Epica Share “Unchain Utopia” Live Video From “Omega Alive”

Epica have shared a new live video for their song “Unchain Utopia.” This track is from the band’s new live album/film “Omega Alive,” which will be released on December 3.

The following was said about “Omega Alive” in an official press release:

“In June this year, symphonic metal titans EPICA unleashed a monument to their music, their career, and their enduring legacy as forebears of a whole genre. The worldwide streaming event “Ωmega Alive” was the EPICA show of your wildest dreams, brought to life by 75 artists and crew members – think Marvel meeting Cirque de Soleil in a Tim Burton universe!

Tailor-made videos and graphic effects, spectacular pyro effects, rain, dancers, choirs and actors, all added to the aura of symbolism and cinematic splendor, that brought fans from over 100 countries to flock to their screens and witness a show that became the biggest concert event in the band’s 19-year-long history. Now, you can finally rediscover the entire opus in various audiovisual formats, available on December 3rd, 2021.

Coen Janssen, the mastermind behind the show’s concept explains further, “What we wanted to do was the ultimate EPICA show where we could fulfill every dream we ever had, where there was room for all the ideas, effects and props that are just too big to be taken on tour.” Far from your usual streaming concert, the band developed a trademark feature called a “living backdrop”. “We built another stage right behind our stage where lots of things were going on the whole time. And we meant that very literally. Every song got something extra, something unique that was fitting its world.”

Directed by Jens de Vos (Panda Productions) and graced by a magical artwork by Heilemania, the DVD, BluRay, CD, and vinyl contain 15 EPICA classics, fan-favorites, as well as first-ever live performances from tracks off the band’s latest chef-d’oeuvre Ωmega, such as ‘The Skeleton Key’ or the insanely monumental ‘Kingdom of Heaven Part 3.’”

Epica Announce “Omega Alive” Streaming Event

Epica have announced a virtual concert, which they are calling “Omega Alive.” The event will stream on June 12 at 12:00 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. EST and it will be available on demand for 72 hours. Tickets can be found HERE. Coen Janssen commented:

“After releasing our new album ‘Omega’, we found ourselves with great new songs aching to be played live, but without a stage to perform them on. We still wanted to give our fans the best possible release show like we always do, so, together with Jens De Vos from Panda Productions, we came up with a way to bring the Epica experience into the homes of the fans all over the world. ‘Omega Alive’ is Epica’s biggest show ever, and I can’t be more proud of what it has become! We went all out on everything we have to offer and I can tell you it is one massive audio-visual spectacle! Immerse yourself in the world of Epica and join us in ‘Omega Alive’!”

Epica Premiere “The Skeleton Key” Video

Epica have premiered a new video for their new song “The Skeleton Key.” This track is from the band’s new album “Omega,” which was released today (February 26). Simone Simons commented:

“Welcome to ‘The Skeleton Key’ multi-layered dreamworld. Don’t forget to bring your Skeleton Key to unlock all the secrets within yourself! I hope this song will haunt you until we can see each other again.”

Epica Premiere Video For Acoustic Version Of “Omega”

Epica have premiered a new video for a new acoustic version of “Omega.” That song is the title track of the band’s new album, which will be released on February 26. Isaac Delahaye commented:

“It’s always a lot of fun to work on acoustic versions of new songs. For this one, I stripped down the title song of our upcoming album and wanted to give it an uplifting country vibe. Also, it’s the first time we are releasing an acoustic version before the actual album version. I absolutely can’t wait for you to discover the original. Hang on, the 26th is coming!”

Epica Premiere New Song “Rivers”

Epica have premiered a new song titled “Rivers.” This track is from the band’s new album “Omega,” which will be released on February 26. Simone Simons commented:

“Our third single has arrived! ‘Rivers’ symbolizes the calmness and at the same time the uncertainty in life, the ebb and flow. The calm water represents peace, and a strong river stream means that you have to face challenges and swim against the tide of life.”

Epica Premiere Video For Acoustic Version Of “Abyss Of Time”

Epica have premiered a new video for a new acoustic version of “Abyss Of Time,” which they are calling “Abyss O’Time.” The original version of the song, which can be found HERE, will appear on the band’s new album “Omega,” which is set to be released on February 26. Coen Janssen commented:

“For the Omega release we rewrote 4 songs into acoustic versions. This is our way of relaxing after a period of working hard and intense on heavy music. Being able to wind down and see if the songs still ‘work’ without all the bombast feels like coming home. It also enables us to explore other musical styles than metal and challenges us to be creative in a different way than we are used to. Enjoy our first single ‘Abyss of Time’ as if it was played in an Irish Pub while enjoying a nice pint with all your friends!!”

Epica Premiere “Freedom – The Wolves Within” Video

Epica have premiered a new video for their new song “Freedom – The Wolves Within.” This track is from the band’s new album “Omega,” which will be released on February 26.

Mark Jansen commented:

“This song is based on an old story of a fight between two wolves. A wise Cherokee is discussing life with his grandson: He tells the boy, ‘There is a fight going on inside of me between two wolves.’ One wolf is evil, he embodies anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other wolf is good, joyful, peaceful, and embodies love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. We all have the same fight going on inside of us and the outcome of this battle will reflect on the outer world. The boy gets curious and asks his grandfather which wolf will win? The old Cherokee simply answers, ‘The one you feed the most.’ What we want to be and what we want to reflect on the world around us depends on which wolf we feed and also the degree of control we have over our inner wolves. Will we manage to control them or will they control us?”

Epica Premiere “Abyss Of Time” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Omega”

Epica have premiered a new video for their new song “Abyss Of Time.” This track is from the band’s new album “Omega,” which will be released on February 26, 2021.

Simone Simons said the following about the new video:

“Finally we can show you the video for our newest single ‘Abyss Of Time’! We flew all the way to Poland to work with Grupa 13 for the first time. Shooting videos is one of my favorite parts of creating the visual side to our music. The costumes were insanely beautiful. It was so much fun and I hope that you like the video.”

Mark Jansen also added the following about the album:

“I am very proud of this album, as I am convinced we have written a very refreshing and well-balanced album even after so many years of existence. Our strength is that we have many great songwriters in one band. We have managed to combine each other’s strongest qualities and select the best songs. It was a fruitful period of spending time together to work as one team on those tracks. I think this has made the biggest difference compared to our previous albums. Still using the advantages of comfortably sending files by the Internet to each other but combining that with coming physically together again to work on all the tracks. I think I have listened to ‘Omega’ about 50 times already and still can’t get enough of it!”

“Omega” Track Listing:

01. “Alpha – Anteludium”
02. “Abyss Of Time – Countdown To Singularity”
03. “The Skeleton Key”
04. “Seal of Solomon”
05. “Gaia”
06. “Code Of Life”
07. “Freedom – The Wolves Within”
08. “Kingdom Of Heaven, Part 3 – The Antediluvian Universe”
09. “Rivers”
10. “Synergize – Manic Manifest”
11. “Twilight Reverie – The Hypnagogic State”
12. “Omega – Sovereign Of The Sun Spheres”

Mark Jansen Says Epica’s New Album Is “Recorded, Mixed And Mastered”

Epica’s Mark Jansen has confirmed that the band’s new album has already “been recorded, mixed, mastered.” However, the guitarist also added that the release has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jansen said the following during a recent appearance on Sepultura’s “SepulQuarta” series:

“We are basically done working on it. All the album has been recorded, mixed, mastered. The artwork is finished. It’s just because of the COVID situation that we release it a bit later than the initial plan was, because the initial plan was, I guess, September, so this month. But due to the whole situation, we postponed it to early next year. And luckily, we could finish all the recording just because the quarantine, like the choir recordings, orchestra recordings, that was really literally finished just before the whole quarantine situation started. And after the shit was over — a bit back to normal — we could go to Poland to shoot some videos and do the photo shoot in Belgium. So everything is ready to be released. It’s just waiting for the date now.”

He went on to say that he has “never had to wait so many months” before releasing an album:

“We’ve been working so hard on it, and then you want the people to hear it. And now that we have to wait months and months and months, it’s sometimes hard to keep the focus.”

[via Blabbermouth]