Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, are currently filming a video for the title track to their debut album, "The Phantom Agony".
"The Phantom Agony" was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the expert guidance of the renowned producer and technician Sascha Paeth (RHAPSODY, KAMELOT, ANGRA) and was released on June 17 through Transmission Records. It entered the Dutch album chart at No. 88 and climbed to No. 54 before dropping down to No. 62 in its third week of release.
The group, which is completed by vocalist Simone Simons, ex-CASSIOPEIA drummer Jeroen Simons, and ex-AXAMENTA bassist Yves Huts, worked with Norwegian singer Helena Michaelsen (TRAIL OF TEARS) during its embryonic stage before settling on Simons, a classically trained opera singer whose style is said to perfectly complement the complex, progressive nature of the band's material.
More information about EPICA, including MP3 clips of several cuts off their debut album, is available from the band's official web site: www.epica.nl.
Upcoming EPICA tour dates:
Jul. 12 – Jamrock – Erkermederstrand, NETH
Aug. 16 - Waterpop - Wateringen, NETH
Aug. 17 - Tivoli - Utrecht, NETH
Sep. 12 - Gigant - Apeldoorn, NETH
Sep. 13 - Raismes - Raismes, FRA
Sep. 14 - Perron - Venlo, NETH
Sep. 27 - Brogum - Zierikzee, NETH
Oct. 03 - De Boerderij - Zoetermeer, NETH
Oct. 04 - Aalst Rockt - Aalst, BEL
Oct. 18 - JC Metro - Panningen, NETH
Oct. 25 - Cultuurcentrum - Grootebroek, NETH
Nov. 01 - Het Gildenhuis - Stekene, BEL
Nov. 07 - Mezz - Breda, NETH
Nov. 08 - TenWyngaert - Brussels, BEL
Nov. 14 - Peppel - Zeist, NETH
Nov. 22 - Baroeg - Rotterdam, NETH
Dec. 06 - De Harmonie - Leeuwarden, NETH
Dec. 20 - Metropool - Hengelo, NETH
Dec. 26 - Walhalla - Sevenum, NETH
Dec. 27 - Xinix - Nieuwendijk, NETH