Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA kicked off 2017 with their most successful European tour to date. Along with POWERWOLF and BEYOND THE BLACK, EPICA played to thousands of fans every night and ended the tour with their biggest show so far: a sold-out concert at Zenith in Paris, France where the band performed in front of nearly five thousand fans.
Commented EPICA keyboardist Coen Janssen: "We had the most amazing time on our 'European Principle' run. Together with our new friends from POWERWOLF and BEYOND THE BLACK, we played the biggest venues — in front of the craziest crowds — ever!! You gave all the energy you got every night and that radiated onto the band, for sure! Fortunately, we shot some very cool images of a few of those nights, crafted into another awesome after-movie for you and us to relive this EPIC tour!"
On this tour, EPICA was joined by the video production team Panda Productions, which made a tour after-movie over multiple shows. You can now check out this stunning video below.
Later this month, the band will hit the road again and will perform full headline shows in Russia, Scandinavia, Finland, Asia and Latin America.
EPICA's latest album, "The Holographic Principle", was released on September 30, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
EPICA singer Simone Simons recently told Metal-Rules.com about the lyrical themes covered on "The Holographic Principle": "It isn't a concept CD as the story is not in a chronological order of events from beginning to the end. Some songs deviate from the idea.
"'The Holographic Principle' is, basically, that we are living in a hologram. With the new technology and virtual reality glasses we realize reality is generated so perfectly that you can no longer tell the difference, so can reality also be a hologram?"
Simone also talked about the production on "The Holographic Principle" and how important it is get the right sound when it comes to symphonic metal. She said: "I think the sonics would be equally important to any band, not just a symphonic metal band like us. Every band wants to songs to sound the best they possibly can on the CD. That is why you have to record parts a million times in order for them to come as perfect as possible.
"When it came time for recording my vocals, our producer said that he doesn't want to overdo it as we don't want to lose the emotion in my vocals. That is something you cannot fix in editing.
"Overall, production-wise, we went bigger, because we recorded with more instruments as we had a good budget to finance it. We were in the studio for about five months recording. The writing took about a year; we had 27 songs to choose from when we were done. Then we had to narrow it down to 18 songs, which we recorded and mixed. Twelve went to the CD and the remaining six are in the corner waiting patiently to be released."