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11th January 2017


Epica have launched the new music video for 'Beyond The Matrix' taken from their latest album, 'The Holographic Principle'.

Frontlady Simone Simons comments: "The energy that lives within 'Beyond The Matrix' is extremely contagious. It will sweep you off your feet when the melodies enter your mind. The video embodies the spirit and liveliness of Epica. Transcend together with us and shine past the sky."

Epica guitarist Mark Jansen continues: "'Beyond The Matrix' is one of my favourite tracks to play live from our new album, as it makes the crowd go wild, so I'm happy we are releasing a video of it.

"We have managed to catch the energy of the song and translate it into images and words. The song is dealing about us humans, being caught in a matrix (an illusion) because of our excessive thinking. We have lost control over our lives and accept the illusion as 'the one reality'.

"But if we manage to free ourselves from those shackles and become masters of our thoughts again, we can make a huge step forward in collective consciousness and will be able to look beyond the borders of our matrix. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!!!"

And here's the video, for your enjoyment. It was produced by Jens de Vos and his team at Panda Productions.

After finishing a successful North American tour last month, Epica will kick off their massive European tour with Powerwolf and Beyond The Black tomorrow.

MetalTalk's Ian Sutherland spoke with BTB's Jennifer Haben yesterday and you can see what she had to say right here.



Tour dates are as follows:

12th January: Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
13th January: Cologne - Palladium
14th January: Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
16th January: Geneve - Salle Des Fetes De Thonex
17th January: Zurich - Volkshaus
18th January: Milan - Live Club
20th January: Munich - Tonhalle
21st January: Vienna - Gasometer
22nd January: Budapest - Barba Negra
24th January: Warsaw - Progresja
25th January: Berlin - Huxley's
27th January: Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
28th January: Prague - Forum Karlin
29th January: Hannover - Capitol
31st January: Hamburg - Mehr! Theater
1st February: Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
3rd February: London - Shepherd's Bush Empire (Tickets here)
4th February: Paris - Le Zénith

The Nordic And Russian Principle Tour
24th February: Moscow - Bud Arena
25th February: Ekaterinburg - Tele-Club
26th February: St. Petersburg - Aurora
28th February: Helsinki - Tavastia (with Crimson Sun)

With Skálmöld
1st March: Stockholm - Debaser Strand
3rd March: Copenhagen - Amager Bio
4th March: Oslo - Vulkan Arena
5th March: Malmö - KB

4th April: Osaka - Umeda Club Quattro
5th April: Nagoya - Club Quattro
6th April: Tokyo - Shibuya Club Quattro
8th April: Taipei - The Wall
9th April: Seoul - Rolling Hall




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.



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