Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have issued the following update:
"With pain in our hearts, we have to announce that the EPICA shows in Madrid [Saturday, October 31] and Lisbon [Sunday, November 1] are cancelled. Simone [Simons] has no voice and the specialised doctor told her to be silent for the next two days. Tickets of these shows remain valid and we're working on the new dates for these two shows (probably March 2010).
"We're really sorry, but what can you do about fate?!
"The doctor told [us] as well that the chance is big that Simone's voice will get better soon so that the concerts in France [November 3-4] and Z7 Switzerland [Novemebr 5] will take place."
EPICA's new album, "Design Your Universe", was released in Europe on October 16 . The follow-up to 2007's "The Divine Conspiracy" was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth.
EPICA will return to North America for a headlining tour in the beginning of 2010, with THREAT SIGNAL and BLACKGUARD as support. EPICA will offer fans a special VIP ticket which will grant them access to the venue an hour before door times, a pre-show meet-and-greet with EPICA and a event poster customized for the city of the show. Fans are urged to purchase these VIP tickets as only 50 are being allotted for each show.