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Epica

Originally calling themselves Sahara Dust, Holland's Epica formed in early 2003 when After Forever guitarist Mark Jansen decided to break away from the group he had helped found in order to start an operatic metal project all his own. After drafting teenaged mezzo-soprano Simone Simons, guitarist Ad Sluijter, keyboardist Coen Janssen, bassist Yves Huts, and drummer Jeroen Simons, Epica entered Wolfsburg, Germany's Gate Studio with a classically trained choir and string section to lay down their ambitious debut, The Phantom Agony. Released by Transmission Records in late 2003, the album spawned a number of singles.

The band's early success paved the way for 2005's sophomore LP, Consign to Oblivion, which also charted well in the Netherlands. A move to metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast and the addition of Ariën van Weesenbeek on drums was followed by Epica's first conceptual album, The Divine Conspiracy, released in 2007. It charted across Europe, as did 2009's Design Your Universe, which equaled their best Dutch chart showing at number eight; Design Your Universe also featured a new member, with Isaac Delahaye taking over guitar duties.

Epica's fifth studio album, Requiem for the Indifferent, appeared in 2012. It was the first to chart in the U.K. and U.S., after which another lineup shift found Huts giving way to Rob van der Loo on bass. The band celebrated their tenth anniversary in March 2013 with a special show in Eindhoven, titled and later released as Retrospect, which even featured former members Sluijter, Simons, and Huts. Just a year later, the band set their sixth studio album, The Quantum Enigma, for a May 2014 release. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Good band
I don't know how live without this music, I like epica... is awesome
I like Der Letzte Tag as their best song
Ultimate return...don ' t get me wrong. I love the sound, but didn't feel the return, which by the way the name of the song. Not very emotional if pertains to a love lost..and turning up again!! Just saying :)
Il love he oboe solo at thw beginning:)
I always thought the music got in the way of her voice. Now with their new album, I feel her voice gets in the way of the music.
*er put out
Please out their new album out pandora please
Beautiful blend of transcendent harmonies and the deep rooted grit that draws us to metal. Blessed.
Female Vouce Will Rule to end of Time. Sorry Guys. Have a Beer
epica, within temptation, and nightwish- holy trinity of symphonic metal
Who wants a like?
a few years ago start to listen this music and love it to death.
Dont read this or....ooooo im skyerd
Nice...
epic voice..truly amazing
To me the best symphonic metal band that has ever been around. It's heavy but stills stays in its genre. Simone is beautiful and has the most angelic voice. I wish more bands were like this.
simone is so beautiful
Epica*
All I have to say about epics is they live up to the name...epic is the ONLY word that can sum up how amazing they are
happy 29th birthday Simone you rock
Please take my like!
jrob4109
And also Requiem for the Indifferent
Hypervenom, you are f**king boring
Great but boring
C'mon Pandora mods! I can't believe you STILL have the wrong artwork for Consign To Oblivion and The Score. Please fix this for one of the best bands of all time.
I love that I have the same voice range as Simone ^_^
Epica is a SICK band
Épica aka epic
I love Epica so much~ <3
Epica is just amazing.
As far as all the female-front e d metal bands I've listened to ie Evanescence, NightWish, Epica, and Lacuna Coil
Epica is still my favorite!!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
lonewolf36
Not any comparison to Nightwish, cept the Tarja years..Annet t e was the best!
laytontalber t
Epica** :)
laytontalber t
Wow u kniw what epics is? Epic :)
Shannøn Døtsøn your way off I love Epica there live CD was one of the greatest live albums I have ever heard, but there latest cd Requiem For The Indifferent was a big disappointme n t . Please better than Nightwish ? there have not been to many musicians in the history of the world who have ever made a better album than ONCE by Nightwish total masterpiece. . . a n d even DARK PASSION PLAY is a stunning record counting how many fantastic song they could fit on 1 CD !
Say your name close your eyes say your crushes name post this on four other songs and your crush will ask you out tomorrow
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
Awesome beats great song!!
Awesome
I love epica there better than nightwish but not as good as evanescence and within temptation
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
awesome
best epica song white waters sends chills in ur spine
zoom.spitfir e
Truly Epic(a)
nguyenbradle y 1 5
the beginning reminded me ofr Lugia from pokemon 2000 movie >.>
If you guys in to these kinda bands, deff check out tristania and draconian...
all dressed up and no place to go....
Whoa this is epica, see what I did there...
ekred2945
OMG........I T S LIKE A SUPER HERO SONG........ I LOVE IT.......SUC H POWER
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