New EPICA Bassist To Miss European Shows Due To 'Unexpected Health Issues'

New EPICA bassist Rob van der Loo (MAYAN, DELAIN), who recently joined the band as the replacement for Yves Huts, has released the following statement:

"Yesterday I've experienced some serious and unexpected health issues. To make sure I can be treated correctly, I have to run a couple of tests at the hospital, and my doctors also advised me to take some rest before going on full power again. Though this is hard for me to accept, it's also something which I have to respect since health is a very precious thing. This does mean that I won't be able to be on the [EPICA] European tour until all examinations are done (hopefully wihin the next couple of days). Of course I will join the band as soon as possible, but unfortunately I can't give an exact date as of yet. I wish the rest of the band and crew all the best for the start of the tour and I really can't wait to join!"

The rest of EPICA said in a statement, "Despite these unforseen circumstances, we'll kick off the European tour today with a temporary solution for Rob's absence. While we await his return we wish him a swift recovery. The show must go on!"

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. The band's previous CD, "Design Your Universe", opened with 2,100 units to land at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"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.

A video for "Storm The Sorrow" was filmed in February and it "will show the band in a way you have never seen before," according to a press release.

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