracks beauty. Official vocals are provided too however, as they are joined on stage by Scars On Broadway front-man Franky Perez who collaborated with them for new album "Shadowmaker". The title track and other new offerings such as the despair-riddled "Dead Man's Eyes" stand up well alongside older hits such as "I'm Not Jesus", "I Don't Care" and "Not Strong Enough", Perez' vocal style suiting very well and he carries the bands back catalog brilliantly. All the while, the banter and level of humour between the Finn's is on point, THEY are enjoying themselves and as a result, the crowd are enjoying themselves all the more. Vamps even once again gracing the stage to perform new collaboration single "Sin In Justice" and it's a rare, live treat indeed. This is more than a gig...this is more of a family gathering and the band are just as full of gratitude and appreciation as the Bristol crowd. To put it simply...tonight was just perfect. Twenty years of reinventing the cello has well and truly paid off.