Epica Collaborate With Metropole Orkest On “Beyond The Matrix – The Battle”

After previously winning a contest against over 650 other artists, Epica were given the honor to record a song with Metropole Orkest. The track, which is a “big band meets symphonic metal” rendition of “Beyond The Matrix” called “Beyond The Matrix – The Battle,” also features a solo from runner-up Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and it will be available digitally and as a limited edition vinyl on October 26. Keyboardist Coen Janssen commented:

“We came up with ‘the battle’ to fully display the strengths of both worlds — our heaviness and their jazziness, but how to combine it in one piece… In comes Tom Trapp, arranger extraordinaire. He fully understood the way we wanted to build up the piece and he translated it into this amazing arrangement for the Metropole Orkest. From ambient soundscapes to heavy symphonic to over-the-top big band parts… this song has it all!! Expect the unexpected!!! It was an absolute pleasure and honor to see such professionals work from up close and I learned a lot every step of the way. The way the conductor, arranger and orchestra communicate and play is something I’ve rarely seen before. A unique experience that resulted in a unique version of ‘Beyond The Matrix’.”

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