Saturday, 12 March 2011

Epica - Revamp -The Rescue Rooms Nottingham 11'03'11

This has to go down as the best two bands together since Delain & Sonata Arctica last year. Really powerful stuff delivered ro a packed and appreciative crowd.
I can't wait to see Epica again in May this time in Amsterdam at the Paradiso which will be a little different to The Rescue Rooms!

Full Set List

  • Resign to Surrender
  • Sensorium
  • The Last Crusade
  • Unleashed
  • Martyr of the Free World
  • Cry for the Moon
  • Imperial March
  • Tides of Time
  • Mother of Light
  • The Obsessive Devotion
  • Kingdom of Heaven
Mark Jansen

Floor and Simone 'duetting'.

Epica are also a Dutch symphonic metal band founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen formerly with After Forever. After a very quick turnaround in which I just about had time to get to the toilet, and also bump into another old friend of mine Andy Radbourne it was time for Epica. Just about managed to squeeze my way back to almost my original standing position. Many thanks to a smashing chap 'Steve' and his wife who kindly made themselves 'big' so I could get back.
Epica performs a blend of progressive metal, gothic metal and symphonic metal.Not to mention the power metal element.
some songs literally are "epic, grand and majestic" and others "more subdued and introspective."
Simone Simons delivers beautiful operatic vocals in a mezzo-soprano range which is packed with emotion contrasting wonderfully with Mark Jansens 'death grunts'.

Simone Simons

Yours Truly with Floor Jansen

Have to say I was really impressed with Revamp, Floor has an amazing vocal range and delivered a great set. Must have been at least 10 songs and about an hour in length so superb to have such a great support band.

ReVamp contains former After Forever keyboardist Joost van den Broek, bassplayer Jaap Melman formerly of Dreadlock Pussy,and guitarist Waldemar Sorychta of Grip Inc., Voodoocult, and Eyes of Eden fame.

Floor Jansen

Got to be honest I new very little about Revamp except that were a Dutch symphonic metal band fronted by Floor Jansen formerly with After Forever who disbanded in 2009.

Two new bands and a new venue for me this time so promised to be an interesting night.
The Rescue Rooms is a very intimate venue, holding no more than 500 at most.It is right next to Rock City in the centre of Nottingham. It was good to catch up with Anthony May again who I hadn't seen since the Tarja gig at Islington and Paul'Hornet'Chilton.


  1. Hey Pete,

    Simone Simons is truly an angel when she sings. Did they do any cover songs from their symphony album? Like the Pirates of the Caribbean? Truly an excellent piece. Great post!!!!

    yours truly Fernando

  2. Hi Fernando - unfortunately not just the ones from the set list.

    Thanks for posting your comments and questions - Wish there were more like you my friend !

    Cheers Peter