Now, I’ve actually never seen Epica live before, but I’ve been a long time fan of theirs, so their set was an absolute treat to see. It was an excellent setlist to experience, as it covered a great majority of their career. Notably missing were any songs from Design Your Universe, which is still one of my favorite albums from Epica. At one point, Simone Simons grabbed a fan in the front row’s iPhone and walked around singing to it and getting some video of the rest of the band as well. I’m sure that fan is going to frame that phone and immortalize that video online somewhere (I haven’t seen it on YouTube yet though, lol!). At one point towards the end of their set, guitarist Isaac Delahaye walked out into the crowd to add some flair and a personal touch to the attending crowd.
Coen Janssen has the wildest looking keyboard that he straps on and plays while running around the stage. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it before, and it was a sight to behold for sure.
For their last song, Consign to Oblivion, they jokingly played the melody to Sabaton‘s Swedish Pagans. After the crowd got a good laugh at that, they had the crowd part down the middle to prepare for the “Wall of Death”. To the uninitiated, the “Wall of Death” is when the crowd splits in half then runs at one another at a prompt from the band. The funniest thing about this, is that their lighting engineer got up from his workstation and ran out in to the crowd to participate.
All-in-all, it was an amazing performance from them! If you haven’t seen them live before, do so at your earliest convenience, They’re just as good, if not better live than on the album!
Abyss of Time – Countdown to Singularity
The Essence of Silence
Victims of Contingency
Cry for the Moon
Code of Life
Beyond the Matrix
Consign to Oblivion