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Formed: 2002
From: Reuver, Netherlands
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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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Epica Video Interview Available

On Track Magazine has posted a video interview online with Simone Simons from Epica. Footage from the interview can be viewed in the clip below.

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Triptykon Confirmed For Graspop 2011

Triptykon, the band featuring former Celtic Frost and Hellhammer leader Tom G. Warrior, has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 24th-26th. The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Rob Zombie And More Added To Graspop 2011

The organisers of the Graspop Metal Meeting, the largest heavy metl festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Rob Zombie, Whitesnake, Journey, Foreigner, Suicide Silence, Firewind, Ghost, All That Remains, Escape The Fate and FM.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Kamelot Announces Guest Vocalists For Tour Dates

Kamelot has issued the following announcement about recruiting guest vocalists for upcoming European and U.S. shows:

"Kamelot's 'Pandemonium Over Europe 2011' is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons to the already announced tour schedule, with more dates to come! As part of the ongoing Kamelot campaign, we are announcing 2 shows as part of what will be a full US tour! Aug 30 at the Grammercy Theater in New York City, NY - USA and Sept 2 at the Club Soda in Montreal, Québec - Canada

"Promoters will offer a special VIP ticket for these show. This will include a pre show meet/greet and an autographed poster commemorating the show. Both shows go onsale today exclusively through here till Jan 22 when they become available everywhere.

"Unfortunately, we have been informed that, due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Kamelot's album, 'Poetry for the Poisoned.' However, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties. There will also be guest vocal appearances throughout the tour by Simone Simons (Epica), Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), and many more surprise guests throughout this very special and rare tour."

Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating: "I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot... see you soon on tour and let's rock!!!"

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Video Interview With Epica Available

Metal Warzone conducted an interview with Mark Jansen of Epica at the Key Club on December 7th, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Sepultura And More Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, the biggest heavy metal festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Sepultura, Iced Earth, Terror, Arch Enemy and Soilwork. The festival will take place in Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Scorpions (Headliner)
Iced Earth
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Revoker More...

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Epica's Milwaukee Concert To Stream Live Online

TheRave.com will be streaming Epica live in concert from The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA. The worldwide broadcast will begin at 8pm CDT (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific/2a GMT) on Sunday, November 28th. The concert will also be rebroadcast at a later date to be determined. Scar Symmetry, Blackguard, and The Agonist are also scheduled to be a part of the broadcast.

The stream is FREE for fans around the world to view from the comfort of their home computers.

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Video Interview With Epica Available Online

Eternal-terror.com has conducted an interview with Epica guitarist Isaac Delahaye after a live show in Oslo. Footage from the interview can be seen in the two video clips below.


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Epica Announces U.K. Tour

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers Epica have announced the following U.K. dates:

March 10 - The Robin 2 - Wolverhampton, UK
March 11 - The Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, UK
March 12 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
March 13 - Moho Live - Manchester, UK
March 15 - Scala - London, UK

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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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