Epica is one of the biggest names in symphonic and female-fronted metal. Being a lot heavier and more extreme than most female-fronted bands in the genre, they combine fast and loud metal with the most epic movie-score esque arrangements and beautiful vocal melodies.
After five studio albums, Epica was searching for a new producer and approach to get to the next level. The band had a few member changes over the years, grew a lot in performance skills, and now contained multiple composers consisting of six strong individuals, all being able to bring something unique and personal to their style. The goal was to create an Epica 2.0 both in production quality, modern sound, songwriting, arrangements, and most of all, authenticity.
The Holographic Principle is the second album Joost produced with Epica where he tried to create an approach that all band members would be able to reach new levels in creativity, performance, and character, forming a unique combination as a band and making the process a true group effort.
On this album, all boundaries of production, performance, and arrangement were stretched, recording every single aspect of this epic masterpiece live and with real instruments. It pushed all musicians involved, including the band itself, to their limits, reaching up to 1,000 audio tracks per song, making it one of the biggest and most comprehensive productions in the genre to date.
Epica, together with the work of a great team, have grown exponentially since their last two albums. World-wide sales have increased and they have garnered great reviews and appreciation by the press, more successful international tours, higher spots on festival bills, and reached a wider metal audience.