Philadelphia Weekly, August 24, 2010
Finnish cellists Apocalyptica have all the head-banging verve and smoke machine theatrics of a metal band—and all the classical chops of a chamber quartet. The conservatory-trained quartet began as an offbeat Metallica cover band but soon branched out into original material, wrangling some major names in metal and alt rock (Bush’s Gavin Rossdale and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo) into the studio to provide vocals for their string trash. Nonstop touring and YouTube videos of their hair-flipping, “Final Countdown”-esque performances have won the band a cult following both here and in Lapland, and their most recent album Seventh Symphony is already stirring up fervor among the metalheads and overgrown orchestra kids. YoYo Ma never played cello this fiercely—and he didn’t do it shirtless. (Lauren Smith)
Saturday, Aug. 28. 8pm. $25-$28. With Dir en Gray + Evaline. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info
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