The Swedish band Sabaton and Dutch symphonic metal band Epica are going through selected North American cities conquering everything in their path and on 09/21 they took over The Fox Theatre in Oakland.
Epica struck the stage first, opening with a somewhat of a new song “Abyss of Time” followed by an oldie but goodie “Sensorium” from “The Phantom Agony” album they released way back in 2003.
Although I was hoping they would perform their new single “The Final Lullaby”, they unfortunately didn’t play it or any new tracks of theirsoon to be released album “The Alchemy Project”. Regardless of that, the Dutch symphonic metal band put on one hell of a performance that night.
One of the most memorable moments that night was at the beginning of the song “Consign to Oblivion” where Front Woman Simone Simons and Mark Jansen instructed the crowd to form a wall of death which was very enjoyable.
2022 has been quite a big year for Epica, from performing all around the world to somehow finding the time to release live album (Live in Paradiso), a box-set album (We Still Take You with Us – The Early Years) and also an EP “The Alchemy Project” that is due to be released November 11.
Sensorium (The Phantom Agony 2003)
Victims of Contingency (Epica The Quantum Enigma 2014)
Unchain Utopia 2014
Cry for the Moon (The Phantom Agony 2003)
Storm the Sorrow (Requiem for the Indifferent 2012)
Code of Life (Omega 2021)
Beyond the Matrix (The Holographic Principle 2016)
Consign to Oblivion (Consign to Oblivion 2005)
The first thing I noticed on the stage was the big tank with huge guns and the drum set sitting on top of it; there was also some microphone stands with riffles and helmets and barb wires all across the front stage that made me feel like I was in the trenches in WWI in No Man’s Land.
On their current tour, you can expect their hit single “Bismarck” and other great hits like “The Last Stand” and “Christmas Truce” amongst others.
Not only do they come with great familiar songs, but Sabaton also comes with an arsenal of new sick tracks like “Stormtroopers”, “Soldier of Heaven”, and “Dreadnought” from their latest World War I themed hit album “The War to End All Wars”.
Stormtroopers (The War to End All Wars 2022)
The Red Baron (The Great War 2019)
Bismarck (Bismarck 2019)
The Attack of the Dead Men (The Great War 2019)
Soldier of Heaven (The War to End All Wars 2022)
Steel Commanders (Steel Commanders 2021)
Carolus Rex (Carolus Rex 2012)
Gott mit uns (Carolus Rex 2012)
Night Witches (Heroes 2014)
Dreadnought (The War to End All Wars 2022)
Shiroyama (The Last Stand 2016)
The Last Stand (The Last Stand 2016)
Christmas Truce (The War to End All Wars 2022)
Master of Puppets (Metallica cover) (Beginning)
To Hell and Back (Heroes 2014)
Dates left on the tour:
Oct. 8 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
Oct. 10 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore
Oct. 11 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ GLC Live at 20 Monroe
Oct. 13 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Fillmore
Oct. 15 – Chicago, Ill. @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
Oct. 17 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
Oct. 18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore
Oct. 21 – Boston, Mass. @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Oct. 22 – Montreal, Quebec @ Place Bell
Oct. 23 – New York, N.Y. @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Pictures and words by Alex Macias. Please visit Alex @ his website HERE for more stunning images.