In an exclusive feature for North America, Gothic Beauty - the Portland-based quarterly magazine that covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and events for the Goth scene - recently spoke to lead vocalist Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA about the band’s live 2-DVD/3-CD retrospective, Retrospect, which was released in the U.S. & Canada on November 26th. GB: How did [the live stream of the Retrospect show] go? There have been a few bands that have tried it, but for a while the technology wasn’t really there in terms of not buffering well or similar issues. Simone: As far as I know things went great. We had a separate camera crew that was responsible purely for the live stream rather than shooting for the DVD, so we really did prepare everything as carefully as we could. Obviously people who followed the live stream needed a good internet connection, but we had good responses. It was a success, and I think it’s a great way to make fans who can’t make it to the show be there right at that moment. GB: You guys are known as a band that makes a lot of effort to connect with your fans. I’m curious about your overall approach to the issue of how best to connect with fans. Simone: We started off having a fan club and a fanzine, and we also organized fan meetings and meet-ups. As the internet became more prominent we’ve made ourselves available online too. Now we mostly communicate with our fans via Facebook, and yesterday we had an online chat with fans. For me it’s impossible to go out and meet everyone after shows because there are a lot of people and I need to rest my voice, but we do love to stay in touch with fans via Twitter, and I also have a blog. I think it’s really important to keep in touch with fans, and I’ve met so many lovely people who love what we do, and I’m thankful for that. It’s part of our job to show appreciation. Read the entire interview at EPICA celebrated their 10th Anniversary with five thousand fans this past March with a spectacular “One Night Only” sold-out concert in The Netherlands. Ten high definition cameras captured this very special show while EPICA played an unforgettable three hour, career-spanning set accompanied by the 70-piece Extended Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir. View the DVD trailer here. Retrospect is strictly limited to 3,000 copies and includes a 48-page booklet, exclusive interviews with all EPICA band members, and behind-the-scenes footage from the show. The prima book & exclusive t-shirt bundle (below) makes for a great holiday gift for any fan of female-fronted European symphonic metal and can be ordered from the Retrospect Landing Page: The track listing for Retrospect is: 01 – Introspect 02 – Monopoly On Truth 03 – Sensorium 04 – Unleashed (watch live clip: 05 – Martyr Of The Free Word 06 – Chasing The Dragon 07 – Presto 08 – Never Enough 09 – Stabat Mater Dolorosa 10 – Twin Flames 11 – Serenade Of Self-Destruction 12 – Orchestral Medley 13 – The Divine Conspiracy ~Anniversary Edition~ 14 – Delirium 15 – Blank Infinity 16 – The Obsessive Devotion 17 – Retrospect 18 – Battle Of The Heroes & Imperial March 19 – Quietus 20 – The Phantom Agony (watch live clip: 21 – Cry For The Moon 22 – Sancta Terra 23 – Design Your Universe 24 – Storm The Sorrow 25 – Consign To Oblivion 26 – Outrospect Visit EPICA online at Like: Follow: Watch: Enjoy: