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]

Watch New Trailer For Metal-Inspired Video Game “Of Bird & Cage”

A new trailer has been released for the new metal-inspired video game “Of Bird & Cage.” That effort will be released on PC in 2021 and it will star Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus) as “Ari” and “Gitta.” The following artists also contributed music to the game: Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rob van der Loo (Epica), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Casey Grillo (ex-Kamelot), Mike LePond (Symphony X), Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice, ex-Evanescence), Davidavi ‘Vidi’ Dolev (Subterranean Masquerade), and Arnold Nesis (Capricia Productions).

Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop Joins Cast Of Upcoming Video Game “Of Bird And Cage”

Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop has joined the cast of the upcoming video game “Of Bird And Cage.” The singer will voice a character named Ari, while his partner, Gitta, will be voiced by Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus). The game is expected to be released next year with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rob van der Loo (Epica), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mike LePond (Symphony X), and Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice, ex-Evanescence) all set to be involved as well. Worsnop commented:

“We’ve had a lot of fun making this — it’s an entirely new approach, an entirely new concept, and a way to absorb the video game platform that I believe you guys are going to enjoy. There are a lot of incredible other musicians who’ve been involved in the casting, the creation, the scoring, and the performance within this video game and I would just want to say thank you to all of them who’ve been involved, and thank you to everyone who has created ‘Of Bird And Cage‘ for having me on board.”

Epica & Apocalyptica Announce Rescheduled Dates For “Epic Apocalypse” European Tour

Epica and Apocalyptica have postponed their “Epic Apocalypse” European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in spring 2021. Wheel will open.

Tour Dates:

03/01 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
03/02 Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
03/03 Hannover, Germany – Capitol0
03/05 Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
03/06 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
03/07 Milan, Italy – Fabrique
03/08 Lausanne, Switzerland – Metropole
03/10 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
03/11 Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
03/12 Brno, Czech Republic – Hala Vodova
03/13 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
03/14 Gdansk, Poland – B90
03/17 Hamburg, Germany – Docks
03/18 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
03/20 Stockholm, Sweden – Berns
03/21 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum
04/01 Helsinki, Finland – Ice Hall
04/07 Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseum
04/08 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
04/09 Murcia, Spain – Gamma
04/11 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
04/12 Toulouse, France – Bikini
04/13 Paris, France – Zenith
04/14 Brussel, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
04/16 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
04/17 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
04/18 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
04/20 Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria
04/21 Ludwigsburg, Germany – MHP arena
04/22 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
04/24 Luxembourg – Den Atelier
04/25 Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
04/27 London, UK – Roundhouse
04/28 Manchester, UK – Academy

Epica’s Simone Simons commented:

“As we were awaiting our tour with Apocalyptica with great anticipation, we are now forced to have a little bit more patience. This might not come as a surprise, as you have all seen our colleagues in the music business rescheduling their tours as well. We have decided that it is the best thing to do during these uncertain times.

We want to give you the best possible experience and value your health deeply. We will be back full force and can’t wait to see all your faces again when you hear our new music live for the first time. Everybody stay strong and be patient, your waiting will be worth while.”

Off The Cross Recruit Members Of Aborted, Epica, Eluveitie, Etc. For Cover Of Ghost’s “Dance Macabre”

Off The Cross have shared a cover of Ghost’s “Dance Macabre.” The track features a number of special guests including: Kris Martens (Tangled Horns, Diablo Blvd.), Jason Bernard (King Hiss), Coen Janssen (Epica), Casper De Decker (Hamelin, Rānn), Servaas Steurbaut (Bizkit Park, Bulls On Parade), Jonas Wolf (Eluveitie, Illumishade), Isaac Delahaye (Epica), Jan Coudron (King Hiss, Carneia), Alex Agnew (Diablo Blvd.), Dani Hart, Sven De Caluwé (Aborted), Jeroen Vranken (Arson), Jeroen Camerlynck (Fleddy Melculy), and Simon Duson (Carnation).

Simone Simons Finishes Tracking Vocals For New Epica Album

Simone Simons has finished tracking vocals for the new Epica album. She confirmed the news in the below tweet.

Watch Epica’s Simone Simons Sing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory”

Simone Simons (Epica) has shared footage of herself singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory” from the musical “Cats.” You can check that out below:

Epica Share First Studio Vlog For New Album

Epica have shared the first in a series of studio vlogs from the sessions for their new album. The group commented:

“Here we go!! As you might know we are well underway to record our 8th full-length album at @Sandlane Recording Facilities with producer Joost van den Broek! Of course we would like to give you an exclusive look behind-the-scenes to be able to experience the making and producing of this new chapter together with us! We are happy to share the first episode of the official VLOG. Stay tuned for regular updates on the recording process.”

Epica & Apocalyptica Announce “Epic Apocalypse” European Tour

Epica and Apocalyptica will be joining forces for the “Epic Apocalypse” tour in Europe. Wheel will open.

Tour Dates:

10/21 Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
10/22 Lausanne, Switzerland – Komplex
10/23 Milan, Italy – Fabrique
10/25 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
10/26 Brno, Czech Republic – Hala vodova
10/27 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
10/29 Stockholm, Sweden – Berns
10/30 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum
10/31 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager bio
11/02 Hannover, Germany – Capitol
11/03 Hamburg, Germany – Docks
11/04 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
11/06 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
11/08 Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
11/09 Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
11/26 Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseum
11/28 Murcia, Spain – Gamma
11/29 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
11/30 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
12/03 Paris, France – Zenith
12/04 Brussels, Belgium – AB
12/05 London, England – Roundhouse
12/07 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
12/08 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy
12/09 Manchester, England – Academy
12/11 Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
12/12 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den atelier
12/15 Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria
12/16 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
12/17 Ludwigsburg, Germany – MHP Arena

Epica’s Simone Simons commented:

“To celebrate the upcoming release of our long-awaited eighth album, we are going to bring the ‘Epic Apocalypse Tour’ to Europe together with our friends from the mighty Apocalyptica. It’s a great new step as we’ll be playing some bigger venues which allows us to add some new exciting production to the show as well. We couldn’t be more excited to present our new songs and to finally tour with Apocalyptica. See you there!”

Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen added:

“This is all about adventure, exploration and bringing the dynamic excitement of symphonic metal to yet more fans both old and new. ‘Cell-0’ is, for us, a return to our roots while exploring new artistic universes within that realm, and this tour will help our horizons expand even further. So come one, come all, because we are going to present a great night of entertainment.”

Epica Finish Pre-Production For New Album

Epica have finished pre-production for their new album and are preparing to start the official recording sessions. Simone Simons confirmed the news in the below post: