EPICA front-woman Simone Simons says the following about the upcoming tour: "We were really disappointed when we were forced to drop our tour with ELUVEITIE because of my father's life threatening accident. Luckily, my father is doing much better at the moment and it is time to return to North America to finish what we started. Unfortunately due to recording commitments, we are only able to reschedule part of the tour. We'll try to catch up on those missing shows as soon as possible and with a new album in our pocket! We can’t wait to be back in North America together with our friends from MOONSPELL. See you at one of the shows."
The band will tour in support of their latest album The Quantum Enigma which charted worldwide.Watch EPICA’s video for “Victims of Contingency” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: https://goo.gl/geQugJ
Tickets and VIP meet and greet bundles will go on sale Friday, October 23rd at 10 AM local time.
EPICA VIP tickets and uprades will be available through Soundrink. VIP bundles will include a meet & greet as well as exclusive merchandise such as a live 7-inch vinyl.
Ticketing and VIP links: www.epica.nl
Dates for the 2016 North American Enigma Tour with Moonspell and Starkill are:
01/21/16 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
01/22/16 Opera House - Toronto, ON Canada
01/23/16 Imperial Theatre - Quebec City, QC Canada
01/25/16 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
01/26/16 Diamond Pub Music Hall - Louisville, KY
01/28/16 Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
01/29/16 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
01/30/16 Ready Room - St Louis, MO
02/01/16 Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
02/02/16 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
02/03/16 House Of Blues - Orlando, FL
02/4/16 - 02/8/16 70.000 tons of metal
02/9/16 Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré - San Juan, Puerto Rico*
02/11/16 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas*
* EPICA only
A band that has enjoyed as much worldwide success and acclaim as EPICA should have every right to rest on their laurels and stick to the proverbial "winning formula". And yet, as their fans across the globe are well aware, EPICA has never been a band to play it safe, and they've never made the same album twice. EPICA has earned its reputation as one of the foremost symphonic metal bands by repeatedly shattering expectations and pushing the very limits in the genre.
In May of 2014, EPICA proudly unveiled the next stage of their ongoing musical evolution: The Quantum Enigma, their sixth full length studio album. This is EPICA like you've never heard them before: The Quantum Enigma sounds larger than life, expertly mixing devilishly sharp guitars, angelic choruses, evocative synthesizers, mindboggling drum work, and of course, another soaring vocal performance from Simone Simons. The Quantum Enigma is simultaneously the band's most intense and emotional release to date.
Mark Jansen credits increased collaboration between members of the band which also includes lead guitarist Isaac Delahaye, keyboardist Coen Janssen, drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek, bassist Rob van der Loo, as a key factor in the creation of what is surely EPICA's edgiest, most forward thinking album yet.
The band's quest to annihilate artistic stagnation continued with their choice of behind the scenes collaborators: after five albums of successfully working with producer Sascha Paeth (who still played an important role during the preproduction sessions), EPICA opted to record The Quantum Enigma with the up-and-coming Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The Quantum Enigma also marks the first collaboration between EPICA and mixer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, HATESPHERE, AMARANTHE).
Given the boundary defying nature of the music on The Quantum Enigma, it's appropriate that the album's lyrics were inspired by the most mind bending scientific proof in all of quantum physics: one that posits that our physical environment is directly influenced by our consciousness. We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. Ultimately, everything in the universe is energy and energy is influenced by the mind. Therefore the mind creates and controls reality. These heady themes reflect in the lyrics of both Mark Jansen and Simone Simons, the latter of whom calls The Quantum Enigma “an exploration of the subconscious mind”.
Those lyrical concepts, combined with the undeniable power of the music, ensure that The Quantum Enigma is not just an album it's an experience. The Quantum Enigma debuted at #110 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #5 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, #17 on the Independent albums, and #27 on the Top Rock Albums Chart. The album also saw success on the world charts where it entered the top 30 chart.
EPICA’s members include:
- Simone Simons – Vocals
- Mark Jansen – Guitar
- Isaac Delahaye – Lead Guitar
- Rob van der Loo - Bass
- Coen Janssen - Keyboards
- Ariën van Weesenbeek - Drummer
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