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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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  • teilzeitgeist

    But Ghost Opera is better than The Black Halo!

    6 hours ago Reply
  • nDroae

    Ah yes, my #26 most played album. http://www.last.fm/user/nDroae/charts?subtype=albums The #25 "album" is ONE SONG, lol

    6 hours ago Reply
  • shodan21

    vv ill be honest, im not sure id put it above the black halo. but at the level of those albums, it doesnt really matter which one is "better".

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  • Guuy

    Of all time? I don't know... Design Your Universe and The Quantum Enigma are on the same level :P

    Yesterday 3:58am Reply
  • nDroae

    TQE is the best album of all time (but it could have been much better)

    Yesterday 2:45am Reply
  • Guuy

    TQE is the best album of 2014

    Yesterday 2:21am Reply
  • brockscence

    New picture http://www.last.fm/music/Epica/+images/100125277

    22 Jul 5:08pm Reply
  • Guuy

    The Essence of Silence ♥

    22 Jul 1:10pm Reply
  • Oscar_Morten

    and... Unchain Utopia Official Video?

    22 Jul 5:58am Reply
  • rustandsoul

    That energy... Oh pleaseee..

    21 Jul 2:43am Reply
  • Archanoth

    Oh yeah, Opeth's new direction for the last couple of albums has been 70's style prog rock and whatnot. A lot of purist/nostalgic Opeth fans hate it. Sort of like Tarja/power metal Nightwish vs Anette/orchestral Nightwish.

    20 Jul 12:36pm Reply
  • nDroae

    Yeah... but I never know whether the problem is I'm just really bad at appreciating prog (which I am) :< I was hoping for something like hit pop song Porcelain Heart with orchestra but I guess they don't do that any more ;(

    20 Jul 11:14am Reply
  • shodan21

    vv that was quick, but i guess i shouldnt be surprised. and yeah, i didnt really care for that album either. sounded kinda like shadow gallery (with ayreon keyboards in the first couple songs) and it just did not work. it doesnt seem bad, its just kinda... boring. the kind of stuff you listen to and after you play the full album you barely remember anything from it because its totally forgettable.

    20 Jul 2:11am Reply
  • Archanoth

    Dat subtle Elder Scrolls reference. The "symphonic-ish" songs in question were the last 2 ones, Voice of Treason and Faith in Others. I'm in love with Moon Above, Sun Below. From the moment I knew it was 11 minutes long I had a feeling it'd end up being my favorite. Happens all the time (The Poet and the Pendulum, Kingdom of Heaven, Light of Day/Day of Darkness, Serenade of Self-Destruction, Stille Kom Døden, the list goes on).

    19 Jul 10:34pm Reply
  • nDroae

    "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner Music Group." Well I already listened to it elsweyr and was not entertained ;(

    19 Jul 8:53pm Reply
  • shodan21

    v here you go. vv and as nDroae said, destiny potato is wonderful. i also highly recommend david maxim micic's Bilo 3.0.

    18 Jul 11:55pm Reply
  • nDroae

    destiny potato is wonderful =3= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwSAtA_fbkA omg symphonic opeth *goes to find*

    18 Jul 1:25pm Reply
  • Archanoth

    vv Yeah, it is. But I kinda feel like it's more intense/genuine this time, partly because the album was written while Mikael was dealing with depression. Also, they're using strings on this album, for the first time in an Opeth album, which makes it even more awesome and spine-chilling. It's the closest Opeth have ever gotten to symphonic metal, come to think of it. Heh, I always though Destiny Potato was kind of a joke band, probably because of that hilarious and ridiculous name, but I started listening to that, and it's pretty nice. I'll likely listen to the full thing.

    18 Jul 11:02am Reply
  • nDroae

    ACCESS IS NOW DENIED WE'RE PANIC STRICKEN WEALTH OUT OF SIGHT v Not you, you're a Progressive Metal Master Elrond.

    18 Jul 4:56am Reply
  • shodan21

    v isnt that typical of opeth albums? also, to be #2 it has to top Lun - tough competition. and if anyone is going to make that duet happen, itll probably be arjen lucassen =P vv im cool with the idea, i just think the execution is bad. /shrug.

    17 Jul 11:27pm Reply
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