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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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yeah well it is always nice to have other classical Metal band. welcome to the world and rock on!!!!
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I will live forever a fan!
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Behold epica!!!. ..the most progressive instrumental metal sound...I love it!!!...thei r hard work should definitely be reconized... . a s one of the baddest concerts alive...I will die being a fan..!!
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Cool for classical
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Voice
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Simone has a beautiful
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syd5769
Who knew classical could be kickass?
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Never Enough of Simone
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Theme-Sing@R a y v e n s New-Wird/Wor l d . Please, continue to Write.
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Don't read this......aw w damn, too late! Sorry you wasted your time........ 8P
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sams_girl108 0 7
This was on a movie...
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armysaint98
And now the same song by trans-Siberi a n lol
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I am feeling this in the deepest depths of my existence, Wow!
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My future wife <3
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armysaint98
I just heard the same song by apocalyptica lol
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Awesome
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Impressive most impressive
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This sounds like it could be in LOTR!!
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love their new album
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I don't know how live without this music, I like epica... is awesome
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I like Der Letzte Tag as their best song
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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 :)
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Il love he oboe solo at thw beginning:)
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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.
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*er put out
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Please out their new album out pandora please
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Beautiful blend of transcendent harmonies and the deep rooted grit that draws us to metal. Blessed.
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Female Vouce Will Rule to end of Time. Sorry Guys. Have a Beer
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epica, within temptation, and nightwish- holy trinity of symphonic metal
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Who wants a like?
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a few years ago start to listen this music and love it to death.
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Dont read this or....ooooo im skyerd
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Nice...
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epic voice..truly amazing
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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.
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simone is so beautiful
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Epica*
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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
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happy 29th birthday Simone you rock
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Please take my like!
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jrob4109
And also Requiem for the Indifferent
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Hypervenom, you are f**king boring
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Great but boring
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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.
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I love that I have the same voice range as Simone ^_^
Epica is a SICK band
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Épica aka epic
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I love Epica so much~ <3
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Epica is just amazing.
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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!!!!
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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
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