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Epica

Formed: 2002
From: Reuver, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Epica News

Below is our complete Epica news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Epica Posts Behind The Music Video

On September 1st, symphonic metal masters Epica proudly unleashed "The Solace System" mini-album. This EP includes six brand-new tracks, which were written and recorded during the process of latest album "The Holographic Principle."

To give you all a better understanding of the content and the concept of the EP, Epica released multiple episodes of a behind-the-music series. Check out the third and final part below.

The band comments: "Here's our view on the new upcoming EP The Solace System. We talk about the music and the lyrics of all the songs you can find on this record. Enjoy watching!"

The Solace System was recorded, mixed & mastered by team Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen, while artwork was once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann. More...

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Epica Posts "Immortal Melancholy" Video

Symphonic metal band Epica will make an awaited return to North America in only a few short days for the "Ultimate Principle" tour with supports Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris.

In anticipation, the band just premiered a video for new song “Immortal Melancholy.” The song is featured on upcoming EP "The Solace System" that’s due out on Friday from Nuclear Blast.

The animated video for “Immortal Melancholy” was created/produced by anime master Davide Cilloni, and follows his previous video for the title track off “The Solace System.”

Epiac will arrive in North America on Thursday, August 31st to kick off the tour in Boston, MA with dates through September 29th. More...

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Epica To Issue New EP, Posts New Video

Dutch symphonic metal act Epica issued a video clip for the brand new song "The Solace System." The song appears on the upcoming new EP of the same name expected to drop on September 1st via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order packages can be had at this location.

"The Solace System" was recorded, mixed and mastered by our dream team, Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. The splendid artwork (shown below) is once again created by the hand of Stefan Heilemann, and the magnificent music video was created by anime master, Davide Cilloni.

Guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen commented: "'The Holographic Principle' sessions were so fruitful that we had many songs left that didn’t fit on the album, but were also way too solid to become 'ordinary' bonus tracks. That’s why we decided to release them as a brand new separately release. All six songs just belong together and this way they will stay together. :) Once more, I’m also very happy with the amazing artwork of Stefan Heilemann! Enjoy listening to our latest creations.”

The track listing for the EP is:

1. The Solace System
2. Fight Your Demons
3. Architect of Light
4. Wheel of Destiny
5. Immortal Melancholy
6. Decoded Poetry More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2017: Day One

The Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium has become one of the biggest and most popular events on the European summer circuit. Seemingly every year they put together a fantastic line up, mixing the classics, the young blood and cult favourites to really give something for all head bangers. This year was no different, with such legends as Scorpions, Deep Purple and Blue Oyster Cult all booked, as well as plenty for the kids like Chelsea Smile and Architects. It all promised to be a hell of a weekend and indeed it was.

Though the festival doesn't begin it's "official" schedule until Friday, weekend campers arrive the day before and are met with plenty on offer, including a number of live bands and the Metal Cafe. Being too tired after travelling from England to Belgium, we were only able to catch one full performance, though we also caught the last ten minutes of Belgian stoner metal act, King Hiss, who would probably please fans of Mastodon but left little impact. This was followed by the very short journey to the Jupiler Stage, which housed most of the weekend's hardcore and deathcore groups to watch Dutch hardcore veterans, Born From Pain. The quintet are regarded as one of Europe's best hardcore groups and it's easy to see why, particularly in the live setting where their brand of positive energy spreads to the audience very quickly, making for a very enjoyable live set. More...

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Lacuna Coil Joining Epica On Tour

Italian metal crew Lacuna Coil just announced the band will be joining Dutch symphonic group Epica on the North American leg of the band's "Ultimate Principal" Tour.

This month long September trek marks Lacuna Coil's first U.S. tour dates in over a year, as the band continues to support latest full-length studio effort, "Delirium." Also joining Lacuna Coil and Epica on the trek are Insomnium & Elantris.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 28th at 10am local time and a complete list of upcoming dates and venues follows:

August 31, 2017 - Boston, MA @ Royale
September 1, 2017 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
September 2, 2017 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
September 3, 2017 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 5, 2017 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
September 6, 2017 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
September 8, 2017 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
September 9, 2017 - The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
September 11, 2017 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
September 12, 2017 - Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theater
September 14, 2017 - Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theater
September 15, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
September 16, 2017 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
September 17, 2017 - Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
September 19, 2017 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
September 20, 2017 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
September 21, 2017 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
September 23, 2017 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
September 24, 2017 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
September 25, 2017 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
September 27, 2017 - Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head Live!
September 28, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
September 29, 2017 - New York, NY @ Playstation Theater More...

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Epica Announces Tour With Myrath, Vuur

Symphonic metal crew Epica is returning for the European leg of the "Ultimate Principle" tour this upcoming November. Epica will be supported by Anneke Van Giersbergen’s new all-star band Vuur and Tunisian progressive metal band Myrath.

Simone Simons commented on the upcoming tour: “Europe! After our successful tour with Powerwolf we couldn't wait to tour through Europe again! We are coming back for you full force this autumn. A full production and an awesome line up awaits you. Get your tickets fast and come hang out with us!”

2017-05-05 San Jose (Pepper’s Club) CR
2017-05-06 Tegucigalpa (Hotel Clarion) HN
2017-05-09 Chihuahua (Expo) MX
2017-05-11 Mexico City (Pepsi Center) MX
2017-05-12 San Luis Potosi (Cineteca Alameda) MX
2017-05-13 Guadalajara (Teatro Diana) MX
2017-05-15 Monterrey (Excena) MX
2017-05-17 Bucaramanga (Auditoria Luis A. Calvo) CO
2017-05-18 Medellin (Teatro Universida De Medellin) CO
2017-05-19 Cali (Teatro Jorge Isaacs) CO
2017-05-21 Bogota (Royal Center) CO More...

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Epica Goes "Beyond The Matrix"

Dutch symphonic metal act Epica issued a new video clip for the song "Beyond the Matrix.." The song appears on the latest album "The Holographic Principle," which is available from Nuclear Blast Records.

Simone Simmons commented: "The energy that lives within 'Beyond the Matrix' is extremely contagious. It will sweep you off your feet when the melodies enter your mind. The video embodies the spirit and liveliness of Epica. Transcend together with us and shine past the sky.”

Check out the clip here:

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Epica Releases New Lyric Video

Dutch symphonic metal act Epica issued a new lyric video for the song "Ascension - Dream State Armageddon." The song appears on the latest album "The Holographic Principle," which is available from Nuclear Blast Records.

The band is currently on tour in North America with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arkona and The Agonist. For dates/venues, head on over to this location.

Check out the clip here:

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Revolver's Hottest Chicks Calendar Released

It's that time of year again that some in the metal world eagerly look forward to and others decry as sexist - yep, it's none other than the annual Revolver Hottest Chicks, which now comes in handy calendar format!

Revolver Magazine's Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Calendar 2017 is on sale now, featuring Lacuna Coil's own Cristina Scabbia on the cover.

The 2017 edition also features Lzzy Hale from Halestorm, Ash Costello from New Years Day, Elize Ryd from the Amaranthe, Simone Simons from Epica, Francheska Pastor from Bad Seed Rising, the Butcher Babies, and more. More...

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Epica Announces Fan Q & A

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is set to unleash new record "The Holographic Principle" this Friday, September 30th. To celebrate this special day, the band will be available to answer fan questions via Facebook here. The live fan Q & A schedule is as follows:

Coen: 19.30 CET - 20.30 CET
Simone: 20.30 CET - 21.30 CET
Mark: 21.30 CET - 22.30 CET

Don't miss this unique opportunity to get in touch with the band or Epica's record release show at Epic Metal Fest Netherlands this Saturday. You can pre-order "The Holographic Principle" now at this location and check out a new music video below. More...

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Epica Releases New Video

Epica's new album "The Holographic Principle" will be available in stores in about three weeks' time. In anticipation of this album, a new music video for "Edge Of The Blade" has been launched today.

Commented Coen Janssen (synths, piano): "Finally another video! We are very happy with the way it turned out! It gives a glimpse on what to expect from our upcoming live shows, so watch it a few times because I'm expecting to see you sing along with it soon!"

You can pre-order Epica's upcoming new album "The Holographic Principle" now via the Nuclear Blast webshop here.

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Epica Releases Drum Playthrough Clip

Dutch symphonic metal act Epica released drum playthrough video featuring the beast Ariën van Weesenbeek performing the new single "Universal Death Squad." The song is taken from forthcoming record "The Holographic Principle," which drops on September 30th via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Eidola
2. Edge Of The Blade
3. A Phantasmic Parade
4. Universal Death Squad
5. Divide And Conquer
6. Beyond The Matrix
7. Once Upon A Nightmare
8. The Cosmic Algorithm
9. Ascension - Dream State Armageddon
10. Dancing In A Hurricane
11. Tear Down Your Walls
12. The Holographic Principle - A Profound Understanding Of Reality

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Epica Posts Behind-The-Scenes Video

The Dutch symphonic metal stars from Epica are ready to release the third studio trailer for their upcoming album "The Holographic Principle." This new clip shows the band during drum and vocal recordings and once again gives a detailed look behind the scenes.

"Only one month to go until the release," the band states. "Here is the 3rd part of the Epica documentary. Dealing about the acoustic sessions, artwork and the concept behind 'The Holographic Principle!' I hope you'll enjoy watching it as much as we did by making the album." More...

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Beyond The Black To Support Epica On Tour

In addition to an upcoming North American tour alongside The Agonist and Fleshgod Apocalypse (dates available here), Epica just revealed details on an impending early 2017 European trek.

German symphonic metal high flyers Beyond The Black have been announced as support act of the upcoming Powerwolf / Epica tour, which is set to make its way across Europe in January.

Comments Jennifer Haben of Beyond The Black: "I am thrilled and honoured to have the chance to share the stages of great venues with these two iconic bands and am very happy to finally see and meet our fans in Europe! This is a great package and will be an amazing tour!“

Epica's forthcoming record "The Holographic Principle" drops on September 30th via Nuclear Blast. See the band live:

Powerwolf, Epic, and Beyond The Black
12.01.2017 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
13.01.2017 DE - Cologne, Palladium
14.01.2017 DE - Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
16.01.2017 CH - Geneve, Salle des Fetes de Thonex
17.01.2017 CH - Zurich, Volkshaus
18.01.2017 IT – Milan, Live Club
20.01.2017 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
21.01.2017 AT - Vienna, Gasometer
24.01.2017 PL - Warsaw, Progresja
25.01.2017 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
27.01.2017 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
28.01.2017 CZ - Prague, Forum Karlin
01.02.2017 BE – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
03.02.2017 UK - London, Shepherds Bush Empire
04.02.2017 FR - Paris, Zenith More...

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Epica Drops First Single "Universal Death Squad"

Dutch symphonic metal act Epica released a lyric/music video for the new track "Universal Death Squad." The song is the first new track releases from the forthcoming record "The Holographic Principle," which drops on September 30th via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Eidola
2. Edge Of The Blade
3. A Phantasmic Parade
4. Universal Death Squad
5. Divide And Conquer
6. Beyond The Matrix
7. Once Upon A Nightmare
8. The Cosmic Algorithm
9. Ascension - Dream State Armageddon
10. Dancing In A Hurricane
11. Tear Down Your Walls
12. The Holographic Principle - A Profound Understanding Of Reality

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Epica Releases New Trailer For Upcoming Album

The Dutch symphonic metal stars from Epica are ready to release the second studio trailer for their upcoming masterpiece "The Holographic Principle."

In this new clip, the band shows work and experimentation with many new instruments and how it affected the depth and diversity of the album's new sound.

"Recording this album felt like being a kid in a candy store", states Keyboardist Coen Janssen. "Never before have we used more live-instruments. Recording them ourselves and hearing the music come 'alive' like that is an indescribable feeling! I'm sure these efforts make this album our best yet!"

New album "The Holographic Principle" will be released via Nuclear Blast on September 30th, 2016.

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Epica Posts New Album Trailer

Today, the Dutch symphonic metal stars from Epica grant a little insight into the making of their massive new longplayer "The Holographic Principle" and release a first trailer from the studio. In this brand new clip, the band explains the songwriting process and even comes up with some musical surprises.

"Halfway through 2015, Epica started a new journey: writing and recording the 7th studio album 'The Holographic Principle,'" explains guitarist Isaac Delahaye. "In between touring we spent our time in the Sandlane Recording Facilities with producer Joost van den Broek and here's the first part of our studio documentary! It gives you a little insight into the creation of what we see as our most complete album ever. You'll hear rough snippets of new music, and you'll see how we built things up. Enjoy!" More...

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The Agonist Announces Tour With Epica

Recent Napalm Records signees The Agonist will be hitting the road this fall in North America alongside Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse.

Additionally for the first three shows, label-mates Xandria will share the bill. On November 8th Napalm outfit Arkona will join the tour in place of Xandria for the duration of the tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

The Agonist is also currently hard at work on a Napalm Records debut album, due later this year with full details still to come. More...

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Epica Reveals New Album Track Listing

Dutch symphonic metal stars Epica recently announced the release of forthcoming record "The Holographic Principle" (due out September 30th through Nuclear Blast).

Now the artwork has been revealed and its time for the band to reveal the track listing, which will be as follows:

01. Eidola
02. Edge Of The Blade
03. A Phantasmic Parade
04. Universal Death Squad
05. Divide And Conquer
06. Beyond The Matrix
07. Once Upon A Nightmare
08. The Cosmic Algorithm
09. Ascension - Dream State Armageddon
10. Dancing In A Hurricane
11. Tear Down Your Walls
12. The Holographic Principle - A Profound Understanding Of Reality

The band commented: "'The Holographic Principle' deals with the near future wherein virtual reality has taken off and allows people to create their own virtual worlds which can't be distinguished from 'reality as we know it.' This raises the question whether our current reality is a kind of virtual reality on itself, a hologram. This implies the existence of a higher reality which we currently do not have access to. The lyrics challenge you to think out of the box, to reconsider everything you thought to know for sure and to be open-minded towards recent revolutions in science. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a ride as nothing appears to be what it seems in our holographic universe." More...

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Epica Announces Tour With Powerwolf

The Dutch symphonic metal stars Epica and German heavy metal giants Powerwolf are teaming up for a European tour in early 2017.

This co-headline tour comes in support of the impending Epica album, "The Holographic Principle," which is scheduled for a September 30th, 2016 release as well as Powerwolf's "The Metal Mass Live" DVD coming on July 29th, 2016.

Epica frontwoman Simone Simons commented: "Woohoow, this autumn we're releasing our 7th studio album and the band have exciting times coming up! A new album means a new Epica chapter and obviously a new world tour. Early 2017 we'll join forces with our German friends in Powerwolf and together we'll storm stages all over Europe. If you want to hear our brand-new songs come to live, if you want to see our brand-new visuals and if you simply want to have a good time with us, we expect you on our biggest tour to date! I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!"

Matthew Greywolf of Powerwolf adds: "In early 2017 we will embark on a special tour, sharing stages throughout Europe with the amazing Epica. Those shows will become Powerwolf'\s biggest indoor metal masses to date. Be prepared for an amazing stage set and crazy nights full of metal madness!" More...

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