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Formed: 2002
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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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Updated Lineup For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Over the past few months, UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 17 acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 30 acts of the 60 announced.

The latest additions are: Aura Noir, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Credle of Filth, Epica, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Insomnium, Manilla Road, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Tsjuder, Tyr and Visions of Atlantis.

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.

Aura Noir, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Credle of Filth, Epica, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Insomnium, Manilla Road, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Tsjuder, Tyr and Visions of Atlantis join the previously named acts:

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil
My Dying Bride
Turisas More...

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Epica Launches New Music Video

The Dutch metallers from Epica have launched an official live video for "The Essence of Silence," which was recorded live earlier this year during the European "Enigma" tour during the sold-out show at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium.

The video was shot and edited by Jens de Vos and his team at Panda Productions. The show was recorded by Ace Zec and mixed by Epica producer Joost van der Broek.

Epica will be hitting the road with Eluveitie this coming September for a North American trek. Full details at this location.

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Epica And Eluveitie Post Tour Trailer

This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica and Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie will join forces to co-headline across North America.

This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s The Agonist supporting on all dates. Martina Edoff will also join the package as the opening band from Sept 18th to Oct 3rd. Check out a teaser video below with a special message to fans from Epica and Eluveitie.

This will mark Epica’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head in late 2013 got cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of latest album "The Quantum Enigma," which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond. More...

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Maximum Rock Adds Four More Bands

Maximum Rock Festival returns this year with a new edition spread across 4 massive days of concerts and various other activities, which shall take place between October 15th - 18th in two different venues - Colectiv Club and Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania.

A total of 25 bands will perform at the event inlcuding Epica, Annihilator, Sirenia, Skalmold, Zonaria, Nightrage, Silent Wedding, Kistvaen, Harlott, Archer, Gothic, Hatemode and Crimena.

Today the festival organizers announce four more additions to the lineup: Tiarra, Enemy Of Reality, Dimlight, and Sorrowful Angels. Stay tuned for more confirmations soon. More...

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Epica Honored With "Music Export Award"

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has another milestone to its career: the band received the "Music Export Award" at this year’s edition of Buma Rocks.

The award is given to the Dutch metal act with the most international success in the past year. Mark Jansen had the following to say about winning the award:

“We are honoured with this prestigious award, it's a big achievement after all those years of investing countless hours and much energy into Epica. It shows that everything you do by following your heart will eventually pay off and will get acknowledged. Thanks to all our fans from all over the world!”

Epica will also be hosting the band's own Epic Metal Fest this coming November 22nd, 2015. Full details are available here.

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Epica Announces Its Own Festival "Epic Metal Fest"

Dutch symphonic death metal act Epica announced its very own festival dubbed the "Epic Metal Fest." The lineup includes a headline performance by Epica along with Eluveitie, Fear Factory, Moonspell and Periphery, with more acts expected to be announced soon.

The event takes place on November 22, 2015 at Klokgebouw in the Netherlands. It will mark the final date in support of the current release "The Quantum Enigma" (see review here) as the band states:

"This will be our party of the year, the ultimate Dutch show we'll do before entering the studio to record the follow-up for 'The Quantum Enigma.' You really don't want to miss this!"

Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10am CET at this location.

Epica recently announced a North American tour this October with Eluveitie and The Agonist. More information can be found at this location. More...

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Epica Announces Tour Dates With Eluveitie

This Fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica and Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s The Agonist supporting on all dates. Please see below for all tour dates.

Epica front woman Simone Simons comments: “We are ecstatic to finally return to North America. It is time to nurture our long-distance relationship with our fans over in North America. We'll have a wonderful time together and will perform songs spanning our entire discography. You guys better be ready for us.”

This will mark Epica’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head in 2013 was cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of latest album, "The Quantum Enigma," which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond.

Eluveitie’s lead vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann further states: ”We're 8 months into the ‘Origins’ World Tour now and far from getting tired! We can't wait to finally return to the USA and Canada; especially because we'll return alongside the mighty Epica! By Toutatis, this is gonna be fucking awesome!" More...

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Zonaria, Nightrage Added To Maximum Rock

Maximum Rock Festival returns in 2015 with a new edition, spread across 4 massive days of concerts and various other activities, which shall take place between October 15th - 18th in two different venues: Colectiv Club and Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania.

A total of 25 bands will perform at the event, and, so far, the following groups have been confirmed: Epica, Annihilator, Skalmold, Kistvaen, Harlott, Archer, Cap de Craniu, Gothic and Crimena, with many others still on the line.

Just today, Zonaria (Sweden), Nightrage (Greece/Sweden) and Hatemode (Romania) have also been added to the festival's line-up. More...

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Epica Announces European Tour With Eluveitie

Epica has announced a co-headlining tour of Europe with Switzerland's Eluveitie this fall. In support is modern metal masters Scar Symmetry.

Guitar player Isaac Delahaye says the following about the tour: "Oh boy, I'm super stoked for this! What better way to end our The Quantum Enigma world tour than to team up with a band who's – just like us – mixing 2 different genres into something special; a great metal band with a catchy folk topping. Yummie! Add some delicious riffing from our favourite Swedes, and you can expect a lot of coolio and 3 bands on top of their game. You wanna hear an orchestra? You wanna see a fiddler? You wanna steal tasty soloing ideas? Or do you just wanna have a great metal night in the pit? We've got it all."

Epica is supporting its latest album "The Quantum Enigma" (see review here), Eluveitie is still supporting its latest "Origins" (see review here) and Scar Symmetry is supporting "The Singularity (Phase I: Neohumanity)" (see review here).

Dates are as follows:

EPICA/ELUVEITIE co-headline dates with opener SCAR SYMMETRY:'

OCT 27 + Oberhausen + Turbinenhalle, DE
OCT 28 + Hugenottenhalle + Neu-Isenburg, DE
OCT 30 + Hala Euronic + Zlín, CZ
OCT 31 + Lazia Nowa Theater + Krakow, PL
NOV 01 + Huxleys + Berlin, DE
NOV 03 + Löwensaal + Nürnberg, DE

EPICA supported by ELUVEITIE and opener SCAR SYMMETRY:

NOV 04 + Live Club + Milan, IT
NOV 05 + Estragon + Bologna, IT
NOV 07 + Belle Electrique + Grenoble, FR
NOV 08 + L’Etage + Rennes, FR
NOV 09 + Aeronef + Lille, FR
NOV 11 + Academy + Bristol, UK
NOV 12 + Ritz + Manchester, UK
NOV 14 + Garage + Glasgow, UK
NOV 15 + Forum + London, UK More...

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Epica Posts Tour Aftermovie

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica recently returned home from a South American tour, where the band performed in front of thousands of people In Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina.

Epica's guitar player Isaac Delahaye has the following to say about the trek: "Damn, this has been a great tour once again! More and more bands are going to this beautiful part of the world and we all understand why: some of the most enthusiastic and passionate metalheads can be found in South America. We've been overwhelmed by the warm welcome, the great weather, the gifts, the hospitality, the food, the cheering and the support from the crowds, etc. Thanks for all of that and for charging our batteries to keep the whole circus going! See you all next time!"

In Sao Paulo the band was joined in by Bruno Zuppone from VTV Filmes. He followed the band during the entire day and created an awesome aftermovie, which can be seen below.

The coming months will see EPICA tour Greece, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Russia. Hereafter the band will hit the European festival circuit. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Epica Posts European Tour Footage

Epica recently concluded another "European Enigma" tour, which saw the band sell out venues all over Europe, including appearances at L’Olympia in Paris, Markthalle in Hamburg, The C-Club in Berlin, and Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.

Panda Productions joined the band on the road to capture the action on and off stage. Check out several after movie clips from the trek below.

At the moment Epica is gearing up to kick off the South American Enigma tour. After that the group will return to Europe for a handful of club shows before starting a busy Summer festival season. More...

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Maximum Rock Festival Returning In October

Romania's Maximum Rock Festival will return in 2015 with a new edition featuring headliners Epica and Annihilator. The festival takes place from October 15th - 18th, and the organizers also had this to say:

"Apart from these two significant names, the event will also feature performances by other international and local acts, just as enticing as the headliners. Many new bands will be confirmed shortly.

"The success of the two previous indoor editions has led to the creation of a tradition, which, through perseverance and professionalism, transformed the show into a crucial one for the Romanian, and international, entertainment market.

"More and more people from Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Germany and so on choose to spend a week of October at the Festival! Because the audience awarded, again and again, its trust to the organizers, the festival has grown a great deal, and, as a result and a symbol of this, we have decided to extend the event to a 4 day affair, instead of 2, like before. More...

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Epica Posts Year-End Message

Epica has checked in with the following year-end recap message to fans:

"Oh what a year it's been! 2014 is coming to an end and there seems so much to look back upon. Let me take you through a couple of highlights...

"While we were wrapping up the recording of what would be our new album, we raised over €2000 for the good cause at the beginning of this year. In these times it's great to see that people still want to make the world a better place and care for the underprivileged.

"We released 'The Quantum Enigma' in May 2014. During the sold out release show we integrally played our 6th studio album, and did some. We also played some exclusive acoustic sessions for a select audience. Good fun and a great way to get closer to our die-hard fans! Breaking our old chart records, we knew that 'The Quantum Enigma' would become what we aimed for: a revised Epica, a fresh start, a new chapter in the history of the band.

"During the festival season we saw how the new songs turned many metalheads into Epica fans and how we -as a band- stormed those stages with passion and dedication. All of us were so happy with the new album, and more than ever before we wanted 'our voice' to be heard.

"We were ready to go back to our beloved club shows and play for our fans worldwide again. So there we went, on a plane to Latin America, to pay a visit to some of our most dedicated fan bases we have in the entire world. And yep, they were loud, they were numerous, they banged their heads from the first second till the last! More people came to see us, lots of younger fans, new faces, and familiar faces. Things that put smiles on our faces.

"A little bummed about the cancellation of the North American support tour we were about to start, we returned home, charged the batteries, released the video for 'Victims of Contingency' and went on our most successful European tour we've ever done. Sold out shows, wild crowds, anything we could wish for really!

"So here we are now, enumerating the things that made 2014 memorable. Trying to put into words how blessed we feel, how great it is to be able to do what we do. More...

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Epica Posts Tour Footage

Epica kicked off the European Enigma tour together with Dragonforce and Dagoba this past Thursday at the Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.

Panda Productions joined the band to capture behind-the-scene footage of the first shows of the tour. Check out "Natural Corruption (The European Enigma Aftermovie)" in the player below.


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Dutch Artists Collaborate For "The Power Of Love"

The Power of Love is a Dutch metal collaboration for the Red Cross, a very special large-scale collaboration between Netherlands-based metal artists to help gather donations and bring aid to victims of sexual abuse in conflict territories, featuring (amongst others) Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Mark Jansen, Charlotte Wessels, Arjen Lucassen, and Ruud Jolie.

The Power Of Love comes on the occasion of 3FM’s Serious Request 2014 - a massive Dutch charity event that is organised every year by one of Netherland’s biggest radio stations.

From December 8th onward, fans will be able to give a donation and download a heavy cover of “The Power of Love,” originally performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, at this location. The lineup includes: More...

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Epica Adds More Tour Dates

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has announced Scandinavian and Russian dates in support of the band’s latest album "The Quantum Enigma" (reviewed here).

Epica keyboard player Coen Janssen commented: “Awesome! We are going North again. These countries were not included in the European tour but we are certainly not forgetting about you guys! I'm excited to take this show to Sweden, Finland and Russia!”

Check out Epica live at the following dates:

21.04.2015 S Stockholm - Göta Källare
22.04.2015 FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
24.04.2015 RUS St. Petersburg - Cosmonavt Club
25.04.2015 RUS Moscow - Red Club
26.04.2015 RUS Ekaterinburg - Teleclub More...

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Epica Posts New Music Video

Dutch band Epica today premieres an official music video for "Victims of Contingency," which can be seen below, thanks to Revolvermag.com.

The video was directed by Remko Tielemans (Textures) and produced by the Kunstoff Kollectiv. Epica guitar player Mark Jansen states about the clip:

"We've picked a heavy and brutal track this time as we wanted to surprise everybody. As 'Victims of Contingency' is also a fan-favourite, we are convinced that it is the right choice. The video for 'Storm the Sorrow' has been received very well by the fans so we were very happy to work with Remko and his team again. We think the end result for 'Victims of Contingency' is astonishing and I am very excited that we can finally share this video with all of you!"

The track "Victims of Contingency" is taken from the band’s latest album "The Quantum Enigma" (reviewed here). More...

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Epica Announces New Tour Dates

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica will return to South America in support of "The Quantum Enigma" (reviewed here).

The South American Enigma Tour will see the band return to Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. Epica guitar player Mark Jansen comments:

“Many of you have been requesting South American tour dates. We are very pleased to announce The South American Enigma tour! We are very much looking forward to it and we hope to welcome all of you to one of the shows to unravel the enigma together!” More...

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Machine Head Cancels North American Tour

Machine Head has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates that were to feature Epica and Children of Bodom:

"It is with great disappointment that Machine Head must announce the postponement of our North American tour this fall.

"Our new album 'Bloodstone & Diamonds' has taken longer to complete than expected and we had to make the difficult choice to either delay the album, let it go out as incomplete, or cancel the tour in order to properly finish and promote the album in the caliber it needs to be done. We decided postponing the tour was the best decision for the record.

"We feel this record is a milestone, we feel we have something truly special here, but getting there has been a challenge. Our vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn just returned from a press tour where he was playing rough mixes and incomplete versions of songs for the press just to try and keep everything on time for our November release date."

Refunds will be available for tickets at point of purchase. Look out for rescheduled American tour dates for the beginning of the year. All scheduled European tour dates will remain as scheduled.

Machine Head will release 8th album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” (and first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment) on November 10th.

Epica also comments: "We are really disappointed to inform you that our upcoming North American Tour in support of Machine Head has been cancelled. We were very much looking forward to play North America and to meet our US and Canadian fans again. Needless to say, this is a real blow for us. We hope to be able to return to North America as soon as possible!" More...

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Machine Head To Tour With COB And Epica

Machine Head will continue dominating North America with the announcement of a 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of the band's debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, due out this Fall.

The devastating lineup will also feature Children of Bodom, Epica, and Battlecross. The tour launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st.

Machine Head front man & guitarist Robb Flynn checks in about the touring line-up and the upcoming shows:

"Machine Head raised the bar with concert production for 2012 ‘s 'Locust' tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest line-up out there for 2014, PERIOD!!

"This is a MUST SEE event for any heavy metal fan in America! I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in Children Of Bodom, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in Battlecross, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. Epica’s symphonic metal will add a touch of much needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. Come out and be a part of history ladies and gentlemen!"

Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho adds: “We’ve rolled with Machine Head quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick azz shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we’ll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non stop tour cycle for 'Halo Of Blood!'"

“With this killer line-up, this tour is bound to be a great success,” states Epica vocalist Simone Simons. “We will bring Epica to a whole new level and I can't wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas.”

Epica founding member Mark Jansen shares: “Machine Head and Children of Bodom are bands I listened to as teenager, so it's really amazing to be on this tour with Epica." More...

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