Simone Simons - Epica
This is not my feast for the vain; nor a facade of reality. I feint to fathom agony, and smother the light, listless and transfixed by Simone Simons' sensorium; her sheer beauty and vocal dalliance. For indeed, it is merely her symbolic dance of fate which has me staring into blank infinity and consigned to oblivion. Wendy & I were so blessed to participate in this pellucid quietus with this creative crimson idol; in order that we may unravel the latest mysteries and wander the wilderness daring to descry for the tune and linger in the neverending embrace...oui, we'll take you with us...
MettleAngel: It is an honour to finally meet you and conduct this informal interview. You sure did demonstrate an excellent performance; it was quite a show this evening.
MettleAngel: Well, since Tarja left Nightwish last year, many female fronted bands have been competing for that top rank position. I think that your band and Edenbridge are the two main contenders now.
MettleAngel: Yeah, but Lacuna Coil is more
commercial friendly and fits the American music style better. Personally,
I just can't get into them. The only song I liked off their new CD was
the Depeche Mode cover. It's like Arch Enemy, Angela has her own vocal
style which fits their brand of melodic death metal; whereas, a band like
Epica which is similar to After Forever is more of a blend of the Beauty
and the Beast style.
MettleAngel: Now, you recently played Prog Power in Atlanta just prior to embarking on this US tour. It's a shame you could not join Jorn Lande in his encore rendition of the Hear 'N Aid song "Stars".
MettleAngel: Now you begun your tour shortly thereafter, teaming up with Kamelot who are good friends of yours...
MettleAngel: Now, you are currently looking for a new label, given the decline of Transmission Records, correct?
MettleAngel: What about that risque cover picture for The Phantom Agony, I'm sure that picutre helped to sell a couple copies...(heh, heh..)
MettleAngel: Do you ever perform that Cats cover of "Memories" live, like you do on the DVD - We Will take You With Us?
MettleAngel: How long have you been affiliated with Kamelot and Roy Khan?
MettleAngel: So how is the new material which you have written coming along?
MettleAngel: So Epica is now your primary focus...
MettleAngel: Yet, I hardly see you becoming like Within Temptation or Evanescence - you are too talented for that type of sound.
MettleMaiden: Have you had professional vocal training?
MettleAngel: That's amazing! Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
MettleAngel: It's a shame you could not bring it to sell at your merch table along with the guitar picks, jewelry, sweat bands, and some other Epica oddities, as far as product or impulse paraphenalia.
MettleAngel: That's the first time I ever seen guitar picks being sold at a merch table, but Wendy bought an Epica baby-doll shirt and she will wear it with pride. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my probing questions. Please continue to keep up the great work, and keep playing Crystal Mountain live, even if you don't sing on that one. Although, I wish you would. I'm sure eventually, Chuck Shuldiner would have embraced female vocals, had he lived long enough to do so...