How far is an artist willing to go for their artistic vision? Insomnia, lost hair, and even being doused in black paint & silicone, sure – no problem, but how do you go to the bathroom when you’re tied to six poles? Simone Simons, frontwoman for the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA, spills all the behind-the-scenes details about the band’s recent video, “Storm The Sorrow,” on her blog. “It was the hardest, dirtiest and most fun recording I've ever done,” she admits. Read all about it here. “Storm The Sorrow” is off the band’s new album, Requiem For The Indifferent, which debuted at #104 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in March. EPICA will be returning to North America for a headlining tour beginning October 23rd in Washington, D.C. with support bands Alestorm, Insomnium, System Divide, and Destiny Potato. Dates are: 10/23/12 Howard Theater - Washington, D.C. 10/25/12 Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA 10/26/12 Irving Plaza – New York, NY 10/27/12 Palladium - Worcester, MA 10/29/12 Imperial - Quebec City, QC - CANADA 10/30/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC - CANADA 10/31/12 Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA 11/02/12 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH 11/03/12 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA 11/04/12 Mojoe’s - Joliet, IL 11/05/12 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN 11/07/12 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO 11/08/12 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT 11/10/12 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, B.C. - CANADA 11/11/12 El Corazon - Seattle, WA 11/12/12 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR 11/14/12 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA 11/15/12 House of Blues - San Diego, CA 11/16/12 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA 11/17/12 Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ 11/19/12 Trees - Dallas, TX 11/20/12 Scout Bar - Houston, TX 11/21/12 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX 11/23/12 Headliners - Louisville, KY 11/24/12 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD Pre-sale tickets and exclusive V.I.P. tickets (1-hour early entry, Meet & Greet, and autographed commemorative poster) are available online at through May 9th; afterwards, tickets will be on sale through all normal ticketing outlets.