Epica ticket give away

Epica at the Howard Theatre

The Dutch symphonic power metal band Epica will be playing the Howard Theatre in Washington DC on Tuesday, October 23rd and you can win a free pair of tickets to this show here on DCHeavyMetal.com! All you have to do to enter is give me a good reason why you want to go to this show by leaving a comment at the end of this post and at 5pm EST on Friday, October 19th I’ll pick one winner at random (using Random.org) from all the valid entries to win the tickets to this killer show. Be sure to enter with a valid email address you check regularly so I can contact you if you win. If I don’t hear from you in 24 hours then I’ll pick another winner to get the tickets. Don’t worry, I won’t add you to any email lists or anything like that, I hate spam too. If you enter more than once then all of your entries will be disqualified. If you simply can’t wait to see if you win the contest you can get tickets from Ticket Master here for $23.

Don’t let redhead Simone Simons’ good looks fool you, she’s not just up there to look pretty. She can really sing and Requiem For The Indifferent, their album released earlier this year, is definite proof. I’ve posted their latest music video below so you can listen for yourself. This will be the area’s first chance to hear any of Epica’s new material live and I’m sure they’ll play some older classics as well. There are several other bands on this tour as well including Alestorm, a pirate themed metal band from Scotland. Insomnium is a melodic death metal band from Finland with some very heavy riffs. System Divide is a band with members from Europe, the Middle East, and various parts of the US including their guitarist, Steve Miller, who area metal heads will recognize as the guitarist for local death metal band Loculus. The opening act is Blackguard, an up and coming epic metal band from Montreal, Canada. That’s a hell of a line up coming to the Howard Theatre, a new venue with great sound in DC that is just around the corner from the 9:30 Club (and just as easy to get to). So check out the songs below, one by each band playing, and tell me why you want to be at this concert!


  1. Simone.Simmons.Nuff.Said.

  2. A bunch of great bands, all of different styles, at the ultra-fancy Howard Theater. What’s not to love?

  3. metal till death…….im ready to rock

  4. I’d love to go because I want to see how my neck can survive Epica, Alestorm, Insomnium and Blackguard

    System Divide may be a break (need to look them up)

  5. I have go cause the folk pits for Alestorm will be awesome, Insomnium’s riffs will be so amazing that I might cry, and Epica and Blackguard will be great too.

  6. I’ve missed Alestorm each time they’ve come through here. Argh,

  7. I take this chance :))

  8. I saw Epica back in 2008 when they went to Springfield, VA, but Simone was sick and I wasn’t able to see Epica in its full potential. Amanda Somerville, the backup singer that the band brought was very good, but she couldn’t compare to Simone Simmons. I need to go to this show to see all these awesome bands I have never seen and to finally see Epica in its full ensemble and potential!

    • Congratulations, you win the pair of tickets!

  9. Well, let’s do this!

  10. Because I love Epica!I am going to the last show on the tour in Baltimore but really want to see D.C. show.

  11. I think I deserve those tickets ’cause I’ll be coming from Barcelona (catalonia), and this is a pretty little trip, isn’t it?


  12. This is probably going to be one of the best concerts that I’ve seen yet… A combination of good Melo Death (Insomnium is the shit), Pirate metal and then to top it off… power metal frontlined by a woman, Simone Simons, no less? I can’t miss this concert… and my wallet is a little empty \,,/, -.- ,\,,/

  13. I’d like to go because I like Euro Metal!

  14. It’s time for a gig! Haven’t been to a show since Maiden this summer. Huge fan of Insomnium. I got really into them a few years before they exploded, great to see their lasting success. Epica is another favorite of mine, used to really dig them back in high school. Alestorm just has to be seen – I’ve gotta see the pirate metal thing live!

  15. A bunch of great bands! Nothing else to ask!!

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