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EPICA with Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, and Elantris

Date/Time

Sep 14, 2017
08:00 PM until 12:00 AM

Description

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.

 

Don’t miss EPICA with Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, and Elantris in Berkeley this September!

Cost

32.50

Location

View map The UC Theatre
2036 University Ave
Berkeley, CA

Additional Information

Sponsor

The UC Theatre

Phone

510-356-4000

Contact name

Tessa Morris

Contact email

tessa@theuctheatre.org

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