The music of the band which will be performing live on the 28th of December 2014 unites the characteristics of metal music like heavy drums and guitars with symphonic instruments and choirs. The band has its unique style featuring female vocals and male growls, performed by Simone Simons (Lead Vocals) and Mark Jansen (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals) respectively. The other four members of the six-membered band, Coen Janssen (Synthesizer, Piano), Ariën van Weesenbeek (Drums, Backing Vocals), Isaac Delahaye (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals) and Rob van der Loo (Bass) compose music for the lyrics of the tracks written by Simons and Jansen. Apart from its own music, the band has also composed background scores for a lot of Hollywood movies the most popular of them being, Pirates of The Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings.
Most of the bands’ famous albums which include Cry for the Moon (2003), Requiem for the Indifferent (2012) and The Quantum Enigma (2014) consist of songs which largely deal with philosophical topics, including science, religion, and world events. The lyrics of their songs complement modern thoughts on societal circumstances very well and have struck a chord with a vast majority of metal-heads in the word and India as well. The band is also known for the visual and lively nature of its performances with all band members continuously engaging the crowd with their lively guitar solos and headbanging. Although their good performances can be attributed mainly to the quality of their music, the beauty of their lead singer Simone Simons is something that doesn’t easily go unnoticed. Simone who runs her own blog on fashion in music is always well prepared for the concerts and ensures that the audience can never take their eyes off the stage during the performance.
What makes the concert most special in the social context is that much like the patriarchal Indian society, metal music has been a genre traditionally dominated by men with growling voices, it represents the first time that a female-fronted metal band will be playing in India. On being questioned whether being a female artist was a challenge in the international music industry, the lead vocalist of the band, Simone Simons replied, “It used to be tough in the beginning but I don’t think it is any different these days. Once you find a great team of artists to perform with you, the success of your music has nothing to do with your being male or female.”
Simons is a brave survivor of the fatal disease MRSA which once threatened to curtail her music career back in 2008, having fought off the disease successfully, she was blessed with her first child last year and has been balancing the duties of motherhood with her music tour commitments ever since. With the dates of Mood Indigo this year being 26th to 29th December 2014, located in the heart of the festive period between Christmas and New Year, getting an international act to perform at the festival was always going to be a very big challenge. The failure of other major college festivals located well outside festive clashes due to high costs goes a long way towards establishing the Herculean nature of the task at hand. For Ishan Rakshit, the head of the concerts team responsible for bringing Epica to the festival, the feeling is yet to sink in – “Epica was one of our top choices from the start due to versatile range of music and wide appeal among the Indian fans. For us it was always about bringing new music to India, thereby enabling music lovers across the country to savor each of their songs. To have actually lived up to the expectations of the fans community with more than 4 months of concentrated effort is a great feeling.”
“Since they are flying to India for the first time, we will make sure that the Indian audience gets to know them well and we have a lot of interviews and interactive sessions planned with them.”, said Gunjan Gupta, the media head of the festival. Mark Jansen, the rhythm guitarist of the band also expressed his enthusiasm at performing in India for the first time – “We have always wanted to play in India! It is our first time in the country and an excellent time for us to connect with our fans in Asia.” The Indian music industry too is thrilled with the announcement. Subir Malik, member of the well-known band Parikrama hailed it as a fantastic achievement – “Symphonic metal is a very interesting genre of music and being a fan myself I am thrilled to hear the announcement. This is also shot in the arm for metal music in the country, a genre which has ceded ground to EDM and progressive rock in the recent years.”