EPICA To Re-Release 'Design Your Universe' With Bonus Disc Containing New Acoustic Recordings

EPICA To Re-Release 'Design Your Universe' With Bonus Disc Containing New Acoustic Recordings

Dutch metal titans EPICA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their milestone album "Design Your Universe". To mark this special occasion, EPICA will re-release this fan-favorite LP as a "gold edition" on October 4 through Nuclear Blast. This edition will contain the album remixed and remastered by Joost van den Broek with updated artwork and a second disc containing newly recorded acoustic versions of "Design Your Universe" songs.

Singer Simone Simons stated about the re-release: "'Design Your Universe' is an album that is very dear to me not only because of the music, but also because of the message behind it. I am looking forward to the anniversary release and all the upcoming shows. The bonus CD is a worthy addition to 'Design Your Universe' and I can’t wait for you all to hear the songs!"

"Design Your Universe" will be re-released as a two-CD version and a digital version. The acoustic songs will also be released as a separate picture disc. Pre-order will start on August 9.

To coincide with the 10th anniversary, EPICA will perform a number of special shows beginning on October 4 in Oberhausen, Germany.

Last month, EPICA guitarist Isaac Delahaye told Heavy TV about the upcoming trek: "It's just another tour to celebrate 10 years of that album… So that's something to look forward. I'm really looking forward to that. 'Cause it's also the first album I — when I joined the band, that was the album we worked on, so, for me, it's a special album as well."

Delahaye also said that he has "already started writing some stuff" for the follow-up to 2016's "The Holographic Principle" album.

The next EPICA studio LP is not expected to arrive before late 2020.

November 2019 will see the release of "The Essence Of Epica", a lavishly designed and fully illustrated, high-quality hardback which tells the story of EPICA in bandmembers' own words. The book is available in two distinct editions: the Classic is a 208-page, hardback with foil detailing, filled with over 200 images; the Signature hardback is signed by the band and comes in a deluxe clamshell box with three exclusive, original art prints created by Stefan Heilemann.

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