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Simone Simons of Epica

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Epica’s North American Principle Tour made one of its last stops of its month-long trek at Baltimore Soundstage, and judging by the energy of the band and its fans, this show should go down as one of the strongest of the tour. According to Epica’s official Instagram, Soundstage won the “award for most crowdsurfers” of the tour, as hundreds of fans came to see the Dutch goddess Simone Simons lead the symphonic metal masters, who are supporting their new album, The Holographic Principle. The tour was an international affair, with Epica from the Netherlands, Italian symphonic death metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse, the Russian pagan tribe Arkona and The Agonist, which hails from Montreal, Canada. (more…)

With the tour kick-off just about a month away, now’s the time to get your tickets! Epica and Eluveitie will co-headline Revolver’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour with The Agonist as support on all dates. See dates inside. (more…)

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This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica and Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver magazine, also will have Canada’s The Agonist supporting on all dates. See below for all tour dates and VIP ticketing information. (more…)

Simone Simons on the physics of The Quantum Enigma

The name Epica says it all. This is truly epic music, combining the classical and metal genres, challenging the listener’s senses and mind. Led by vocalist Simone Simons and guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen, Epica has been a leader in female-fronted metal since 2003. With genre-defining albums like 2007’s The Divine Conspiracy and 2009’s Design Your Universe (review), a Live Metal favorite, already in its discography, it would be easy for a band with a beautiful singer with amazing pipes to sell out and conform to the mainstream rather than the route Epica has chosen. Preconceived notions that this is just another symphonic-goth metal band led by a bombshell, writing cheesy pop-metal songs are way off base. In fact, this has never been the case. Epica is more Dimmu Borgir than it is Within Temptation. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that two former members of death metallers God Dethroned have joined the band’s ranks in recent years.

We’ve talked to Simone Simons a few times before, first after the band’s release of The Classical Conspiracy (a two-disc live performance with a full orchestra in Miskolc, Hungary) (review), and then after the release of Design Your Universe. Since that time, Simons has become a mother and married (to Oliver Palotai of Kamelot), yet still she found time to record Epica’s latest brilliant and maybe most complex album to date, The Quantum Enigma (May 6, 2014, Nuclear Blast). Now we finish tour Epica trilogy (hopefully we’ll start another soon) as Simons gives us the details of  the new album and a brief lesson in physics, and tells us how she has gained perspective as a new mother. (more…)

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Marking the beginning of a new era of modernity, heaviness, and no compromises, Dutch symphonic sextet Epica are set to release their sixth studio album, The Quantum Enigma, this spring in North America.

“More than any of our previous albums, this album is a group effort,” states the band.  “The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift Epica up to the next level. Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix and makes Epica sound raw and overwhelming.” View album art and tracklisting inside (more…)