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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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Mutiny Within Drops Out Of Epica Tour

New Jersey modern metal act Mutiny Within have pulled out their previously announced North American tour with Dutch symphonic metallers Epica.

Mutiny Within commented by saying:

"After weeks of discussions, we've decided to cancel our current touring plans in order to focus all of our efforts to writing the second MUTINY WITHIN album.

"Touring with EPICA would have been amazing and we were really looking forward to it. This wasn't easy for us and we apologize to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us again.

"After a year of touring, we feel it's time to get all of this new material demoed and recorded. We've started writing and we don't want to stop. We hope you all understand and support us, because we are excited to bring you brand new music.

"As far as touring goes, we are exploring opportunities for early 2011, and not just in America. We do have a few temporary drummer replacements lined up for any possible upcoming dates/tours, but we are still holding auditions for a permanent member. Send an e-mail to MWdrumauditions@gmail.com if you or anyone you know is interested.

"Wait until you guys hear the new songs!"

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Cirrha Niva To Appear In Metal Calendar

Cirrha Niva has issued the following announcement about appearing in the upcoming 2011 Mindview Magazine calendar.

"Hi People, we are one of the twelve bands that are selected for the new 2011 calendar of Mindview Magazine. Some of the other bands are Nevermore, Paradise Lost, Epica, Alestorm and Sabaton.

"This calendar will be for sale within a few weeks and it will be available at the website of the Belgium magazine Mindview and at Large Popmerchandising. All profits are donated to a Crohn's disease fund. Oh, we are the December band."

You can also check out Cirrha Niva's music via this location.

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To-Mera Added To Compilation Album

Progressive metal act To-Mera has checked in with the following announcement about contributing a track to an upcoming compilation album:

"We have contributed the track 'Mesmerised' from the Earthbound EP on a 2CD compilation called 'Des Filles et des Riffs,' due out on Season of Mist records in October. The compilation features songs from Epica, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Pin-up went down, Pythia and many more. So as the title adequately describes, plenty of filles and plenty of riffs. Check it out here for more information."

You can also check out To-Mera's music via the band's MySpace page.

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Revamp Announces European Tour Dates

Dutch act Revamp has issued the following announcement about embarking on a European tour alongside Epica:

"European tour for ReVamp! 'Once upon a time' Mark Jansen (Epica) and Floor Jansen (ReVamp) started making music in the band called After Forever. Today they will join forces again on a European tour, together with the French band Kells. A great opportunity for ReVamp to introduce themselves to the European audience! The three bands on this tour all have an own and distinctive sound, which will guarantee you a varied and heavy evening! ReVamp will open this special night, followed by Kells and headliner Epica."

The upcoming Revamp tour dates are as follows:

8/15 2010 Booch? Festival Heerlen, NETHERLANDS
9/3 2010 Heden, Zwolle Zwolle, Overijsel, NETHERLANDS
9/10 2010 Paard van Troje Den Haag, Zuid-Holla, NETHERLANDS
9/11 2010 Appelpop Tiel, NETHERLANDS
9/22 2010 The Rock Copenhagen, DENMARK
9/24 2010 Nosturi Helsinki, Helsinki, FINLAND
9/26 2010 Debaser Stockholm, Stockholm, SWEDEN
9/27 2010 John Dee Oslo, NORWAY
9/28 2010 Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, SWEDEN
9/30 2010 Eskulap Poznan, Poznan, POLAND
10/1 2010 Rialto Katowice, POLAND
10/2 2010 Diesel Budapest, Budapest, HUNGARY
10/3 2010 Szene Wenen, AUSTRIA
10/5 2010 New Age Treviso, ITALY
10/6 2010 Docks Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
10/7 2010 Backstage Munchen, GERMANY
10/9 2010 Colos-saal Aschaffenburg, GERMANY
10/10 2010 Tivoli Bremen, GERMANY
10/23 2010 Metal Female Voices Fest Wieze, BELGIUM
10/28 2010 Elysee Montmartre Paris, FRANCE
10/29 2010 La Laiterie Strasbourg, FRANCE
10/30 2010 Transbordeur Lyon, FRANCE
11/26 2010 Patronaat Haarlem, Noord-Holl, NETHERLANDS
11/27 2010 Groene Engel Oss, Brabant, NETHERLANDS
12/17 2010 Gigant Apeldoorn, Gelderland, NETHERLANDS
12/18 2010 Waerdse Tempel Heerhugowaard, NETHERLANDS

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Kamelot Signs with earMUSIC, New Album Details

earMUSIC, the international rock label of the Hamburg-based entertainment group Edel, has announced the signing of American/Norwegian melodic metallers Kamelot. The band's new studio album, "Poetry For The Poisoned," will be released in Europe on September 3, 2010.

"I think this album is by far our most diverse, fusing new ideas and elements along with the traditional Kamelot sound and style that we have established over the years," states Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood.

"Poetry for the Poisoned" was mostly written in the remote woods of Norway to the final songwriting sessions in a remote region of Germany. Recordings took place in the familiar Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Additional tracking also took place in Tampa, Florida as well as various studios in Sweden, Greece and the U.S.

"Poetry for the Poisoned" features guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica), Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain). The artwork was created by many great artists, including Seth Siro Anton, Natalie Shau and Michal Loranc.

"'Poetry for the Poisoned' is a mix of progressive elements, modern rock, dark arts and also power metal," states Youngblood. "It comes at a time where many people around the world are searching for something to grab on to spiritually, including myself. I recently lost my mother and to be honest it was very hard on me. So there are some melancholy moods reflected on this album."

Frontman Roy Khan assures that "Poetry for the Poisoned" will both please the band's existing following and expose the universe of Kamelot to a whole range of new fans. "'Poetry for the Poisoned' is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle," he says.

Max Vaccaro, director of the earMUSIC label, commented: "If there is one thing that is absolutely clear with Kamelot, it's that the band has a unique vision of metal and they consider anything they do as the 'next step' to something bigger and better, constantly adamant to reach new ambitious artistic targets. We're happy about the fact that they have chosen earMUSIC as the partner to expand their audience with this new wonderful album."

"Poetry For The Poisoned" will also be available as a limited edition hard-cover digipak CD with a bonus DVD, LP and limited collector's edition featuring a bonus 45" vinyl with two rare songs only available on this strictly limited format, personally signed by the band.

Kamelot recently tapped Swedish director Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The track, which was performed on the band's recently completed European tour, will appear on "Poetry For The Poisoned". Other songtitles set to appear on the effort include "House On A Hill"and "Hunters Season", the latter of which was also performed on the band's recently completed European headlining tour.

Kamelot recently inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon Records for the Japanese release of its next album. The plans for the North American release will be announced in the near future.

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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Epica Announces North American Tour

Epica has checked in with the following message:

"With the overwhelming success of the last trek through North America earlier this year, we will return to the U.S. and Canada for 24 headlining shows with Nuclear Blast labelmates Scar Symmetry, as well as Mutiny Within and Blackguard. The tour is set to launch on November 16 in West Springfield, Virginia and wrap up in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 18. This will be Epica's fifth North American tour to date!"

The list of tour dates is as follows: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For "70,000 Tons Of Metal"

Testament is the latest act to be confirmed for the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. The currently confirmed acts are as follows, with more to be announced soon:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will return after four days on Friday, January 28, 2011. More information on the cruise can be found at this location.

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Epica Explains Belo Horizonte Cancellation

Epica has posted the following message explaining why the show in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been cancelled:

"We have received many (angry) e-mails and messages about the cancelled show in Belo Horizonte (while we were completely unaware of the situation). That is why we have asked our Brazilian booker, Paulo, what happened and why this show wasn't happening anymore. Apparently the local promotor fron Belo Horizonte refused to supply an acceptable set of backline equipment and an adequate PA-system for the show and Paulo was not able to rseolve this problem with him. Paulo tried to switch the show to a different local promotor in Belo Horizonte without success.

"We have received messages like: 'We are so disappointed with the band because we hear that you all are requiring silly things that will make the show more expensive for us! your fans...'
Be sure that we never require silly things and the only reason that we ask for a decent backline and PA us that we want to offer you, our fans, a good show. Nobody will be happy when a show sounds like shit.

"We are very disappointed as well that Paulo and the local promotor were not able to solve the problems. We play almost a 100 shows a year and normally these kind of issues get solved without any problem. Please don't blame the band for this, we only want the best for everybody and we hope to be able to play Belo Horizonte in the near future!

"The show has been replaced with a new show in Rio de Janeiro on the same date."

In other news, Epica will be playing the album "Consign to Oblivion" in its entirety at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, NL on March 21st to celebrate the album's fifth anniversary.

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Nuclear Blast Posts Free Spring 2010 Sampler

Nuclear Blast and Amazon.com have teamed up to provide metalheads everywhere in the U.S.A. with the “Sinister Spring Sampler” featuring the following eleven bands and tracks from the label’s roster:

EXODUS, “The Hammer And Life” (demo)
ELUVEITIE, “Thousandfold”
ARSIS, “Beyond Forlorn”
MNEMIC, “Sons Of The System”
NILE, “Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld”
EPICA, “Resign To Surrender”
THREAT SIGNAL, “Through My Eyes”
SONATA ARCTICA, “Flag In The Ground”
AUGURY, “Faith Puppeteers”
HYPOCRISY, “Hang Him High”

All tracks are in MP3 format and compatible with MP3 players (including the iPod), iTunes, and Windows Media Player. Download all tracks from the Amazon free sampler at this location.

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Line-Up Announced For Metal Fest Open Air Austria

The 2010 edition of the Metal Fest Open Air Austria will take place from May 12th - 15th, 2010 More information on the festival can be found at this location. The currently confirmed line up for the festival is as follows:

Twilight of The Gods
Bolt Thrower
Six Feet Under
Corvus Corax
Saltatio Mortis
Legion of the Damned
Parkway Drive
Death Angel
Alestorm More...

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Urn Completes New Video For "Reckoning Hour"

Chicago-based URN completed work on the video for their single "Reckoning Hour" with Liquid Productions (who also worked on NOVEMBERS DOOM's Rain clip) for the current album, "Scribings of a Forgotten Soul," currently available on Rotting Corpse Records.

The band launched the video as part of the live webcast of their performance at The Rave in Milwaukee last night with EPICA, THREAT SIGNAL, and BLACKGUARD at 8pm CST/9pm EST. You can still catch it on the rebroadcast today at noon (CST) (1pm ET / 6pm GMT / 7pm CET).

In other news, URN singer/guitarist Dominic St. Charles was recently interviewed in the current issue of OUTBURN magazine by Nick DeMarino. They discussed the inspiration behind the album concept of a prison riot based on true events of friends of his that survived one when we he was in high school. EPICA was also interviewed in the current issue as well.

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Tonight's Epica Concert To Be Streamed Live

Tonight’s concert at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin featuring EPICA, THREAT SIGNAL and BLACKGUARD will be streamed live via TheRaveLive.com beginning at 6 p.m. PACIFIC/ 8 p.m. CENTRAL / 9:00 p.m. EASTERN.

To access the free live concert stream:

1) Click on this link
2) Click on the "Free Signup" button at the upper right of the page
3) Choose the "Fan" option and fill out the information
4) Sign in and click the "Live Webcast" tab and you're all set!
5) Mac users may need to download the Windows Media plugin Flip4Mac to watch

UPDATE: There is a rebroadcast planned for Saturday, February 6th at noon CST (1pm ET / 6pm GMT / 7pm CET).

Live and behind-the-scenes video footage from the current tour can be viewed here.

In other band news, read drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek’s tour diary and his adventures with frozen urine here (click on “EPICA’S US Tour Diary” in the upper left-hand corner).

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Threat Signal To Stream Entire Concert

Threat Signal have announced that their concert scheduled for Friday, February 5th, 2010 will be streamed live online for free. The show, which starts at 9:00 PM Eastern / 8:00 PM Central, will also feature Blackguard and Epica. The concert stream can be found at this location.

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Blackguard Recaps Ensiferum Tour

Paul Ablaze of Montreal's Blackguard has checked in with the following recap of the From Afar tour, headlined by Ensiferum this past fall:

"Another tour in the Bag , Another notch on the belt , and Another round of good times were had by all.

"For a tour that seemed destined to fall apart on itself just before it's start, I believe it exceeded all expectation by a long shot. With Ex Deo pulling out for the majority of the tour and Hypocrisy having to bail all together, the future looked very bleak. But at the end of the day it was Ensiferums call to bite the bullet and pull ahead with the tour, and for that we cannot thank them enough.

"As disappointed as we were not being able to tour with those two amazing bands, their absences proved to be a blessing in disguise. Being bumped up to direct support might have been one of the best things to happen to us, and with the addition of Lazarus A.D we got to become friends with some of the most badass people we've ever met.

"Although the crowds might have been smaller overall, we got to play to more people every night and our new position on the tour certainly motivated us to step up our game.

"This tour being quite the contrast to our last tour (Summer slaughter) in pace and scale, it was a little more relaxed and offered us some more down time to breath. That being said here are some of my more memorable moments from 'from afar' More...

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Femme Metal Records Putting Together Compilation

Femme Metal Records is putting together a metal compilation entitled "Beauty and Brutality"and has announced the first bands confirmed. They include:


More bands will be announced soon. If you are interested in having your band on the upcoming or future compilation CDs then contact Femme Metal Records at info@femmemetal.net.

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Five Finger Death Punch To Headline Hammerfest

Five Finger Death Punch have announced they will be headlining the Hammerfest, which takes place from March 11th - 13th, 2010 in North Wales. Other confirmed bands include DevilDriver, Napalm Death, Epica, Katatonia, Man Must Die, Malefice, and Warpath. Further information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Warpath Confirmed For Hammerfest II

U.K. metallers Warpath have announced they will perform at the Hammerfest II festival, which will take place between March 11th - 13th, 2010 at Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales, United Kingdom.

The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:


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Amberian Dawn Cancels Two Tour Dates

Amberian Dawn, who are currently embarked on a European tour with Epia, have announced that they are canceling their tour dates on October 31st in Madrid and November 1st in Lisbon. Amberian Dawn has stated the reason for the cancellations are due to vocalist Simone of Epic coming down with an illness. The tour is currently scheduled to pick up again on November 3rd in Toulouse, France.

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Threat Signal Added To Epica Tour

Canadian metallers Threat Signal have replaced Daath as support for Epica on their upcoming January/February 2010 North American tour. The band will be touring in promotion of their recently released album "Vigilance."

Vocalist Jon Howard commented: "This will be THREAT SIGNAL's first tour supporting our new album, Vigilance. We are excited to be tearing apart North America with EPICA and BLACKGUARD and also promoting our new record on the road. We will be performing songs from both albums Under Reprisal and Vigilance. Expect to find us in the crowd hanging with friends and fans, so come hang out and be prepared to drink!"

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