Genre: Symphonic and gothic metal
Symphonic metal. You’ve gotta love it. And Epica and one of the best around, coming from Holland of all places and blending over-the-top metal geetaring with orchestrated sounds and choirs – topped off with the brilliant balance between mezzo-soprano Simone Simons’ terrific female voice belting out lyrics that would be corny enough to pass the Eurovision test and the grunting masculinity of former After Forever guitarist Mark Jansen to accompany the gothic sounding overexuberance.
Just why this genre constantly flops commercially is beyond me. There’s absolutely nothing about Epica not to be liked, and it’s apparently just as good live. Everything sounds like the most melodramatic movie soundtrack you ever heard – and in fact they recently toured live doing just that, performing themes to everything from Star Wars to Pirates of the Caribbean.
Their latest album, Requiem for the Indifferent, is out in March and promises more of the same – although this time Epica are on a mission to save the world, with songs about the destruction of the world around us. “There is an enormous tension between different religions and cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge financial crisis, which is getting out of control” they tell us. Yeah, we had kind of noticed. Epica reckon it’s time we started doing something about it.
Recent Epica tours have gone a down a storm in Spain where they have developed a very strong fan base indeed (check out the number of Spanish language fan sites on the Internet), and at relatively small venues like the Razz and Riviera, expect things to get quite tightly packed. Think of people around you – spray on a bit of deodorant before you go, eh?
Did you know: Mark formed another band in 2010 called MaYaN in which he only sings. Their debut album Quarterpast was released in spring 2011.
Thursday April 19, 2012 Barcelona Sala Razzmatazz
Friday April 20, 2012 Madrid Riviera
2. Resign to Surrender
5. Martyr of the Free Word
6. The Obsessive Devotion
7. The Imperial March
8. Design Your Universe
9. Tides of Time
10. Blank Infinity
11. Storm The Sorrow
12. The Phantom Agony
Encore: 13. Cry for the Moon
14. Sancta Terra
15. Consign to Oblivion