Epica (Dutch symphonic metal band)

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For a short while the group called themselves Sahara Dust, and they recorded a small demo under that name.

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Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, 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's fifth studio album Requiem for the Indifferent was released in 2012. Well received by critics, it was met with international success, entering the USA's Billboard 200 at #104, and Japan's Oricon Albums Chart at #172.

On March 23, 2013, Epica celebrated their 10th anniversary with a huge live event, called Retrospect, at the Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, hosting a live orchestra from Hungary along with special guests Floor Jansen and former Epica members Ad Sluijter, Jeroen Simons, and Yves Huts. During the show a DVD release of the show was confirmed.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
2003 The Phantom Agony 7
2005 Consign to Oblivion 5
2007 The Divine Conspiracy 4.5 6
2009 Design Your Universe 4.2 5
2012 Requiem for the Indifferent 4 7
2014 The Quantum Enigma 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 The Road to Paradiso Compilation 1
2013 Best Of Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2009 The Classical Conspiracy: Live in Miskolc, Hungary Live 2
2013 Retrospect Live 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
2005 The Score: An Epic Journey Soundtrack 3.5 4

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
2003 The Phantom Agony 2
2004 Feint 4 2
2004 Cry for the Moon 3.5 1
2005 Solitary Ground 1
2005 Quietus (Silent Reverie) 3
2007 Never Enough 1
2008 Chasing the Dragon 1
2010 This is the Time 4 2
2012 Storm the Sorrow 1
2012 Forevermore 1
2014 The Essence of Silence 1
2014 Unchain Utopia 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
2004 We Will Take You With Us: 2 Meter Sessies 3 3

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