As journalists we're supposed to remain unbiased and not voice our opinions but most of all we're not supposed to speak in the first person, but to be honest, I was so inspired by a concert I went to recently, I simply have to break the rules.
Music in general has become extremely mainstream and predictable. One can almost always tell what type of song is going to come on the radio next and it's incredibly sad. Long gone are the days of originality and pure, unabashed talent. Virtuoso musicians have faded into the shadow of lack-luster "artists" like Justin Bieber but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is a band called, Apocalyptica.
The band from Finland, known for their melodic and beautifully crafted renditions of Metallica songs, ventured to a middle-of-nowhere venue, called, The Starland Ballroom recently and put other musicians to shame. With electric cellos, violins and instruments you wouldn't normally see at a rock concert, Apocalyptica re-defined rock music. The night began with a few opening bands, including Ten Years, who had energy that couldn't be denied. Although I didn't know any songs, with the exception of one, I couldn't help but watch in awe as they dominated the stage and brought the crowd to a screaming frenzy.
But the best was yet to come...
From the moment Apocalyptica took the stage the entire room fell into a trance, captivated by the magic unfolding before them. With a mixture of original songs and of course, Metallica renditions, the Finnish band breathed life into music again. Regardless of the songs they were performing they were far different than anything else I've ever seen. They combined rock and symphony beautifully and found a way to embed a little bit of goth in the mix. Talent poured out of them and their songs only sounded better and better as the night drew to a close. No one in the room, including myself and my photographers, wanted the night to end. Their's was the kind of show you could spend days watching and never grow tired of it. It was one of the best shows I've seen by one of the most talented bands out there today.
Mainstream artists should take note of what true talent looks and sounds like.
*Photo Credit: Andreas Burgos*