Bassist Rob van der Loo of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA spoke to Louder Noise about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2014’s “The Quantum Enigma” album. He said (see video below): “So far, I must say — of course, I can’t spoil too much the new album — but we kind of… One of the biggest changes, of course, is not just me being the new member of the band, but also we changed… [On ‘The Quantum Enigma’] we started working with Joost van den Broek, who used to be the old keyboard player from AFTER FOREVER, the band where Mark [Jansen, guitar/vocals] used to play as well. And we recorded it in a completely new studio, a completely new setting. I guess this is also the first album that we worked with a complete orchestra, ’cause normally we use a lot of software. We always add some real strings, of course. I mean, it still has to sound organic, of course. But I can already spoil that with this new album, we’re actually gonna record it with a bigger orchestra — even bigger than the last one — with a bigger choir. We’re also gonna have a brass section on it as well. And we just came out of the studio. We already recorded the drums. I just finished bass last week. Isaac [Delahaye] did the rhythm guitars already. And we also did it with a new sound setting as well. We actually kind of stripped our sound to make it sound a little bit more aggressive than the last album, to be honest.” Continue reading EPICA Aiming To Be “More Aggressive” Sound On Next Album
IN THIS MOMENT‘s 2007 debut album, “Beautiful Tragedy”, is being made available for the first time on vinyl via brand new label Wargod.
Under exclusive license from Century Media, the “Beautiful Tragedy” vinyl package includes a heavy duty gatefold jacket and a 16 x 23 poster featuring an exclusive “Beautiful Tragedy”-era photo of vocalist Maria Brink, taken by veteran music photographer Jeremy Saffer. Continue reading IN THIS MOMENT’s ‘Beautiful Tragedy’ To Be Released On Vinyl For First Time