EPICA: Vocals For New Album Recorded

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA have posted more video footage from the recording sessions for their new album. The latest clip focuses on the vocal recordings and can be viewed below.

Commented vocalist Simone Simons: "My job for the new album is done! I've spent quite some days at the studio to record my vocals and it sounds great! It is kind of symbolic that on the day where [EPICA's] 'Classical Conspiracy' is released, I am finished with the vocal recordings for our new studio album. As if it was meant to be."

EPICA guitarist Mark Jansen reportedly revealed in a recent Dutch intervew that the band's next studio album will be called "Design Your Universe". The group entered Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany on March 2 with producer Sascha Paeth to begin recording the follow-up to 2007's "The Divine Conspiracy", tentatively due in September/October via Nuclear Blast Records.

Simons previously stated about EPICA's new material, "It is so exciting! I love the new songs and can't wait to play them live."

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EPICA released a double live CD, titled "The Classical Conspiracy", on May 8 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded in Miskolc, Hungary, on June 14 2008 during the Miskolc International Opera Festival. The band performed a 45-minute set of metal adaptations of classical songs and movie soundtracks, accompanied by the orchestra and choir as well as symphonic versions of its own songs (including a few orchestral songs from singles and "The Score", which had never been played live before).

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