EPICA: Footage From Final Show Of North American Tour Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage of the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA performing the song "Consign to Oblivion" last night (Saturday, May 3) at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia can be viewed below (courtesy of "unlaced2475").

EPICA utilized the services of singer-songwriter and vocal coach Amanda Somerville as the stand-in vocalist for the band's just-completed North American tour with SYMPHONY X after the group's regular singer, Simone Simons, was infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria.

A Michigan native, Amanda has resided and worked mainly in Germany and the Netherlands since 1999. She has collaborated with several bands in the metal scene (EDGUY, AFTER FOREVER, EPICA, KAMELOT, etc.) along with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, and co-wrote the rock opera "Aina". Her own music is of the pop-rock genre and she is currently focusing on her solo career.

Amanda previously stated about her stint at the EPICA stand-in vocalist, "It's important to me that you know that is in no way the band's nor my intention to replace Simone. She is one of a kind, invaluable to EPICA and indeed their frontwoman and the face of the band. I assure you that I will do my very best to do justice to the performance you have come to expect from EPICA and give it my all. Since I co-wrote many of the songs and was Simone's vocal coach during the recordings of the albums, I feel as comfortable performing the songs as if they were my own."

Simone Simons stated about her temporary replacement, "We chose Amanda because she is already familiar to the EPICA fans. You can hear her on all our albums, singing backing vocals, on 'Seif al Din' and the 'Obsessive Devotion' you can hear her speak, she is singing in the EPICA choir and she was my vocal coach for all the albums. We are happy that she is willing to fill in for me since she is already part of the band in a way. Amanda has a great voice and a wonderful presence. I am sure you will love her long blond hair. She will do a good job and I wish her and EPICA good luck for this tour."

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends). To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.