Opening up the main stage at Pointfest, Finland's Apocalyptica brought the four-string beatdown to their howling fans in an incendiary set filled with enough shredding, hairwhips, and devil horns to make you re-think everything you thought you knew about the cello.
At the front of the stage, Paavo Lötjönen, Eicca Toppinen, and Perttu Kivilaakso led the attack, while Antero Manninen rocked out seated in the band's metal cello-skull thrones.
Meanwhile, at the back of the stage, Mikko Sirén delivered a savage assault on drums, complimenting the strings with a raw, percussive bite.
Taking a break from his duties fronting hard rock band Fuel, Toryn Green joined the band on stage for the vocal throw-down.
Apocalyptica are currently touring North America and Europe on their Worlds Collide tour, supporting their 2007 release of the same name.
The guys of Apocalyptica were a blast to photograph. Throughout the set, there was a great energy on stage, with plenty of action to go around. Hair whips, shredding, and just good action all around.