Four members of Epica will be featured in the first ever Rock Opera Videogame Karmaflow!
Karmaflow will be an immersive 3D platform/puzzle adventure game featuring several rock/metal singers, a band and the world famous Dutch Metropole Orchestra. The game is a project led by Ivo van Dijk, drummer and composer for Xystus and longtime friend of Epica, best known for his Rock Opera "Equilibrio" on which Simone had a leading role.
Arien had already been confirmed playing the drums for the soundtrack and now also Coen is confirmed playing the piano. Also both Mark and Simone will be a part of the cast of singers for the game and soundtrack alongside great names like Henning Basse (MaYaN, a.o.) Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Marc Hudson (Dragonforce).
Karmaflow is raising money through a crowdfunding campaign to be able to realize this amazing project. Be sure to check it out and contribute to this unique project. CLICK HERE TO HELP
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!!
As some of you might already have seen on Epica’s final show this year at the Graspop festival, Coen has cut off his hair. One of the reasons, which helped him made this decision, is that there is still a good use for long hair once you’ve cut it! Coen will donate his hair to “Stichting Haarwensen” (the hair-wish foundation). This organisation uses donated hair to construct wigs for children who lost their hair through chemotherapy or other diseases that cause hair-loss.
Stichting Haarwensen or similar foundations in your area could use all the hair they can get so when you think of cutting yours, consider donating it to these children!
Coen: My hair has traveled the world but I couldn’t think of a better final destination than this one!
Check out Coen's official Facebookpage for pictures
Coen and Rob will be working as teachers for the very first official metal school ever in the world called Metal Factory.
Metal Factory will be a three year educational programm to metal musicians who want to work as pro's in the (metal)music business. The programm will contain intense skills training, music theory, management, technical education and much more!
Coen and Rob will start in September along with colleagues Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Stef Broks (Textures), Danny Tunker (Aborted, God Dethroned), Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever) and more. Auditions for students will be held in June!
For more info click HERE
We are happy to announce that Simone is pregnant!
Simone and longtime partner Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Sons of Seasons) are expecting their first child around the end of summer. To ensure the best possible pregnancy and considering Simone's and the babies health, we have decided to stop our live activities from the 1st of July. This means Epica will not play this years Masters of Rock festival in the Czech Republic.
However this does not mean Epica won't do anything!
Our Retrospect live-DVD will be released upcoming fall. Furthermore, during the second half of 2013 Epica will start working on a brand new record which will be released in 2014.
We are looking forward to see you all at the remaining shows this year and will be back next year with a new CD, stronger than ever!
We are excited to announce that we will perform in United Arab Emirates for the first time in our career. On the 7th June we will perform at the Dubai Rock Festival which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Center Arena . We will perform alongside Yngwie Malmsteen, Dark Tranquillity and Myrath.
Get your tickets HERE
The re-release of Epica's highly acclaimed debut album The Phantom Agony has re-entered the Dutch album charts ar nr. 8!! Smashing it's old record of position 54 (back in 2003). This also means The Phantom Agony is at the nr. 1 position on the AlternativeTop30 Chart!!!
We've also hit the charts in Belgium! The Phantom Agony reached nr.114 in the album top 200.
We would like to thank the fans for supporting us!
This expanded edition of The Phantom Agony comes in a deluxe digipack and contains 15 bonus tracks, including 7 previously unreleased versions and 1 previously unreleased song. The 20 pages thick booklet will provide unique photos and memorabilia, plus liner notes by founder Mark Jansen.
For the first time ever the album is also released on double vinyl! It is pressed on high quality 180 grams audiophile vinyl and put in a 350 gram cardboard gatefold sleeve including all lyrics. Besides the regular album, this release contains 6 bonus tracks.
You can also order the CD, double Vinyl and exclusive bundles with a limited edition T-shirt.
Epica is coming to Finland, Belarus and Russia in the end of May, beginning of June. These 3 shows will be an exclusive chance to see Epica in Northern Europe this year. We are thrilled to return to Helsinki and Moskow and happy to perform in Minsk for the very first time.
Dates are as follows:
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We hope to see you all at one of these shows!
While we are still recovering from the show and all emotions involved we would like to shout a big THANK YOU to everybody involved in RETROSPECT. We had a blast and couldn't be happier with the result. It was truly a magical moment for us and a proper celebration of our 10th year of existence. A big thanks to our wonderful crew, guests, orchestra and choir. But the biggest thanks goes to all fans present at the show or joining us through the stream. It is you who made this all possible!!
THANK YOU ALL!!
We are proud to announce that as from today, our 10th anniversary show Retrospect has SOLD OUT!!! The preperations and rehearsals have started and we cannot wait to celebrate this unique event with 4500 fans from over 45 countries!
For those who were too late to buy a ticket to the show, don't worry! You can still see the show as if you had a front-row seat through the RETROSTREAM, check out the awesome stream-bundle in our webshop.
See you all on the 23rd!