Epica Soar in New York City With Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arkona and The Agonist
It was an international affair at New York’s Webster Hall led by Epica, who hail from the Netherlands, joined by supporting Italian death metalers Fleshgod Apocalypse, Slavic metal band Arkona from Russia and Canadian act The Agonist rounding out the bill.
Dutch Symphonic metal band Epica wrapped up their North American tour with a rabid show for New York fans. The group has been touring in support for their brand new album The Holographic Principle. Their set started off with the new track “Edge of the Blade” and “A Phantasmic Paradise” as well as an older favorite “Sensorium.”
There was hair-flying action from everyone onstage (except bald keyboard player Coen Janssen). Frontwoman Simone Simons has the voice of an angel with her operatic melodies while rhythm guitarist Mark Jansen spewed out the grittier vocals on their tracks.
Half of the set was made up of tunes from the new album. “Universal Death Squad,” “Divide and Conquer,” "Ascension - Dream State Armageddon," “Dancing in a Hurricane” and “Beyond the Matrix” all found their way into the set list. One of the highlights of the show was when guitarists Issac Delahaye and Mark Jansen joined Coen Janssen with his curved keyboard, then all three hopped offstage and played to the front row of the crowd.
Passionate fans sang to notable tunes “Storm the Sorrow,” “The Obsessive Devotion” and the set ending “Consign to Oblivion.” Not only is the musicianship of the members of Epica impressive but their camaraderie and connection with each other onstage is a sight to see.
Fleshgod Apocalypse performed beforehand and to see the band live is a raw and vigorous experience. Fleshgod Apocalypse has also been touring in support of their latest album King released earlier this year. The band’s heavy sound mixed with a layer of operatic singing heightens their intensity and power onstage.
Moscow metal act Arkona brought their own folk metal sound to the lineup with a lively set. Female fronted band the Agonist opened up the show and has also been out on the road in support of their new studio album titled Five.
Check out our photo gallery above of Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse performing in New York City.