EPICA – The Weekly Riff with Guitarist Isaac Delahaye – “Universal Death Squad” Guitar Lesson/Playthrough

Epica is maybe one of the most appropriately named bands in all of metal. They combine soaring operatic vocals (courtesy of the lovely Simone Simons) and epic orchestration over massive riffs and occasional death growls, as well as some shredding guitar solos courtesy of Isaac Delahaye – the subject of this episode of The Weekly Riff!

In this exclusive video, Isaac performs and breaks down parts from the Epica song “Universal Death Squad” from the band’s forthcoming album The Holographic Principle which comes out on the 30th of this month. You can pre-order the album now directly from Nuclear Blast, and then watch the video below to get yourself pumped up for not only the release, but also their upcoming North American tour! Check out the dates below.

The North American Principle tour w/ Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arkona and The Agonist

04-11-16 Imperial Theater Quebec City, QC Canada
05-11-16 Corona Montreal, QC Canada
06-11-16 Phoenix Concert Hall Toronto, ON Canada
08-11-16 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL United States
09-11-16 Cabooze Minneapolis, MN United States
11-11-16 Saskatoon Event Center Saskatoon, SK Canada
12-11-16 Marquee Calgary, AB Canada
13-11-16 The Ranch Edmonton, AB Canada
15-11-16 Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC Canada
16-11-16 Studio 7 Seattle, WA United States
18-11-16 Social Hall San Francisco, CA United States
19-11-16 The Regent Los Angeles, CA United States
20-11-16 Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, NV United States
22-11-16 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO United States
23-11-16 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS United States
25-11-16 Gas Monkey Live Dallas, TX United States
26-11-16 Empire Control Room Austin, TX United States
28-11-16 State Theater St Petersburg, FL United States
29-11-16 Masquerade Atlanta, GA United States
01-12-16 Soundstage Baltimore, MD United States
02-12-16 Webster Hall New York, NY United States
03-12-16 Palladium Worcester, MA United States

Tickets available from: www.epica.nl/tour

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