Ali Blackdiamond of Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview last night with guitarist Mark Jansen of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA for her "Metal Mayhem" show. You can listen to the chat using in the SoundCloud player below.
Regarding EPICA's U.K. tour, which starts today (December 11) in Nottingham, Mark said: "My feeling is it's about time we return again. The last time we were there was already two years ago. We had lots of fans asking, 'When are you coming back?' I'm really looking forward to it. There are more dates this time. I have no idea what to expect, but the pre-sales look pretty good! What I like most about touring is the sightseeing part, meeting new people and the new cultures and of course the live show and interaction with the fans."
Mark had the following to say about EPICA's upcoming tenth-anniversary show, "Retrospect", which will take place in March 2013 in Eindhoven, Holland: "We're hoping to record a DVD out of it, but [we're] not sure yet. Now it's all progressed and we have enough to invest for the show. We sold lots of tickets. It'll be a big production and we have a great live engineer who plans to make it a very special event out of this. If he can realize what he has in mind, it will be something we've never done before."
Blackdiamond's "Metal Mayhem" airs every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon) on www.bloodstockradio.com.
"Retrospect" will be EPICA's most ambitious project to date, joined by a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, international guests and lots of special effects.
Specially for this show, EPICA will be joined by the Hungarian Extended Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra and Choir of Miskolc National Theatre, the same orchestra and choir with whom EPICA recorded the highly acclaimed live album "The Classical Conspiracy". This anniversary show will be a "Retrospect" on EPICA's career and will contain all trademark elements you can expect from EPICA.
EPICA's fifth full-length album, "Requiem For The Indifferent", sold 4,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 104 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Requiem For The Indifferent" was released on March 9 in Europe and four days later in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth.