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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: With more than half a million albums sold and multiple triumphant tours across Europe, North America, South & Central America, Asia and Australia, EPICA has more than earned its reputation as one of Holland’s most popular musical exports. Now the band will celebrate a decade of success by once again raising the bar for symphonic metal across the world with ‘Retrospect’, which will be released on November 8, 2013 by Nuclear Blast Records as 2 DVD/3 CD and 2 Blu-ray/3 CD. The show was filmed with 10 high-definition cameras and is edited, mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacobs (Textures) at Split Second Sounds.


‘Retrospect’ was captured this past March during the band’s very special sold-out tenth anniversary performance in front of thousands of ecstatic fans at Klokgebouw (Bell Building) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Add a couple of thousand additional fans who streamed this unique event live in their homes, and you can imagine the impact of this evening. The three-hour concert – which included accompaniment from the seventy piece Extended Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and The Miskolc National Theatre Choir – is presented here up-close and in-your-face, with a level of energy, musicianship, and dynamism about which most bands can only dream.


WHAT WE SAY: If you want an introduction to EPICA this is the best place to start collecting as it does all the bands hits and high points. As a concert you can feel the engagement of the entire crowd from the first notes of ‘Introspect’ through the fire of ‘Monopoly on Truth’ to the fading embers of ‘Outrospect’. They used to call concerts like this ‘events’ in the old days and it’s hard to think of this at anything but a beautifully constructed celebration of The Netherlands’ most famous musical export since Golden Earring.


If you want to feel the full power and majesty of Symphonic Metal then this is the concert film you need.  If as a fan you want the ultimate memento then things just get better, not only is the sound crystal clear, the visuals are stunning and the inclusion of never before played live material – particularly ‘ Twin Flames’ is just the icing on the cake.


Raise a glass to the next Chapter of the Epica story, sit back and enjoy.



Mark Diggins