PHOTOS: Epica, Fleshgod Apocalypse—November 8th, 2016 @ Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL

Epica have been spearheading the symphonic metal game for nearly 15 years. Seven albums deep with the 2016 release of The Holographic Principle, an album based on the theory that our universe is digitally generated, Epica show no signs of slowing down and will likely continue to be powerhouses in the scene for a time to come. Their progression in style, seemingly heading in the same direction as genre mates Nightwish, deviated with a more melodic death metal influence. Having solidified their sound with their last few releases, listeners certainly wonder where their music could go next.

Their live show is no slouch, however. With seven albums in their collective back pocket, the band certainly have their selection of material to perform. Even with a focus on material from The Holographic Principle, Epica still find ways to integrate material from their entire discography into live performances, offering something for fans both old and new.

Their direct support tour mates in Fleshgod Apocalypse, Italy’s own symphonic death metal act, are no strangers around these parts. You could even say we’re big fans; analyzing their latest release with our *prognotes feature, deconstructing their album art, and, of course, really enjoying their music. Their live show is something else entirely. While the band sound massive on record, they are able to not only reproduce in a live setting, but also offer a visual representation of what listeners enjoy—style, class, precision, and aggression all pouring out of each member as they furiously fret their stringed instruments, pound away at the drums, make metaphorical love to their keys, or wail into a microphone. It’s quite a sight.

Please enjoy the photos of Fleshgod Apocalypse and Epica below!

Fleshgod Apocalypse

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Epica

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