Epica & Alestorm
Support: System Divide & Insomnium
Live at the Opera House
October 31, 2012
Review and photos by Ag Babin
It was one of the most diverse crowds that made their way to the Opera House for the Epica and Alestorm show, a truly unique event. In addition to the excitement of a strong lineup on this tour, the magic of Halloween filled the venue with fancy costumes and the usual candy. So, on this rainy evening an army of pirates and other strange creatures gathered together to celebrate the holiday in the best possible way.
The first act of the night was System Divide. Due to unfortunate reasons, vocalist Miri Milman had to leave the tour. The band gave their best to warmup the crowd but it was missing an important asset, their efforts didn’t succeed the way it should have. The band was totally unknown to me but I am looking forward for their next tour to see the full lineup.
Following up was Finnish death metal band Insomnium who delivered a solid concert that was well received by the crowd. On the first North American tour since 2007 and 2 albums later, fans were definitely waiting for a chance to see them live again. This clearly showed with the energy building up in the Opera House and fans going along with the usual circle pit and head banging. They give a darker sound than the other band on this lineup.
A highly anticipated set was of course Alestorm, a favorite in the Toronto crowd. They are back for the second time this year, last time was with the Pagan Fest, supporting Turisas back in April. But for some
unknown reason, Alestorm for their second time in history gave up the place to an obscure version of themselves. For Halloween they dressed up as Batman and Robin, plus other classic characters of the movies/series. So it is under this strange attire that Christian Balestorm showed up on stage with the classic Batman intro song and a fighting scene between Batman and the Joker.
Once more they delivered what the fans were waiting for and they sang along with every song. With a good mix of Batman and their usual pirate themed songs they truly played along with the magic of Halloween for this one of a kind concert in North America.
Last but not the least, came Epica, who didn’t need any introduction to the crowd anticipating their highly successful set. The band and the fans both show their appreciation for each other. Simone’s voice was at the top of her talent; the sound was good, tight and as loud as you can expect it to be. Supporting their new album Requiem for the Indifferent, it was extremely well received. For the encore, Simone came back on stage wearing a Sally’s makeup and gave candy to the crowd, singing Sally’s Song from the movie Nightmare Before Christmas as a surprise addition to the normal setlist.
When asked by Coen Janssen about the previous act, the crowd clearly showed a warm and loud appreciation for each of them.
On this Halloween night, metal fans were truly blessed by an amazing concert, one of a kind on the tour. Even with the diversity of style on this bill the result is a well balanced tour that satisfied all those who choose the concert instead of the usual trick or treat night.