Epica - Omega Alive livestream

Updated: Jun 13

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica released their eighth studio album Omega on February 26, 2021 via Nuclear Blast. Epica announced a livestream event titled Omega Alive to satisfy their fans in need of live Epica music. The stage featured a beautiful setup that included metal cobras that would occasionally breathe fire and fog. There were also fire dancers, dancers, gymnasts, fire rings, a fire piano and of course fireworks. Fans were ecstatic for this event and Epica was just as excited to play their first show in 17 months and to give the fans what was quite possibly the best livestream show from any band. The event would be separated into five parts:


Act I - Ωvertura

Act II - Magnituda

Act III - Elysia

Act IV - Gravita

Act V - Alpha ♾ Omega


Off the Cross and they helped pump the fans for the main event. After the finished, a countdown clock started of 15 minutes and gave the fans a chance to get ready before the show starts. The countdown ended and with thousand of fans watching worldwide at the same time, you could feel the excitement as if we're all at the same venue watching this live. All the band members were in place with singer Simone Simons looking marvelous as always. Epica started their show with the first track from the new album, Abyss of Time. The band was on fire right from the start with Simone unleashing her beautiful voice that is both classical (operatic) and soprano. Joining Simone on backing death metal vocals and guitar is Mark Jansen who is Epica's founding member and main songwriter. You're immediately blown away by the visuals and perfection of the band's playing. The second song is also the second song from the new album, Skeleton Key. The song features fire dancers and children choir. Simone showed her flare by having multiple costume changes after a few songs and no matter what look she had, she looked breath-taking. One of the highlights of the show was when they played Kingdom of Heaven (A New Age Dawn's, Part V) off their highly acclaimed album, Design Your Universe. At thirteen and a half minutes, it is one of the band's longest songs. The song was followed by Kingdom of Heaven, Part III – The Antediluvian Universe from the new album. This song also clocks in at thirteen and a half minutes. The next song is easily one of the most beautiful songs that Epica has done. The song is called Rivers. The stage was cleared with Simone being the only member on stage backed by a choir for backing vocals. It's a song you have to hear to appreciate. Nearing the end of the livestream, Epica played their most famous song, Cry For the Moon from their 2003 debut album, The Phantom Agony. The song featured visuals going back to the early Epica days combined with the performance going on. It was beautiful seeing the comparison. Halfway through the song, Simone spoke to the fans watching that 20 years ago, they released this song and it took them around the world. Now 20 years later, here they were with their newest Omega album. It was a proud moment for the whole band. The show seemed to come to an end with Beyond the Matrix from their previous album, The Holographic Principle. This is the part where if it were a live performance, fans would be jumping in unison. The show seemed to end as the screen blacked out. The screen lit up again with what seemed like a surprise encore song signaling the end of the show. The final song of the night was Omega – Sovereign of the Sun Spheres. The band went all out with this song bringing out dancers, children choir, gymnasts and fire dancers. The whole show was beautiful and fantastic from start to finish and anyone who's into metal should definitely check it out while it's still available to stream. Tickets and merch can be found here: https://epicastream.com/


Setlist:

Abyss of Time

Skeleton Key

Unchain Utopia

The Obsessive Devotion

In All Conscience

Victims of Contingency

Kingdom of Heaven - Part 5

Kingdom of Heaven - Part 3

Rivers

Once Upon A Nightmare

Freedom - The Wolves Within

Cry For the Moon

Beyond the Matrix

Omega


Epica is:

Simone Simons - Vocals

Mark Jansen - Guitars, Vocals

Isaac Delahaye - Guitars

Ariën van Weesenbeek - Drums

Coen Janssen - Keyboards/Piano

Rob van der Loo - Bass








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