I recently spoke with Isaac Delahaye of the the Symphonic metal band Epica. We discussed the new album and also talked about some feats the band has achieved in the last 10 years.
Shockwave:How would you compare and contrast your previous releases from your newest album?
Isaac Delahaye:Our style of songwriting is more similar to design your universe, since we're going more into that direction. We're still trying to incorporate metal music with symphonic music. Some of the bands who do try that though try to be more symphonic, where with us; we're really trying to stay metal.
The writing behind the music, do you feel it becomes more challenging as the years go on, or less challenging?
Both ways I guess. You need to challenge yourself; you want to do better stuff, so it does get difficult. But, then again you get more experience; so, if you have something in mind, it's easier to write it down and make a song out of it. It works both ways really.
Not necessarily those events. However, we do all sorts of festivals around the world. We recently did shows with Halestorm and they're a different band. They bring a crowd that we have to win over. I personally don't feel being a female fronted metal band holds us down. I think it really helps us become more appealing to the crowds.
Some people would consider Epica, just a female fronted metal band and you recently headlined the 10th anniversary metal voices festival. Do you feel you get noticed more as a metal band and do you think you broaden your horizons by doing those events?