Saturday, 21 May 2011

Epica - Mayan at The Paradiso Amsterdam

Epica Full Set List

  • Samadhi

  • Resign to Surrender

  • Cry for the Moon

  • Unleashed

  • Martyr of the Free World

  • Fools of Damnation

  • Tides of Time

  • Kingdom of Heaven

  • Sancta Terra

  • Quietus

Sancta Terra/Consign to Oblivion/The Phantom Agony (with Floor Jansen).

Simone & Floor Jansen

Isaac Delahaye & Yves Huts

Simone Simmons

It was an amazing contrast from the Epica I saw a few weeks ago at the tiny Rescue Rooms venue in Nottingham in front of 300 people. This was Epica in full flight in front of a passionate sell out home crowd of 1500. With amazing light show, pyros and fireworks in a wonderful venue - Amazing.

Mayan Full Set List

* Symphony of Aggression
* Mainstay of Society
* Quarterpast
* Course of Life
* The Savage Massacre
* Ezzenza Di Te
* Bite the Bullet
* Drown the Demon
* Celibate Aphrodite
* War on Terror
* Tithe
* Sinners Last Retreat

A really spectacular set but in all honesty it was not entirely my cup of tea. For me it was a bit too much 'growling' and not so much melodic metal, but that is just my view. Clearly there were many who were massive fans.

Henning Basse

Mark Jansen

This was my first ever gig at the famous Paradiso, and what a wonderful venue it turned out to be. a converted former church building that dates from the nineteenth century and that was used until 1965. High ceilings and two balcony rings overlooking the stage area, with three large illuminated church windows above the stage make for a wonderful light show. Not to mention the amazing pyros that burst into life. It was my second gig running where I have been on the balcony, maybe it's an age thing ?

In 2010 Mark Jansen announced that he has formed another band called MaYaN together with Jack Driessen (ex-After Forever) and Frank Schiphorst.Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Pestilence, Obscura),joined as permanent member on bass guitar. Isaac Delahaye (Epica, ex-God Dethroned) and Arien van Weesenbeek (Epica)Additional vocals from Henning Basse (Sons of Seasons) complete the line up! The gig was the official launch party of the debut album 'Quarterpast'.
The music style could definitely be described as 'Death Metal' with plenty of growls from Mark. There were also gust appearances from Floor Jansen,Simone Simmons,an Italian Opera singer and a Belly dancer!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like an amazing gig! You got some good pictures there :) Just been listening to Mayan recently, very impressed! Would have loved to see them at a venue like the Paradiso! Great review too! Btw, check out my Blog Hehe