it interesting . I do trust in natural selection . If you can irraticate a disease then that ’ s something to consider , but it ’ s the other unnatural things it is being used for that ’ s scary . Some things go a little too far .
If I were to describe this record to someone to get them to listen to it , what would I be telling them ?
SIMONE : Omega is a continuation of the “ Holographic Principal ” where everything comes together . The balance in life , the balance between light and dark , the balance between ourselves , both good and evil , trying to restore that balance . Mark and I drew inspiration for this out of the emerald tablets some of the oldest wisdom stones known to mankind . “ Rivers ” is a very personal song , but also a metaphor for the flow of life , the ebb and tides , and that sometimes we need to swim against the stream when we feel like we ’ re drowning within ourselves . “ The Absence of Time ” is the battle between light and darkness , spiritual freedom when the demiurge is trying to keep the soul imprisoned . “ Kingdom of Heaven ” is the third part of the Kingdom of Heaven trilogy . It doesn ’ t mean the end of Epica . It just means the end of the trilogy , where science and neutrality come together to find the true meaning of life , which is a recurring theme throughout the lyrics on the record .
For a band that has inspired a genre , did you guys ever take the time to think about your impact on music globally ?
SIMONE : We actually did that during this hiatus . Normally we would be out on tour supporting this record . We have been on this fast train that has never stopped so it was nice to take a break for a little while . Working on the “ Essence of Epica ” gave us time to reflect on everything we have achieved , and long forgotten memories that were buried somewhere . It ’ s crazy how much we have done and seen , the world we have traveled .
to be a professional touring band and living from it . It ’ s a very rare thing and I noticed it even more with the pandemic . There are so many bands right now that are struggling to keep their heads above water . It wasn ’ t always easy , but we worked our asses off .
What do you miss about touring ?
SIMONE : I don ’ t miss having to miss my family and watch my son grow up . There is this thing on stage , the flow of energy that runs through your body . You cannot compare it to anything . No matter how much I work out , go to the gym , sing in the shower , take strolls through the forest , its not the same . I feel like I have this energy bundled inside of me , boiling . It makes me feel frustrated . I know I ’ m not alone in that feeling . I ’ ve been touring since I was 17 . It ’ s all I ’ ve known . The passion and to not have it die because of outside circumstances .
“ I do trust in natural selection . If you can irraticate a disease then that ’ s something to consider , but it ’ s the other unnatural things it is being used for that ’ s scary . Some things go a little too far .”
“ When I sent him the lyrics for “I’m The King” He thought it was about
Donald Trump? I said WHAT? It’s about two people having sex! LOL.
Oh Bob, I love him though, I miss him.“ – Graham talking about the late Bob Kulick
Half a month later I was diagnosed with
colon cancer. I struggled through surgery and
getting the album done and then putting out
the video “Reborn”. The video is based on a
Norwegian artist that made pension drawings
about the late 1800’s of the Black Death hit-
ting Norway in the late 1340’s and it was said
the Black Death was in the spirit of a women
who brought it to others and her name was
Pesta, so I brought my daughter in to play
Pesta. The original bass player so he is back
in the fold, and Dirk is the beast in human form
with a goat on his head playing drums. We
are bringing elements of human struggle with
nature. The lyrics of the song getting rid of all
the obstacles in your life and just being your-
self. Make your own life matter, which is kin-
da what we are all going through right now,
pandemics has always been a part of metal.
Bieng a fellow survivor,
what was your first
thoughts when you
heard that word cancer?
ANDERS: Getting cancer is so different
from what most people think. I went through
chemo to make it smaller so they could do
surgery to get it out, spent most of January
in the Hospital while they were getting the
whole interior out. Then I got it out and did
chemo again. Then, the pandemic hit which
was actually a good thing because people
were wanting to help people like me. If your
seriously ill in the normal world it’s like it just
keeps on turning but when the whole world
stops it feels like I’m not missing anything. It
feels like everything is on hold for me to get
back to normal again.
Photo Credit: Hannah Verbeuren
Do you prefer the classic analog style of recording or
the new digital style?
ANDERS: It’s important for us to use the real drums and no extra things, and we
use a lot of mics around the drum room to catch all the sounds, and the other really
important thing for us is we are all in the same room while recording like people did
back in the day. That’s a very important part of keeping it real and not have each mem-
ber come in one day and lay down their tracks and then another on another day. All
of our stuff is the real deal. I did all I could to make small details in each song so you
can listen and hear something you may have missed before. In mixing, it was mixed to
have an old school analog feel. One thing we did was use guitar software parts just to
save time on editing, but other then that it’s all real, no cut and paste.
How much are you looking forward to going on tour
and playing this record?
ANDERS: To go back out on tours and do festivals seems like science fiction right
now, but hopefully down the road it will all get back to normal.