Today, Dutch metal titans EPICA unleash the re-release of ‘Design Your Universe’ – Gold Edition and kick off the first leg of their ‘Design Your Universe’ 10th anniversary tour in Oberhausen, Germany. They also unveil a new acoustic version of their classic track ‘Martyr Of The Free Word’. The video was created by Stefan Heilemann.

Check it out here:

Simone Simons comments: “During the writing sessions of the Acoustic Universe, I immediately fell in love with the acoustic version of ‘Martyr of the Free Word‘. A heavy song turned into the most intimate ballad. When we decided to do a video on this song we decided to work with my friend and long-time EPICA partner Stefan Heilemann, whom you all know as the man behind our artwork. This is the first time that we did a video together and I love it! We hope you love it too and see you on the road very soon!”

‘Design Your Universe’ – Gold Edition contains a remastered and remixed version of the album and a newly recorded acoustic bonus disc. The album and exclusive merchandise bundles are now available now from:

To coincide with this release EPICA will perform a number of exclusive ‘Design Your Universe’ 10th anniversary shows around the globe.

‘Design Your Universe’ – 10th Anniversary Shows – Europe
04.10.  D         Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
05.10.  NL        Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg *SOLD OUT*
06.10.  F          Paris – Élysée Montmartre *SOLD OUT*
10.10.  IL         Tel Aviv – Barby Club
12.10.  RUS     Moscow – Glavclub

‘Design Your Universe’ – 10th Anniversary Shows – Latin America
21.10.  MEX    Monterrey – Escena
22.10.  MEX    Guadalajara – Diana Theatre
24.10.  MEX    Mexico City – Auditorio BlackBerry
26.10.  BR       São Paulo – Tropical Butantã
27.10.  BR       Rio de Janeiro – Circo Voador
29.10.  AR       Buenos Aires – El Teatro Flores
30.10.  CR       Santiago – Teatro Caupolicán
02.11.  CO       Bogotá – Royal Center
03.11.  CR        San José – Pepper Disco Club

03.01. CN         Montreal – Corona Theatre
05.01. US         Los Angeles – Regent Theater
12.01. US         New York City –  Webster Hal

Tickets are on sale now through:

More on ‘Design Your Universe’ – Gold Edition:
Get ‘Kingdom Of Heaven’ digitally here:
Listen in NB New Releases playlist: /

‘Kingdom Of Heaven’ (official YouTube Video):

Watch the free tutorial of EPICA’s anthem ‘Design Your Universe’ in collaboration with College Of Metal on EPICA‘s YouTube channel: 
The guitar tabs can be downloaded for free from: