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Mark Jansen [EPICA] Speaks In Exclusive Jump Metal Interview: New EP + Next Tour And More

In a very revealing talk with Mark Jansen, Epica's lead guitarist and brain tells us about the new EP "The Solace System", the presence of religion in the band's themes, the upcoming tour and more.



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With their latest masterpiece, Epica set new standards. 2016’s "The Holographic Principle" is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. Accordingly, all the tracks written for the album process are high-quality, but not all songs have been put on the album. "This is only based on the fact that the record should not exceed 76 minutes," explains Mark. Since the band didn’t like the idea of a double CD, they finally decided to release an EP with six brand-new numbers, which were created during the creative phase of The Holographic Principle".

Said and done. Today, Epica proudly announce their upcoming long-awaited EP, "The Solace System"! It is scheduled to be released on September 1st, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

So much the better then that Epica have chosen to publish those songs in an EP. Due to this EP, no one has to miss these damn strong songs that, just like the album, consist from a contrasting versatility, equally opulent, bombastic moments, as well as filigree emotionality!

"The Solace System" was recorded, mixed & mastered by team Joost Van Den Broek and Jacob Hansen. The splendid artwork is once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann.

And if that wasn't enough, you'll be also able to purchase the new EP, The Solace System, together with the CD of their recent studio album "The Holographic Principle" as a box set! It will be called "The Holographic Principle – The Ultimate Edition".

The box set "The Holographic Principle – The Ultimate Edition" as well as the EP "The Solace System" are now available for pre-order at this location for physical or at this location for digital.

Tour Dates:

The Ultimate Principle Tour:

8-31-2017 Boston, MA Royale
9-1-2017 Montreal, QC Metropolis
9-2-2017 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theater
9-3-2017 Toronto, ON The Opera House
9-5-2017 Cleveland, OH The Agora Theatre
9-6-2017 Joliet, IL The Forge
9-8-2017 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
9-9-2017 Salt Lake City, UT * The Complex
9-11-2017 Seattle, WA The Showbox
9-12-2017 Portland, OR  * Hawthorne Theather
9-14-2017 Berkeley, CA The UC Theater
9-15-2017 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
9-16-2017 Los Angeles, CA The NOVO
9-17-2017 Phoenix, AZ * Marquee Theatre
9-19-2017 San Antonio, TX Alamo Music Hall
9-20-2017 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
9-21-2017 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
9-23-2017 Ft Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
9-24-2017 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
9-25-2017 Atlanta, GA * Masquerade
9-27-2017 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live!
9-28-2017 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
9-29-2017 New York, NY Playstation Theater

Ep: "The Solace System"
Label: Nuclear Blasr
Release Date: September 1st


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