Interview by Robert Cavuoto
Simone Simons of Epica
Epica’s newest release, The Holographic Principle, will be available on September 30th and truly represents the most impressive and powerful expression of the bands boldly inventive sound yet. One listen to thunderous new songs like “Edge Of The Blade” and “Universal Death Squad” will confirm that this CD is Epica’s heaviest album to date. Meanwhile, the shimmering soundscapes and multi-layered melodrama of “Once Upon A Nightmare” and the towering 11-minute title track confirm that The Holographic Principle is also the band’s most musically extravagant and daring release so far. With lashings of sumptuous orchestration and a never-ending stream of ingenious but brutal metal riffs and propulsive rhythms underpinning the whole explosive enterprise, this is an album that raises the bar for the entire symphonic metal genre.
I caught up with lead vocalist, Simone Simons to talk about this daring new CD, The Holographic Principle, and the works that goes into making a symphonic metal masterpiece.
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TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album “Angels of the Apocalypse” with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON sophomore album, “Angels of the Apocalypse” on May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America.
Following the release of the debut album “The Land of New Hope”, the “Metal Opera” was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. “In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon” says Tolkki. ”This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that”.
As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary STRATOVARIUS “Dreamspace” lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively. “It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album,” tells Timo. “Definitely the right move.”
The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen – who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single “Design The Century” – along with Simone Simons (EPICA), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), plus Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) – who appears again after contributing to the first album – and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. “Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs You’ll Bleed Forever and the 10 minute title track are among my favourite ever”, says Tolkki.
Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.
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Epica Interview By Rhiannon Marley
2nd February 2012
Simone Simons is taking no prisoners. Well, no male ones anyway. “Most of the time, people don’t think there’s ‘more’ behind a pretty face. They think you might be stupid, or that you don’t have an opinion, or a high IQ… But I believe myself that women have the same potential as guys, and can also lead…” Isaac Delahaye almost squirms. His self-consciousness at the ‘glamour with grey matter’ eggshell is comically amplified because he’s the lone chap, stuck between four walls with three ladies. “I’d better watch my words!”, he laughs nervously, “I’ll just say, ‘I totally agree!’” Ell-Oh-Ell.
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