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EPICA are offering VIP bundles that include a meet & greets as well as exclusive merchandise such as the 7-inch release of "Unchain Utopia" live at the Ancienne Belgique.
Tickets and VIP bundles are available from www.epica.nl/tour.
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
02/04/16 - 02/08/16 70.000 tons of metal
02/09/16 Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré - San Juan, Puerto Rico*
02/11/16 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas*
02-13-16 Royal Center Bogota Colombia *
* 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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