Epica talk sound and influences beyond genre confinements

EPICA have released a video talking about their sound and influences!

With the band recently releasing their seventh studio record, The Holographic Principle, (read our review here) the band has now released a video talking about their sound and influences. In the video, which you can view below, guitarist Mark Jansen discusses the band’s sound and being described as symphonic metal. Jansen goes on to name some of their influences outside the constraints of their genre, which include several movie soundtracks!

Watch the official video of EPICA – More Than ‘Symphonic Metal’ exclusively here on Distorted Sound:

Speaking about their latest record, Mark Jansen tells Distorted Sound, “The album is dealing about the holographic principle theory which states that everything around us is an illusion, a hologram. It’s fascinating and a bit scary at the same time. It is a bit comparable to The Matrix, the movie #1. Virtual reality technology is developing at a fast rate. Sooner or later our virtual reality masks will be so good that you won’t be able to see a difference between the virtual reality world and our “real” world anymore. That might be the moment that we realise that the universe as we know it is a virtual reality on its own. The theory behind this is called “the Holographic Principle”, it’s not just a wicked far fetched idea by one scientist. It’s a theory that many scientists take very seriously. The universe as we know it might be an hologram. It’s an interesting thought and we decided to write our lyrics about it. Besides that we have made also side steps on the album, for example Divide and Conquer is dealing about the conflict in the Middle East where the West is bringing democracy to these poor fellas. The true reason why governments get overthrown is obviously the common interests that big corporations have in that region. So the modern technique is not to overthrow a government by a war, nowadays it’s way more sneaky. Dividing a population, creating chaos and conquer them and installing a new government. It worked already many times just Assad stays where he is as he’s being backed up by Russia. As you might notice I’m not a big fan of this western interference in those countries.”

In 2017, EPICA will embark on a co-headline European tour with POWERWOLF. Tour dates are as follows:

12.01.2017 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
13.01.2017 DE – Cologne, Palladium
14.01.2017 DE – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
16.01.2017 CH – Geneve, Salle des Fetes de Thonex
17.01.2017 CH – Zurich, Volkshaus
20.01.2017 DE – Munich, Tonhalle
21.01.2017 AT – Vienna, Gasometer
24.01.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
25.01.2017 DE – Berlin, Huxleys
27.01.2017 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
28.01.2017 CZ – Prague, Forum Karlin
03.02.2017 UK – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
04.02.2017 FR – Paris, Zenith

Epica and Powerwolf EU tour 2017

The Holographic Principle is out now via Nuclear Blast Records. Limited Edition Earbook, Limited Edition Blue Vinyl, Limited Edition Bi-Coloured Vinyl, Limited Edition Mail Order Boxset from the Nuclear Blast UK store.

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