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Epica Share Animated Video For Freedom - The Wolves Within

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Epica have unveiled a video for Freedom - The Wolves Within.

Following Abyss Of Time, the track is the latest preview of the Dutch symphonic metal group's forthcoming album, 'Omega', due out on February 26 via Nuclear Blast Records, marking their first studio record in five years. Guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen said:

"This song is based on an old story of a fight between two wolves. A wise Cherokee is discussing life with his grandson: He tells the boy 'There is a fight going on inside of me between two wolves.' One wolf is evil; he embodies anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

"The other wolf is good; joyful, peaceful, and embodies love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

"We all have the same fight going on inside of us and the outcome of this battle will reflect on the outer world. The boy gets curious and asks his grandfather which wolf will win?

"The old Cherokee simply answers 'The one you feed the most.' What we want to be and what we want to reflect on the world around us depends on which wolf we feed and also the degree of control we have over our inner wolves. Will we manage to control them or will they control us?"

Cast across a heavy metal foundation and full of orchestral accompaniments, Simone Simons takes on the clean lead vocals with the occasional punishing growl from Jansen, backed by a choral arrangement. Head below to view its dramatic accompanying video by Bram Knol.

The band will join forces with Apocalyptica for the rescheduled UK and European Epic Apocalypse Tour in spring 2021. Original tickets remain valid.

'Omega' tracklist:

1. Alpha - Anteludium
2. Abyss Of Time - Countdown To Singularity
3. The Skeleton Key
4. Seal of Solomon
5. Gaia
6. Code Of Life
7. Freedom - The Wolves Within
8. Kingdom Of Heaven, Part 3 - The Antediluvian Universe
9. Rivers
10. Synergize - Manic Manifest
11. Twilight Reverie - The Hypnagogic State
12. Omega - Sovereign Of The Sun Spheres

Epica Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Mon March 01 2021 - BERLIN Columbiahalle (Germany)
Tue March 02 2021 - LEIPZIG Haus Auensee (Germany)
Wed March 03 2021 - HANOVER Capitol (Germany)
Fri March 05 2021 - ZURICH Komplex (Switzerland)
Sat March 06 2021 - MUNICH Tonhalle (Germany)
Sun March 07 2021 - MILAN Fabrique (Italy)
Mon March 08 2021 - LAUSANNE Metropole (Switzerland)
Wed March 10 2021 - BUDAPEST Barba Negra (Hungary)
Thu March 11 2021 - VIENNA Gasometer (Austria)
Fri March 12 2021 - BRNO Hala Vodova (Czech Republic)
Sat March 13 2021 - WARSAW Progresja (Poland)
Wed March 17 2021 - HAMBURG Docks (Germany)
Thu March 18 2021 - COPENHAGEN Amager Bio (Denmark)
Sat March 20 2021 - STOCKHOLM Berns (Sweden)
Sun March 21 2021 - OSLO Sentrum (Norway)
Wed April 07 2021 - LISBON Coliseum (Portugal)
Thu April 08 2021 - MADRID La Riviera (Spain)
Fri April 09 2021 - MURCIA Gamma (Spain)
Sun April 11 2021 - BARCELONA Razzmatazz (Spain)
Tue April 13 2021 - PARIS Zenith (France)
Wed April 14 2021 - BRUSSELS Ancienne Belgique (Belgium)
Fri April 16 2021 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City (United Kingdom)
Sat April 17 2021 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Sun April 18 2021 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol (United Kingdom)
Tue April 20 2021 - COLOGNE Carlswerk Victoria (Germany)
Wed April 21 2021 - LUDWIGSBURG MHP Arena (Germany)
Thu April 22 2021 - WIESBADEN Schlachtof (Germany)
Sat April 24 2021 - LUXEMBOURG Den Atelier (Luxembourg)
Sun April 25 2021 - AMSTERDAM AFAS Live (Netherlands)
Tue April 27 2021 - LONDON Roundhouse (United Kingdom)
Wed April 28 2021 - MANCHESTER Academy (United Kingdom)

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