The metal band Epica will be touring through the US during the whole month September! Check out their tour dates below.
The world of symphonic metal is all about big ideas and high standards, but few bands have taken this most bombastic of genres to such momentous creative heights as EPICA. Formed in the Netherlands in 2002, these perennially dynamic masters of sonic opulence swiftly grabbed the world’s attention with their 2003 debut album, The Phantom Agony. With a fresh and vital sound that struck a sublime balance between orchestral grandeur and pure heavy metal grit, EPICA’s music showcased the compelling contrast between singer, Simone Simons’s soaring vocals and guitarist, Mark Jansen’s guttural growls; between Isaac Delahaye’s unstoppable core of scything riffs and keyboard maestro, Coen Janssen’s intricate, hugely cinematic arrangements and embellishments. All of this backed by a powerful tandem: Ariën van Weesenbeek blasting his drums and Rob van der Loo providing tasteful low end.
The lyrics, too, made EPICA stand out from the crowd, as they eschewed the traditional symphonic trope of fantasy and began to explore and dissect notions of philosophy, science and spirituality. By the time they released 2005’s grand evolutionary step, Consign to Oblivion, the Dutch sextet were widely regarded as the genre’s brightest hope and international success was in their grasp.
August 31: Royale, Boston, MA
September 4: Agora Theatre and Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
September 6: The Forge, Joliet, IL
September 8: Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
September 9: The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
September 11: The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 12: Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
September 14: Hawthorne Theatre, Berkeley, CA
September 15: The Novo, Los Angeles, CA
September 16: The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
September 17: Marquee, Phoenix, AZ
September 19: Alamo Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
September 20: Gas Monkey Live!, Dallas, TX
September 21: Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
September 23: Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale, FL
September 24: The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
September 25: Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
September 26: Ram’s Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
September 28: Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
September 29: PlayStation Theatre, New York, NY