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There is more than one artist known as Epica:

1. Epica is a Dutch 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 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

    The party you are trying to reach, "the people who tagged Epica as gothic metal," is not available in this shoutbox. And it's hard to believe that one can be on Last.fm for five+ years, all along knowing what true gothic metal is, before discovering how the tag is used.

    5 hours ago Reply
  • Symbolofallloss

    Gothic Metal? you're kidding me right? This is pretty much Symphony X influenced Symphonic Power Metal, especially last 2 albums. Gothic would be Tiamat or Tristania. Female vokillz doesn't mean gothic.

    8 hours ago Reply
  • shodan21

    vv =)

    Yesterday 3:23pm Reply
  • TruVoL

    omg they played yesterday The Last Crusade <3

    Yesterday 2:34pm Reply
  • nDroae

    one does not simply make a wholly uncalled for WT reference without being noticed by SHODAN-senpai

    Yesterday 7:22am Reply
  • shodan21

    v i see what you did there

    Yesterday 5:27am Reply
  • nDroae

    vv and every concert until the end of time she goes her way

    25 Nov 10:36pm Reply
  • Nardens

    amazing gig yesterday at milan! looking forward to next time!

    25 Nov 10:32pm Reply
  • TruVoL

    v I wish they play it in the Paris concert on January :D

    25 Nov 12:35pm Reply
  • nDroae

    I'd say how I feel about this but I guess my last post already makes that clear

    25 Nov 12:16pm Reply
  • TruVoL

    Omg, they played DYU yesterday <3

    25 Nov 8:45am Reply
  • nDroae

    meanwhile in craaaaaazytown....

    24 Nov 3:27am Reply
  • SpyKiisMaGiC

    Listening to TQE for the first time in a while and it is really good. Really happy with a lot of the stuff they tried on it and it makes me excited for whatever they do next in a way I haven't been since DYU came out. I still don't like it as much as their first three but I think part of that is just that those albums are more suited to my tastes musically plus I already have a ton of time and attachment to them.

    24 Nov 3:15am Reply
  • nDroae

    They played that here in 2010, so I stopped rocking out and just took pictures instead

    23 Nov 9:26pm Reply
  • Clandestine-Ene

    Wow they are actually playing Fools of Damnation on this new tour, totally excited to hear it in Helsinki.

    23 Nov 8:26pm Reply
  • onlycharles

    They're coming to Brazil!!!!! Wow can't wait to see them live

    19 Nov 8:23pm Reply
  • Rose-Amaranthe

    This Should Be Main Picture Forever http://www.last.fm/music/Epica/+images/97476819

    19 Nov 6:13pm Reply
  • shodan21

    i look forward to watching youtube clips until im reminded how terrible everyones camera is and stop.

    14 Nov 1:45am Reply
  • jerkjones

    well that goes without saying

    13 Nov 8:23pm Reply
  • nDroae

    TBH I might be more interested in the Czech ladies there than the bands... wellexceptmaybenightwish:(

    13 Nov 1:47am Reply
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