Hot News: Epica – »The Quantum Enigma« details revealed!

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will release their 6th studio effort »The Quantum Enigma« on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK) and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.

Where the 2013 »Retrospect« performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, the upcoming 6th studio album »The Quantum Enigma« marks the beginning of a new EPICA: modern, heavy, and without compromises.

“More than any of our previous albumsthis album is a group effort. The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift EPICA up to the next level.”

Together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek, the sextet worked on »The Quantum Enigma« at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT,HATESHPERE).

“Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes EPICA sound raw and overwhelming.”

The album will be released in five different configurations:

01 – regular Jewel Case
02 – 2CD Digipack
03 – 3CD Earbook
04 – double Vinyl
05 – Digital Download

Tracklisting »The Quantum Enigma«:

01 – Originem
02 – The Second Stone
03 – The Essence of Silence
04 – Victims of Contingency
05 – Sense Without Sanity [The Impervious Code]
06 – Unchain Utopia
07 – The Fifth Guardian [Interlude]
08 – Chemical Insomnia
09 – Reverence [Living in the Heart]
10 – Omen [The Ghoulish Malady]
11 – Canvas of Life
12 – Natural Corruption
13 – The Quantum Enigma [Kingdom of Heaven part II ]

Digipack additional track: In All Conscience
Earbook additional track: Dreamscape
Vinyl additional track: Memento
iTunes additional track: Banish Your Illusion

Disc 2 (Digipack and Earbook only):

01 – Canvas of Life [acoustic version]
02 – In All Conscience [acoustic version]
03 – Dreamscape [acoustic version]
04 – Natural Corruption [acoustic version]

Disc 3 (Earbook Only):

01 – Originem [instrumental]
02 – The Second Stone [instrumental]
03 – The Essence of Silence [instrumental]
04 – Victims of Contingency [instrumental]
05 – Sense Without Sanity [instrumental]
06 – Unchain Utopia [instrumental]
07 – The Fifth Guardian [instrumental]
08 – Chemical Insomnia [instrumental]
09 – Reverence [instrumental]
10 – Omen [instrumental]
11 – Canvas of Life [instrumental]
12 – Natural Corruption [instrumental]
13 – The Quantum Enigma [instrumental]

Longtime collaborator Stephan Heilemann once again created some stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind the lyrics. Once you’ll be able to lay hands on the album artwork, you’ll see that the cover is part of a bigger picture.

The band will return to the stage after almost a year of absence during which they focussed on recording the career-defining »The Quantum Enigma«EPICA‘s first performance will be the album release show on the 30th April in the 013, Tilburg in their home country The Netherlands.

Check out EPICA live on the following dates:

30.04.  NL        Tilburg                                               – 013
04.05.  TR        Istanbul                                              – Headbanger’s Weekend
14.06.  AT        Nickelsdorf                                         – Novarock
10.07.  CZ        Vizovice                                              – Masters of Rock
12.07.  PL        Wegorzewo                                        – Seven Festival
08.08.  P          Vagos                                                 – Vagos Open Air

www.epica.nl | www.facebook.com/epica | www.nuclearblast.de/epica

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