If any band can bring the world together it is Epica, and that is what they did when they played The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, September 9, 2017, as part of their Ultimate Principle North America tour. Epica was part of an international contingency as four bands played and represented four different countries from around the world. They all came together to bring their style of metal to Salt Lake City for one night.
The evening started out with the United States being represented by Elantris. These guys call Ohio home and brought a solid set of power metal fronted by vocalists Thomas Ullom and Lindsay Victoria Ketchum. They are a young band but you would never know that as they blazed through their set, which was primarily made up of songs from their debut album This Sacrifice.
Up next was Insomnium from Finland. This quartet was easily the heaviest band on bill with their Finish version of a melodic death metal. Insomnium vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen growled through the band‘s 45 minute set.
Lacuna Coil burst onto stage next in straight jackets and clownlike make up in support of their latest album Delirium. The Italian natives were led by vocalists Andrea Ferro and Cristina Scabbia who sounded amazing as they played songs from their 23-year history. In between songs, Scabbia reminded the crowd that we are all family and brought together by metal, and to celebrate our differences by recognizing what we all have in common which is love of music. It was nice to hear Lacuna Coil play such a variety of songs from all of their albums. One of my favorite songs to hear live that I have not heard from them in quite a while is “Heaven’s a Lie” from the album Comalies. The vocals in that song are amazing and hearing it live is always a treat.
The finale was provided by none other than Epica who originate from The Netherlands. Their new EP The Solace System was just released on September 1, 2017, and they played songs from that EP as well as many songs from their 14-year history. The set was incredible as was the light show that accompanied the music. One of the highlights from their set was “Universal Death Squad” from their latest full length album The Holographic Principle. This song has such great energy on the album and that energy is amplified when it is played live. The absolute highlight of the show came at the end when Epica played the title track to their 2005 release Consign to Oblivion. Before the song began they asked for the crowd to split down the middle. As the song began they gave the word and the crowd came together in a huge mosh pit that circled the floor. The mosh pit continued for the continuation of the song. As the song came to an end the crowd slowed to pay their respect to the band and posed for a picture with the band while they stood on stage with their backs to the crowd.
It was truly a great night with four bands representing four countries sharing our common bond we all share. Any differences we may have had were left at the door as we all celebrated our common bond: metal.