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Epica – The Essence Of Silence [Single]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 14th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

The Essence Of Silence
Released March 2014
Symphonic Progressive Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast

Formed by former After Forever guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen, Epica have been dominating the symphonic metal scene for the last decade. With six studio albums under their belt already, Epica have been busy recording the seventh album which is set to kick start a new decade for the band. The Essence Of Silence is the first single to be released from The Quantum Enigma, which is set for release in May.

Beginning with a mystifying strings and piano arrangement, the song soon throws the listener into a maelstrom of heavy riffs and Mark’s terrifying vocals and Simone’s more tragic yet angelic voice. The choir adds a new depth to the song, sewing the other elements together. The guitar passages, as performed by Mark and Isaac, exceed the strength and heaviness of previous Epica elements, showing a definite evolution in the band’s sound since Requiem For The Indifferent. The rhythm section, made up of Rob van der Loo on bass and Ariën van Weesenbeek on drums, lay down a strong foundation for the song while Coen’s keyboard medleys sprinkle the track with the typical dramatic flavourings found in Epica’s music.

The Essence Of Silence is only a small glimpse into what awaits on the new album but it shows a distinctly positive change in the band’s sound. If the rest of the album is anything like this track, then it’ll no doubt be a masterpiece.


Nico Davidson

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Epica announces Dutch album release show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica will be returning to the stage on 30th April next year at 013 in Tilburg, Holland for what can only be described as an intense album release show. After taking a break from the live circuit following the pregnancy of frontwoman Simone Simons, the publication of the band’s upcoming live DVD Retrospect in November via Nuclear Blast and writing and recording the new upcoming album, the Dutch sextet will come back will full momentum and full power; so fans can expect Epica at their best and to put on a memorable show to feature old and new tracks alike.

the band are currently finishing off the pre-production stage of the follow-up to 2012’s Requiem For The Indifferent and shall begin recording in October with former After Forever and current Aryeon keyboardist Joost van den Broek (Stream Of PassionReVamp) as producer.

To make the release show at their native even more special, fans will not only be able to purchase regular tickets, but there will be two exclusive bundles available for this event. The first bundle contains a signed version of the upcoming album and the second larger bundle will consist of a goodie bag, containing a signed copy of the upcoming album, an exclusive T-shirt, Flag, Lanyard, VIP Laminate and a limited edition Poster.

Tickets and bundles will be available for sale this coming Saturday (14th September) at 10am CET (9am GMT) from this location.

There will be a special ‘early bird’ tickets available at reduced price. This offer is valid until 28th September 2013.

On the 8th November Nuclear Blast will release Retrospect as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages. Both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version.

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Epica thanks fans for support and begin to look to the future

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

In a recent statement released by Dutch symphonic metal band, Epica, the band thanked fans and began discussing their future plans. The full statement is as follows:

Our show at Graspop on the 30th of June marked the end of the “Requiem for the Indifferent” touring cycle. We would like to thank all our loyal fans who have, once again, carried Epica to the next level. Our world-tour promoting Requiem for the Indifferent has given us a ton of wonderful new memories. We played a lot of new places like Australia, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Belarus and Dubai and welcomed new fans at every one of the 100+ shows of this world-tour. A new milestone for us was reached during Retrospect, the celebration of our 10th anniversary! We will never forget being on stage with this huge orchestra and choir in front of the 4500 fans from all over the world.

As you know we will take a step back from playing live shows for the upcoming months since Simone & Oliver and Coen & Linda are expecting children.

During this period we will be finalizing our live CD, BluRay/DVD Retrospect, which will be released in the autumn of this year. Besides that we are in the pre-production phase of the 6th Epica studio album which we will start to record at the end of this summer and which will be released in spring 2014.

We can’t wait to share the Retrospect show and our new music with you all and we hope to see you on the road in 2014!!


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Interview with Isaac Delahaye [Epica]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , on 18th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Nico Davidson has a last minute interview with Epica lead guitarist and co-songwriter, Isaac Delahaye at Corporation, Sheffield. The two discuss the next Epica album, Requiem for the Indifferent and other things.

Nico: Hi Isaac, it’s an honour to meet you. How are ya doing?

Isaac: I’m doing great, thank you.

N: Good, good. How’s the tour gone so far then?

I: Well, it’s still starting. We went to Switerzland and then France, did a couple of shows there, so yesterday was really the first one in the UK.

N: Requiem For The Indifferent was released earlier this year, what are the main concepts surrounding the album?

I: You mean lyrically?

N: Yeah.

I: Well, basically, it’s not a concept album but the main topics are concerning like if you look around at what’s happening. It seems like the world is going down, it’s not going that well with the financial crisis, all the oil leaks and tsunamis, other natural disasters and all that kinda stuff, dictators and stuff and all that is very present lately. To us, it seems like the concept, the title; Requiem For The Indifferent and the people who are just like “ah, I don’t care what’s happening around me” and “it doesn’t make a difference if I do this” and that’s being indifferent, basically, so that’s a very big part of people who basically don’t care what’s happening around them and because of that, the people who have the power, which is a very small amount of people, they just get more and more power. Even if, say the financial bubble explodes, and if we wouldn’t care about anything, these same people will take power again and the whole thing will not change eventually. So basically, it’s sort of a wake-up call for people to actually do something about things, if they don’t agree on what’s actually then maybe it’s time to just do something about it. It’s basically the same theme as Design Your Universe [2009], like if you design your own universe you can’t really blame yourself for trying and if your motives are right then eventually you’re gonna live your dream or gonna get where you want to be, if you do it with the right attitude and the right goal.

N: How would you say Requiem For The Indifferent differs from the previous album, Design Your Universe?

I: Well, thing with Design Your Universe, it was seen, to many people, as a sort of masterpiece within the genre, so that obviously puts quite some pressure on our shoulders. Therefore, the first thing we agreed on was to not try do something similar, so it’s obviously still Epica and still has all the same elements, but we wanted to start really fresh and with new ideas and not really compare it to what we did in the past and I think one of the main differences was writing the album, incorporating the vocal lines really early in the whole process and I think eventually in the whole album, the whole music supports more and more of the vocal lines and therefore, they appear to be a little bit more catchy, I think and the overall atmosphere of the album is more dark than ever before. I think that’s also due to the lyrics because we wanted it to match. So yeah, it’s a little darker and there’s a little more grunts and more heavy parts, so the dynamics are a little wider. But apart from that, it’s still the standard Epica stuff – choirs, symphonic orchestras, grunts, normal vocals. So, it’s not that we’re a different band.

N: What would you say is your favourite track from Requiem For The Indifferent?

I: I think the opening track, after Monopoly On Truth, is really cool because it basically has what any opening track from any album has – For an Epica album, it contains all the elements right there, it’s aggressive, it’s pretty intimate sometimes, a lot of orchestration and choirs and a song like Deter The Tyrant is cool because it’s a little different from what Epica has done so far because there’s guitar melodies, which are still kinda new to Epica’s music, so there two are cool. I think it’s always hard to pick one because Epica makes albums, not songs. So, it’s like the whole album is seen as one thing.

N: Epica has had a really busy schedule this year touring Europe, the US, South America, Australia and now, obviously, the UK. So far, for you, what’s been the best show of the year?

I: It’s hard to say. The thing is if you do festivals, like in the summer, it’s good weather, you see your friends from other bands, other bands you’ve toured with in the past and it’s kind of a holidays feeling and you play for a shit load of people at once, so that’s cool but by the end of summer season, “oh, I’m looking forward to these club shows again” but at the end of a tour, it’s the other way round like now, with it being the end of the year, you’re like “yeah, it would be cool to play a big festival again”. So, it’s really hard to answer that question because it all has a certain atmosphere, good or bad. I think that basically, if you go to a show or if I go on a stage, people are enthusiastic, even if it’s ten people or ten thousand people, as cheesy as it sounds but I’m not picky when it comes to having a good time on stage and it’s not always perfect, but I learn to deal with it. Yeah, as long as the people are having a good time and are basically happy – Lately, most of the shows are like that, luckily, so I can’t complain. I’ve had a really good year touring. Apart from that, it’s also about the production. The UK, for instance, like this tour, we’re in a market where we still have to grow – It’s not our main market but we still try to bring as many things as we can like little details for the stage, the lights and we have our own light engineer and stuff. So we always try to do something special and I really like it when you can see it coming alive during the show and you hear afterwards from people who are like “I really liked the lights” or this or that element. So yeah, I can’t complain. I like playing more than being in a studio. They’re all cool in a certain way.

N: Even though Requiem For The Indifferent was released earlier this year, does Epica have any plans for new material?

I: We’ve almost wrote a whole new album ready. We have kind of a crazy schedule but still, like in the meantime, when we’re home, especially me and Mark [Rhythm guitarist]. We write a lot. We sit sit down and start writing more and more ideas, one after the other. For some reason, it matches really well when he composes starting from the orchestration while I compose starting from the guitars, so the match is really good. So far, we have something like ten songs but with really basic structures. I guess after this tour, we have some rest but then we start doing pre-production and then I think we’re gonna start recording somewhere late summer next year, for end of the year release, maybe or early 2014 or something like that if we survive, because you know, the whole world is gonna go down.

N: Like you’ve just stated, you’ve pretty much wrote an entire new album, is there any lyrical themes surrounding the new material at this point?

I: We don’t really have anything lyrically yet because that’s the next step. With the basic structures, we’re gonna start incorporating vocals and all that, so concerning lyrics, we don’t know yet. From what I hear now and from what we have now, it’s gonna be like what I said with Requiem For The Indifferent, a little dark, you know, it has some quite progressive elements. Sometimes, over-the-top elements but I think with the new album, from what I hear now, it will be a little less dark and more catchy and easier to grab. Requiem was an album that if you didn’t listen to it ten times, you didn’t get it. It’s not something you pick up right away, which is what we like but some people just listen once and they go “ah, it’s shit” and they just leave it for what it is. So I think the next album is gonna be a little more straight forward, so we’re probably going back to the beginning for next album. But there’s still so much pre-production to be done, so it’s hard to say. That’s how I see it right now. You know, you’re never gonna do the same album twice and it’s a good counter for what we did with Requiem.

N: If you could replace the soundtrack to any film with your own music, which one would it be and why?

I: Well, I wish I would have made the one for Gladiator. But replace? I wouldn’t replace it, it’s brilliant. I don’t know, I guess if I don’t remember the music then it’s to be replaced. If I don’t like it then I don’t really notice the music.

N: Last question then. What song do you feel defines Epica as a whole?

I: I don’t know. I guess if you put all the opening tracks together, like I said, and the last tracks of every album then that would basically be every song that represent Epica, like all the elements and stuff.

N: Thanks for your time, Isaac and good luck with the show tonight.

Epica – Storm The Sorrow [Single]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 23rd January 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Epica
Single: Storm The Sorrow
Release date: 20th January 2012
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast

I was first introduced to Epica’s music, by my brother, shortly after the release of their album “The Divine Conspiracy” but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with the stuff they released before that album. “Design Your Universe” felt like a let down compared to their previous albums, so obviously I’m hoping that the next album “Requiem for the Indifferent” [due for release early March] will be an improvement. Just a few short days ago, Epica released “Storm The Sorrow” as a single from the aforementioned album.

Straight away, the song begins with an overpowering symphonically beautiful tragic sound that pave the way for Simone’s vocals (which are on top form). Mark’s and Isaac’s guitar workings are well structured, carrying the use of symphonic melodies and choir vocals well throughout the song while the rhythm sections [drums and bass] offered up do much to keep the track sounding solid. Mark’s vocals make an appearance quite unexpectedly, with Simone’s vocals (At least I think her vocals – I could be wrong). the piano-vocal section that follows creates an oddly soothing aura within the music. “Storm The Sorrow” ends in a similar fashion to its beginning – staunch and symphonic.

Epica have proven themselves to be one of the finest symphonic metal acts on the European – and possibly the international – scene. If “Storm The Sorrow” is anything to go by then “Requiem for the Indifferent” might be the greatest Epica release to date. I don’t know about any of you, but I’m certainly looking forward to it now after hearing “Storm The Sorrow”.

Nico Davidson