Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen subsequent to his departure from After Forever.
Epica performs a blend of progressive metal gothic metal and symphonic metal.Another component of Epica's style is power metal, their former guitarist Ad Sluijter having described the band as "a bridge between power metal and gothic metal. Vocalist Simone Simons has expressed a preference for the group to be described as symphonic metal though the founder of the group Mark Jansen notes that they do not mind being called gothic metal.
The music of Epica is aggressive, bombastic and excessive with some songs being "epic, grand and majestic" and others "more subdued and introspective. The band is also known to have progressive tendencies while a gothic atmosphere and sentimentality is also present in their music.
Simone Simonds; Aina ('03), Kamelot [Blücher (Ghost Opera, 2007), The Haunting (The Black Halo, 2005)], Primal Fear ('07),
Ayreon ('08), Equilibrio ('08 live, '09 dvd)
Xystus, Sons of Seasons ('09). Ailyn ('09 http://www.myspace.com/luzailynmusic).
The band is on tour, please check out their MySpacePage for more info.
Former members of EPICA, DELAIN and
AFTER FOREVER have joined forces in a brand new band called
HANGOVER HERO. The Holland-based group recently completed a
promotional recording at the Gate Studio (AVANTASIA, EPICA, KAMELOT) in Wolfsburg, Germany with Sascha Paeth and is currently
seeking a label home. One of the songs that were laid down during the session, "Play In Band", is available for streaming
HANGOVER HERO is: