Epica live in Baltimore, Maryland 2016

In 2015, Epica was touring with Eluveitie and The Agonist. They were scheduled to visit Baltimore, but sadly vocalist Simone Simons had to return to the Netherlands for a family emergency, so they had to drop out of the tour.
Epica The North American Principle Tour 2016 poster

One year later, Epica announced “The North American Principle Tour”, in support of their 2016 album, “The Holographic Principle”. Joining them throughout their North American run was Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arkona and The Agonist. Although the tour ended on December 3rd, it made a stop at the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland on December 1st, much to the delight of fans that missed them the year before.
 
As expected, the venue was near sold out capacity and most fans arrived well before the start of the show. The Agonist was the first band to perform. The band blazed through a seven song set that included two from their latest album, “Five”, while the other songs were selections from the past 5 years.
 
Russian pagan metal band, Arkona, was next to perform. Not being familiar with the group, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The five piece band stepped onto to stage dressed in attire that resembled clothing from the renaissance period. Their heavy riffs, growling vocals were backed by traditional Russian wind instruments, all played by Vladimir Reshetnikov, which gave them a unique and very cool sound.
 
Fleshgod Apocalypse followed Arkona to perform an eight song set that included several from their latest album, “King”, including “Marche Royale”, “In Aeternum”, “Cold as Perfection” and “The Fool”.
 
Epica stepped onstage and were met with a raucous applause from the audience. They played many songs from their latest release, “The Holographic Principle”, including “Edge of the Blade”, “A Phantasmic Parade”, “Universal Death Squad”, “Divide and Conquer”, and “Ascension/Dream State Armageddon”. I’ve never seen Epica live, and they did not disappoint. Simone Simons’ vocals were outstanding and her stage presence was captivating. By the time the finished their encore, it was hard to believe that they completed a 15 song set. Their show was that good.
 
Epica continues their tour in Europe, beginning on January 12, 2017 in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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