Pantera, Disturbed, Arch Enemy, Etc. Added To 2023 Graspop Metal Meeting Festival

Over 100 more artists have been added to next year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival. The event will be held in Dessel, Belgium on June 15-18 and the updated lineup can be found below.

Lineup:

  • Def Leppard
  • Mötley Crüe
  • Slipknot
  • Pantera
  • Ghost
  • Gojira
  • Parkway Drive
  • 1914
  • Agnostic Front
  • Amon Amarth
  • Anti-Flag
  • Antimatter
  • Any Given Day
  • Arch Enemy
  • Architects
  • As I Lay Dying
  • Asking Alexandria
  • At The Gates
  • Avatar
  • Beast In Black
  • Behemoth
  • Billy Talent
  • Black Mirrors
  • Bloodywood
  • Butcher Babies
  • Cane Hill
  • Carpenter Brut
  • Clutch
  • Cradle Of Filth
  • Crowbar
  • Cyclone
  • Danko Jones
  • Dark Angel
  • Deathstars
  • Delain
  • Dieth
  • Dirkschneider
  • Disturbed
  • Draconian
  • Eluveitie
  • End
  • Enter Shikari
  • Epica
  • Escape The Fate
  • Evergrey
  • Exodus
  • Fever 333
  • Fields Of The Nephilim
  • Finntroll
  • Greg Puciato
  • Halestorm
  • Hatebreed
  • Heidevolk
  • Hippotraktor
  • Hollywood Undead
  • Hollywood Vampires
  • I Prevail
  • In Flames
  • Insomnium
  • Katatonia
  • Kissin’ Dynamite
  • Korpiklaani
  • Kreator
  • Landmvrks
  • Legion Of The Damned
  • Less Than Jake
  • Life Of Agony
  • Lionheart
  • Loathe
  • Lorna Shore
  • Marduk
  • Meshuggah
  • Molybaron
  • Monster Magnet
  • Motionless In White
  • Novelists
  • Oceans
  • Orange Goblin
  • Orbit Culture
  • Papa Roach
  • Polaris
  • Rancid
  • Russkaja
  • Seether
  • Septicflesh
  • Sick Of It All
  • Skindred
  • Sleep Token
  • Soen
  • Sólstafir
  • Spiritbox
  • Stand Atlantic
  • Stray From The Path
  • Testament
  • The Amity Affliction
  • The Answer
  • The Chats
  • The Ghost Inside
  • The Halo Effect
  • The Luka State
  • The Menzingers
  • The Raven Age
  • The Winery Dogs
  • Three Days Grace
  • Thundermother
  • Unearth
  • Vicious Rumours
  • Voivod
  • Watain

Epica Share Music Video For “Sirens – Of Blood And Water” Featuring Charlotte Wessels & Myrkur

Epica have premiered a new video for their song “Sirens – Of Blood And Water.” The track, which features Charlotte Wessels (ex-Delain) and Myrkur, appears on the band’s recently released mini-album “The Alchemy Project.“ Epica’s Simone Simons commented:

“Charlotte and I go back many years, but we never really worked on music together. Since she started releasing her solo songs, I became an admirer of her work and reached out to her to create a song for ‘The Alchemy Project’. That collaboration resulted in the beautiful haunting song, ‘Sirens – Of Blood And Water’. We both have a fascination for mermaids, the fairytale from H.C. Andersen and wanted to write a song from the perspective of the sisters of the little mermaid. I loved how our creative minds flowed into the song and having Myrkur, who happens to be Danish just like the author of the tale, add her unique voice to the song was the perfect match that we needed to complete the story.”

Epica Premiere New Song “The Great Tribulation” Featuring Fleshgod Apocalypse

Epica have premiered a new song titled “The Great Tribulation.” The track, which features Fleshgod Apocalypse, will appear on the band’s new mini-album “The Alchemy Project,“ which is set to be released on November 11. Epica’s Mark Jansen commented:

“We know the guys and girl from Fleshgod Apocalypse already for quite a long time and toured together. There’s a lot of mutual respect for each other’s music, so when we approached them to work together on a track, they were right away enthusiastic. I did send them some very basic ideas I had for two songs, so they could pick what they liked the most. They ended up using all the ideas and combining them into one song. That was already very promising. From there on, we organized several sessions where we worked on the song together. The process was very smooth and very inspiring. I think the result is a perfect blend between both bands!”

Epica To Release “The Alchemy Project” In November, Share Music Video For “The Final Lullaby” Featuring Shining

Epica will be releasing a new mini-album, titled “The Alchemy Project,” on November 11. The guest-filled record can be pre-ordered HERE.

“The Alchemy Project” Track Listing:

01. “The Great Tribulation” [feat. Fleshgod Apocalypse]
02. “Wake The World” [feat. Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep) & Tommy Karevik (Kamelot)]
03. “The Final Lullaby” [feat. Shining]
04. “Sirens – Of Blood And Water” [feat. Charlotte Wessels (ex-Delain) & Myrkur]
05. “Death Is Not The End” [feat. Frank Schiphorst (Mayan) & Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork)]
06. “Human Devastation” [feat. Henri Sattler (God Dethroned) & Sven de Caluwé (Aborted)]
07. “The Miner” [feat. Asim Searah (Damnation Plan), Niilo Sevänen (Insomnium), & Roel Van Helden (Powerwolf)]

A video for the effort’s first single, “The Final Lullaby” (feat. Shining), can be found below. Bassist Rob Van Der Loo said the following about that track:

“I’ve been a big fan of Shining since the first time I heard them. Our intention with ‘The Final Lullaby’ was to make a mash-up between Epica and Shining so we thought it would be a good idea if I would come up with some riffs that would be typical Shining and they would do the complete opposite.”

Pantera, Scorpions, Slipknot, Judas Priest, KISS, Etc. Set For 2022 Hell & Heaven Metal Fest

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. The event will take place at Foro Pegaso in Toluca, Mexico on December 2-4 and it will feature the following daily lineups:

December 2: Scorpions, Pantera, Meshuggah, Arch Enemy, Epica, Cradle Of Filth, Venom, Possessed, Marduk, Vended, Nagflar, Taake, Mortuary, Deadly Apples, Cemican, Obesity, Killbane, El Chivo, Mexxica Kill Us, Minipony, Strike Master, Lineage, Shattered Vessels, and Deborah.

December 3: Slipknot, Judas Priest, Bad Religion, Behemoth, Trivium, Kittie, Heaven Shall Burn, Pain, Unleashed, Benediction, Demolition Hammer, Cryptic Slaughter, Kampfar, Nifelheim, Revocation, Destroyer 666, Especimen, Acidez, S7M, Cruachan, Aetherevm, Garrobos, Artilleria, B Chaos, For Centuries, The Shelter, and Todos Los Muertos.

December 4: KISS, Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, Ska-P, Panteon Rococo, P.O.D., Stryper, Hypocrisy, Tormentor, Butcher Babies, While She Sleeps, Suicide Silence, Einherjer, Soziedad Alkoholika, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Born Of Osiris, 3 Puntos, Nightbreed, Transmetal, Los Mala Vibra, Tulkas, Voltax, Rotten, Hate Ritual, and Surgery.

Epica Working On “Secret Project”

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Epica’s Simone Simons revealed that the band are working on a “secret project.” According to her, it will be “something [they have] never done before”

Simons said the following:

“We have new music that will be released later this year. And it’s not an EPICA album; it’s not your typical EPICA epicness. [Laughs] It’s something we’ve never done before. So definitely also worth the anticipation. But it will be released early winter or something like that.”

We’re working on the artwork at the moment. We have singles ready. I already shot a video for one of the songs… We had a couple of things on our list that we wanted to try, and it also kind of came to fruition during the pandemic.

It’s a busy year for EPICA. We’ve been busy during the pandemic with non-touring things, but now we had so many festivals and working behind the scenes on this, we like to call it ‘secret project.'”

She also added

“We have an online fan community which is called ‘Epica Universe’, and there we have been already spoiling a little bit of what the ‘secret project’ is about. So if people are curious, they are welcome to join the ‘Epica Universe’… It’s really totally different. I can’t wait for that music to be released because we have been teasing everybody on the ‘Epica Universe’ forever about this secret project. And it’s taken up a lot of our time… There’s not a lot of details about it yet, but on the ‘Epica Universe’, the fan club, we’ve been posting a little bit behind-the-scenes things, and you can hear choir bits and pieces and orchestration already.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Epica To Livestream Upcoming 20th Anniversary Concert

Epica will be livestreaming their upcoming 20th anniversary show at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands on September 3. The performance will take place at 1:30 p.m. EST/10:30 a.m. PST and digital tickets can be purchased HERE. Notably, the concert will also include a set from pre-Epica band Sahara Dust. Keyboardist Coen Janssen commented:

“We are extremely happy to be able to share our anniversary — not only with the lucky ones who got a ticket, but also with everybody else in the world! Our loyal fanbase is everywhere around this planet and through this livestream we can let everyone be part of this party. It wouldn’t be a birthday bash without you!! So, grab your drinks and warn the neighbors, because this is going to be a noisy night!”

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Nightwish, Epica, Opeth, Zeal & Ardor, Etc. At 2022 Hellfest

ARTE Concert have been sharing pro-shot footage of full sets from this year’s Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can find performances from Nightwish, Epica, Opeth, Zeal & Ardor, Suicide Silence, Blind Guardian, Touché Amoré, Avatar, Comeback Kid, Social Distortion, Discharge, Watain, Eluveitie, Life Of Agony, and Godflesh below:

Sabaton Announce North American Tour With Epica

Sabaton have announced a headlining North American tour. Epica will open.

Tour Dates:

09/15 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
09/16 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
09/17 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
09/19 Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House & Event Center
09/21 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater – Oakland
09/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Hollywood Palladium
09/24 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
09/25 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
09/27 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/28 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
09/30 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
10/01 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
10/03 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
10/04 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle Atlanta
10/06 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/08 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
10/10 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
10/11 Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe
10/13 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis
10/15 Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
10/17 Pittsburgh, PA – @Stage AE@stageae
10/18 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/21 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
10/22 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
10/23 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom @ Manhattan Center

Epica Launch Online “Universe”

As part of their 20th anniversary celebration, Epica have launched a new online “Universe.” Fans can join that HERE.

The group commented:

“We truly feel like there’s a universe within the band, a world of our own, and we want to invite our lifeblood to be citizens — Epicans, if you will. Think of it as a sequel to past EPICA fan clubs like ‘The Fantom Agony’ and ‘The French Crusade’ but updated for the modern era; it’s more fan community than club. Epica Universe will give Epicans insight into our lives, both personal and professional, through exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, podcasts, polls, vlogs, live hangouts and much more. There’s even a (super limited) tier that includes one-on-one video calls with a band member each month!”

Furthermore, Epica will also be re-releasing their first three albums, “The Phantom Agony,” “Consign To Oblivion,” and “The Score 2.0”, on CD and vinyl and as limited earbooks and boxsets. A 20th anniversary show will also be held at the 013 in Tilburg, NET on September 3.