Since its founding in 2002, EPICA distinguished themselves with these contrasting elements. The combo around exceptional composer and creative mind Mark Jansen has intensified this several times over the years. The ambitious troupe has long since become an absolute leader in the symphonic metal genre they pioneered. They have already published seven strong albums in their career. 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. Simone Simons, Isaac Delahaye, Coen Janssen, Ariën van Weesenbeek, Rob van der Loo and Mark Jansen present themselves in their best form of their lives...
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 Jansen 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!
In support of their upcoming EP “The Solace System”, this fall EPICA will head out for their ULTIMATE PRINCIPLE TOUR to the North America in August/September with Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris.
THE ULTIMATE PRINCIPLE TOUR – North America
EPICA w/ Lacuna Coil + Insomnium + Elantris
8-31-2017 Boston, MA Royale
9-1-2017 Montreal, QC Metropolis
9-2-2017 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theater
9-3-2017 Toronto, ON The Opera House
9-5-2017 Cleveland, OH The Agora Theatre
9-6-2017 Joliet, IL The Forge
9-8-2017 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
9-9-2017 Salt Lake City, UT * The Complex
9-11-2017 Seattle, WA The Showbox
9-12-2017 Portland, OR * Hawthorne Theather
9-14-2017 Berkeley, CA The UC Theater
9-15-2017 Los Angeles, CA The NOVO
9-16-2017 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
9-17-2017 Phoenix, AZ * Marquee Theatre
9-19-2017 San Antonio, TX Alamo Music Hall
9-20-2017 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
9-21-2017 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
9-23-2017 Ft Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
9-24-2017 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
9-25-2017 Atlanta, GA * Masquerade
9-27-2017 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live!
9-28-2017 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
9-29-2017 New York, NY Playstation Theater
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