founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen subsequent to his departure from After Forever.
They are known for their symphonic sound and the use of female vocals and male growls, performed by Simone Simons and Mark Jansen respectively. All six members participate in composing their songs, whilst their lyrics are primarily written by Simons and Jansen. Their songs largely deal with philosophical topics, including science, religion, and world events.
In 2003, Epica's debut album The Phantom Agony was released through Transmission Records. Consign to Oblivion followed in 2005, and debuted at No. 12 in the Dutch charts. They moved labels to Nuclear Blast following Transmission's bankruptcy, and in 2007, released their third studio album The Divine Conspiracy, which charted at #9 in the Netherlands. 2009's Design Your Universe was met with yet greater success, debuting at #8 in the Dutch Albums Chart, and charting across Europe, also garnering much critical acclaim.
EPICA - Retrospect - 10th anniversary
September 13th 2012 at: 14:28 CEST
On the 23rd of March 2013 internationally renowned metal band Epica will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a special performance entitled“Retrospect” which will take place in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, in their home country the Netherlands. “Retrospect” will be Epica’s most ambitious project to date, joined by a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, international guests and lots of special effects.
Over the past 10 years Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, with mezzo-soprano Simone Simons as lead singer, has grown from a local metal band into an international touring act and has done extensive tours of Europe, North-America and Latin-America.
This week the band will embark on their Latin-American tour to promote their latest album “Requiem for the Indifferent” followed by a North-American tour in October/ November, ending the year with a tour of France and the UK.
Epica will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a unique show. A 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir will accompany the band at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven (NL). Especially for this show the band has invited the Hungarian Extended Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra and Choir of Miskolc National Theatre, the same orchestra and choir with whom Epica recorded the highly acclaimed live album “the Classical Conspiracy”. This anniversary show will be a “Retrospect” on Epica’s career and will contain all trademark elements you can expect from Epica.
02. Monopoly On Truth
05. Martyr Of The Free Word
06. Chasing The Dragon
08. Never Enough
09. Stabat Mater Dolorosa
10. Twin Flames
11. Serenade Of Self-Destruction
12. Orchestral Medley
13. The Divine Conspiracy [Anniversary Edition version]
15. Blank Infinity
16. The Obsessive Devotion
18. Battle Of The Heroes & Imperial March
20. The Phantom Agony
21. Cry For The Moon
22. Sancta Terra
23. Design Your Universe
24. Storm the Sorrow
25. Consign To Oblivion