The powerhouse metal lineup of Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris rocked Rams Head Live Wednesday night on ‘The Ultimate Principle Tour.’ Headlining the evening of wicked-hot music was Epica, who is hitting the road in support of their recently released album, the band’s seventh full-length album, The Holographic Principle. Vocally and lyrically Epica stands out from the crowd. It has been 14 years since Epica first began their ascent into the upper echelons of the metal world. Through their openness towards creative exploration and a highly orchestral approach to pure, gritty metal, Epica is a band that continues to grow with each release. Before the concert, AXS caught up with guitar player Mark Jansen for an interview, click here.
Gothic metal leaders from Milan, Italy, Lacuna Coil are celebrating 20 years together as a band on this tour. Lacuna Coil is also on the road in support of their critically acclaimed eighth studio album, Delirium. With this EP, the band attacks the issue of mental health and mental illness. The risks Lacuna Coil took with the creation of Delirium worked, the album is one of the most powerful in the band’s catalog. The people in the audience really related to what the songs have to say.
Finnish metal prodigies, Insomnium was on fire Wednesday night and triumphantly tore up the stage at Rams Head Live with a thrillingly fierce performance. Over the past ten years, Insomnium has redefined the world of melodic death metal by combining their progressively aggressive musicianship with brutal yet catchy tunes. This is band’s greatest strength is their stunning wall of melodic sound balanced by the superiorly clean vocals by Jules Näveri.
Opening for the evening were Ohio rockers Elantris, who have just released their debut album, This Sacrifice. Due to a freak accident and a sliced Achilles tendon, drummer Erik Liber was unable to perform and Lacuna Coil drummer Ryan Folden filled in on the skins. AXS spoke with guitarist Garrett prior to their set, he stated Erik is expected to be out for about eight weeks. Click here for the complete interview with Garrett Chetock.