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Friday, September 15, 2017, 3:00 AM

with Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris
EXCELLENCE. POWER. INTELLIGENCE. CREATIVITY. AMBITION.The world of symphonic metal is all about big ideas and high standards, but few bands have taken this most bombastic of genres to such momentous creative heights as EPICA. Formed in the Netherlands in 2002, these perennially dynamic masters of sonic opulence swiftly grabbed the worlds attention with their 2003 debut album, The Phantom Agony. With a fresh and vital sound that struck a sublime balance between orchestral grandeur and pure heavy metal grit, EPICAs music showcased the compelling contrast between singer, Simone Simonss soaring vocals and guitarist, Mark Jansens guttural growls; between Isaac Delahayes unstoppable core of scything riffs and keyboard maestro, Coen Janssens intricate, hugely cinematic arrangements and embellishments. All of this backed by a powerful tandem: Arin van Weesenbeek blasting his drums and Rob van der Loo providing tasteful low end.The lyrics, too, made EPICA stand out from the crowd, as they eschewed the traditional symphonic trope of fantasy and began to explore and dissect notions of philosophy, science and spirituality. By the time they released 2005s grand evolutionary step, Consign to Oblivion, the Dutch sextet were widely regarded as the genres brightest hope and international success was in their grasp.THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF MUSICAL DREAMSThe decade that followed has seen EPICA grow from plucky contenders to their current status as symphonic metal heavyweights with a huge and ever-expanding worldwide following. With each successive album, the band has made huge creative progress while consistently delivering stage shows and performances of overwhelming power and grandiloquence.From the dark religious exploration of The Divine Conspiracy (2007), over the intense musical journey of Design Your Universe (2009), to an impassioned and political Requiem For The Indifferent (2012), and on to the brave curiosity and breathtaking depth of their last album, The Quantum Enigma (2014), EPICAs upward ascent has been both commercial and artistic: a testament to many years of hard work, fierce determination, and the relentless pursuit of musical dreams.Its now 2016, with EPICA poised to unveil their greatest masterwork to date. Their seventh full-length studio effort, The Holographic Principle marks a significant upping of the musical ante for the most adventurous of modern bands.This time we decided that our goal was simply to exceed The Quantum Enigma. We wanted to the best album we possibly could and to evolve as a band on certain specific levels. One of the first things we talked about was to use as many real instruments as possible, in contrast to the previous album. We invested a lot of time to be able to write and work on the songs, and this time around we recorded real brass, strings, woodwinds, ethnic instruments, and percussion, to make it sound more alive and to really dive into what we think is the ultimate EPICA sound. Keyboardist, Coen JanssenYou always need to keep refreshing and challenging yourself, and then you just dont repeat yourself. The new album is the result of maximum dedication and is all about making it sound real, direct, and pure. Guitarist + Singer, Mark JansenA NEW CHAPTER BEGINSAs an expectant fan base gears up to immerse themselves in The Holographic Principle, EPICA relishes the chance to further extend their renown and influence around the world. 14 years since their humble beginnings, this band has risen steadily from obscurity to the upper echelons of the metal world, and this latest chapter in their fantastic journey is surely destined to elevate them even higher.There are always new people from all ages and different musical backgrounds coming to see us, so that means we have a future! Were not just reaching the traditional metal fans but also the new generation and thats a very good sign. Mark JansenWere getting the fans who love symphonic metal, but were also

Cost: $32.50
Tickets: http://www.viagogo.com/ww/Concert-Tickets/Hard-Rock-Metal/Epica-Tickets/E-2163625?affiliateID=624&PCID=AFFIAFFUKEvent14FF953148

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