I just attended the Epica concert in Seattle on Dec 2. They put out a pretty much flawless performance. The majority of the set was from their latest album, Design Your Universe. They also played a few pieces from Divine Conspiracy, Consign to Oblivion and Phantom Agony.
The show was at a cool little venue with a very cozy setting called El Corazon. It has a short and wide space for the audiance that lets almost all of the crowd to be extremely close to the stage. For the most part I was on the left side of the stage just in front of Mark Jansen.
OK first of all I really think Epica is awesome in general. Mark is a genius when it comes to symphonic metal orchestrations. Isaac Delahaye is a kick ass guitarist and Simone is not just a great soprano but is getting better and better with every new album (I just got Kamelot’s Poetry for the Poisoned yesterday where she has guest appearances and her performance there is awesome, but I’ll right about that album in a separate post).
We had the chance to watch Epica live at the same venue earlier this year on Feb 14th so it is a rare pleassure to get to see them live again so soon.
One really cool thing was, towards the end of the show, you could see that they were laying it all out. They basically gave their 150% there to make sure that the night ended in a climax. It was so cool to see them pushing themselves so hard for their fans.
Equally cool was that after the show right outside the bar we ran into Mark. We just chat with him shortly, thanking for the show and me telling him that i thought he was a true genius in orchestration. And he was really humble and down to earth (I really do think he is a genius, I didn’t expect him to admit it but I felt I should tell him that anyway:) ) He thanked us for coming to the show and shook hands.
What more can you ask from a band? Amazing, flawless performance (I mean not a single note missed type of studio level performance), going at it full force on the stage to the point of exhausting themselves fully, and friendly down to earth attitude when you run into a bunch oof fans.
Me likes. If you haven’t listened to Epica before, do so right now