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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.
This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:
"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!
"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."
The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...
The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...
Epica has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming 2012 edition of the Metal Female Voices Festival:
"Epica is proud to announce their participation on the 10th anniversary of Metal Female Voices Fest! MFVF celebrates it's tenth year of existence and Epica will be headlining the Sunday (21-10-12) of this awesome festival.
"We have been a regular guest on this festival since the beginning and MFVF has meant a lot to the growth of Epica so that is enough reason to throw a big party!!
"We are currently working to create the most awesome show in the history of MFVF so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible and prepare to be rocked out of your socks!! See you all there!"
The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:
"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!
"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted a new music video for the track "Storm the Sorrow." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see Metal Underground's review at this location).
In addition to a headline performance at ProgPower 2012, Epica also announced a North American headlining tour for the fall with Scottish pirates Alestorm and Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium. For full schedule and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "Storm the Sorrow" here: More...
Insomnium, which recently posted a music video online for "Regain the Fire," will join forces with Epica, Alestorm, System Divide and Destiny Potato to tour North America this fall. The currently announced dates are as follows:
10/23/12 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.
10/25/12 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/26/12 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/27/12 Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/29/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC - CANADA
10/30/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC - CANADA
10/31/12 Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
11/02/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/03/12 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/12 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
11/05/12 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/07/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
11/08/12 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/10/12 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/11/12 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/12/12 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/12 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/15/12 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/16/12 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
11/17/12 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
11/19/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/20/12 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
11/21/12 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
11/23/12 Headliners – Louisville, KY
11/24/12 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted up a trailer for the European Tour in support of the new LP "Requiem for the Indifferent" (reviewed here). The next stop on the current tour is April 8, 2012 in Mons, Belgium at the Mons PPM Fest.
Check out the trailer here:
The current dates for the tour are as follows: More...
Dutch symphonic band Epica, who are in the midst of the world tour in support of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (reviewed here), has split with bassist Yves Huts. Huts was one of the founding members of the band and has decided to leave to pursue his own business. In an announcement on the band's website, it was stated:
"It is with sadness that we announce that Yves Huts and Epica have decided to part ways. Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band. We want to thank Yves for his contribution to Epica's success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different way. We will never forget the good times we shared together on the road!!"
Huts also made a farewell statement to the fans:
013 is the venue where we did our first show with Epica and, almost a decade later, also my last. I'm leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world touring band. I've tried to live these two different lives simultaniously for as long as I could but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life. I look back to these 10 years in Epica satisfied and enriched with life experience. As a founding member I'm proud of what we've achieved so far and I'm sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band.
"I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck.
"Those of you that might be interested in any possible future musical plans of mine can visit my artist page on facebook.
Yves Huts" More...
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is offering the track "Serenade of Self-Destruction" as a free download at this location. Apparently, the instrumental version of the track found its way on the master of the first pressing of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see Metal Underground's review of the album at this location). Pre-ordered copies of the physical CD were affected and as a result have become unintended collector's items.
The track can also be heard in its entirety here:
Dutch symphonic band Epica announced that due to the overwhelming demand from fans who missed out on tickets for the upcoming sold out "Requiem for the Indifferent" release show at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands, the band has added an additional date for May 23, 2012 @ Paard in Den Haag, Netherlands.
For all the remaining European tour dates, head over to this location for dates and venues. For a review of the forthcoming "Requiem for the Indifferent" album, which is due out on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast, head on over to this location.
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has posted the final part of a series of promotional videos for the upcoming release "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is due out on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast. Each week leading up to the album's release, the band has posted videos with a "layer of music" of the opening track "Monopoly of Truth." The seventh and final part features Isaac Delahaye's guitar solo.
Check out Metal Underground's review of the new Epica at this location.
Check out the video here:
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced that support for the first leg of the "Requiem for the Indifferent" European Tour will come from country mates Stream of Passion and Germany's Xandria. Epica will release "Requiem for the Indifferent" on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location).
For dates and venues for Epica w/Stream of Passion and Xandria, head over to this location.
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has posted part six of promotional videos for the upcoming release "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is due out on March 9, 2012 through Nuclear Blast. Each week leading up to the album's release, the band has posted videos with a "layer of music" of the opening track "Monopoly of Truth." The sixth part features the vocals of Simone Simons and Mark Jansen. Check out Metal Underground's review of the new Epica at this location.
Check out the video here:
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted a lyric video for "Storm the Shadow," the first single from the band's forthcoming LP "Requiem for the Indifferent." The album is scheduled for release on March 9th, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records
Check out the lyric video here:
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is offering the single, "Storm The Sorrow," as a free download. The track appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is scheduled for release on March 9th, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track can be downloaded at this location.
Every week Epica is releasing a video teaser with a new layer of music. Last week you could hear the guitar riffing, this week the band has posted a view video adding the orchestration. Check out the clilp below.
On March 9th, 2012 (March 13th in the US) Epica will release the band's fifth studio album "Requiem for the Indifferent" through Nuclear Blast. This sample is taken from the opening track "Monopoly on Truth."
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is streaming the new song "Storm the Shadow." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is scheduled for release on March 9, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The official track listing for the release is:
2. Monopoly on Truth
3. Storm the Sorrow
5. Internal Warfare
6. Requiem for the Indifferent
8. Guilty Demeanor
9. Deep Water Horizon
10. Stay the Course
11. Deter the Tyrant
13. Serenade of Self-Destruction
Check out "Storm the Shadow" here:
SoundShock has posted a new video interview online with Simone Simons and Isaac Delahaye from Epica, which can be found below. On March 9th 2012 (March 13th in the US) Epica will release a fifth studio album, titled "Requiem for the Indifferent," through Nuclear Blast. A video teaser for the album is available here.
Every week EPICA is releasing a video teaser with a layer of new music. Last week you could hear Arien Van Weesenbeek's drums and Yves Huts' bass, this week the band adds in the rhythm guitars from Mark Jansen & Isaac Delahaye.
On March 9th 2012 (March 13th in the US) Epica will release a fifth studio album, "Requiem for the Indifferent," through Nuclear Blast. This sample is taken from the opening track "Monopoly on Truth." More...
A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):
Sin Deadly Sin
The Black Dahlia Murder