The Bowery Presents
Epica

The Ultimate Principle Tour

Epica

Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris

Fri, September 29, 2017

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

PlayStation Theater

New York, NY

$29.50, $35.00

This event is 16 and over

Epica
Epica
A band that has enjoyed as much worldwide success and acclaim as EPICA should have every right to rest on their laurels and stick to the proverbial "winning formula". And yet, as their fans across the globe are well aware, EPICA has never been a band to play it safe, and they've never made the same album twice. EPICA has earned its reputation as one of the foremost symphonic metal bands by repeatedly shattering expectations and pushing the very limits in the genre.

This spring, EPICA will proudly unveil the next stage of their ongoing musical evolution: The Quantum Enigma, their sixth full-length studio album. This is EPICA like you've never heard them before: The Quantum Enigma sounds larger than life, expertly mixing devilishly sharp guitars, angelic choruses, evocative synthesizers, mind-boggling drum work, and of course, another soaring vocal performance from Simone Simons. The Quantum Enigma is simultaneously the band's most intense and emotional release to date.

Mark Jansen credits increased collaboration between members of the band -- which also includes lead guitarist Isaac Delahaye, keyboardist Coen Janssen, drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek, bassist Rob van der Loo, as a key factor in the creation of what is surely EPICA's edgiest, most forward-thinking album yet:
"More than any of our previous albums, The Quantum Enigma is the result of a group effort. Even though the basic components of each song were still written by individual band members, we sat together to start working on the material as a solid team early in the process, playing the songs in a live setting and dive into the microscopic (quantum) world of the little details, comparing dozens of amps, snares, and mics in order to find the sound that would be able to beat all of our previous albums. A time consuming experience, but the only way to reach our ultimate goal: creating the album that could lift EPICA up to the next level."

The band's quest to annihilate artistic stagnation continued with their choice of behind-the-scenes collaborators: after five albums of successfully working with producer Sascha Paeth (who still played an important role during the pre-production sessions), EPICA opted to record The Quantum Enigma with the up-and-coming Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands.
"After many years, there comes a point at which you want to try out some new methods in order to keep yourself fully motivated, and to refresh your music and mind. This was such a turning point for us. It was time to leave our comfort zone in order to explore new horizons. In producer Joost van den Broek, we found the guy who was able to get the best out of us with his patience, guru-like skills and loads of energy."

The Quantum Enigma also marks the first collaboration between EPICA and mixer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere, Amaranthe).
"Jacob really impressed us by giving the band a massive sound without compromising on all the symphonic and orchestral elements which color our music. Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes EPICA sound raw and overwhelming.”

Given the boundary-defying nature of the music on The Quantum Enigma, it's appropriate that the album's lyrics were inspired by the most mind-bending scientific proof in all of quantum physics: one that posits that our physical environment is directly influenced by our consciousness. We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
Ultimately, everything in the universe is energy and energy is influenced by the mind. Therefore the mind creates and controls reality.
These heady themes reflect in the lyrics of both Mark Jansen and Simone Simons, the latter of whom calls The Quantum Enigma “an exploration of the subconscious mind”.

Those lyrical concepts, combined with the undeniable power of the music, ensure that The Quantum Enigma is not just an album -- it's an experience.
The Quantum Enigma will be released on the 2nd of May 2014 in Europe and on the 6th of May in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

EPICA plans to support its release with plenty of touring, once again bringing their grandiose, unforgettable live show to fans across the globe.
Lacuna Coil
Lacuna Coil
The year is 2014, and the album is "Broken Crown Halo" – it marks the latest chapter in the ongoing LACUNA COIL legacy, a dark and sultry ride that started in Italy and has resonated in an opaque wake of sonic splendor throughout the world.

Time has been good to LACUNA COIL, who are a flagship band on Century Media Records and a proven commodity worldwide, in the past two years alone having toured the globe as headliners, as well as in support of Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, Sevendust and Paradise Lost. "Broken Crown Halo" is the band's seventh studio album, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to "Dark Adrenaline", which was released in January 2012 and debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, helping the band eclipse one million cumulative sales in North America alone.

But as the title suggests, "Broken Crown Halo" isn't about everything that's good – it's about everything that is real. In particular, the world as it exists in 2014. "We've always been fascinated by the differences and comparisons between real life and fairy tales, and on this album we decided to mix the two worlds when writing our lyrics," says frontman Andrea Ferro, who along with frontwoman Cristina Scabbia form the most effervescent one-two vocal punch in hard rock and metal. "We've fused dark and horror elements with real life situations and have created a metaphor – we are fighting for a kingdom and a crown that is not what it seems, it represents the moment of confusion we're living in and the very fragile situations we face every day."

"In the past year we've been dealing with a lot of pain that has brought us down as a band and left us broken and shattered. But it also made us realize how much time has made us stronger," continues Ferro. "There have been times that we've been trapped in our past, only to discover that no one but ourselves can free us. When darkness holds you close, you need to open the wound and let it bleed out…"

And bleed it does, from the resounding drive of opening track "Nothing Stands In Our Way" and the resolute march of "Zombies", into the thundering anthem "Die & Rise" and the soaring rhapsody that is "I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)." "Broken Crown Halo" looks at life through blood red glasses and casts a beautifully melancholic hue over the world we wander. It is unapologetically brute with a vindictive air, and simultaneously supple and warm, beckoning you in and challenging you to join the movement. If you notice a flair for the cinematic in the eleven tracks, your perception is spot on, as LACUNA COIL wear the influence of their rich Italian culture and heritage on their sleeves.

"We've always been fascinated by soundtracks and Italian horror movies," says Scabbia of the band's influence on "Broken Crown Halo" – "Dario Argento is not only a favorite of ours, he's also a cult favorite around the world, and bands like Goblin wrote the soundtracks for a lot of those movies. Growing up with these movies and music, we really absorbed those influences." Expands Ferro: "Movies like 'Deep Red', 'Suspiria', 'Planet of the Vampires' and 'Once Upon A Time In The West', and musicians like Ennio Morricone, Stelvio Cipriani continue to leave their mark on us... Marco ['Maki' Coti-Zelati, bass] often likes to write songs while watching those old movies and war documentaries without the sound and playing over the visuals."

Joined in their Milan, Italy hometown by Jay Baumgardner [P.O.D., Sevendust, Evanescence, Papa Roach] who produced and mixed "Broken Crown Halo" as well as engineer Kyle Hoffman [P.O.D., Bush, Zebrahead], LACUNA COIL recorded in the storied "Officine Meccaniche" studio, owned by famed songwriter and musician Mauro Pagani of the Italian prog band Masters P.F.M. The vintage gear and classic influence collided with the rough and tumble modern world with unique and invigorating results.

"We set the bar pretty high with 'Dark Adrenaline' and it hasn't been easy bringing our sound to the next
level, but we have lived, learned and grown through a year of personal issues and change," says the
band in a unified voice. "We learned to be strong and get stronger, and we felt an inner vibe in this band
that we haven't felt before. 'Broken Crown Halo' is Lacuna Coil introducing a new order, and letting
nothing stand in our way…"
Insomnium
Insomnium
Over the last decade Insomnium has slowly but surely made itself a household name among the melodic deathsters. Formed in 1997 in a somnolent town of Joensuu, in eastern Finland, these stern men have ever since redefined the boundaries of the genre. Two highly acclaimed demos already set the standard and in 2001 the band signed to UK label Candlelight Records.

At this point the founding members Markus Hirvonen (drums), Ville Friman (guitars) and Niilo Sevänen (vocals and bass) attached guitarist Ville Vänni to the band. The triumphant line-up had been born. Debut album In the Halls of Awaiting (2002) introduced a young and fierce band that combined aggression and violent riffing to melancholic atmosphere. Marriage of Scandinavian death metal and traditional Finnish tunes, catchy but progressive, melodic but brutal – these have been the Insomnium trademarks ever since. Debut was praised all over the metal world but the band still remained the Finland's best kept secret.

With Since the Day It All Came Down (2004) the band moved further from the beaten paths of the genre. Album was darker, more challenging and the songs took meandering pathways: a rewarding journey for those who dare to take it. Exaltations followed, the prestige grew. In 2005 Insomnium made its first real tour outside Finland as they hit the shores of UK. The road had been long, narrow and rocky, but now things started to roll.

Third album Above the Weeping World (2006) was the breakthrough. Compositions and arrangements had reached a new pinnacle and the overall sound was heavier and richer. Album was tighter, meaner and more menacing than ever. Long-time friend Aleksi Munter did the epic keyboard parts which added a whole new layer to the songs. Album took the 9th spot on the Finnish album charts, Mortal Share video blared in MTV and Insomnium made long tours in Europe and North America with bands like Amorphis, Katatonia, Enslaved and Satyricon.

New album Across the Dark (2009) shows a band that knows its strenghts but isn't afraid to evolve. Crux of the music is still melodic death metal but nuances are giving it a unique flavor. Keyboards are overwhelmingly epic and there are some stunning clean vocals by Jules Näveri. Bit of folk metal, pinch of doom, some thrashing, a whole lot of timeless melodies and progressive twists and there you have it: ingredients of the masterpiece.
Venue Information:
PlayStation Theater
1515 Broadway
New York, NY, 10036
http://www.playstationtheater.com/