A lot has been going on in the world of Dutch metallers EPICA. The band has recently played the RETROSPECT show in The Netherlands, which marked the 10th anniversary of the band.

The band has made a bigger announcement today; as some fans have been guessing for a while, the vocalist Simone Simons is pregnant! Here is the band’s Facebook announcement:

We are happy to announce that Simone is pregnant!

Simone and longtime partner Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Sons of Seasons) are expecting their first child around the end of summer. To ensure the best possible pregnancy and considering Simone’s and the babies health, we have decided to stop our live activities from the 1st of July. This means Epica will not play this years Masters of Rock festival in the Czech Republic.

However this does not mean Epica won’t do anything!
Our Retrospect live-DVD will be released upcoming fall. Furthermore, during the second half of 2013 Epica will start working on a brand new record which will be released in 2014.

We are looking forward to see you all at the remaining shows this year and will be back next year with a new CD, stronger than ever!

It’s good that the band will still be active despite Simone’s pregnancy. Epica fans, keep an eye on the updates from the band’s official Facebook page as well as from the band’s official webpage! 😀