Dutch Symphonic Metallers Epica will release their 6th studio effort 'The Quantum Enigma' on May 5th through Nuclear Blast.
Where the 2013 'Retrospect' performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic Metal scene, the upcoming 6th studio album 'The Quantum Enigma' marks the beginning of a new Epica: modern, heavy, and without compromises.
"More than any of our previous albums, this album is a group effort. The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift Epica up to the next level."
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Together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek, the sextet worked on 'The Quantum Enigma' at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hateshpere).
"Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes Epica sound raw and overwhelming."
Longtime collaborator Stephan Heilemann has once again created some stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind the lyrics, with the cover being part of a bigger picture.
The album will be released in five different configurations: regular Jewel Case, 2CD Digipack, 3CD Earbook, double Vinyl and Digital Download.
Tracklisting 'The Quantum Enigma':
01 - Originem
02 - The Second Stone
03 - The Essence of Silence
04 - Victims of Contingency
05 - Sense Without Sanity [The Impervious Code]
06 - Unchain Utopia
07 - The Fifth Guardian [Interlude]
08 - Chemical Insomnia
09 - Reverence [Living in the Heart]
10 - Omen [The Ghoulish Malady]
11 - Canvas of Life
12 - Natural Corruption
13 - The Quantum Enigma [Kingdom of Heaven part II ]
Digipack additional track: In All Conscience
Earbook additional track: Dreamscape
Vinyl additional track: Memento
iTunes additional track: Banish Your Illusion
Disc 2 (Digipack and Earbook only):
01 - Canvas of Life [acoustic version]
02 - In All Conscience [acoustic version]
03 - Dreamscape [acoustic version]
04 - Natural Corruption [acoustic version] Disc 3 (Earbook Only):
01 - Originem [instrumental]
02 - The Second Stone [instrumental]
03 - The Essence of Silence [instrumental]
04 - Victims of Contingency [instrumental]
05 - Sense Without Sanity [instrumental]
06 - Unchain Utopia [instrumental]
07 - The Fifth Guardian [instrumental]
08 - Chemical Insomnia [instrumental]
09 - Reverence [instrumental]
10 - Omen [instrumental]
11 - Canvas of Life [instrumental]
12 - Natural Corruption [instrumental]
13 - The Quantum Enigma [instrumental]