According to Musica Metal, EPICA singer Simone Simons was hit in the face by a flying drumstick that slipped out of drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek's hands during the opening song of the band's April 17 concert at Alcatraz in Milan, Italy. Simone briefly left the stage to regain her composure before returning a few moments later to finish singing the track "Monopoly On Truth" with no problems and no apparent injuries.
Two separate fan-filmed video clips of the incident can be seen below (cued to about five seconds before the stick goes airborne).
Photos of the show are available on Musica Metal.
The band's setlist for the night was as follows:
02. Monopoly On Truth
04. Internal Warfare
05. Serenade Of Self-Destruction
06. Sancta Terra
08. Blank Infinity
09. The Obsessive Devotion
10. Storm The Sorrow
11. The Phantom Agony
12. Cry For The Moon
14. Consign To Oblivion
EPICA will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall. Support on the trek will come from ALESTORM, INSOMNIUM, SYSTEM DIVIDE, DESTINY POTATO. EPICA will offer special VIP tickets to all shows, which include VIP meet-and-greet, one-hour-early entry and commemorative poster signed by the band. Tickets are on sale now exclusively via EnterTheVault.com until May 9, at which point they will be made available through all regular ticketing outlets.
Bassist Rob van der Loo (MAYAN, DELAIN) recently joined EPICA as the replacement for Yves Huts.
EPICA's fifth full-length album, "Requiem For The Indifferent", sold 4,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 104 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Design Your Universe", opened with 2,100 units to land at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Requiem For The Indifferent" was released on March 9 in Europe and four days later in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth.
A video for "Storm The Sorrow" was filmed in February and it "will show the band in a way you have never seen before," according to a press release.