Epica live review

Source: Metal Assault

By Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal

 

February 18th 2010, House Of Blues, West Hollywood CA: This was a really interesting touring line-up with three very different bands on the same bill. So going in, other than Blackguard whom I had seen once before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I had heard about Epica as being an unusual kind of band, having a quite unique style of music and hadn't even heard of the name Threat Signal.

 

The first band to entertain the audience was Blackguard, who played a five-song, 30-minute set for us. I loved these guys when they opened for Ensiferum back in November and they were every bit as good this time around too. They definitely give it their 100%, if not more, and one thing they do well is pick good bands to open for on tour. Their brand of music can be termed as melodic death metal with folk influences. I personally love this kind of music, with the likes of Children Of Bodom being one of my favorite bands. The Epica fans present here tonight seemed to enjoy every bit of this as well, giving the band a warm welcome. Paul "Ablaze" Zinay is the driving force on stage, ably supported and complemented by the others. Paul managed to get the crowd singing along and dispersed his seemingly boundless energy into them. As said by Epica guitarist Mark Jansen in my interview with him, 'I hope that band is big in the future'.

 

Here's their complete set list:

 

  1. The Sword
  2. Scarlet to Snow
  3. Farewell
  4. Allegiance
  5. This Round's On Me

 

The next band were Threat Signal, another Canadian band, but of the groove/metalcore kind. They did have some tight riffs and solos in them and I enjoyed some of their songs. The crowd didn't really seem to get into them at all though and it looked like they were waiting for the band to finish their set. I would say the songs off of their latest album Vigilance sounded much better than the ones from the first album. I give them kudos for coming out on tour with bands totally different in musical style. I'm sure they would have had a better response at some of the other venues. The bassist Pat Kavanagh was really energetic with his playing as well as head banging, as was the band as a whole. The music is pretty good for their genre. It wouldn't have been such a bad thing to get exposure in front of diverse crowds here and I hope they find more similar bands to tour with next time around.

 

After a half an hour wait, the lights went out and the prelude 'Samadhi' started among loud cheers. The place wasn't packed, but those in attendance were surely loud enough, as Epica hit the stage with the song 'Resign to Surrender'. You couldn't help but admire frontwoman Simone Simons' amazing vocal prowess, lending her operatic vocals and swaying to the music, creating quite an atmosphere at the House Of Blues. One of the better songs of the night, 'Sensorium' was up next. I was enjoying this song even as I was in the photo pit, busy taking pictures of the band.

 

I had heard a lot about Simone's live powerful performances and every bit of it was true. Not to say that the other members aren't worth mentioning. Mark Jansen is obviously the creative force in the band and did justice to all his compositions on the stage as well. The other guitarist Isaac, who recently joined the band, seems to have made a big difference in keeping with the energy levels. Two more new songs 'Unleashed' and 'Martyr Of The Free Word' followed. I hadn't heard the new album before this and the music seemed quite different from some of the older stuff I had heard. Fans were delighted to hear the song 'Fools Of Damnation' after this. Make shift piano player Simone's boyfriend Oliver Palotai did a good job with his solo.

 

Simone displayed her magic on vocals in the ballad 'Tides Of Time'. They had a good selection for the remaining songs as well, bringing out two more songs from the first album Phantom Agony. The encore performance consisted of 'Cry For The Moon', 'Quietus' and they ended with 'Consign To Oblivion'.

 

Overall, it was a very interesting and entertaining night of diverse music. I'm glad I got a chance to get to know the music of two bands whom I wasn't familiar with and explore my taste in music just that little bit more. As for the fans, they were having a good time on the floor, singing and clapping along to every prompt by Simone and Mark and getting some mosh pits going during the faster sections of the music. Epica's 'Design Your Universe' tour 2010 is definitely a success.

 

Here's the complete set list:

 

  1. Samadhi
  2. Resign To Surrender
  3. Sensorium
  4. Unleashed
  5. Martyr Of The Free Word
  6. Fools Of Damnation
  7. Imperial March
  8. Piano Solo
  9. Tides Of Time
  10. Seif Al Din
  11. The Obsessive Devotion
  12. Design Your Universe
  13. Cry For The Moon
  14. Quietus
  15. Consign To Oblivion

 

Check out the bands here:
Epica
Threat Signal
Blackguard


Epica interview

Source: Metal Assault

In-person interview with Mark Jansen of Epica
By Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal

February 18th 2010, House Of Blues, West Hollywood CA

Andrew: How's the tour going?

Mark: Above expectation! It is our fourth tour in the U.S. and the second headlining tour. So this was the tour that had to pay off finally. We invested a lot of energy, time and also money to be honest, (laughs) in the U.S. and now it's a really great feeling when it is starting to pay off. First of all, the fans appreciate the latest album so much that everyday people come to me and say that it is really great. That's a fabulous feeling and also that people show up in such big numbers. So I'm really happy.

Andrew: You have to tell us about the bus accident. What happened and where were you at that time?

Mark: We were on the Rocky mountains in Canada and it was on a snowy road. I already didn't feel comfortable so I went to the driver and asked him how it is going. He said its fine but I asked him if it wasn't slippery and the road was wide enough. But he said it is going to be ok. I went to bed but I couldn't sleep, I still felt uncomfortable. Then suddenly we heard braking and a huge crash near the back of the bus. Some people were rolling out of their bunks. Then we stopped and made sure that everybody was ok. We went outside to take a look and saw that the other car was completely damaged and we have been lucky that the driver could prevent a head-on collision because that would have been way worse. I don't even want to think about that. (laughs)

Andrew: How different was the whole process of writing and coming up with the music for 'Design Your Universe' as compared to the previous effort 'The Divine Conspiracy'?

Mark: The biggest difference was that I wasn't working together with Ad Sluijter. He wasn't motivated to work on the new songs so I worked on them without him and later on he was obvious why he was not motivated because he left the band. But back then I didn't know he was going to leave so I wrote the songs myself and when later on Isaac joined the band, in the last two months of the writing process he worked his ass off to develop the guitar lines. So that was the huge difference compared to Divine Conspiracy and I think this resulted in more workout and more detailed guitar lines. I personally like it a lot and cannot wait to work on the next album. Our work has evolved, but it can be even more developed. So I look forward to the writing process of the next one.

Andrew: Epica's music has been defined differently by everyone, including band members. Simone says its Symphonic metal, you call it something else. How exactly would you describe the music to a person who hasn't heard your band?

Mark: I was sitting in a sauna and one guy asked, 'Hey what kind of music do you play?' I was just talking to him there. I did have my swimming pants on, (laughs) I started talking to him and I thought he wasn't into metal at all. I started explaining that Epica is a small band and things like that. He told me he knew Epica and I was surprised. He knew a lot about us. But I still had to explain what kind of music it was. He knew the name but not the music. So I said, if you take all the orchestration off, its death metal. So its death metal combined with opera and classical influences. There are many genres combined in our music. We even have little bits of black metal. Death metal is there as I said, then folk and power metal influences, rock and classical music. So there is so much that we don't feel that there are any boundaries. We can do whatever we want. (laughs)

Andrew: What contribution has Isaac been making and what are the things he has brought to the band?

Mark: On the live shows to start with, Isaac is completely different guitarist than Ad. Ad mainly focussed on his playing and Isaac is a great guitarist in general but he is a stage performer. That's what we missed a little bit with Ad. He's more like a studio musician. Great studio musician, great guy, but he is not really a live stage performer. So live it was always a little bit like, we are quite an energetic band and Ad was always a bit slow. Now its in balance and it's a great feeling. Ad didn't like to play solos so much and Isaac does, so that's another huge difference. We are more melodic than before. Ad was more riff oriented and about rhythm parts. Isaac is more melody oriented.

Andrew: Simone said in a recent interview that she would be working on a solo album. Does that affect Epica at all?

Mark: No, because when we write new music, Simone always gets involved in the very last process of the vocal lines. The biggest amount of work is making the music and structures. Vocals are the last part so she does have a lot of time to do whatever she likes. Even I started a side project. Its different music, so there's no overlap between parts that I want to use for Epica. So, the project I'm doing is way louder and heavier. I think, as long as I have time for it, its no problem. Sometimes it is just nice and refreshing to work with other musicians and finding a new way of working and making new music. That keeps you fresh, because all the time if you work the same way it gets boring. And getting bored was killing me. So I was happy when Arien van Weesenbeek joined the band. He brought new influences, so did Isaac. So that keeps the writing process refreshing. But now I also seek for some heavy stuff.

Andrew: Simone's boyfriend Oliver has been the replacement for your regular keyboard player. How did that work out?

Mark: Yeah! Our keyboard player [Coen Janssen] is going to marry. We had to find a solution for that and the solution was very close, (laughs) and we didn't have to search that long. The singer's boyfriend on keyboards. Very handy!

Andrew: How much of a challenge it is to write music to combine your vocals and Simone's vocals?

Mark: We developed a very natural way. We already feel like what are my parts and what are hers. Wherever she has a great vocal line already, that's obvious that she is going to sing in that part because a great vocal line is what gets stuck in the minds of people. So I just take for myself parts that feel good for my voice, and she takes parts that are good for hers. We write the music first and then do the vocals. Many bands work the other way round. I already know when I write music that there's going to be a great vocal line on top because when you write music you feel that there will be a nice vocal line. It works out like that for 90% of the time, and if it doesn't work, we throw the song away. This is our way of working and it works very well. (laughs)

Andrew: Have you had a chance to listen to the opening bands on this tour Blackguard and Threat Signal?

Mark: Yeah every evening whenever I have time I check them out. Specially, Blackguard surprised me a lot. Threat Signal I knew already. When we had a choice to pick a band for the tour, we chose Threat Signal because they are melodic as well and also very heavy. I like that, but I didn't know Backguard. I checked them out and when I listened to some of the music I was already feeling that its nice music. When I saw them live on the first night of the tour, I was overwhelmed. That band deserved to make it. They give all their energy on stage, have some great melodies and it just fits. I hope that band is big in the future.

Andrew: What are your upcoming commitments in the studio and on tour?

Mark: We will continue writing new songs. We already started and I already have a whole lot of ideas. So we have to work them out and start developing new songs, because the new album has to be at least as good as Design Your Universe, otherwise people are going to be really disappointed. So probably we're going to go in the studio in 2011 to record. Till then we'll keep promoting this album. [Design Your Universe] There are still a lot of regions to go. We will go to South America, a new European tour with the summer festivals and some markets where we haven't been yet like China and Korea. We are headlining everywhere, finally! Sometimes you get a really bad treatment by headliners. That's also why we do it different. We give our support acts all the love we can, and all the possibilities. That's the way it should be and headliners should not treat the support bands like shit. People who buy tickets want to see three nice bands and not two bands who face all the difficulties from the headliner, to not be able to use any lights, not able to use the full sound capacity, not able to hang all their t-shirts. All these restrictions make me sick. So when we take support bands on tour with us, we give them the best possible treatment. I hope that one day when we tour with other bands, they do the same to us. It has to change somewhere. (laughs)

Check out the band at www.epica.nl



Epica live photos

From Metal Assault.

2010 - Epica Feb 18th Hollywood CA  By Andrew




According to Similarminds.com...

Peter Pan Complex

avoids responsibilities, people tell them they are childish and need to grow up, would rather live in their head than the real world, wants success to just happen to them, focuses on fantasies more than reality, believes they deserve to have whatever they want, life lacks direction, never know what to do next, does dumb things frequently, inconsistent performance, lazy, slacker, does the minimum to get by, does things without thinking, does not feel they have any reason to accomplish anything, tend to ignore or put off problems, believes fun is the most important thing in life, most people think they are crazy, forgets scheduled appointments, more past than future, gets attention through negative behavior

Pet lover 

more likely to feel closer to their pet than other people, opposes medical animal testing, more likely to believe animals have souls or spirits, learns a lot from their dreams, would not pursue a career that was harmful to society, tends to recycle, feels they understand others more than themself, romantically attracted to dominant types, prone to attachment, more likely to have had negative experiences with other people (physical or sexual abuse), more intellectual than average

Female cliché 

the same as for Pet lover

Hypersensitivity 

tends to get too emotional, can't take it easy, feels gloomy and distraught frequently, more past than future, more feeling than doing, not confident in their opinions or abilities, dislikes themself, prone to paranoia, affected by the moods of others, broody, envious, ideal love seeking, expressive, dramatic, tempermental, impressionable, swayed by emotions, fears loss and separation, poor self image, gets very attached to people and things, hopeless romantic, focuses on suffering, desires security and support, defensive, suffers from loneliness, feels invisible, fears rejection in relationships, can't control romantic feelings and thoughts, existentially depressed, suffers from depression, prone to shame, prone to panic attacks, feelings guide most of their behavior, can't handle people being mad at them, dreams about a rescuer, daydreams about people to maintain a sense of closeness, familiar with the role of victim, worries they will make the wrong choices, conflicts between thoughts and feelings, desires more attention

Vanity 

uses looks to get what they want, arrogant, self-absorbed, believes they can get what they want because of how they look, believes in success through appearances, cares about how they look to others, believes looking good is more important than comfort, feels best when others find them physically attractive, believes other people are envious of them, superficial, feels best when admired, attentive to appearance, spends a lot of time thinking about what is attractive, feels they are better looking than most people, competes for the spotlight, self promoting, feels both superior and defective, likes to manipulate others, seductive, likes to be popular, used to getting their way, reckless with money, wealth seeking, does things primarilly for the benefit of themself, does not like to be friends with people who are physically unattractive, tends to wear tight fitting clothing if female, desires more attention, assumes most people like them

Paranoia
suspicious of others until they have proven themselves trustworthy, more doubt than belief, preoccuppied with death and suffering, fears being harmed or controlled, bitter, looks for hidden meaning in things, personality is centered around low self esteem issues, feels misunderstood, thinks people would not like them if they really knew them, defensive, often experiences disgust, love-hate relationships with most things, likes to test people's loyalty, thinks life is overrated, focuses on suffering, feels like an outsider, existentially depressed, does not trust what people say, prone to shame, suffers from depression, knows the dark side of life very well, attracted to things associated with sadness, would rather remain alone than risk rejection, hard to get to know, makes enemies, loner

Histrionic

strong need for applause, gets angry and frustrated if they don't get what they want, likes to be popular, believes winning is no fun unless people know you won, desires more attention, competes for the spotlight, grew up feeling they had to stand out to be happy, gets attention through negative behavior, self absorbed, frequently feels envious, likes to manipulate others, superficial, tends to become involved with people quickly, feels best when admired, wants things done their way, used to getting their way, uses their looks to get what they want, quick tempered, impulsive, vain, loves to win awards, performer, entertainer, pleasure seeking, swayed by emotions, prefers instant gratification, self promoting, believes in success through appearances, wealth seeking

Physical fitness 

feels in good shape and look forwards to a long happy life, good self image, proud of health and strength, strives to improve self, more elegant, feels they are better looking than most people, high self esteem, loves physical exertion, more likely to wear tight fitting clothing if female, less prone to eating disorders, less likely to have health problems, takes care of self, athletic, more likely to be thin, more likely to get up early, more experimental, more likely to like popularity, more likely to have worked as a model, eats healthier

Physical Security
has more assets and can afford more luxuries than most people, grew up feeling well off, more likely to have grown up in a peaceful and safe environment, more likely to be wealthy, more likely to have been spoiled, less prone to credit card debt, more achieving, more goal oriented, more emotionally stable, more narcissitic, more materialistic

Indie
experimental, cynical, anti-corporation, more likely to be averse to organized religion, environmental, computer/technology savvy, solitary at times, nihilistic, anti-materialism, attracted to the counter culture, observant, likes obscure books / movies / music, unconventional, eccentric, curious, non-traditional, internally driven, more narcissitic than average, enviromentally aware

Sexuality

more kinky than vanilla, erotic, feels pleasure should play a central role in life, not oppossed to strip clubs, promiscuous tendencies, likes to be naked, seductive, loves getting massages, likes to dress provocatively, merges and feels intimate oneness with others, believes love is proven through physical expression, believes they get what they want because of how they look, more sensual than intellectual, uses looks to get what they want, believes personal relationships are more important than personal privacy, would rather risk rejection than remain alone, not afraid to show their feelings when they like someone, impulsive, charmer

Individuality 

believes they are very odd, likes to behave and or dress in a shocking manner, drawn to artistic and cutting edge industries, wants to be as independent from society as possible, likes to look wierd, self expressive, most people think they are crazy, desires autonomy / complete freedom, frequently reinvents self, unpredictable, more random than controlled, drawn to careers where creativity is a solitary pursuit, more abstract than concrete, grew up feeling that they had to stand out to be happy, attracted to the counter culture, dissatisfied with the ordinary and non dramatic, pursues the extroadinary and intense, prefers wierd friends, thinks they are a trend setter, lives an experimental life, driven by curiousity, reckless, novelty seeking, fond of anarchy, bohemian, feels like they lose a sense of self when the agree with people

Cautiousness

proceeds with care in most endeavors, favors sameness and consistency to suprises, does things by the book, feels that something bad will happen if they let their guard down, not reckless, prefers structure, thinks the world is a dangerous place, prefers the familiar to the unfamiliar, wants everything to add up perfectly, protective of their feelings, prone to paranoia, fears being harmed or controlled, suspicious of others until they have proven themselves trustworthy, worries about making the wrong choices, thinks of things in terms of costs and benefits, prioritizes personal safety, more contemplation than action, perfectionist, refiner, goal oriented, trouble shooter, prefers to stick with what they know, worries about consequences

Change averse
follows fairly predictable patterns in life, prefers to stick with things they know, routine and habit make them feel secure, prefers the familiar to the unfamiliar, the habits they have now they will have a year from now, does not like to be without guidance, prefers the proven to the experimental, gets very attached to things, wants everything to add up perfectly, desires security and support, more past than future oriented, frequently feels envious, predictable, can't adjust well to new situations, does things by the book, avoids being called on in group discussions, would not enjoy being an entrepreneur

Dependency
not confident, prone to mistakes, indecisive, desires security and support, fears having no guidance or support, frequently feels envious, not productive without reassurance, gets very attached to people, feels guilty when they disagree with people, seeks acceptance and recognition from peers, dramatizes their suffering, impressionable, can be talked into doing things, fears being unwanted or unworthy of love, never knows what to do next, personality is centered around low self esteem issues, swayed by emotions, can't handle people being mad at me, freezes up in stressful situations, influenced more by others than self, avoids responsibilities, life lacks direction, prone to paranoia, prone to shame, daydreams about people to maintain a sense of closeness

Wealth
can afford more luxuries than most people, believes they get what they want because of how they look, grew up feeling well off, spoiled by parents, considers themself elegant, used to getting their own way, believes the bigger the pay check the more important the person, success driven, loves to win awards, believes looking good is more important than comfort, uses their looks to get what they want, self promoting, wealth seeking, comes from wealthy family, achiever, has no problem with the gap between the rich and poor widening, interested in hierarchy and prestige

Anti-authority
resents supervision, does not like to be bound by schedules or habits, prefers to do things when they feel ready, appreciation for anarchy, has a need for complete freedom, would rather work for self than a company, questions everything, wants things done their way, prone to behavior problems in school, gets angry when they don't get what they want, subversive, tends to dislike organized religion, fears confinement, values loyalty, challenging

Avoidant
loner, limits social interaction because it's draining, does not express emotions easily, shy, does not like most people, does not think most people like them, nothing really pleases them, prefers to dress down (hide attractiveness), considered wierd by others, values personal privacy above personal relationships, feels dejected and better off alone, neglects self, has low self esteem issues, can't find meaning in life, seeks wholeness through isolation, hard to get to know, emotionally numb, even in a relationship they desire a sense of seperateness, thinks life is overrated, would rather be alone then risk rejection, thinks people would not like them if they really knew them, feels like an outsider, afraid to show it when they like some one, aversion to physical contact, somewhat asexual, prone to shame, existentially depressed, prone to focus on suffering, bitter, does not like happy people, poor self image, anhedonic

Romantic
merges and feels intimate oneness with others, wants to feel loved, fears being unwanted, finding true love is their main passion in life, romantic idealist, can't control their romantic feelings or thoughts, when in a relationship their attention is entirely focused on that person, desires secure relationships above all else, feels best when they are admired, would sacrifice anything for love, believes love is salvation, gets very attached to people, more sensual than intellectual, would rather be in a mediocre relationship than alone, loves getting massages, desires more attention, concerned about being attractive to a potential soul mate, swayed by emotions, fears having no guidance or support, frequently feels loving towards others

Need to dominate
quick-tempered, likes to manage others, bossy, second place is not good enough, can be hurtful, games are only fun if they win, comes on too strong, wants things done their way, competes for the spotlight, used to getting their way, powerful, strong, own-person, tough, leader, vindictive, controlling, finds it easy to manipulate others, has authoritarian tendencies, tries to surpass the accomplishments of others, has a need for applause, uses others and self to achieve goals, wealth seeking, self promoting, arrogant, self confident, likes to correct people, seeks status and power relative to peers, self absorbed, competitive, makes enemies, can be crude, enjoys fighting, has an all or nothing personality, enjoys antagonizing people

Conflict seeking
quick-tempered, more war than peace, likes to instigate anger in others, can be hurtful, arrogant, says mean things intentionally, makes enemies, prone to verbal rants, enjoys fighting, more likely to be aggressive than form alliances, more rough than tender, competitive, can be crude, likes to antagonize people, finds it easy to manipulate others, does not treat others as they would like to be treated, reckless, impulsive, destructive, insult artist, brutally honest, all or nothing personality, gets attention through negative behavior, believes it is necessary to be ruthless to be successfull, unpredictable, thinks most people are idiots, comes on too strong, more a leader than a follower

Self absorbed
does things primarily for the benefit of themself, puts their feelings first, can't do anything when they don't feel good, swayed by their emotions, more concerned with themself than others, prefers personal glory over team victories, pleasure seeker, uses their looks to get what they want, gets angry when they don't get what they want, dramatizes their suffering, wealth seeking, superficial, manipulative, narcissistic

Work ethic
desires accomplishment, determined, hard working, goal oriented, can forget to eat and sleep when focused on work, achiever, success driven, perfectionist, motivated, does things by the book, meets obligations on time, disciplinarian, planner, ambitious, responsible, purposeful, self-controlled, workaholic, over-achiever, focused, not afraid of a high stress job, likes the security of working for a company, good trouble-shooter, was mature at a young age, does not give up until the work is done, logical, wants to be capable and competent

Adventurousness
does not worry about consequences, tends to do dangerous things without adequate precautions, always seeking new challenges, unpredictable, lives for pleasure, loves physical exertion, loves to test their strength, more desire than fear, loves night life and crowds, adrenaline junkie, impulsive, enjoys fighting, open to pretty much anything, believes that fun is the most important thing in life, loves to exercise, not opposed to breaking laws, prefers the unfamiliar to the familiar, prefers autonomy, likes to perform, ambitious, uninhibited, likes camping, erotic, likes to lead, most people think they are crazy, remains calm when others panic, cannot sit still, has an all or nothing personality, self promoting, risk taker, brave, likes to be different

Narcissism
use their looks to get what they want, is able to plan and work towards goals successfully, loves themself, optimistic, sparkling, achiever, self promoting, self assured, success driven, thinks they can charm anyone, ambitious, elegant, thinks they are better looking than most people (which they may or may not be), believes that they are special, more a leader than a follower, believes that other people are envious of them, loves to win awards, fits in most places, seductive, purposeful, believes in success through appearances, assertive, goal oriented, would love to have buildings and monuments named after them, believes they deserve all the good things they have, likes to be popular

Materialism
wealth seeking, prefers extravagence, superficial, believes the bigger the pay check the more important the person, more competitive, more selfish, more preoccupied with money, more likely to believe they deserve to have whatever they want (sense of entitlement), seeks status and power relative to peers, more likely to believe there is nothing wrong with marrying partly for money, disdains financial insecurity, avoids losing status and control, looking good is more important than comfort, believes in success through appearances, second place is not good enough, more manipulative, has a need for applause, less generous, loves to win awards, more likely to do things primarily for own benefit, gets angry when they don't get when they want, more used to getting their way, prefers instant gratification

Hedonism
willing to break the law if the monetary benefit is great enough, likes tattoos, likes strip clubs, prone to substance abuse, prone to shoplifting, thinks marijuana should be legalized, not opposed to breaking laws, promiscuous, prone to cheat in relationships, kinky, likes to dress provocatively, believes pleasure should play a central role in life, can be crude, believes religion is foolish, does not worry about consequences of actions, addictive tendencies, more a night person than a day person, erotic, more likely to have been on anti-depressants, gets attention through negative behavior, reckless with money, prone to nihilism, unpredicable, self destructive

Discreet
can't be talked into things, less likely to be underhanded/undermining, less envious, true to themself, less compulsive, good to friends, content in who they are, less likely to be clingy, less likely to have addiction in extended family, less concerned with popularity, less greedy, less indecisive, less attention seeking, more responsible, more emotionally stable, less crude, less hedonistic, less impulsive, more likely to be selfless, less likely to cheat, more stoic, less touchy feely

Religious
closest confident is a Higher Power, has more belief than doubt, prefers to let religion not themself decide the meaning of their life, more opposed to strip clubs, believes that life is meaningful, more likely to revere holidays and traditions, considers themself very spiritual, more likely to be politically conservative, more opposed to euthanasia, fears being corrupt or evil, old fashioned, more likely to think abortion should be outlawed, has faith things will work out, would sacrifice their life for a good enough cause, more caring, more honest, more generous, prude, more modest, drawn to public service, more purposeful

Artistic
drawn to artistic and cutting edge industries, drawn to careers where creativity is a solitary pursuit, more abstract than concrete, original, appreciates beauty, ideal love seeking, intense, imaginative, introspective, likes indie rock music, prone to an interest in acting, likes art house movies, self expressive, likes to look wierd, pulled to the symbolic and mysterious, likes to perform, prone to keeping a journal, attracted to the counter culture, interested in journalism, odd, trend setter, different, lives an experimental life, prefers shopping at organic markets, attracted to wierdness, more likely to be vegetarian, dislikes the ordinary and non dramatic, feels both special and defective

Mystical
feels pulled to the symbolic, archetypal, and mysterious; likes to look weird, believes in extra sensory perception, lives an experimental life, frequently reinvents self, more abstract than logical, more likely to be a trauma survivor, looks for hidden meaning, attracted to weirdness, different, off beat, unpredictable, more solitary, focus on fantasies more than reality, drawn to artistic and cutting edge industries, bohemian, prefers autonomy, erotic, charmer, insightful, prefers strange clothing

Intellectual
likes gadgets, analytical, problem solver, knowledgable, philisophical, observant, curious, synthesizer, perceptive, enjoys games of strategy, prescient, questioner, inventive, introspective, relies more on mind than others, more influenced by self than others, brainstormer, nerdy, looks for hidden patterns, seeks meaning, rationalist, bibliophile, likes science fiction, more humanitarian, more likely to be a meglomaniac, more likely to pursue higher academia, computer/technology savvy, off beat sense of humor, more likely to shop online, more solitary, more artistic than average, values education, more experimental, hangs out mostly with other intellectuals, attracted to the counter culture, likes to get lost in thought

Interdependence
more likely ot see themself as basically good, good at taking advice, loves birthdays, prefers to do things with others, easier to get to know, more expressive about feelings, likes to be part of a group, learns better with others, more trusting, more positive, more likely to be content, tends to be traditional, does not like to be without guidance, more likely to feel indebted/grateful to parents, values society, more open, less intellectual, less rigid, relationship oriented

Accommodation
nice, happiest when helping and giving to others, does not mind serving others, unselfish, generous, self sacrificing, other-centric, warm, caring, loving, peaceful, modest, has trouble saying no, has trouble being firm, does not enjoy fighting, very loyal, prefers team victories over personal glory, wants everyone to get along, not manipulative, drawn to public service fields, good listener, comforter, not materialistic, honest, agreeable, nurturing

Orderliness
systematic, scheduled, planned, prefers structure, disciplined, desires the predictability of routine and habit, responsible, does things by the book, meets obligations on time, uncomfortable with imperfection, hard working, serious, practical, plans ahead, focuses on achieving goals, cautious, more logical than abstract, plays it safe, success driven, achiever, not easily distracted, law abiding, detail oriented and sometimes obsessed, prefers the familiar to the unfamiliar, likes the security of working for a company

Stability
calm, patient, easy-going, never gets too emotional, remains cool when others panic, not quick tempered, less prone to depression, trusting, optimistic, self confident, not swayed by emotions, not prone to envy, rarely worries, well adjusted, less prone to physical and mental sickness, more likely to exercise, able to bounce back from hardships

Extraversion
easily expresses emotions, not drained by social interaction, smiles a lot, believes most people like or will like them, bold, likes to lead, would rather be a participant than an observer, gregarious, loves night life activities and crowds, likes to participate in group discussions, oftens assumes the role of "Entertainer" or "Performer", easy to get to know, spends more time with others than alone, competes for the spotlight, fits in most places, likes to be popular, frequently touches people, spontaneous, likes to amuse, optimistic, social chameleon, charmer, tends to be confident

* the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average.

Anette II


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