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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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Epica Announce Headline Show For Haarlem, Holland

EPICA have issued the following announcement:

"We got such a great response to the special shows we did last October that we’ve decided to do one more. And which venue would be more fitting to do this than Patronaat in Haarlem? So make sure you buy your tickets today!"

The show will take place on January 11th. Go to this location for Epica's complete tour schedule and related ticket information.

As previously reported, Epica recently announced that after having worked with session drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek (GOD DETHRONED) for about a year, he decided to join th eband as a full time member.

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Epica Announce New Full Time Drummer

Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA has posted the following bulletin on its official MySpace account:

"We are very happy and proud to announce that after having worked with us as a session musician for about a year now, Ariën van Weesenbeek [drums; also of GOD DETHRONED] has decided to join EPICA as a full time member! We also want to thank Koen Herfst for helping us out with all the live shows he did in the last couple of months and we want to wish him all the best with BAGGA BROWNZ."

Nuclear Blast Records released a limited deluxe CD edition in Europe of EPICA's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", featuring the bonus tracks "Higher High" and "Replica" (FEAR FACTORY cover), video clips and a "making-of" enhanced section.

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Epica Cancel Mexican, Columbian Dates

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have postponed their previously announced Mexican and Colombian dates due to an illness suffered by the group's lead singer, Simone Simons.

The affected dates are as follows:

Nov. 29 - Circo Volador - Mexico City Mexico
Nov. 30 - Teatro Estudio Cavaret - Guadalajara Mexico
Dec. 01 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey Mexico
Dec. 05 - Downtown Majestic - Bogota Colombia
Dec. 07 - Country San Manuel - Puebla Mexico
Dec. 08 - Skyros concert and music hall - San Luis Potosi Mexico
Dec. 09 - Circo Volador - Mexico City Mexico

EPICA played a gig last night (November 26) at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Holland without Simone, with the group's setlist consisting of mostly "grunt-oriented" songs.

Nuclear Blast Records released a limited deluxe CD edition in Europe of EPICA's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", featuring the bonus tracks "Higher High" and "Replica" (FEAR FACTORY cover), video clips and a "making-of" enhanced section.

"The Divine Conspiracy" was mixed by Sascha Paeth and features a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet to name a full-time drummer following the departure of Jeroen Simons in 2006.

As previously reported, EPICA has been confirmed as the support act for SYMPHONY X on their upcoming North American tour in April/May.

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Epica To Play Show Without Singer

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have issued the following update:

"We are very sorry to announce that Simone [Simons, vocals] is very ill at the moment. She has been ill for a couple of days already, but unfortunately today it just isn't possible for her to perform on stage at Melkweg [in Amsterdam, Holland]. As you can imagine we all feel very bad about this and as we want to end this tour in the best possible way we have decided to still do the show, but without Simone. Tonight's set list will therefore contain mostly grunt-orientated songs. We wish her all a quick recovery."

Nuclear Blast Records released a limited deluxe CD edition in Europe of EPICA's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", featuring the bonus tracks "Higher High" and "Replica" (FEAR FACTORY cover), video clips and a "making-of" enhanced section.

"The Divine Conspiracy" was mixed by Sascha Paeth and features a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet to name a full-time drummer following the departure of Jeroen Simons in 2006.

As previously reported, EPICA has been confirmed as the support act for SYMPHONY X on their upcoming North American tour in April/May.

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Epica Post Milan Concert Footage Online

Fan-filmed video footage of Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA performing the song "Fools of Damnation" on November 19, 2007 at the Alcatraz club in Milan, Italy can be viewed here.

EPICA's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", registered the following first-week chart positions:

Holland: #9
Switzerland: #29
France: #36
Germany: #41 More...

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Paradise Lost Added To Knock Out Festival

The 2008 edition of Germany's Knock Out Festival is scheduled for January 12th at the Europahalle in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The latest act confirmed for the festival is British metallers PARADISE LOST.

Also on the bill: PARADISE LOST, EPICA, WITHIN TEMPTATION, HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS.

The second edition of the Knock Out Festival will be taking place in one of the two Karlsruhe’s biggest indoor-concert venues and will be established as a German indoor winter festival.

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Into Eternity Guitarist Talks Upcoming Tour

Extreme progressive metallers INTO ETERNITY will join SYMPHONY X and EPICA for a month-long North American trek next spring. The tour, which kicks off on April 4, will mark the start of the worldwide touring cycle for the much anticipated new INTO ETERNITY album.

Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) states: "The whole band is blown away to be touring with SYMPHONY X! What a way to kick off the new album cycle. I look forward to seeing EPICA as well. This is going to be a heavy tour with lots of high singing and shredding, and an amazing package for the fans to see!

"When we were writing 'Buried In Oblivion' in 2002/2003, we listened to a lot of SYMPHONY X. They were an influence on our band for sure. We met Russell [Allen, SYMPHONY X vocalist] at a gig on the DREAM THEATER tour this summer. Then he came to one of our shows on the EDGUY tour, where we hung with him and got wasted on our RV! Thanks to Russell and the guys for going to bat for us and getting us on this package. Hopefully Micheal Romeo will show me a few licks at some point in the tour!"

INTO ETERNITY are currently hard at work on material for their new recording, which guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth says will be the group’s first conceptual album. "The Scattering of Ashes" campaign saw the band embark on five North American tours with highlights including an appearance on Gigantour performing alongside MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD, but it was this past summer's tour alongside DREAM THEATER that really saw the band reach out to a new audience.

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Epica Announced For Knockout Festival

The 2008 edition of Germany's Knock Out Festival is scheduled for January 12th at the Europahalle in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The latest act confirmed for the festival is Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA.

Also on the bill: WITHIN TEMPTATION, HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS.

The second edition of the Knock Out Festival will be taking place in one of the two Karlsruhe’s biggest indoor-concert venues and will be established as a German indoor winter festival.

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Symphony X Book North American Tour with Epica

Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X will embark on a North American headlining tour in April 2008. Support on the shows will come from EPICA and INTO ETERNITY. The dates are as follows:

Apr. 04 - Cambridge. MA @ Middle East
Apr. 05 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theater Times Square
Apr. 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Apr. 08 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
Apr. 09 - Montreal, QUE @ Medley
Apr. 11 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Apr. 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Apr. 13 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Apr. 16 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr. 17 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Apr. 19 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 20 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 22 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Apr. 26 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Apr. 27 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Apr. 29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Apr. 30 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
May 01 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 02 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
May 03 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Tickets are available exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until November 24 at which point tickets will go on sale through all normal ticketing outlets.

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New Photos In The Photo Gallery

I just wanted to mention that we've posted quite a few new photos in the photo gallery lately. Many of them have been posted after the initial tour report or without a special announcement so I wanted to draw some attention to the latest galleries including:

  • Epica, Visions Of Atlantis, The Agonist and Unexpect From their NYC show

  • Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Behemoth, and 3 Inches of Blood on an Off-Fest 2007 date in Baltimore, MD

  • Dimmu Borgir's Invaluable Darkness Tour stop in Tampa, FL

  • Cthonic's Off-Fest date in St Paul, MN

  • The Summer Slaughter tour stop in NYC

You can check them all out at our photo gallery.

PS - I'm well aware that the gallery is due an update.

PPS - Coming soon - photos from the Viva La Bands tour in Baltimore with CKY, Gwar and Cradle of Filth

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Ebony Ark Signs With Ascendance Records

Ascendance Records, the new label funded by Lee Barrett (founder of Candlelight Records; former member of EXTREME NOISE TERROR, currently in TO-MERA) and A&R'd by Sam Grant (writer, promoter, broadcaster, interviewer for Sonic Cathedral online), has announced the signing of the Madrid, Spain based, female-fronted gothic/progressive metal act EBONY ARK. The group's new album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2008.

EBONY ARK's first concert outside Spain took place on May 4, 2006, supporting the Dutch band EPICA at Amsterdam's infamous Paradiso venue. In May of that year they started recording the "Decoder 2.0" CD (a revamped version of their 2004 debut, "Decoder") for their new label Transmission Records. Unfortunately Transmission Records went bankrupt before the album could be released and the LP never saw the light of day.

For more information, visit their Myspace page.

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Watch Unexpect's Live Performance From NYC Online

Montreal's UNEXPECT have issued the following update:

"A short video of our last show in New York with the band EPICA has been posted at this location. More shows have been added to the list, which is always growing in length to our greatest pleasure…in the new additions are shows in Sherbrooke, Winnipeg, Minneapolis, another date with PARADISE LOST in Bedford and the Trois-Rivieres Metalfest 2007. While we wait for those cortex stretching musical moments, we keep on composing for the next album. The creative chemistry is really alive and healthy…and if Salvador Dali was still alive, I’d say to him: Hi Dali!"

Upcoming Unexpect live dates can be found at their MySpace here.

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The Agonist Tour Schedule

The Agonist will be touring in September and October. Here are the tour dates:

dates w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
9/6 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/8 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
9/9 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom

dates w/ Sonata Arctica, Firewind
9/12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
9/14 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
9/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
9/16 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
9/17 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theatre
9/19 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
9/21 Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
9/22 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
9/23 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
9/24 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/26 Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau
9/27 Montreal, QC @ Medley
9/28 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (no Firewind)
9/30 New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
10/02 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
10/03 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
10/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/07 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
10/09 Houston, TX @ Meridian

dates w/ Overkill
10/11 Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
10/12 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
10/13 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
10/14 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
10/15 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
10/16 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
10/17 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
10/18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under

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Evergrey Frontman To Guest On New Ayreon CD

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has posted an audio sample of the next guest singer who will appear on the the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: EVERGREY mainman Tom S. Englund. Other vocalists scheduled to appear on the CD include Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV), Simone Simons (EPICA) and Liselotte Hegt (DIAL). A total of fifteen singers have been confirmed to guest on the album, with more to be added.

AYREON's last CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", was released in 2004. It contained guest appearances by a number of acclaimed vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis

The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.

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Watch Epica's 'Never Enough' Video Online

EPICA's new video, "Never Enough", has been released and can be viewed here. The song comes off the Dutch symphonic metal band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due in North America on August 28 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD will be issued in in Europe on September 10 (September 7 in Germany). Check out the CD cover artwork at this location.

Nuclear Blast will release a limited deluxe CD edition in Europe of "The Divine Conspiracy", featuring the bonus tracks "Higher High" and "Replica" (FEAR FACTORY cover), video clips and a "making-of" enhanced section. A gatefold vinyl edition will also be issued containing the same two bonus tracks. More...

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Firewind Cancel Cheltenham, UK Show

Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND have issued the following update:

"The promoter of the venue Night Owl in Cheltenham, UK has cancelled the Firewind show that was scheduled for August 17th. The reasons are not clear to us at this moment. We're sorry to the fans that were planning on catching that show, but it wasn"t our fault. We hope to see you all at JB"s Dudley the very next day (August 18) which is not very far from Cheltenham."

Upcoming Firewind live dates include:

July
22 - Thessaloniki, Greece at Metal Healing Festival

August
11 - Rades, Tunisia at Rock A Rades Festival (with Adagio, After Forever, etc.)
16 - Derby, England at Bloodstock Open Air
18 - Dudley, England at JB’s (with Man Of The Hour)

September (North American Tour)
19 - Minneapolis, MN at Station 4 (with Epica)
20 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room Mokena
21 - Cleveland, OH at Peabodys (with Edguy)
22 - Toronto, ON at The Funhaus
23 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
24 - Reading, PA at The Silo
26 - Quebec City, QC at Salle Albert Rousseau (with Sonata Arctica)
27 - Montreal, QC at Medley (with Sonata Arctica)
28 - Poughkeepsie, NY at Chance Theater (with Sonata Arctica)
29 - Bedford, NH at Marks Showplace
30 - New York City, NY at B.B. Kings Blues Club (with Sonata Arctica)

October (North American Tour)
2 - Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero (with Sonata Arctica)
3 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx (with Sonata Arctica)
4 - Covington, KY at The Mad Hatter
5 - Fayetteville, NC at Jesters Pub
6 - Atlanta, GA at Prog Power USA (SOLD OUT)

October (Japan Tour with KAMELOT)
10 - Tokyo, Japan at Shibuya O-East
11 - Osaka, Japan at Club Quattro
12 - Nagoya, Japan at Bottom Line
14 - Yokohama, Japan at Blitz

November
10 - Copenhagen, Denmark at Prog Power Scandinavia

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Epica, Sonic Syndicate Concert to Air in August

Epica and Sonic Syndicate's June 21, 2007 performances at the Underground in Cologne, Germany were filmed and will be broadcast on August 6 via the German TV channel WDR. The "Rockpalast Bootleg" show will air between 0:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.

An audio sample of a brand new Epica track, entitled "Menace of Vanity", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due out this fall. The tracklist is as follows:

1. Indigo ~ prologue
2. The Obsessive Devotion
3. Menace of Vanity
4. Chasing the Dragon
5. Never Enough
6. La'petach Chatat Rovetz ~ the Final Embrace
7. Death of a Dream ~ the Embrace that Smothers part VII
8. Living a Lie ~ the Embrace that Smothers part VIII
9. Fools of Damnation ~ the Embrace that Smothers part IX
10. Beyond Belief
11. Safeguard to Paradise
12. Sancta Terra
13. The Divine Conspiracy

Sonic Syndicate entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64 with its second release, "Only Inhuman" — an impressive feat considering the Swedish group has never performed in the country before. The album also landed at No. 22 on the Swedish chart.

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Epica Set 'The Divine Conspiracy' Release Date

Nuclear Blast Records has set a September 7 German release date for the new album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA, entitled "The Divine Conspiracy". The CD will presumably arrive in the rest of Europe on September 10.

"The Divine Conspiracy", which was mixed by Sascha Paeth, features a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet to name a full-time drummer following the departure of Jeroen Simons in 2006.

As previously reported, EPICA has been confirmed as the support act for SONATA ARCTICA on their upcoming European tour in November. More...

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