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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

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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