Epica’s Simone Simons laughs at debut album

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Epica’s frontwoman, Simone Simons, has admitted that she laughs when she listens to the band’s debut album, The Phantom Agony.

But the Dutch vocalist says she’s proud of Epica’s evolution over the past 11 years, and she wouldn’t change a thing about their progress over the course of their career.

Speaking to CrypticRock Simons said: “”When I listen back to the first record I laugh, because we sound so young and naive. But it also had something magical about it – many fans says it’s their favourite Epica record, even though we don’t sound like that any more.”

“We’ve added new band members who have contributed to the sound,” she continues. “The goal for each record is to be better than the previous record.”

Epica’s sixth studio album, The Quantum Enigma, was released last month via Nuclear Blast records. Epic is about right, as according to the band the album is about “…the most mind-bending scientific proof in all of quantum physics; [namely] that our physical environment is directly influenced by our consciousness”.

“Everyone has their own special memories attached to each record – I have the same,” concludes Simons.

Epica are currently on tour in Europe, and return to the UK on the 6th of December for a show at The Forum in London.

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New music releases, 5th May 2014

New and notable releases this week, 5th May 2014:

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Magic Mountain, Black Stone Cherry
Sheezus, Lily Allen
Luminous, The Horrors
Natalie Merchant, Natalie Merchant
Supernova, Ray LaMontagne
Nikki Nack, tUnE yArDs
American Interior, Gruff Rhys
Seven Dials, Roddy Frame
Someday World, Brian Eno and Karyl Hyde
The Road Of Bones, IQ
The Quantum Engima, Epica
Goin’ Home, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Girls/Sleepsound, Jamie XX

All the above and many more are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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