Last Saturday the stage at Joe’s Grotto in Phoenix, AZ was graced by the presence of one of the most celebrated bands in symphonic metal history. I am talking about Dutch sextet, Epica. They are currently wrapping up their North American tour along with Insomnium and Alestorm. Epica is supporting their latest album Requiem For The Indifferent that was released at the beginning of the year, and by far is the heaviest record that the band had put out until now.
After the great sets of Insomnium and Alestorm the crowd was ready and eager to see Epica. The band took the stage around 10:30 opening with Karma & Monopoly out of their new album, followed for the now classic Sensorium. After a few words by Simone Simons, the band played Unleashed and Martyr Of The Free World out of the Design Your Universe record, followed by Serenade Of Self-Destruction out of the new album too. Blank Infinity from the Consign Of Oblivium, and Obsessive Devotion from The Divine Conspiracy keep the crowd going. By this time the temperature at the venue was raising fast as the songs were getting heavier. Next up was Quietus, and then we went down memory lane with Cry For The Moon and Phantom Agony from the first Epica album, Phantom Agony.
Their show was great, and the crowd left the venue exhausted, but happy after four hours of high-class metal. Before the show The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Mark Jansen and Rob Van Der Loo of Epica. We talked about the tour, Requiem From The Indifferent, their recent South American tour, the 10th year anniversary of the band, Mark’s side project MaYan, and much more.
Some of the pictures from the show can be found HERE