Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers Epica will release their sixth album, "The Quantum Enigma", on May 5 in Europe and May 13 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to "Requiem For The Indifferent" was produced by Joost Van Den Broek (the former After Forever and Ayreon keyboard player who has previously worked with Revamp and Stream Of Passion).
The cover artwork for "The Quantum Enigma" can be seen below.
Says Epica guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen: "I have been listening to our new album and I can't get enough of it! It sounds more modern but with all typical Epica elements inside. Refreshing might be the right word. This album has also been the result of a real group effort. It was great to see everyone being so motivated to create our best album!"
"Even though the sound is more heavy (the guitars, bass and drums sound so brutal!!!), it's still a very catchy album as well. Some old influences from our earliest work, some references to 'Design Your Universe' and some new elements. I can't wait 'till the moment you'll be able to listen to our newborn which makes us all very proud!"
Epica celebrated its 10th anniversary with a one-night-only event, dubbed "Retrospect", on March 23, 2013 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The band was accompanied by the seventy-piece Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir, playing an unforgettable three-hour best-of set.