Epica: Ωmega Alive - Live Stream Review
All photographs by: Tim Tronckoe
This Saturday, Dutch symphonic metal act Epica performed their Ωmega Alive livestream event, to bring a virtual performance in support of their new album, 'Ωmega' to the world. It's been five years since I've had a chance to catch Epica live, and this was a fantastic way to promote their latest album, while world-wide touring is still just about to open up.
This live stream is still available through June 15th at 11:59pm ET, so if you missed out (and you're reading this before then), you still have some time to check it out HERE
While livestream's have become somewhat more common over the course of the last year, they come in a wide variety of formats. Some are raw, unfiltered and completely live, while others have been recorded prior to the streaming event. This one falls into the latter category, and for good reason. Epica took an approach with Ωmega Alive to bring fans a concert experience that they would otherwise be incapable of bringing to a live stage, due to the sheer size of this production.
The point of this review is not to provide a play-by-play or song-by-song review of the event, as there's still a few days for fans to get in on this. Who am I to spoil it? What I aim to do, is emphasize what a fun performance this was. I'll share a little about the set though. It consists of a very well-balanced selection of songs, spanning Epica's entire catalog, while giving their latest album, 'Ωmega,' plenty of focus throughout the performance.
Running roughly 1 hour 45 minutes in length, the 15 song performance had unique elements to every song. The show included probably a dozen or more performers in addition to the band, partaking in acrobatics, dance and fire work, lots of fire!
At the center of it all, vocalist Simone Simons captivates through a screen almost as well as she does in person. It's hard to balance what these streams really do for a fan. On the one hand, it's extremely satisfying to see the band bring their new music to the masses, unquestionably reaching fans in all corners of the world. On the other hand, I want to see an arena-sized version of this performance on tour, right now! So, if the plan was to build massive hype for a new tour, count me in!
Following along in some of the Epica fan groups, this performance has been a massive hit, with a number of people proclaiming how they've re-watched this stream several times already (it's been out for less than a day!). Still, a very small segment of fans felt this was going to be a truly "live" performance. I'd hope upon watching and reflecting on just how big of a production the band put into this event, everyone would realize this was the best possible version of a show we could ask for. I, for one, will definitely be giving this another full viewing before the window closes.
Fortunately, Epica do have a full slate of live dates already announced, beginning this July in Verona, Italy and running through next summer. I'm hoping a North American tour finds its way into that itinerary somewhere between now and then, but we all know that depends on how things continue to improve around the globe in the coming months. In the meantime, I'm thrilled that bands like Epica are able to offer experiences like this!
If you checked out this livestream, let us know what you think and don't forget to check back on the event page for some exclusive shirts and other merchandise made available only for this event HERE
Just in case you haven't seen the trailer for this event yet, check it out below!
Epica Tour Dates:
03 JUL 2021 Rock The Castle VERONA, IT with Avantasia TICKETS
14 TO 16 JUL 2021 Area 53 LEOBEN, AT with Eisbrecher, Insomnium TICKETS
15 TO 16 JUL 2021 Bang Your Head BALINGEN, DE with Saxon, Dragonforce TICKETS
12 TO 15 AUG 2021 Alcatraz KORTRIJK, BE with Kreator, Cradle of Filth, Eluveitie TICKETS
11 TO 12 SEP 2021 Maximum Rock Festival BUCHAREST, RO TICKETS
08 DEC 2021 Tork ’n' Roll CURITIBA, BR TICKETS VIP
12 DEC 2021 Circo Voador RIO DE JANEIRO, BR TICKETS VIP
16 DEC 2021 Teatro Caupolicán SANTIAGO, CL TICKETS
18 DEC 2021 El Teleferico QUITO, EC TICKETS
19 DEC 2021 Centro de Convenciones Barranco LIMA, PE TICKETS
06 JAN 2022 Haus Auensee LEIPZIG, DE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
07 JAN 2022 Columbiahalle BERLIN, DE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
08 JAN 2022 B90 GDAŃSK, PL with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
09 JAN 2022 Progresja WARSAW, PL with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
11 JAN 2022 Gasometer VIENNA, AT with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
12 JAN 2022 Hala Vodova BRNO, CZ with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
13 JAN 2022 Barba Negra BUDAPEST, HU with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
15 JAN 2022 Tonhalle MUNICH, DE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
16 JAN 2022 Fabrique MILAN, IT with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
17 JAN 2022 Metropole LAUSANNE, CH with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
18 JAN 2022 Komplex ZURICH, CH with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
20 JAN 2022 Schlachthof WIESBADEN, DE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
21 JAN 2022 MHP arena LUDWIGSBURG, DE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
22 JAN 2022 Den Atelier LUXEMBOURG, LU with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
23 JAN 2022 Capitol HANNOVER, DE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
25 FEB 2022 Ice Hall HELSINKI, FI with Apocalyptica TICKETS VIP
27 FEB 2022 Sentrum OSLO, NO with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
28 FEB 2022 Berns STOCKHOLM, SE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
02 MAR 2022 Amager bio COPENHAGEN, DK with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
03 MAR 2022 Docks HAMBURG, DE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
04 MAR 2022 AFAS LIVE AMSTERDAM, NL with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS
05 MAR 2022 Carlswerk Victoria COLOGNE , DE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
07 MAR 2022 Ancienne Belgique BRUSSELS, BE with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
08 MAR 2022 Rock City NOTTINGHAM, GB with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
09 MAR 2022 O2 Academy GLASGOW, GB with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
10 MAR 2022 Academy MANCHESTER, GB with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
12 MAR 2022 02 Academy BRISTOL, GB with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
13 MAR 2022 Roundhouse LONDON, GB with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
14 MAR 2022 Zenith PARIS, FR with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
15 MAR 2022 Le Bikini TOULOUSE, FR with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
17 MAR 2022 Razzmatazz BARCELONA, ES with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
18 MAR 2022 Gamma MURCIA, ES with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
19 MAR 2022 La Riviera MADRID, ES with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
20 MAR 2022 Coliseum LISBON, PT with Apocalyptica, Wheel TICKETS VIP
09 JUN 2022 Kucukciftlik Park ISTANBUL, TR TICKETS
11 JUN 2022 Music Media Dome MOSCOW, RU TICKETS
13 JUN 2022 Gigant Hall ST PETERSBURG, RU TICKETS
17 TO 19 JUN 2022 Z7 Wild Dayz PRATTELN, CH TICKETS
04 TO 05 AUG 2022 Leyendas del Rock 2021 VILLENA, ES with Powerwolf
Find EPICA online
www.epica.nl www.facebook.com/epica www.instagram.com/epicaofficial