2017-06-23 - With their latest masterpiece, EPICA set new standards. 2016’s »The Holographic Principle« is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. Accordingly, all the tracks written for the album process are high-quality, but not all songs have been put on the album. "This is only based on the fact that the record should not exceed 76 minutes," explains Mark. Since the band didn’t like the idea of a double CD, they finally decided to release an EP with six brand-new numbers, which were created during the creative phase of »The Holographic Principle«"
Said and done. Today, EPICA proudly announce their upcoming long-awaited EP, »The Solace System«! It is scheduled to be released on September 1st, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
Mark tells about the songs: "The listeners can expect a high-quality EP - with songs that are far too good to use them only as bonus tracks. We wanted to publish these songs together in a context. It is always hard to decide at the end of a recording process which songs will be on the album, because this means that you have to miss some songs with best quality, just because they do not fit quite well into the overall flow of the record or because there are other songs that are more suited to the lyrics".
So much the better then that EPICA have chosen to publish those songs in an EP. Due to this EP, no one has to miss these damn strong songs that, just like the album, consist from a contrasting versatility, equally opulent, bombastic moments, as well as filigree emotionality!
This is proven in the new music video to the title track 'The Solace System', which you can see here: https://youtu.be/q2b3V0VJdW0
»The Solace System« was recorded, mixed & mastered by team Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. The video clip was produced by anime-master Davide Cilloni. The splendid artwork is once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann.
Simone Simons (vocalist) comments on the EP:
"During the early writing process of »The Holographic Principle« we found out that we were blessed with a huge amount of songs. The songs that didn't fit on our album are now available for you on this special EP! I hope you guys will enjoy these songs as much as we do!"
And if that wasn't enough, you'll be also able to purchase the new EP »The Solace System« together with the CD of their recent studio album »The Holographic Principle« as a box set!
It will be called »The Holographic Principle – The Ultimate Edition«.
The box set »The Holographic Principle – The Ultimate Edition« as well as the EP »The Solace System« are now available for pre-order.
Get your physical copy here: http://nblast.de/EpicaSolaceSystem
Or through the EPICA Webshop: http://smarturl.it/thesolacesystem
Or get the digital version and get the title track 'The Solace System' instantly: http://nblast.de/EpicaDigital
And there are some more good news! Nuclear Blast is going to re-release two ancient albums of EPICA, »Design Your Universe« and »The Devine Conspiracy«, on vinyl on August 18th. Each album is available in two different colours, the pre-order has already started last week.
Get those two albums on vinyl, here: http://nblast.de/EpicaSolaceSystem
EPICA webshop: http://smarturl.it/thesolacesystem
Catch EPICA live:
European summer dates:
24.06. FIN Nummijärvi - Nummirock
30.06. BG Plovdiv - Hills of Rock
02.07. GR Malakasa - Rockwave Festival
13. - 16.07. CZ Vizovice - Masters Of Rock
04. - 06.08. P Corroios - VOA Fest
09. - 12.08. E Villena - Leyendas Del Rock
16. - 19.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
23. - 27.08. PL Straszecin - Czad Festival
»The Dutch Principle Tour«
17.10. B Leuven - Het Depot (w/ KING HISS)
18.10. B Antwerp - Trix (w/ OFF THE CROSS)
20.10. NL Zwolle - Hedon
21.10. NL Haarlem - Patronaat
22.10. NL Nijmegen - Doornroosje
In support of their upcoming EP »The Solace System«, EPICA will tour Europe in November and December with Anneke Van Giersbergen’s new all-star band VUUR and Tunisian Progressive Metal band MYRATH.
»The Ultimate Principle Tour«
w/ VUUR, MYRATH
09.11. PL Krakow - Klub Studio
12.11. GER Berlin - Kesselhaus
13.11. GER Hamburg - Markthalle
14.11. GER Cologne - Essigfabrik
15.11. FR Metz - La BAM
17.11. FR Nantes - Stereolux
18.11. FR Bordeaux - Krakatoa
20.11. E Madrid - La Riviera
24.11. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1
25.11. FR Marseille - Le Moulin
26.11. FR Lyon - Le Transbordeur
29.11. GER Munich - Backstage
01.12. IT Bologna - Estragon
02.12. CH Switzerland - Pratteln
03.12. FR Lille - L’Aeronef
Tickets are on sale now from: http://www.epica.nl/tour
Or at the Nuclear Blast Online Shop
EPICA VIP upgrades which include a M&G, photo opportunity, early entrance and more are available via: http://www.epica.vip
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