In summer 2018, Epica won a competition organized by the Dutch Grammy award-winning Metropole Orkest. The winner got a chance to record a song of their choice with the orchestra. Epica chose “Beyond The Matrix” from their latest album “The Holographic Principle” and you can hear the final result – the battle version of the song – below.
In between a heavy touring schedule, Epica managed to record a “big band meets symphonic metal” version of “Beyond The Matrix” with a bonus guest solo by the almighty Arjen Lucassen from Ayreon. “Epica vs Metropole Orkest – Beyond The Matrix – The Battle” is now available as limited edition vinyl and digital download. The lyric video can be seen below.