Epica w/Stream of Passion @ Corporation, Sheffield

Epica & Stream of Passion
Corporation, Sheffield
12th December 2012

T’was a cold night as we waited outside Corporation in Sheffield, following our interview with Marcela Bovio of Stream of Passion [Interview can be read here], so by the time we had found ourselves in the venue we were more than excited for what was to come.

I find myself very fortunate to see every band that I do live, however I feel especially fortunate to of seen Stream of Passion not only this year but also last year while they toured with Leaves’ Eyes due to Visions of Atlantis cancelling to prepare for the festival they had a few weeks after. The band opened up with the song Lost which is the opening track to their latest album Darker Days – an energetic starting with mixes of both guitars and the violin bringing that distant Latino feeling until later in the song when they hit the first verses does that feeling come back. I was surprised that Marcela didn’t walk on and perform this song with band (like she does later) with the violin, though the energy was probably needed as not many of the audience members had heard of Stream of Passion, so with that it was probably the best song to start with and get them going.

Moving onto the next song, Passion, which belongs to the first album the band’s set takes a slower pace whilst displaying the vocals of leading lady Marcela Bovio. The performance picked up its pace with the performance of Collide. Later on in their performance, Marcela picks up the violin situated on the stage and plays the emotive introduction to Scarlet Mark while the guitars echo softly in the background. Stream of Passion continued on with songs such as My Leader and their rendition of Street Spirit (originally performed by Radiohead). I praise the vocals of Marcela on this a lot the women can really hold a tune. Over all I was little disappointed with the performance as that they had a very similar setlist to which they did with Leaves’ Eyes. On a more positive note I really enjoyed the song s that were performed and how they really were (the band connected to the music) which like I mentioned rubbed off on the audience.

[4/5 – Danielle Eley]

Having seen Epica on their last UK tour in March 2011, it’s safe to say I was overly excited to see them again which would explain the lack of sleep I had for several days before the show. The crowd were already more than warmed up from Stream of Passion’s performance which I sadly missed most of it as I was interviewing Isaac Delahaye from Epica [The interview can be found at this location]. While this was the second time I would see Epica, it was the first time I had seen them with their new bassist Rob van der Loo [ex-Delain] who did a brilliant job on bass duties throughout the night.

Opening up with the mystifying Monopoly On Truth, the band moved onto Sensorium which garnered a huge reaction from the crowd as it displayed the emotion in Simone’s voice. Symphonic medleys were blasted out aplenty by Coen throughout Epica’s set as the staunch combination of thundering bass and snarling guitars tore Sheffield a new one. Mark and Isaac certainly are a dynamic duo when it comes to guitar playing. The emotive performance of The Obsession Devotion went down well with the crowd as the beautiful mix of Simone’s and Mark’s vocals shined out while Epica’s performance of Cry For The Moon was very soulful. One thing that did catch me off guard was the disco rendition of The Phantom Agony – Which was performed after Ariën’s heavy but acutely played drum solo. It was an entertaining part of the set indeed as most of the band had their own little rave on stage. The encore was comprised of Sancta Terra, Storm The Sorrow (taken from Requiem for the Indifferent) and Consign to Oblivion. All three of which were powerfully performed and were a truly epic(a) end to the show.  Hopefully Epica will be back in the UK next year!

[5/5 – Nico Davidson]

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2 Responses to “Epica w/Stream of Passion @ Corporation, Sheffield”

  1. Great reviews by you both and great to meet you both at the show too!

    This was indeed a great event and I really enjoyed both bands.

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