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EPICA started working on new music


EPICA guitarists Mark Jansen and Isaac Delahaye spoke with Guitar Interactive at this year’s Download festival in the United Kingdom about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2021’s “Omega” album. Mark said: “We already started working on new music. I don’t know, actually, the status of every bandmember, because everybody is now in their own home studios making music. So I know that I am; I know Isaac is, because he talked about it. But I don’t know from everybody. I don’t know, for example, Rob, if he has already written some songs. But personally, it’s going well, and I’m in a flow of inspiration.”

Added Isaac: “Well, I have a two-and-a-half-year-old, so my flow of inspiration is not really one hundred percent. But, yeah, I’m working on a couple of ideas, and, actually, for the next album I thought I kind of have to… You always wanna reinvent yourself; don’t do the same thing. So I’m still scanning, like, what can I do to break out of the usual way of writing? If something happens with that or not, we’ll see. But I just like to think it over and see what else I can do with those seven strings. So that’s happening right now. Then after the festivals, we have some writing camps where we all get together and start to put all the pieces together, work on each other’s ideas.”

EPICA recently replaced FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH as the main support of METALLICA on a number of occasions in France and Germany. Wat he French footage below.


EPICA previously on social media:

We’re beyond honoured to be supporting the mighty @metallica May 17 at 🇫🇷Paris’ @stadefrance🇫🇷 and May 28 at 🇩🇪Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion🇩🇪 Opening will be @iceninekills. There’s nothing else that needs to be said; this is the ultimate for any metal band and we can’t wait to add our flair to the #M72WorldTour. These will be INCREDIBLE shows.

Who will we be seeing?!”

A couple of months ago, EPICA frontwoman Simone Simons told Czech Republic’s Backstage TV about the band’s plans for a new LP: “After this year, all the festivals, we’re gonna start writing a new record… All the bandmembers start writing songs in their home studio by themselves, but I haven’t heard any of those songs yet… When inspiration strikes, we just start writing. But we’re gonna schedule writing sessions. And we’re all excited to write a new record.”

Regarding how the songwriting works in EPICASimone said: “Well, it’s mostly that first they have some music, some demos, and then I start to come up with vocal lines for that. That is mostly how it goes. The guys start writing the songs and then they give me a listen so I can already come up with vocal lines and then they can continue writing the songs to support the vocal lines. Sometimes songs are written really fast; sometimes it takes long. And inspiration can strike at the weirdest times. So it’s good that we always have the phone that we can quickly record melodies, whether it’s for vocals or like a guitar riff or anything. Everybody has a home studio, so it’s very practical to quickly record ideas. And then we get together. Because we live in four different countries; we don’t live in the same village. And then we actually sit together and finish writing the songs.”

Last November, EPICA released “The Alchemy Project” through Atomic Fire Records. The EP was co-written and performed with diverse guests ranging from extremists like FLESHGOD APOCALYPSENiilo Sevänen (INSOMNIUM) and Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK) along with melodic masters like Tommy Karevik (KAMELOT),keyboard legend Phil Lanzon (URIAH HEEP) and Roel Van Helden (POWERWOLF) to a once-in-a-lifetime song with SimonsCharlotte Wessels and Myrkur.

EPICA (SUMMER) FESTIVALSHOWS this year:10.06.23 | Download Festival | Donnington, UK15.06.23 | Graspop Metal Meeting | Dessel, BE25.06.23 | Topfest | Abraham, SK02.07.23 | Midalidare – Rock in The Valley | Mogilovo, BG07..07.23 | Exit Festival | Novi Sad, RS13.07.23 | Dong Open Air | Neukirchen-Vluyn, DE15.07.23 | The Return of The Gods Festival | Milan, IT27.-29.07.23 | Kuopiorock | Kuopio, FI29.07.23 | Q-Stock | Oulu, FI06.08.23 | Rockstadt Extreme Fest | Rasnov, RO16.08.23 | Summer Breeze | Dinkelsbühl, DE18.08.23 | Motocultor Festival | Carhaix, FR20.08.2023 | Rock the Lakes | Vallamand, CH26.08.23 | Floyd | Athene, GR28.08.23 | Kucukciftlik Park | Istanbul, TR03-05 Nov 2023 | The Rock Circus |Den Bosch, NL17-18 Nov 2023  | Metal Hammer Paradise  | Weissenhäuser Strand, D