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 after 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 achieved 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.

In the beginning of May 2014 the band released their sixth album, The Quantum Enigma, which was a huge international success, debuting on #110 on US Billboard 200 and peaking at #4 in Epica's homeland Netherlands. On June 3, 2015 Epica announced their very own festival Epic Metal Fest set to take place on 22 November 2015 at “Klokgebouw” in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The same month Epica was awarded the Music Export Awards, which is given to the Dutch metal act with the most international success in the past year.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Out of the Dark: 20 Years Nuclear Blast Nuclear Blast Allstars 4 2
2009 20 Years: Ode & Tribute Heideroosjes 1
2013 Des filles et des Riffs, Volume 3 Various Artists 1

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2003 The Best of Gothic Rock 3 Various Artists 1
2005 Gothic Spirits Various Artists 1
2005 Beautiful Voices, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
2005 Bittersweet II Various Artists 1
2006 M'Era Luna Festival 2006 Various Artists 1
2007 The World of Gothic Rock Various Artists 1
2007 Gothic Spirits 6 Various Artists 1
2007 20 Years of Nuclear Blast Various Artists 2
2008 Opera Metal Various Artists 1
2008 Beautiful Voices, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2008 Gothic Spirits 7 Various Artists 1
2008 M'Era Luna Festival 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 Opera Metal, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2008 Gothic Spirits 8 Various Artists 1
2008 A World of Sirens Various Artists 4 1
2008 Beauties and the beast Various Artists 1
2009 Gothic Romance Various Artists 1
2009 Opera Metal, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2009 Gothic Spirits 10 Various Artists 1
2009 Zillo Dark Visions Compilation: Die Clip-Highlights von 1989-2009 Various Artists 1
2010 Gothic Spirits 11 Various Artists 1
2010 Opera Metal, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2010 Masters of Rock 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 A Kiss From a Vampire Various Artists 1
2011 Gothic Spirits 13 Various Artists 1
2012 Gothic Spirits 15 Various Artists 1
2012 Opera Metal, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
2012 Gothic Spirits presents Dark Ladies 3 Various Artists 1
2012 Gothic Spirits 16 Various Artists 1
2012 Blast! presents 97/2012 Various Artists 1
2013 Built to Blast, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2013 The Ultimate Face-Melting Summer Blast 2013 Various Artists 1
2013 Opera Metal, Volume 8 Various Artists 1
2013 Opera Metal: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2014 Metal Hymns, Volume 11 Various Artists 1
2014 Airborne Various Artists 1
2014 Masters of Rock 2014 Various Artists 1
2015 Symphonic & Opera Metal, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
2015 Graspop Metal Meeting 1996-2015 Various Artists 1
Dream of the Black Lady Various Artists 1
Dream of the Dead Various Artists 1
Dream of the Dragon Various Artists 1
Dream of the Killer Various Artists 1
Dream of the Mistress Various Artists 1
Dream of the Night Various Artists 1
Dream of the Vampire Various Artists 1
Dream of the Warrior Various Artists 1

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