Epica w/ Support @ Hard Club

Bands: Epica, Stream Of Passion, Xandria
Location: Hard Club, Porto (PT)
Date: 22nd April 2012

In order to promote “Requiem For The Indifferent”, Epica teamed up with Xandria and Stream Of Passion, so this tour is simply unmissable to any symphonic metal fan. That’s why, unlikely what usually happens around here, Hard Club was already full when the first band, Xandria, got on stage.
With a new album out (“Neverworld’s End”) and only half an hour to play, Xandria were forced to leave many classics behind so they would bring the novelties to the fans – who, considering the way they screamed along the lyrics, were many.
The band chose “Valentine” to make a promo video and that was also the opening track. Four more songs from “Neverworld’s End” followed suit, among them “Forevermore” and “Euphoria” (both with a huge number of views on YouTube) and ended with the only “oldie”, “Ravenheart”.
With Fabio D’Amore (Serenity) temporarily replacing bassist Nils Middelhauve, away from the tour due blood poisoning, Xandria looked really happy with the warm reception by the Portuguese audience. And they deserved it.




Stream Of Passion were intitled to fifteen minutes more and could diverse their setlist. From “Passion” to “Collide”, going through Radiohead‘s cover “Street Spirit”, they visited all three studio albuns of their discography. Marcela Bovio charmed the crowd with her voice, her violin and her pleasant manners, addressing to the audience in Portuguese.
Eric Hazebroek had some problems with his guitar, giving up on solving them on the last song, but that didn’t make the concert lose any of its impact. Especially when bassist Johan van Stratum kept jumping and keyboard player Jeffrey Revet kept smiling.
“This Endless Night” ended a concert that Marcela, on her Facebook profile, described as “LE-GEN-DA-RY!”.




The headliners were introduced by what I believe was an extended version of “Karma” – at least to my ears, the intro of “Requiem For The Indifferent” seemed to last longer live than the one minute and a half it lasts in the studio. And, as in the album, it gave way to “Monopoly On Truth”.
For a bit more than ninety minutes, also Epica strode along their 10-year career, where I highlight songs like “Sensorium”, “Serenade Of Self-Destruction”, “Sancta Terra”, “Storm The Sorrow” and “Cry For The Moon” – the latter with Simone Simons pointing the mic to the audience who screamed at the top of their lungs “forever and ever”.
The title-track of “The Phantom Agony” had its moment of amusement, when the synths, more or less in the middle of the song, went on “dance mode” and the whole band jumped and danced to that new remix.
“Requiem For The Indifferent” was written thinking mostly of the world’s financial crisis, so Mark Jansen thanked us for giving Epica the chance of living out of their music. Simone remembered the old Hard Club, “on the other side of the river”. And Coen Janssen said Porto wasn’t just “a good drink but a good audience too”, so he promised Epica would be back.
With a recovered Rob van der Loo, the complete line-up in Epica said goodbye with “Consign To Oblvion” – a title totally opposite to what our memories will do with that concert.




Renata “Pieni” Lino
Pictures originally taken for Backstage Music Forum

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