metal talk
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
metal talk
18 February 2014


Dutch Symphonic Metallers Epica will release their 6th studio effort 'The Quantum Enigma' on May 5th 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 albums, this album is a group effort. The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift Epica up to the next level."

Article continues below...

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."

Longtime collaborator Stephan Heilemann has once again created some stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind the lyrics, with the cover being part of a bigger picture.

The album will be released in five different configurations: regular Jewel Case, 2CD Digipack, 3CD Earbook, double Vinyl and 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]




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



Your Email Address:

Travelling To Wacken From:

Your Telephone Number:

Your Enquiry:


metal talk © All written site content is copyright 2008-2017, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.