On the 21st of July a girl named Cris had the most shocking suprise of her life.She got a ticket to Kavarna Rock Fest in Bulgaria!And yes she knew who was going to play there.EPICA of course<33.You can imagine how she felt like
.So there she was!
It was a very long trip but it was worth it<3.Kavarna is a very small and odd village,it's hard to imagine that it holds the most important festival in Bulgaria.What do I mean by odd?Ther were metal and rock singers painted on the buildings!
I almost pissed my pants when I saw Tarja on a building.
Then, I went to the stadium.The parking lot was nearby a graveyard/cemetery,very creepy place.And after I entered the gates there was another world!Thousands of metalheads all around Bulgaria,and some germans(So I wasn't the only foreigner
) gathered to see Leaves's Eyes,Epica,Doro,Tarja and Atrocity(or Anihilator I don't remember) that night.There were merch stands everywhere.Camp sites,food sites,drink sites and toilet sites
I didnt expected something like that because at Artmania Festival it was a lot diffrent.I mean Sibiu is a big city and it was in the center of it,while here it was on a stadium,filled with green,green grass<3
I entered around 18:00 when Leaves' Eye s started to play.I haven't really listened to them before but they were okay.I can't tell anything about the setlist and stuff like that because I'm not really familair with them.However,I think I took some pictures of them.So LE fans PM me and I'll send them
(Oh and their bassist woman is so hot.Actually much more then Liv
Then,Epica soundcheck time<3.Willem was there,his soundcheck was marvelous.Coen and Arien did the keyboard and drum check themselves,so they were the first Epicans I've seen 10-15 metres in front of me(I was somewhere in the 5th row of people,on the left side of the stage) Arien did a drum solo before the show and it was beyond epic<3
At 19:15 the show started.I started to squee when I heared the very first noted of 'Samadhi'.Then BOOM! 'Resign to Surreneder' popped in.And guess who is always standing on the left side of the stage:Mark Jansen!He smiled and show his tongue to the crowd
Heh,funny guy.Unlike the videos I've seen on YouTube his live grunting sounds really brutal and powerfull.Actually the overall sound was more heavy than on the CD.AWESOMENESS.Then Simone came.I won't really complain about her outfit
.She sounded very good,a bit thinner than usually(well I dont like to comapre but when I saw NW last yer Anette souded very thin too,so maybe that's how singers sound live:thinner...).Isaac's guitar solo wasn't very loud but I could defintely hear it
The next song was 'Sensorium'.While I never really liked this song before it was a BLAST live.Mark grunting 'I'm not afraid to die,I'm afraid to be alive without being aware of it' sent me chills.I always loved how he grunted on the album,but live it was 'wow' plus the following scream was...epic.'Nuff said.
Then I need to kill Simone.Before the next song,she mentioned that they were very pleased by the crowd,even before the show at the signing session.Signing session?What?Where??Oh yeah.I missed the singing session
It's not my fault I arrived later...
So where was I?Yeah,the next song was 'Unleashed'.Simone said it was her personal favorite(I knew it
).Stangely enough I was one of the very few people that did headbanging(the people in the ctowd were like angels,they barely moved). I even hurt accidentally a few
But yes,this was a Simone highlight.She singed very good.
Then witout a single break the song fell into 'Martyr of the Free Word',which is one of my favorite songs.Now that was a BLAST.People started to headbang and jump all around.To be honest,I didn't really watched the band playing it because I was too busy heaving fun.Isaac's solo was flawless.Arien's drumming was unbelievable.I need to rewatch the footage again,to judge it better though.
And like it wasn't enough heaviness the next song was 'The Obsesssive Devotion' I didn't expected it to be played I thought it was going to be eighter 'Blank Infinity','Tides of Time' ot 'Seif Al Din'.But this choice was much better
.THIS SONG IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST TO PLAY LIVE.Everytrhing was just so...wow.Very heavy riffs,Mark's grunts and screams were very powerful.But after finnishing her lines,Simone went off the stage.At this point,Coen looked in my direction.I dont know if he noticed me or not but who cares?
He looked there!
The next song?If I rember right it was my very first Epica song,and Epica's classic: 'Cry For The Moon!'I can't say much about it because I was stunned,astonished by the sound.I love how Simone let the crowd to sing along weith her the "oh oh os' and 'forever and ever'.EPIC.
Arien's additonal drum solo at the end was amazing.
It's time to jump and clap because the next song was 'Quietus' Defintately a highlight live.I dont know if it happened in this song or not but Issac switched places with Mark and pointed out in the crowd.He was pointing at...wait...me!!!???
I asked him with my finger if he was look there and he pointed again approving with his head.I could barely move.I mean Isaac Delahaye Epica's lead guitarist pointed,in a crowd of thousands of people full of pretty faces at MY ugly mug?
. How is that possible?Anyway,ths is an experience Iwill never forget.
Then it's time for 'Sancta Terra'.This song was never one of my faves ,but life it sounds amazingly awesome.They keyboard notes were flawless.Simone added some operatic notes over the choirs near the end of the song.Again,brilliant!
'Consign to Oblivion' another Epica classic ended the setlist.I can't say how EPIC it was.Mark was in front of me,he smiled in my direction.I hope he noticed me,but I doubt it anyway
)Yves was doing some funny faces in another side of the stage
.This performance was eargasm.After the instrumental section ,I started to growl along with Mark at 'Low...to the ground we fill safe...to the ground we feel brave'.I started to cry.Time flied too quick,and the show eneded,with the ending score song which I dont know what's it's name.It sounds like 'Piartes of the Carribean Medley' but uch shortwer.Mark throw water bottles(after he splahed the fans
),and many other stuff.and the they left the stage.
Then I ran as quickly as possible back stage along with some other fans but bad luck for me as the bodyguard said I am not allowed to go there
Congrats,Cris for the failure!But who cares if I haven't met the band?I had such an amazing time,Isaac pointed at me,all the members looked at certain times in my side of the stage(except Arien who was behind the drum kit and Simone,was always in the center
After the show I've bought a TDC poster(the last one!) exactly from the place the band signed autographs a few hours before.It is very big,it's a TDC promo pic,and it's awesome.I also bought a Dream Theater t-shirt(how could I not resist
) and ate something.Then,I had to leave because my hotel was far away,so I havent got the change to see Doro
.But I will certianly not forget that evening.Before I arrived it was a very powerful storm,but whn I arrived it was sunny.In a corner of the sky it was sun,and on the other it was full moon!It was so magical.I will never forget tis experience and I'm looking forward to see Epica live again as soon as possible!
Tip for the Epica fans:MOVE YOUR ASSES AND GO TO SEE THEM LIVE.IT'S WORTH EVERYTHING<3
SETLIST*I hope I rember the right order*
Resign to Surrender
Martyr of the Free Word
The Obsessive Devotion
Cry for the Moon
Consign to Oblivion
PICTURES!(without copyright,steal 'em
A building with Uriah Heap painted on it
Willem doing the guitar soundcheck and Coen behind:
Coen and Arien during the sounchecheck:
Coen and Mark headbanging:
Simone headbanging and Yves:
Yves and Isaac:
Simone and Yves(with Arien and Isaac on the corners)
Mark in the front,Simone and Yves in the back
(my favorite shot)
Simone,Yves and Isaac
The Mastermind<3with Coen behind
Smoontjes and Yves once again:
My future husband<3 and I spot Coen too
Dont forget to click them to enalrge
Well I have a few more but they are eighter 'blurry' or 'in motion'.
These ones arent good eighter,my zoom isnt very good
No Arien unfortuntely,he was too far
I hope you liked my review
Sorry it is so long