Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA are currently recording their fifth full-length album at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth for a March 9, 2012 release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen: “The vocal recordings have started! Tonight I have recorded the grunts of the opening song of the upcoming album.
“After a travel of 4.5 hours, Ariën [van Weesenbeek, drums] and I arrived in the studio at 22:00. We were still full of energy and decided to start recording already. Tomorrow, Simone [Simons, vocals] will arrive as well so we’ll continue with the vocal recordings.
“The recordings in general are going very well and the result sounds like we were hoping for. We know the pressure is quite high after ‘Design Your Universe’ but we’re confident that the new album will pay off the expectations.”
A CD-release party for the new EPICA album will be held on March 16, 2012 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Commented the band: “As our previous CD presentation (‘Design Your Universe’ at Paradiso in Amsterdam) sold out in advance, we have decided to play the next one in a slightly bigger club.”
EPICA will play the new album in its entirety, along with some older tracks, during the more-than-two-hour event. Pyrotechnics and special show elements will be added as well.
EPICA‘s latest album, “Design Your Universe”, landed at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“This Is The Time”, the latest single from EPICA, was released digitally on October 15, 2010. A video for the song, which was written for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), was filmed in March 2010 was in Hilversum, The Netherlands.