Apocalyptica visited Belgrade as part of the Shadowmaker tour, promoting their new album. Dom sindikata may be appropriate for the instruments they play, but not as much for the type of music, since the audience came at the last minute and slightly delayed the band’s appearance on stage.
However, the wait was worth and the full hall welcomed the energetic start with “Reign Of Fear”, the song from their last release. They continued in a similar rhythm with the song “Jesus”, so everyone present who had been sitting in the seats by that time was jumping to their feet.
Although the tour was marked with a new album and most of the songs they played were from it, they went through the whole discography anyway. So from the cult debut “Plays Metallica By Four Cellos” we heard “Seek & Destroy” to the delight of all present. Almost nothing was missed with original compositions such as “Hope” from “Cult” or hits from “7th Symphony”.
Franky Perez appeared on stage for the “House Of Chains”. Since he is the first singer in the history of the band to sing more than one song, his vocals are the highlight of the “Shadowmaker” and the followed tour. It seems like they have always been working together, which they proved by performing the the title track of “Shadowmaker”. The usual solo parts weren’t missed either and one of the highlights of this evening was definitely the song played only on the cellos “Bittersweet”.
Before the end of the show on the video wall behind the band was rolled up the Serbian flag. There was completely silence in the hall when they started to play the first chords from the national anthem “Bože pravde”. The band returned to encore with two more songs such as “I Don’t Care” and “Dead Mans Eyes”, and the promise to return to Belgrade again was followed the thunderous applause of the audience.
Written by Ana Miletić