Dutch metal titans EPICA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their milestone album "Design Your Universe". To mark this special occasion, EPICA will re-release this fan-favorite LP as a "gold edition" on October 4 through Nuclear Blast. This edition will contain the album remixed and remastered by Joost van den Broek with updated artwork and a second disc containing newly recorded acoustic versions of "Design Your Universe" songs.
Singer Simone Simons stated about the re-release: "'Design Your Universe' is an album that is very dear to me not only because of the music, but also because of the message behind it. I am looking forward to the anniversary release and all the upcoming shows. The bonus CD is a worthy addition to 'Design Your Universe' and I can’t wait for you all to hear the songs!"
"Design Your Universe" will be re-released as a two-CD version and a digital version. The acoustic songs will also be released as a separate picture disc. Pre-order will start on August 9.
To coincide with the 10th anniversary, EPICA will perform a number of special shows beginning on October 4 in Oberhausen, Germany.
Last month, EPICA guitarist Isaac Delahaye told Heavy TV about the upcoming trek: "It's just another tour to celebrate 10 years of that album… So that's something to look forward. I'm really looking forward to that. 'Cause it's also the first album I — when I joined the band, that was the album we worked on, so, for me, it's a special album as well."
Delahaye also said that he has "already started writing some stuff" for the follow-up to 2016's "The Holographic Principle" album.
The next EPICA studio LP is not expected to arrive before late 2020.
November 2019 will see the release of "The Essence Of Epica", a lavishly designed and fully illustrated, high-quality hardback which tells the story of EPICA in bandmembers' own words. The book is available in two distinct editions: the Classic is a 208-page, hardback with foil detailing, filled with over 200 images; the Signature hardback is signed by the band and comes in a deluxe clamshell box with three exclusive, original art prints created by Stefan Heilemann.