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The Essence Of Epica To Be Released On December 9, 2019

Recently, Dutch metal titans Epica unveiled their re-release Design Your Universe [Gold Edition] and on October 31st they confirm December 9, 2019 as the release date of their upcoming book The Essence Of Epica.

The Essence Of Epica is a unique, bespoke book by and about one of the world’s greatest symphonic metal bands. It has been lovingly compiled using rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and personal stories told by the band – Mark Jansen, Simone Simons, Coen Janssen, Ariën van Weesenbeek, Isaac Delahaye, Rob van der Loo – and former members Ad Sluijter and Yves Huts, with extra commentary from people who’ve worked closely with EPICA. Among the wealth of photographs included are baby photos, high school and college portraits, plus performance shots, and backstage scenes from the very early days all the way up to the present.



The Essence Of Epica will be available in two versions:

  • The “Classic” is a 224-page full colour hardback, filled with over 200 images with a cover specially designed by Stefan Heilemann.
  • The “Signature” is the same hardback in a deluxe clamshell box, signed by the band, with three exclusive, original art prints created by Stefan Heilemann.

The book is published December 9, 2019.

The Essence Of Epica is only available for pre-order at epicabook.com.


To coincide with this release, EPICA are performing a number of exclusive Design Your Universe 10th anniversary shows around the globe. The remaining tour dates read as follows:

Design Your Universe – 10th Anniversary Shows – Latin America
(30.10. RCH Santiago – Teatro Caupolicán) POSTPONED
02.11. CO Bogotá – Royal Center
03.11. CR San José – Pepper Disco Club

Design Your Universe – 10th Anniversary Shows – North America
03.01. CDN Montréal, QC – Théâtre Corona (w/ BLACKGUARD)
05.01. USA Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
12.01. USA New York City, NY – Webster Hall

Tickets: www.epica.nl/tour

More EPICA dates:
07. – 11.01. USA Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 70000 Tons of Metal
09. – 11.07. A Leoben – Area 53 Festivale


About Mark Smitty Neal

NewYork Based Photographer. Music Enthusiast with a background in Graphic Design. Whether I'm shooting a live event or just out wondering the streets its about capturing the moment.

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