With “The Alchemy Project”, out on November 11th through Atomic Fire Records, symphonic metal titans Epica finish their 20th anniversary year with a bang and will deliver seven new songs that were all created with a unique concept in mind: They invited 13 bands and musicians to co-write and perform the tracks with them and the result is a mind-bending mini-album ranging from melodic hard rock hymns, via progressive melodeath to even the heaviest track you’ve ever heard from Epica.
For this new single, that once again thematically dives into apocalyptic realms, the band teamed up with none less than Italy’s Symphonic Tech Death pioneers Fleshgod Apocalypse – a collaboration that many fans have been waiting for, not only since both bands shared the stage on their North American Tour in 2016.
Mark Jansen explains how the new song came to life:
“We know the guys and girl from Fleshgod Apocalypse already for quite a long time and toured together. There’s a lot of mutual respect for each other’s music, so when we approached them to work together on a track, they were right away enthusiastic. I did send them some very basic ideas I had for two songs, so they could pick what they liked the most. They ended up using all the ideas and combining them into one song. That was already very promising. From there on, we organized several sessions where we worked on the song together. The process was very smooth and very inspiring. I think the result is a perfect blend between both bands!”
In case you missed the tracklist of “The Alchemy Project”, find out about the featured guest musicians here:
1) The Great Tribulation feat. Fleshgod Apocalypse
2) Wake the World feat. Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep) & Tommy Karevik (Kamelot)
3) The Final Lullaby feat. Shining
4) Sirens – Of Blood and Water feat. Charlotte Wessels & Myrkur
5) Death is not the End feat. Frank Schiphorst (MaYaN) & Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork)
6) Human Devastation feat. Henri Sattler (God Dethroned), Sven de Caluwé (Aborted)
7) The Miner feat. Asim Searah (Damnation Plan), Niilo Sevänen (Insomnium), Roel van Helden (Powerwolf)