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Soundwave 2015: Apocalyptica and Animals As Leaders

Live Review

Venue: Soundwave Festival, Sydney

The worlds of classical and tech collide at Soundwave

After humbly beginning life as a covers act, classical metal maestros Apocalyptica [8] have morphed into an international sensation. Equally at home at the none-more-metal Wacken Open Air aided by a fully-fledged orchestra as they are appearing on a broader-ranging event like Soundwave – they know plenty about working a festival crowd, and showmanship.

Hitting the stage to the strains of Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah, the cello-wielding metallers are flanked by vocalist Franky Perez, who affords greater life to star-studded studio collaborations like infectious opener I'm Not Jesus. Sadly Corey Taylor doesn't stop by for it, but an encouragingly-sized crowd brave the sweltering lunchtime heat to see the Finns on the main stage. Said conditions evidently take a toll on the band, too.

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