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- Kamelot, Epica & Kotipelto - Apr. 2005 - Bochum (D) - - Epica & Feedforward - May 2007 - Weert (NL) - - Masters Of Rock - July 2007 - Vizovice (CZ) - - Epica & Sons Of Seasons - Oct. 2009 - Veenendaal (NL) - - Epica, Amberian Dawn & Sons Of Seasons - Oct. 2009 - Bochum (D) - - Epica & Sons Of Seasons - Jan. 2010 - Andernach (D) - - Epica - Feb. 2010 - Atlanta GA (USA) - - Epica & ReVamp - Mar. 2011 - Manchester (GB) - - Epica & Sin7Sins - Mar. 2011 - Breda (NL) - - RockHard 2011 - June 2011 - Gelsenkirchen (D) - - Epica & Stream Of Passion - Mar. 2012 - Bochum (D) -
- Epica & Stream Of Passion -
- March 15th 2012 - Bochum (D), Zeche -
As usual Epica hit the road in Europe soon after having a new album out and they always play a lot new tunes, so this time most of Requiem For The Indifferent should be on their set list. This time they invited Stream Of Passion to support them, a good choice.
- Epica & Sin7Sins -
- March 18th 2011 - Breda (NL), Mezz -
When Epica play a show in their home country you better be quick to order your ticket, usually their shows are sold out. Same this time, weeks prior to the show it was sold-out, so a great chance for their fellow countrymen Sin7Sins to play in front of a bigger audience.
- Epica & ReVamp -
- March 13th 2011 - Manchester (GB), Moho Live -
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Photos: Breda 2011
Moho Live is getting its fair number of awesome metal gigs lately, but in my opinion none have been as big as these two titans of the symphonic metal scene. The two symphonic giants to grace the small Manchester venue with their presence were fine Dutch exports Epica and ReVamp.
- Epica - February 28th 2010 – Atlanta GA (USA), Masquerade -
First off: I'm probably going to piss a few people off with this review so if you're easily offended then move right along.
Here was the set list:
Of course, there were tons more shenanigans during this set, with mostly members of Blackguard harassing the band, giving them shots of liquor, spiking their beer with liquor, and crowd surfing! At one point they came out and were trying to polish Epica's instruments while they were trying to play, and were sweeping the stage with a push broom. It made a great set even better! During the Imperial March (which is what they used this time to give Simone a break instead of the usual Crystal Mountain.
- Epica & Sons Of Seasons -
- January 15th 2010 - Andernach (D), JuZ
When Epica hit the road last fall I went to see them in Bochum, but the shows was prior the release of Design Your Universe. So I was looking forward to see them play some of the new songs this time, coz you can appreciate it more when you know the tunes. Beside that Sons Of Seasons were opening for them and as there was no other band on the bill, I expected them to have more stage time... Luckily the weather conditions didn't prevent us to go and so we arrived around doors open.
- Epica, Amberian Dawn & Sons Of Seasons -
- October, 14th 2009 - Bochum (D), Zeche -
Epica's new album Design Your Universe isn't even in the stores when the Dutch band hits the road. Bochum was one stop on their tour and even if the venue wasn't packed a few hundred fans came to see them - and hear some new songs.
- Epica & Sons Of Seasons -
- October, 9th 2009 - Veenendaal (NL), Escape -
I will sing this song to you again
Sons of Seasons opened for Epica. I knew them because of two things: A) Simone's boyfriend / fiancee Oliver Palotai is in this band; and B) Simone is on the album. I've got the album, but I hadn't actually listened to it before leaving. I somehow never remembered to do so. =P And that's also why, I have no clue what they have played. I know the setlist consisted of Dead Man's Shadows and Fall Of Byzanz (I think!). Unfortunately, none of the songs with Simone.. I had been hoping for that, but alas.
Or, as you could also see it, the complete Design Your Universe minus the duet with Tony Kakko. (I wish Tony could have come over. That would have been epic. I'm curious if he's present tonight at Paradiso... hm.) This was also my first time hearing the new songs, so you'll get an album review as well. Isn't that fun?
Anyway! They started with the intro Samadhi. Which I'll always think a strange name, but then again, this is Epica. It was pretty cool, though not as beautiful as Indigo or as haunting as Hanab K'u. Still pretty though. But then again, this is Epica. Samadhi was the intro for Resign To Surrender which may or may not have been one of the highlights of the evening. It was catchy, and I loved the choir bits I could hear. It was also a mean opening song, because it takes a while before Simone comes out =P We start off with Mark grunting. And man, that man seems so young. He has a definite baby face lol. So does Isaac by the way (the guy who took over Ad's place as guitarist). Hilarious guys. After Mark finishes grunting we get Simone, and Simone was pretty. She had a really pretty top, it was black and embroidered with silver. No longer the sexy clothes she used to wear, now she's just incredibly beautiful (although she's still sexy of course). She also wore high heels lol, I wouldn't wear heels to a concert, but if Simone feels good on those.. :D
So, Resign To Surrender epicness ends, and the Unleashed epicness starts. That song is strangely catchy. I loved hearing it live. The chorus sounds haunting and I LOVE it.
Then was Martyr Of The Free Word. I had heard many good things about this song, and they were all true! In the hard bits, like in the beginning, they used some sort of flashlight which was cool and painful for the eyes. It looked a bit like this:
Simone was at it again with her awesome headbanging btw this evening. I just remember this bit particularly well, because in this flashing light, it looks like slow motion and it looks SO awesome. :D Simone had loads of fun with this song, I especially love the way she sings the title. She does this nice thing with her eyes and she sings the line in a particular way, and I LOVE it. :D
After Martyr, came Our Destiny. Simone explained (in English, for the foreign people) that they have had a preview show in Groningen last week, but that they hadn't played everything.. so that it was the first time they played this! It was a great experience, I assure you. It's a very pretty song. One of the lines is "I will sing this song to you again". I didn't quite catch the other lyrics, but I wouldn't mind hearing Simone singing this again? It was just totally epic and REALLY awesome.
After Our Destiny, there was 13 1/2 minute of awesomeness with Kingdom of Heaven. It was a long song, but it doesn't feel as if it drags. I like that about Epica. Even their long songs are interesting from beginning till end. What I especially liked about this song live, was how they had to bring in an acoustic guitar for Isaac for small bits.. so he'd get a guitar on a standard so that he could play the acoustic parts for as long as it was needed, and then someone would have to run on stage and take the acoustic guitar away so he could start playing normally again. xD I don't remember an awful lot about this song, but I thought it was pretty at least. I know I liked everything, even if this was one of my least favs yesterday I think.
Then came Burn In A Cider. That one was really catchy. Especially the drums and vocal lines. And there was some particularly cute headbanging from Simone. And some very sweet and cool expressions that seemed to say 'well yes I'm awesome' xD The song demands a lot I think, going from heavy to soft like that, but she pulls it off alright, and she sounds great while doing so.
Tides Of Time then, and oh, that one was beautiful, it was SO beautiful! In the beginning it was just Coen (keyboards) and Simone, and OMG, you can really hear how much her voice has improved there! Especially the chorus! I was in tears. It was just really beautiful. I always knew Simone could sing great, but she has improved a lot.
I liked how the ballad became a heavier song somewhere halfway through. I think it works. Gives the song that extra bit of oomph :D
Mark started explaining that Yves (bass) had written the next song. It's called Deconstruct. Since Fran liked it loads, I was sure I would too, and I did. This is also a catchy song. I don't think I ever really thought Epica was catchy, but somehow I felt that way yesterday. What's all this bullshit of the album needing several spins to get into it? You love it at first listen if you like Epica xD
Semblance Of Liberty then. I didn't catch a lot of this song other than 'there are 5 guys being awesome on stage'. Simone was mostly off stage here, it was Ariën (drums) who did most of the singing. How cool is that? It was annoying for me, I was at the right part of the stage, so I had an obstructed view and couldn't see Ariën properly, but the idea is cool. And Ariën can sing alright. He can sing! (Although, sing is maybe not the right word?) They should use him more often. :D It was a really rocky song. A song with an edge. I love that.
Up last was the album track Design Your Universe. They had to do the same thing with the acoustic guitar as during Kingdom Of Heaven. It will never cease to be hilarious :D DYU was pretty cool. I didn't like it as much as the rest, but it was an okay song. It seems that even when I don't like an Epica song, it's still awesome. What makes me love these guys so much? *sigh*
Okay, so they went off-stage, but it wasn't really the last song yet! They came back for an encore. The first of those was Quietus. Quietus is actually really catchy, even more so than these tracks (which were also damned catchy) and since the audience actually knew this one, everyone started headbanging and singing along. It was quite cool. They changed the song a bit though. Mark grunted half of the song, it was weird. You know, it still sounded good, but I'm used to hearing Simone sing these song. The difference between these two is amazing. =P Anyhow. This was one of the longer bits Mark got to grunt. I wonder how much chocolate milk he got before the show. He sounded pretty fantastic.
The last song was Consign To Oblivion. I'm different from the rest of the fan club and don't particularly love this song. I love bits, but not the whole thing. I like it, but I don't love it. I noticed once again how alone I was in that, as the whole audience just swallowed the whole song up and loved the whole thing. Me? I just enjoyed the "When we stand in front of heaven's gate, it will be TOO LATE" bits doubly so that covered the rest of it. :D
All in all, this was an AMAZING concert. There were some things I didn't like, drunken people throwing beer for instance, but lets forget all about that and focus on the amazing performance and the fantastic new album. I can't wait till I get it. I'll probably listen to it non-stop for days!
And then two other photographs.. Simone and her dorky expressions:
- Epica & FeedForward - May 25th 2007 - Weert (NL), de Bosuil -
On a Friday night about 300 people found their way to Weert to see Epica live. The Dutch decided to play 2 club shows to test some new songs live and tonight they were joined by FeedForward - another Dutch band with a female singer.
Set list Epica:
The Obsessive Devotion
Cry For The Moon
Menace Of Vanity
Facade Of Reality
The Phantom Agony
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