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EPICA will make their awaited return to North America in only a few short days for The Ultimate Principle Tour with supports Lacuna Coil, Insomnium and Elantris. In anticipation, the band has premiered a video for their new song, “Immortal Melancholy”. The song is featured on the upcoming EP, The Solace System, due out on Friday (September 1st) via Nuclear Blast.

The animated video for “Immortal Melancholy” was created/produced by anime-master Davide Cilloni, and follows his previous video for Epica’s masterful title track, “The Solace System”. View HERE.

Epica will arrive in North America on Thursday, August 31st to kick off The Ultimate Principle Tour in Boston, MA. The band’s tour in support of The Solace System will continue through September.

With their latest masterpiece, Epica set new standards. 2016’s The Holographic Principle is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. Accordingly, all the tracks written for the album process are high-quality, but not all songs have been put on the album. “This is only based on the fact that the record should not exceed 76 minutes,” explains Mark Jansen.

Since the band didn’t like the idea of a double CD, they finally decided to release an EP with six brand-new numbers, which were created during the creative phase of The Holographic Principle.

Mark Jansen about the songs: “The listeners can expect a high-quality EP – with songs that are far too good to use them only as bonus tracks. We wanted to publish these songs together in a context. It is always hard to decide at the end of a recording process which songs will be on the album, because this means that you have to miss some songs with best quality, just because they do not fit quite well into the overall flow of the record or because there are other songs that are more suited to the lyrics.”

So much the better then that Epica have chosen to publish those songs in an EP. Due to this EP, no one has to miss these damn strong songs that, just like the album, consist from a contrasting versatility, equally opulent, bombastic moments, as well as filigree emotionality.

This is proven in the music video to the title track “The Solace System” produced by anime-master Davide Cilloni, which you can see below.

The Solace System was recorded, mixed & mastered by team Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. The splendid artwork is once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann.

Simone Simons (vocalist) comments on the EP: “During the early writing process of The Holographic Principle we found out that we were blessed with a huge amount of songs. The songs that didn’t fit on our album are now available for you on this special EP! I hope you guys will enjoy these songs as much as we do!”

Source: Bw&BK

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