Epica @ Fuzz Club

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\r\nEpica is a band with which, honestly, I can’t be considered a \r\nreal fan since I have thoroughly heard their first album “The Phantom\r\nAgony”. The only reason I make such an introduction is to make it \r\nclear that the following report is objective, according the band’s \r\nappearance on Fuzz in 29th of May and I haven’t been influenced by any \r\nhuge and timely love for their music. Where am I getting at?\r\n

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\r\nEPICA WHERE AWESOME!\r\n

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\r\nIt was a live EXPERIENCE which contained all the elements that \r\nmake you come out of the venue with that good old smile you have when \r\nyour brain have produced large quantities of cerotonine.
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\r\nBeing accustomed to seeing older bands on stage (therefore older \r\nmusicians) I must say I’ve almost forgot how it is to watch relatively \r\nyounger performers whirlwinding their hair for two hours. Not only did \r\nEpica’s energy seemed endless but they where constantly charging the \r\ncrowd with it. Excellent on stage performance indeed.\r\n

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\r\nOn with technical details: First things first, Fuzz club is a pretty \r\ndecent place for a concert and it has great sound –This added a lot to \r\nthe band’s appearance. The drums and the guitars where tuned in a \r\nsatisfying harmony, the bass was trembling the place, the keyboards \r\nsounded great with all that metal noise and above all was Simone’s\r\nbeautiful voice, crystal clear! Mark Jansen (guitar, growls) was\r\nscreaming his guts out but sometimes his voice got swept away by the \r\nloud bass. Did I mention Simone sounded brilliantly?\r\n

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\r\nThe songs: When the lights turned down, the epic melody of Samandhi\r\nstarted to fill the hall and then Epica appeared with the song “Resign\r\nto Surrender” in-your-face style. Then they played the masterpiece Sensorium,\r\nand, if it weren’t for a break with the newer “The Last Crusade”\r\nit would have been a mini Phantom Agony presentation, since they\r\nplayed non-stop Seif al Din, Facade to Reality and Cry\r\nfor the Moon.
\r\nAt some point there was only Coen Jansen (keyboards) and Simone\r\nSimons on stage where they played “Tides of Time” –a \r\nbeautiful song indeed. Being so melodic, this song magnificently \r\nrevealed Simone’s real voice talent, while we got the chills.\r\n

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\r\nHeadbanging and adrenaline continued to flow while they played some \r\nreally heavy tunes from their recent releases and then they went away \r\nonly to return shortly for an encore (We didn’t even got to shout “we \r\nwant more”). They played Sancta Terra, Quietus and Consign to \r\nOblivion, ending the concert in a pandemonium of applause which they\r\nrightfully deserved.\r\n

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\r\nPS: I badly wanted them to finish with the nine minute epic “The \r\nPhantom Agony” [sigh]\r\n

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\r\nSet list:\r\n

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\r\n1. Samadhi
\r\n2. Resign to Surrender
\r\n3. Sensorium
\r\n4. The Last Crusade
\r\n5. Seif al Din
\r\n6. Facade of Reality
\r\n7. Cry for the Moon
\r\n8. Tides of Time
\r\n9. Unleashed
\r\n10. Martyr of the Free Word
\r\n11. The Obsessive Devotion
\r\n12. Kingdom of Heaven
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\r\nEncore
\r\n13. Sancta Terra
\r\n14. Quietus
\r\n15. Consign to Oblivion
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\r\nReport: Manos “M for Metal” Alibertis
\r\nPhotos: Jim Hatzimoisis
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