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After months of teasing, Epica finally shared the big surprise we’ve been expecting :

On September 2, we will finally re-issue our first three albums, The Phantom Agony, Consign to Oblivion and The Score. Each record will be available in either a CD box, a collector’s LP box, or as an Earbook and will come with rare bonus tracks for each album. As a special surprise, we have even dug up some spectacular hidden gems from our early days that will be available as bonus material on some of the formats.

Initially recorded in 2006 at the beautiful Paradiso venue in Amsterdam, the performance has become shrouded in legend ; often scheduled for release, it somehow never saw the light of day – until now ! After being hidden away in a dark drawer for more than 16 years, “Live at Paradiso” is finally available on 2CD and Blu-ray/DVD, specifically revamped in 4K resolution.

Recorded at the “Twee Meter Sessies” on public Dutch TV, most of you will already be familiar with this release that was the band’s first major performance on television and first DVD release that has long been sold out. You can also discover two especially rare demo recordings from SAHARA DUST – the band that should later become EPICA (and that you can actually see live for the very first time at our already sold-out anniversary show in Tilburg) !

– Epica newsletter

If you didn’t know, the concert at Paradiso was supposed to be recorded and turned into a DVD 16 years ago, but unfortunately Epica’s label at the time (Transmission) declared bankruptcy. After that, the band signed with the German label Nuclear Blast. The Paradiso concert have been requested by fans for years ! The rare demo recordings from Sahara Dust come from this album.

As usual, there are many versions available (vinyls, earbooks, bundles…), so I didn’t have the time to create all the subpages in the discography section yet, but they’ll be available soon !

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