I had my first encounter with Krypteria last year when they were part of the bill at the “Metal Female Voices Festival” in Wieze and I must say this German/Korean act made quite an impression on me.
And now they were given another opportunity to win some souls as support act for Epica and they completed this mission with success. The band were allowed to use the complete stage and the combo’s tiny but most energetic front woman Ji-In Cho covered every inch.
Their 40-minute set started with the catchy “Shoot Me” that saw miss Cho take the stage dressed in a white wedding dress. By the second song the dress was removed and underneath it appeared a more regular stage outfit.
Cho’s voice is OK but not breathtaking and so the power of the songs lies within strong melodies, choruses and riffs.
Perfect examples of that are “Scream”, “Sweet Revenge and the title track of their most recent album “My Fatale Kiss” (which closed their set). Another strong performance that strengthened my belief in Krypteria.
Headliners were as mentioned earlier Dutch symphonic goth metal act Epica. By the time they were ready to kick things into gear, the venue was well filled and those present were all set to enjoy a healthy dose of metal.
With their latest offering “Design Your Universe” Epica had once again moved up a few steps on the ladder to become a major act in their field of music.
And with tonight’s performance they proved more than ready to take up that position.
Front lady Simone Simons was truly firing on all six and her vocals came pretty close to those of Tarja Turunen (formerly of Nightwish) who in my humble opinion is still one of the best (if not the best) in this particular genre.
For one hour and 45 minutes the band treated us to a mix of old but mostly new material that included “Resign To Surrender”, “Sensorium”, Unleashed”, Martyr Of The Free Word”, “ Quietus”, “Kingdom Of Heaven”, the beautiful “Imperial March”, “Tides Of Time”, “Blank Infinity”, Seif Al Din”, “The Obsessive Devotion” and as set closer of a most impressive evening they dished out “Design Your Universe”.
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Epica & Krypteria
January 17, 2010