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Live report: Epica, Jaded Star live @Fuzz, 27/3/2015


Live report: Epica, Jaded Star live @Fuzz, 27/3/2015 Raphael Aretakis

A –not so- long time ago, in a studio far, far away Jaded Star were formed, and were now set and ready to support for this marvelous event. Even those who didn’t directly know the band, definitely already knew some of its members. Namely Maxi Nil, through Visions Of Atlantis and a lot of local collaborations. With their first album making its debut very-very soon and with their unique galactic-themed concept, they are definitely well on their way of making a good name for themselves, both here and beyond our borders. Such a thing was of course evident by last night’s performance. Quoting a friend, some parts were so power, that my cat would transform into a unicorn. I liked the direction this band and its songs are taking, and I hope that while this was their first show in Greece, we get to see them again soon!

But at last, the spotlight aligned and “Originem”, the intro piece of the newest album trumpeted. No matter the volume and intensity though, nothing could pierce through the wall of screaming the entire club put up as one-by-one Epica walked on stage and set off that amazing show with “The Second Stone”. Followed by the album’s first lyric-video sneak-peak (wow, a year ago even…), “The Essence of Silence”. The sound at the club did seem to be driving on a bumpy road at the beginning, but after the first couple of songs it had been fine-tuned to that absofuckinglutely beautiful medley that we know Epica’s music to be.

It’s been almost a year now behind this tour, and their newest masterpiece, “The Quantum Enigma”, has been received phenomenally well by the fans. As Isaac Delahaye himself told me during our interview before the show, more and more people have been showing up at the shows, singing and knowing the new stuff well, that they can still devote a good portion of the set-list to that. Which in my opinion is fantastic, considering how much bands carry around behind them such conservative fans that a few months later all that remains of a new release is one or two songs. It’s a great album and I’m very-very glad their set-lists reinforce that.

The show was mercilessly beautiful and the band members were as energetic as it gets. This being my second time seeing them though, this was no surprise… With no exaggerations though, they’ve definitely improved since then. Simone, recently having become a mommy, was of course on top of her game with her appeal, her humor and her singing (oh boy, the singing…). We also got to choose between hearing “Sensorium” or “The Last Crusade” and by close call, ended up hearing the first. Mister Rob van der Loo also seems to have by now fit in the band like a glove.

Set-list

(Intro) Originem
1. The Second Stone
2. The Essence of Silence
3. Unleashed
4. Storm the Sorrow
5. Fools of Damnation
6. Natural Corruption
7. Sensorium (Chosen over The Last Crusade)
8. The Obsessive Devotion
9. Victims of Contingency
10. Cry for the Moon
(Drum Solo)
11. Design Your Universe

(Encore)
12. Sancta Terra
13. Unchain Utopia
14. Consign to Oblivion

I’d argue that last night’s concert was so far my favorite of this year, and even though it’s still March, there’s been some heavy competition on that. It makes me quite happy that such a relatively young band can accomplish so much. Until the next time then.


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