Epica have been doing the rounds, promoting the 10 year anniversary of their album Design Your Universe. Epica, who just got off the 70 Tons of Metal Cruise two days prior to their show in New York City. This was their first New York Show in about four years.
When entering the newly designed layout of Webster Hall, members of the band were seen hanging out and interacting with their adoring public, even taking photos and selfies with them. Throughout the evening the house speakers played some music of the band Rush in memory of the recently departed drummer Neil Peart. Music fans in attendance shared their Rush stories reminding the fans how precious life is.
Surprisingly the 14 song setlist was a mix of Design Your Universe and with fan favorites, such as “Obsessive Devotion” and their 2003 classic “Cry for the Moon.” The band sounded heavier, and Simone Simons vocals have only gotten stronger and even more on point. Clearly, Epica is currently on top of their game.
The band have always been appreciative of their fans. To show that appreciation during the song “Sancta Terra,” Simone walked on to the stage with 2 flags. The United States of America flag and Epica Banner Flag. She joked on stage and thanked the audience for the 18 years of support. Epica is approaching 20 years as a band, and whether it is doing a performance with an orchestra or doing a heavy metal cruise, fans are clamoring for the next phase of this band’s career. 2020 all eyes will be on them.
Words by Sebastian Bjorn Benedict
Photos by Anya Svirskaya