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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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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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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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