A Music Blog, Yea! conducted an interview with vocalist Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA prior to the band’s November 6, 2016 show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked how the heavier-sounding tracks on EPICA‘s latest album, “The Holographic Principle”, have been going over live on the band’s current tour, Simone said: “Amazing. There are some songs, like ‘Beyond The Matrix’ and ‘Ascension’, that just are really made to be live songs. And that’s also a little bit how we kind of went about when we were writing the songs and finalizing them together with our producer, Joost [Van Den Broek], that we wanted these songs to become live songs. But then when we’re on the stages, songs like ‘Ascension’ and ‘Beyond The Matrix’ [and] ‘Divide And Conquer’ are amazing live songs. The fans also really welcome those and go crazy. Yesterday, we had so many brutal-looking metalheads jumping up and down during ‘Beyond The Matrix’. I’m, like, ‘That’s a pretty gay song, but okay.’ [Laughs]”

“The Holographic Principle” was released on September 30, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

EPICA recently finished touring Europe with POWERWOLF and BEYOND THE BLACK.

Simons recently told Metal-Rules.com about the lyrical themes covered on “The Holographic Principle”: “It isn’t a concept CD as the story is not in a chronological order of events from beginning to the end. Some songs deviate from the idea. ‘The Holographic Principle’ is, basically, that we are living in a hologram. With the new technology and virtual reality glasses we realize reality is generated so perfectly that you can no longer tell the difference, so can reality also be a hologram?”