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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 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.

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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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Epica Announces "The Holographic Principle"

Symphonic metal band Epica has finally put the last touches on an upcoming studio album entitled "The Holographic Principle." Once again it will be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records, with a release slated for September 30th, 2016.

The album was recorded with Joost van der Broek at Sand Lane Studios. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen and the cover artwork was created by Heile.

The band commented: "Our highly anticipated seventh studio album is a fact. 'The Holographic Principle' feels to us like a true treasure, created by us all with blood, sweat and tears of joy. In the past year we have worked very hard to write and record this special album. We are all very eager to share it with you! Join us on our new musical journey." More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal, Day Three: "Its METAL Mon!"

Port day on the 2016 edition of the World’s Largest Metal Cruise! We made it into Falmouth, Jamaica at some time in the wee hours of the morning. This part of the cruise is a necessary element for a journalist, especially one trying to see as many shows as possible before collapsing from exhaustion. Since the day is usually enjoyed by fan and musician alike on shore and about the country, it means rest and relaxation for me until about 4pm – a time to recharge both the physical and mental batteries for the second half of the mayhem.

In similar fashion to last year, I skipped the part about getting off the boat. Unless there is a Mayan ruin like in Mexico a few years back, my interest in beach activities and touristy shops pales in comparison to resting and taking a few walks around the ship. This year I freed my shoulders from cameras and relaxed with breakfast before heading back to the room to do a little photo processing. The first show I would attend today would be Stratovarius’ second set on the pool deck. More...

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
Arkona
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Novembers Doom, Nervosa Named For 70,000 Tons

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this Thursday, and promoters UMC have announced all but one act to complete the lineup with the latest additions: Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation.

The clue to the 60th band to be announced is "jewel" and begins with a "D."

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation join the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup Closer To Complete

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal is about to set sail next Thursday, and promoters UMC are inching closer to completing the lineup - the latest addition is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer)'s new act Dead Cross.

Other additions include: Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. Also, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Dead Cross, Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia join the following previously named acts (with 9 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Eluveitie Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 41 bands of the 60 revealed. Three more acts (Hint: from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden) will be added this week.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Eluveitie joins the following previously named acts (with 19 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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The Birdcage To Mesh Video Games And Music Videos

The Birdcage is a new way to experience music - a music album that is presented as a video game. Imagine a music video you can fully control and immerse yourself in, while the events and the environment are in a perfect sync with the music.

The album will be performed by artists from Guns N' Roses, former Evanescence members, Epica, Within Temptation, Therion, and many others.

You can contribute to the creation of the game through Patreon here and a gameplay demo is also available below. More...

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