Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA have released the following message:
"Our show at Graspop [Metal Meeting in Dessel, Delgium] on the 30th of June marked the end of the 'Requiem For The Indifferent' touring cycle.
"We would like to thank all our loyal fans who have, once again, carried EPICA to the next level.
"Our world tour promoting 'Requiem For The Indifferent' has given us a ton of wonderful new memories. We played a lot of new places like Australia, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Belarus and Dubai and welcomed new fans at every one of the 100+ shows of this world tour. A new milestone for us was reached during 'Retrospect', the celebration of our 10th anniversary! We will never forget being on stage with this huge orchestra and choir in front of the 4500 fans from all over the world.
"As you know, we will take a step back from playing live shows for the upcoming months since [EPICA singer] Simone [Simons] and [her boyfriend] Oliver and [EPICA keyboardist] Coen [Janssen] and [his wife] Linda are expecting children.
"During this period, we will be finalizing our live CD, Blu-ray/DVD 'Retrospect', which will be released in the autumn of this year. Besides that, we are in the pre-production phase of the sixth EPICA studio album which we will start to record at the end of this summer and which will be released in spring 2014.
"We can't wait to share the 'Retrospect' show and our new music with you all and we hope to see you on the road in 2014!!"
EPICA's fifth full-length album, "Requiem For The Indifferent", sold 4,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 104 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Requiem For The Indifferent" was released on March 9, 2012 in Europe and four days later in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth.