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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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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:

EX LIBRIS
KIVIMETSAN DRUIDI
EXILIA
ASRAI
ALL ENDS
EPICA

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:

AKERCOCKE
ATTICA RAGE
BELLIGERENCE
CARS ON FIRE
CONQUEST OF STEEL
DARK FUNERAL
DEVILDRIVER
ECHOVIRUS
EPICA
GODSIZED
HEATHEN
HELLFIGHTER
HURON
ICED EARTH
ISOLYSIS
MALEFICE
MAN MUST DIE
MARSHALL LAW
NAPALM DEATH
NO MADE SENSE
ORANGE GOBLIN
PANIC CELL
RISE TO REMAIN
SHINING
SKINDRED
SONDURA
THE MORE I SEE
WARPATH
ZICO CHAIN

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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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Amberian Dawn's Veenendaal Show Cancelled

Amberian Dawn cancelled yesterday's (October 16th) show at Escape in Veenendaal, NL due to vocalist Heidi Parviainen's crow throat.

Amberian Dawn will be joining Epica on tour. Scheduled dates are as follows:

Oct. 21 Vevey, Switzerland - Rocking Chair
Oct. 22 Munich, Germany - Backstage
Oct. 23 Prague Czech Republic
Oct. 24 Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Cafe
Oct. 25 Vienna, Austria - Szene
Oct. 27 Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 29 Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
Oct. 30 Santana, Spain - Bilbao
Oct. 31 Madrid, Spain - Sala Penelope
Nov. 01 Lisbon, Portugal - Incrivel Almadense
Nov. 03 Toulouse, France - Bikini
Nov. 04 Lyon, France - Transbordeur
Nov. 05 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 06 Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Nov. 07 Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre

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Trail Of Tears Announces Dutch Tour Dates

Trail of Tears has issued the following announcement about Dutch tour dates with Epica:

"Trail of Tears will kick off the 2010 touring schedule with four shows in The Netherlands as main support for EPICA. The live schedule is shaping up nicely and we can not think of a better way to start 2010 then with a string of shows in our second home Holland together with the great guys and girl in Epica! See you all there!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

1/7: Bibelot-Dordrecht (NL)
1/8: P60-Amstelveen (NL)
1/9: Hedon-Zwolle (NL)
1/10: Tivoli-Utrecht (NL)

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Blackguard Checks In with Tour Recap, Album Update

Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze has checked in with the following Summer Slaughter Tour recap and new album update:

"Hey everyone! Paul Ablaze here. I'm very sorry for the lack of updates, these things slip my mind sometimes . But here it is finally (better late than never i suppose) a little something to let you all know what's gone down and what's in the works!

"Summer Slaughter Re-cap (i started writing this a while ago)

"This years summer slaughter has come and gone. Beers were drunk, blood was shed, vomit covered jeans, didn't see anyone cry but who knows? Point is no one came out the other end of this beast unchanged in some way, and we are without a doubt stronger than we've ever been as a band because of it.
This being only our second full north american tour we had everything to prove to both the fans and our peers, and i believe we won the respect of both along the way. I had said early on in the tour how amazed i was on how social everyone was and how much we as a tour came together and pulled for one another. I truly believe that the only reason this tour finished when it was suppose to and not 4 weeks earlier was because of the strength in character everyone displayed and how devoid everyone was of any kind of "ego" or "rock star" mentality.

"There are certain memories that surly stick out amongst the never ending (sometimes fuzzy) memories of good times that happened over the past month and a half. a few note worthy ones include: More...

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Epica Films New Music Video

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Epica recently travelled near Berlin to film their latest music video. The video is for the song, "Unleashed" which will appear on their forthcoming new studio album, "Design Your Universe," scheduled to be released on October 16th. Expect the video to premiere online soon.

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Amberian Dawn To Join On Epica Tour

Ascendance Records has announced that Amberian Dawn will be touring as the main supporting act for Epica on the following dates:

14/10 Zeche Bochum Germany
15/10 Substage Karlsruhe Germany
16/10 Escape Veenendal Netherlands
17/10 Metal Female Voices Fest Wieze Belgium
21/10 Vevey Switzerland
22/10 Backstage Munich Germany
23/10 Prague Czech Republic
24/10 Masters of Rock Cafe Zlin Czech Republic
25/10 Szene Vienna Austria
27/10 Alcatraz Milan Italy
29/10 Razzmatazz Barcelona Spain
30/10 Bilbao Santana Spain
31/10 Sala Penelope Madrid Spain
1/11 Incrivel Almadense Lisbon Portugal
3/11 Bikini Toulouse France
4/11 Transbordeur Lyon France
5/11 Z7 Pratteln Switzerland
6/11 Elysee Montmartre Paris France
7/11 Elysee Montmartre Paris France

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Epica Completes New Album, "Design Your Universe"

Dutch symphonic metal band, Epica, has issued the following update:

"Last week we have finished the mixing and mastering of our new album 'Design Your Universe' in the Gate-Studio. We are very pleased with the result!"

"The artwork has also been finished, so here it is: The official cover for 'Design Your Universe'"

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Epica Announces 2010 US Tour Dates with Daath

Epica has announced the following US tour dates in 2010 with Daath and Blackguard:

Jan. 26 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
Jan. 27 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 29 - The Blender Theatre at Gramercy - New York, NY
Jan. 30 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Jan. 31 - Club Soda - Montreal, Quebec - CANADA
Feb. 01 - MOD Club - Toronto, Ontario - CANADA
Feb. 03 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Feb. 04 - The Pearl Room - Mokena IL
Feb. 05 - The Rave - Milwaukee, VI
Feb. 06 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Feb. 08 - Royal Albert Arms - Winnipeg, Manitoba - CANADA
Feb. 10 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta - CANADA
Feb. 11 - Warehouse - Calgary, Alberta - CANADA
Feb. 13 - Sugar Nightclub - Victoria, B.C. - CANADA
Feb. 14 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Feb. 15 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
Feb. 17 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
Feb. 18 - Key Club - West Hollywood, CA
Feb. 19 - U.B.'s Bar - Mesa, AZ
Feb. 20 - The Rock - Tucson - Tucson, AZ
Feb. 22 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Feb. 23 - Marquee - Tulsa, OK
Feb. 24 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
Feb. 25 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
Feb. 27 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Feb. 28 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

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Complete Line Up Announced For Summer Breeze 2009

The Summer Breeze Festival 2009 will take place in Dinkelsbühl, Germany from August 13 - 15. The final bands confirmed for the festival are WALLS OF JERICHO, CARNIFEX, ANAAL NATHRAKH, CYNIC, THE RED CHORD and BENIGHTED.

The entire list of confirmed bands is as follows: More...

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Epica Posts Live Album Teasers Online

Epica has uploaded two teasers from their upcoming live album, The Classical Conspiracy," on the band's Myspace. One contains extracts of the classical set (metal adaptations of famous classical and filmmusic songs) and the other is a medley of Epica songs. Check the songs out here.

The double live CD will be released on May 8, 2009 (Europe) and May 19, 2009 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded in Miskolc, Hungary, on June 14 2008 during the Miskolc International Opera Festival. The band performed a 45-minute set of metal adaptations of classical songs and movie soundtracks, accompanied by the orchestra and choir as well as symphonic versions of its own songs (including a few orchestral songs from singles and "The Score," which had never been played live before).

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Epica Posts Piano Recording Footage Online

Epica has posted a new video online of the band recording piano tracks for their upcoming album. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Epica Reveals Live Album Details

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers Epica will release a double live CD, titled "The Classical Conspiracy" (view cover) on May 8, 2009 (Europe) and May 19, 2009 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The album was recorded in Miskolc, Hungary, on June 14 2008 during the Miskolc International Opera Festival. The band performed a 45-minute set of metal adaptations of classical songs and movie soundtracks, accompanied by the orchestra and choir as well as symphonic versions of its own songs (including a few orchestral songs from singles and "The Score," which had never been played live before).

"The Classical Conspiracy" track list is as follows: More...

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Epica Completes New Album Drum Tracks

Epica has revealed that drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek has completed recording the drum tracks for the bands new studio album. The band has posted some videos online documenting the drum recording. You can check them out below. More...

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Epica Begins Recording New Album

Netherlands based symphonic metal band Epica has begun recording their new studio album. A message from the band reads as follows: "Yesterday we arrived at the Gate studio in Wolfsburg, Germany to record the new full length studio album. Ariën (van Weesenbeek) is doing great so far. The beast already nailed five songs; he's been drumming for about 12 hours today!" More...

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Slipknot, Down And More Added To Graspop 2009

The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Motley Crue
Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
Down
Exodus
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Hatebreed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Mastodon
Gojira
Buckcherry
Pestilence
August Burns Red
Papa Roach
Jon Olivia's Pain
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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