EPICA w/ Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris at The UC Theatre
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: Arien van Weesenbeek blasting his drums and Rob van der Loo providing tasteful low end.