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There is more than one artist known as Epica:

Epica formed in the Netherlands. They are a band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen, subsequent to his departure from After Forever. Their songs largely deal with philosophical topics, including science, religion and world events.

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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 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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  • nDroae

    1. Delirium 2. Nostalgia 3. Avalanche 4. Monopoly on Truth (TQEKOH2 somewhere around here) 5. Deep Water Horizon 6. Twin Flames

    Yesterday 11:17am Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    ??? !!! ???. what other RFTI songs could you possibly be talking about.

    Yesterday 11:05am Reply
  • nDroae

    I've tried to get him to give it some more listens, but he refuses. I like TQE (song) more than SoSD, though I like other tracks on RFTI more than either ;P

    24 May 10:58pm Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    @shodan21 and anyone else who has not given RFTI much of a chance: please listen to Serenade of Self-Destruction!!! Easily beats TQE (song) as being a better closing track.

    24 May 12:18pm Reply
  • Cyanide1992

    beautiful [3]

    22 May 5:25pm Reply
  • EmeraldIsland

    the Paradiso DVD show in 2006 must be released it sounds hell much better then retrospect

    22 May 1:01pm Reply
  • behnam91

    I hope someday they could release the video of the Classical Conspiracy and also the Paradiso show in 2006!

    21 May 11:02pm Reply
  • Clandestine-Ene

    nDroae thank you for that remix, that was very... angelic.

    21 May 7:36pm Reply
  • nDroae

    Wellllllllllll Hmm, I have 1337 plays of TQE. The true KoH Part 2.

    19 May 10:36pm Reply
  • Antiadore

    I prefer The Classical Conspiracy over Retrospect. Her voice is much better. and about RFTI I think it's alright. Definitely not their best but it's not a weak album. I guess people don't like it because people have very high expectations of Epica specialy after DYU in 2009.

    19 May 6:31am Reply
  • shodan21

    im cool with storm the sorrow, and thats about it. course, i havent really listened to most of the other tracks, so thats a terribly uninformed opinion, but hey. also, i really dont like the super obvious "non-americans critical of american politics" lyrics.

    19 May 1:06am Reply
  • nDroae

    I like it, though it took two years to grow on me... except Delirium, which I loved immediately. I prefer the Retrospect versions of the other tracks, and this version of Deep Water Horizon ;P j/k

    18 May 3:06pm Reply
  • behnam91

    I don't get why people don't like RFTI! Serenade of self-destruction, Monopoly on truth, Storm the sorrow and Deep water horizon are among epica's best songs in my opinion!

    18 May 1:50pm Reply
  • nDroae

    Ultra biased opinion: Design Your Universe or The Quantum Enigma. DYU has two of their best epics, and TQE has IMO the most consistent high quality. Or if you're up for a live album, Retrospect features a live choir and orchestra, and a good setlist from the first five albums. Only listen to Requiem for the Indifferent if you're up for a progressive, experimental album with bad production. :)

    18 May 6:27am Reply
  • thrasher86

    Great band, I only just started listening to them after avoiding Symphonic Metal for a while, not intentionally but just because I normally listen to thrash, death, doom metal but after picking up a copy of The Divine Conspiracy I'm converted, great album, great mix of gothic, death and symphonic metal. Which album would you recommend getting next?

    18 May 3:12am Reply
  • Pyfesgh

    @michael_yatesy RFTI had imo only 2-3 ok tracks with only Deep Water Horizon being for me a remember-able track to this day.

    16 May 10:32am Reply
  • nDroae Apparently the girl pictured is "Tatto Farias" (see her comment), but if the translation is correct, she didn't send the picture to Epica and doesn't know who did. So bewaaare, next Epica might post a picture of YOU without your consent. ;P (Well great as long as it's a good one eh) I wonder if anyone's sent in a photoshopped or Sharpied tattoo. On a photo like that, it's impossible to tell it wasn't done by a calligrapher friend with a Sharpie.

    14 May 1:41am Reply
  • nDroae

    "United States and Canada.... You have been asking for it.... You will get it! First announcement will follow coming week!!"

    10 May 9:39pm Reply
  • i_pachkovsky

    It is about her Kuzmin sang: Simona girl of my dreams :)

    10 May 5:10pm Reply
  • Antiadore

    vv Simone ALWAYS sounds amazing.

    10 May 12:13am Reply
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