Epica

Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever. Born as a symphonic metal band with gothic tendencies, later Epica have incorporated into their sound strong death metal influences, progressive metal attitudes and black metal passages (mostly in the drum technique).  They´re known for female vocals and male growls, performed by Simone Simons and Mark Jansen, and wide use of orchestra and opera choirs. Their lyrics often deal with philosophical, psychological, spiritual, moral, scientific, environmental, socio-political, global and personal themes. Their seventh album, The Holographic Principle, was released in September 2016.

Current members

  • Mark Jansen – growled vocals, rhythm guitar (2002–present)
  • Coen Janssen – keyboards, synthesizer, piano (2002–present)
  • Simone Simons – lead vocals (2002–present)
  • Ariën van Weesenbeek – drums, spoken vocals (2007–present; session member: 2006–2007)
  • Isaac Delahaye – lead guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Rob van der Loo – bass (2012–present)

Former members

  • Yves Huts – bass (2002–2012; guested in 2013)
  • Ad Sluijter – lead guitar (2002–2008; guested in 2013)
  • Jeroen Simons – drums (2002–2006; guested in 2013)
  • Helena Iren Michaelsen – lead vocals (2002)

Discography

Studio albums

  • The Phantom Agony (2003)
  • Consign to Oblivion (2005)
  • The Divine Conspiracy (2007)
  • Design Your Universe (2009)
  • Requiem for the Indifferent (2012)
  • The Quantum Enigma (2014)
  • The Holographic Principle (2016)

Live albums

  • We Will Take You With Us (2004)
  • The Classical Conspiracy (2009)
  • Retrospect (2013)

Extended plays

  • The Solace System (2017)
  • EPICA VS attack on titan songs (2017)

Compilation albums

  • The Road to Paradiso (2006)
  • Best Of (2013)

Soundtracks

The Score – An Epic Journey (2005)

Source: Wikipedia

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