Epica announce new album – The Quantum Enigma

Dutch Symphonic metallers Epica have announced their 6th album, titled The Quantum Enigma.

From the band’s facebook page.

‘THE QUANTUM ENIGMA’ album announcement!
We are very proud to announce our 6th studio effort ‘THE QUANTUM ENIGMA’ which will be released by Nuclear Blast on the 2nd of May (Europe), 5th of May (UK) and the 13th of May (USA)

tracklisting:
1 – Originem
2 – The Second Stone
3 – The Essence of Silence
4 – Vicitms of Contingency
5 – Sense Without Sanity – The Impervious Code
6 – Unchain Utopia
7 – The Fifth Guardian – Interlude
8 – Chemical Insomnia
9 – 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

Where Retrospect reflected on the first decade of our carreer, we’d like to think THE QUANTUM ENIGMA marks the beginning of a new era, where Epica sounds heavy, modern and without compromises! More than ever, the creation of this album was a group effort and we are extremely proud of the results!

Together with producer Joost van den Broek we recorded this album in the Sandlane Recording Facilities in The Netherlands whereas the mix of the album was done by the renowned Jacob Hansen.

“Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes EPICA sound raw and overwhelming.”

THE QUANTUM ENIGMA will be released in 5 different configurations:
1 – regular Jewel Case
2 – 2CD Digipack
3 – 3CD Earbook
4 – double Vinyl
5 – Digital Download

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):

1 – Canvas of Life [acoustic version]
2 – In All Conscience [acoustic version]
3 – Dreamscape [acoustic version]
4 – Natural Corruption [acoustic version]

Disc 3 (Earbook Only):

1 – Originem [instrumental]
2 – The Second Stone [instrumental]
3 – The Essence of Silence [instrumental]
4 – Victims of Contingency [instrumental]
5 – Sense Without Sanity [instrumental]
6 – Unchain Utopia [instrumental]
7 – The Fifth Guardian [instrumental]
8 – Chemical Insomnia [instrumental]
9 – Reverence [instrumental]
10 – Omen [instrumental]
11 – Canvas of Life [instrumental]
12 – Natural Corruption [instrumental]
13 – The Quantum Enigma [instrumental]

Long time collaborator Stephan Heilemann once again created some stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind the lyrics. Once you’ll be able to lay hands on the album artwork, you’ll see that the cover is part of a bigger picture.

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