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Epica - 'The Skeleton Key' (Omega Alive)

Nos furiae nocturni terrores

We are the night
We haunt your mind

A thousand silent voices have been screaming in my mind this night again
I am trying to decipher the allusion so I'll finally ascend
Run around in circles no direction without any end to see
Imagine there's a world with all the answers, are they hiding within me?

Can we find the lightning that shines inside our mind?
Can we fight the dark side, we've all been trying to hide?
The many sleepless nights, the panic that rewinds
Waiting for the sunrise as paradise arrives

We own the night
You better hide

The whispers of a liar cursing me inside, my thoughts are all on fire
Have been staring in the mirror of perception leaving everything behind
Holding on to sanity before the darkness cuts me like a knife
I am suffocating in a world in which I have to die to feel alive

Can we find the lightning that lives inside our mind?
Can we fight the dark side, we've all been trying to hide?
The many sleepless nights, the panic that rewinds
Waiting for the sunrise as paradise arrives

Darkness bleeding in the night's light
Standing at my bedside
Bring upon the nightmares

Open up the secret window
Step into the unknown
Longing not to be scared

Lightning that shines inside in our minds
A dark sight we've all been trying to hide

We've all been dancing in the dark
We've all been drifting worlds apart
Nos furiae daemonia tua
We've all been dancing in the dark

Can we find the lightning that shines inside our mind?
Can we fight the dark side, we've all been trying to hide?
The many sleepless nights, the panic that rewinds
Waiting for the sunrise as paradise arrives

With peace of mind
Unlocking all the secrets in me
We harmonize
I carry my own skeleton key


Ο δίσκος των Epica 'Omega Alive'
Άκρως ενεργοί δισκογραφικά μέσα στο 2021 οι Epica. Ένας "ολοκληρωμένος" δίσκος ("Ωmega"), ένα live album, τρία EPs και ισάριθμα singles ο απολογισμός των Ολλανδών symphonic metallers, ο οποίοι αποχαιρετούν την χρονιά με το "Omega Alive" που κυκλοφόρησε προ ημερών. Οι Epica "υπάρχουν" στο μουσικό σύμπαν από τις αρχές της χιλιετίας. Σχηματίσθηκαν από τον Mark Jansen το 2002 όταν αποχώρησε After Forever. Αρχικά (για έναν χρόνο) ως Sahara Dust (με την Helena Iren Michaelsen στα φωνητικά) και στην συνέχεια ως Epica. Το όνομα της μπάντας είναι εμπνευσμένο από τον σχετικό δίσκο των Kamelot ("Epica", Ιανουάριος 2003)...

Simone Simons: «Here it is! Our latest and greatest Epica show in the history of the band: ‘ΩMEGA ALIVE’. We are beyond excited about this release, in which we can all relive our most special performance to date. We wish you a lot of musical moments and we hope that you don’t wake up with a headbang hangover after checking it out. ;)»

Coen Janssen: «The whole third act was built around the “Kingdom of Heaven” songs. The third part (from the ‘ΩMEGA’ album) just had to be played, so we came up with ‘Elysia’ - the kingdom somewhere in the sky. A new decor resembling a throne room and a massive chandelier with acrobats in it set the tone for this song. For the ‘piano-solo’ we had an extra surprise up our sleeve… playing it while it was on fire! A stunt we could not rehearse since the piano would be destroyed afterwards! Under great guidance from our pyro-crew, we managed to pull it off. Luckily, the part only lasts about 30 seconds since it was extremely hot, as you can imagine! Since this looked so cool on stage, we also lit up the gong at the end of the act, with Ariën hitting it with a flaming torch. These images turned out way cooler than we expected - too bad we can’t do this live!

➜ What we wanted to do was the ultimate Epica show where we could fulfill every dream we ever had, where there was room for all the ideas, effects and props that are just too big to be taken on tour. Far from your usual streaming concert, the band developed a trademark feature called a living backdrop. We built another stage right behind our stage where lots of things were going on the whole time. And we meant that very literally. Every song got something extra, something unique that was fitting its world.

➜ After releasing our new album, ‘ΩMEGA’ earlier this year, we found ourselves with great new songs, aching to be played live, but without a stage to perform them on. We still wanted to give our fans the best possible release-show like we always do, so together with Jens de Vos from Panda Productions we came up with a way to bring the Epica experience into the homes of our fans all over the world. ‘ΩMEGA Alive’ will be Epica’s biggest show ever! We will go all out on everything we have to offer and I can tell you - it’ll be one massive audio-visual spectacle!!! Immerse yourself in the world of Epica and join us during ‘ΩMEGA Alive’.»

Band: Epica
Country of origin: Netherlands
Location: Reuver, Limburg
Formed in: 2003
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Lyrical themes: Religion, Society, Politics, Philosophy, Spirituality
Years active: 2002-2003 (as Sahara Dust), 2003-present

Video: "The Skeleton Key"
Directed by: Jens de Vos (Panda Productions)
Album: "Omega Alive"
Type: Live album
Release date: December 3rd, 2021
Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: 2CD, 2CD+DVD, 2CD+blu-ray, Blu-ray+DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+DVD, 5 vinyls+2CD+blu-ray+DVD, Digital

Band members:
Mark Jansen - Guitars (rhythm), Vocals (harsh)
Coen Janssen - Keyboards, Piano
Simone Simons - Vocals
Ariën van Weesenbeek - Drums
Isaac Delahaye - Guitars (lead), Vocals (harsh)
Rob van der Loo - Bass

Miscellaneous staff:
Jens de Vos - Director
Stefan Heilemann - Artwork

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