Epica‘s 7th studio album The Holographic Principle will be released on September 30th via Nuclear Blast Records. The album continues the scientific trail that inspired their latest album The Quantum Enigma (2014), this time around the idea behind the album is the virtual reality theory which questions whether our current reality is some kind of virtual reality on itself, a hologram. Which implies the existence of a ‘higher reality’ which we are unaware of its existence.
The virtual reality theory sounds quite familiar as it’s similar to The Matrix plot, a world controlled by machines where human beings exist in a virtual reality world without conscience of true reality. That idea combined with Epica‘s explosive music creates a majestic and powerful album that pushes what the band has done to a new frontier. Musically speaking the album features more predominance of its heavy metal elements rather than being a companion of the symphonic elements.
It is interesting to see how this changes the dynamic of Epica‘s music, making it more of a metal album than a symphonic metal album. By changing the relevance of the orchestral arrangements to a more of a background role The Hologram Principle becomes more bombastic and more full of cinematographic greatness.
We talked to Mark Jansen guitar player/harsh vocals and founder member of Epica about the ideas behind The Holographic Principle, the Epic Metal Fest in Brazil and The Netherlands, their US tour and what is next for Epica in 2017.
Epica 2016 North American Tour Dates
11/04 — Quebec City, Quebec @ Imperial Theater*
11/05 — Montreal, Quebec @ Corona*
11/06 — Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Hall*
11/08 — Chicago, Ill. @ Concord Music Hall
11/09 — Minneapolis, Minn. @ Cabooze
11/11 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Amsterdam Event Center
11/12 — Calgary, Alberta @ Marquee
11/13 — Edmonton, Alberta @ The Ranch
11/15 — Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
11/16 — Seattle, Wash. @ Studio 7
11/18 — San Francisco, Calif. @ Social Hall
11/19 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Regent
11/20 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel
11/22 — Denver, Colo. @ Summit Music Hall
11/23 — Lawrence, Kan. @ Granada Theater
11/25 — Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey Live
11/26 — Austin, Texas @ Empire Control Room
11/28 — St Petersburg, Fla. @ State Theater
11/29 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
12/01 — Baltimore, Md. @ Soundstage
12/02 — New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
12/03 — Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium
* Xandria replaces Arkona