Mark Jansen Says Epica Will “Probably Hit The Studio At The End Of 2019”

It looks like fans will have to wait awhile for a new Epica album. During a recent interview with Metal Wani, Mark Jansen revealed that the group are planning to “hit the studio at the end of 2019.” He said the following:

“At this moment, we are very busy with [“The Essence Of Epica”] book, so I’m also collecting old pictures that I find on my old computers. And I’m also collecting old things that I find, what can be interesting for the book. And besides that, I wrote one song already for a future EPICA release. But we will have a lot of time now, because we will probably hit the studio at the end of 2019, so there’s plenty of time to write new stuff. And that’s also intentionally like this, that we don’t rush it too much this time.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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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’.”

Epica Share Lyric Video For Their Cover Of Powerwolf’s “Sacred & Wild”

Epica have shared a lyric video for their cover of Powerwolf’s “Sacred & Wild.” This track is from the “Communio Lupatum” covers album, which was included with select editions of Powerwolf’s latest album “The Sacrament Of Sin.”

Epica To Release Official Book “The Essence Of Epica”

Epica have announced that they are working on a new book called “The Essence Of Epica.” The following description was posted on epicabook.com:

“This unique book tells the story of the remarkable musical journey of Epica in their own words, and is illustrated throughout with rare, candid and classic photographs. ‘The Essence of Epica’ contains first-person testimony from Simone, Mark, Coen, Ariën, Isaac and Rob along with that of former members, friends and colleagues of the band. The story of Epica’s rise from Dutch newcomers to international symphonic metal giants is described in majestic and mesmerising style in this official, exclusive book.”

More info can be found HERE.

Epica Stream “Crimson Bow And Arrow” From “Epica Vs. Attack On Titan” EP

Epica are streaming “Crimson Bow And Arrow” from their “Epica Vs. Attack On Titan” EP. That effort, which features metal versions of the theme songs from “Attack On Titan,” will officially be released outside Japan on July 20.

Epica’s “Epica Vs. Attack On Titan” EP To Receive Worldwide Release

After previously only being available in Japan, Epica’s “Epica Vs. Attack On Titan” EP will now be released worldwide on July 20. The effort features metal versions of the theme songs from “Attack On Titan.” Keyboardist Coen Janssen commented:

“The ‘Attack On Titan’ EP is a project very close to my heart. More than ever, I was involved in arranging and producing and I am very proud of the result! Very cool to see how these Japanese anime songs turned into Epica songs more and more every step of the way!!! I’m very excited that our ‘Attack On Titan’ EP will be available outside of Japan!

“Epica Vs. Attack On Titan” Track Listing:

01. “Crimson Bow And Arrow”
02. “Wings Of Freedom”
03. “If Inside These Walls Was A House”
04. “Dedicate Your Heart!”
05. “Crimson Bow And Arrow” (Instrumental)
06. “Wings Of Freedom” (Instrumental)
07. “If Inside These Walls Was A House” (Instrumental)
08. “Dedicate Your Heart!” (Instrumental)

Epica Premiere “Universal Love Squad” Video

Epica have premiered a new video for “Universal Love Squad.” This song is an acoustic version of “The Holographic Principle” track “Universal Death Squad.” The clip was filmed during the band’s 1000th show at the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Mark Jansen commented:

“At the 1000th show, we performed for the first time ever the acoustic version of ‘Universal Death Squad’, which became ‘Universal Love Squad’. As many fans kept asking us to play something acoustic live, we couldn’t resist any longer. We want to thank our fans from all over the world for all these fantastic shows and hopefully there will be a 1000 more to come!”