Origin: Netherlands
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Epica  


The Dutch gothic metal scene continues to produce impressive bands featuring even more impressive female vocalists. Floor Jansen (After Forever) and Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation) made their marks on the scene a few years ago, and now they are joined by Simone Simons of this band, Epica. Speaking of After Forever, Epica was formed by Mark Jansen, who was also the founding member of After Forever, he deciding to leave that band in 2002. The Phantom Agony, Epica's debut album, proves that the band is every bit as good as the aforementioned fellow Dutch bands, featuring wonderfully flawless soprano vocals from Simons (along with the rare male death growl, a nice touch), and rich, majestic classically-influenced symphonic gothic metal. A very well done debut album from a recommended band.

Current Members

Simone Simons

vocals

Mark Jansen

guitars (After Forever)

Isaac Delahaye

guitars (God Dethroned)

Rob van der Loo

bass (Delain, Sun Caged)

Coen Janssen

keyboards

AriŽn van Weesenbeek

drums (God Dethroned)

Former Members/Guests

Ad Sluijter

guitars

Yves Huts

bass (Axamenta)

Jeroen Simons

drums


Discography



The Phantom Agony 
2003 Transmission
  1. Adyta "The Neverending Embrace"
  2. Sensorium
  3. Cry For The Moon "The Embrace That Smothers - Part IV"
  4. Feint
  5. Illusive Consensus
  6. FaÁade Of Reality "The Embrace That Smothers - Part V"
  7. Run For A Fall
  8. Seif Al Din "The Embrace That Smothers - Part VI"
  9. The Phantom Agony
  • Simone Simons
  • Mark Jansen
  • Ad Sluijter
  • Yves Huts
  • Coen Janssen
  • Jeroen Simons

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



We Will Take You With Us 
2004 Transmission

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Consign To Oblivion 
2005 Transmission
  1. Hunab Kíu
  2. Dance of Fate
  3. The Last Crusade
  4. Solitary Ground
  5. Blank Infinity
  6. Forces of the Shore
  7. Quietus
  8. Mother of Light
  9. Trois Vierges
  10. Another Me ďIn LackíechĒ
  11. Consign to Oblivion
  • Simone Simons
  • Mark Jansen
  • Ad Sluijter
  • Yves Huts
  • Coen Janssen
  • Jeroen Simons

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The Score - An Epic Journey 
2005 Transmission
  1. Vengeance is Mine
  2. Unholy Trinity
  3. The Valley
  4. Caught in a Web
  5. Insomnia
  6. Under the Aegis
  7. Trois Vierges (Solo Version)
  8. Mystica
  9. Valley of Sins
  10. Empty Gaze
  11. The Alleged Paradigm
  12. Supremacy
  13. Beyond the Depth
  14. Epitome
  15. Inevitable Embrace
  16. Angel of Death
  17. The Ultimate Return
  18. Trois Vierges (Reprise)
  19. Solitary Ground (Single Version)
  20. Quietus (Score Version)
  • Simone Simons
  • Mark Jansen
  • Ad Sluijter
  • Yves Huts
  • Coen Janssen
  • Jeroen Simons




The Divine Conspiracy 
2007 Nuclear Blast
  1. Indigo - Prologue
  2. The Obsessive Devotion
  3. Menace of Vanity
  4. Chasing the Dragon
  5. Never Enough
  6. La'petach Chatat Rovetz - The Final Embrace
  7. Death Of A Dream - The Embrace That Smothers Part VII
  8. Living a Lie - The Embrace That Smothers Part VIII
  9. Fools of Damnation - The Embrace That Smothers Part IX
  10. Beyond Belief
  11. Safeguard To Paradise
  12. Sancta Terra
  13. The Divine Conspiracy
  • Simone Simons
  • Mark Jansen
  • Ad Sluijter
  • Yves Huts
  • Coen Janssen
  • AriŽn van Weesenbeek

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The Classical Conspiracy  LIVE
2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. Palladium
  2. O Fortuna (Orff)
  3. Dies Irea (Verdi)
  4. Ombra Mai Fu (Handel)
  5. 1st part, New World Symphony (Dvorak)
  6. Spiderman Medley
  7. Summer 3 (Vivaldi)
  8. Montagues And Capulets (Prokovief)
  9. Imperial March (Star Wars)
  10. Stabat Mater (Pergolesi)
  11. Unholy Trinity
  12. In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Grieg)
  13. Pirates Of The Caribbean Medley
  14. Indigo
  15. The Last Crusade
  16. Sensorium
  17. Quietus
  18. Chasing The Dragon
  19. Feint
  20. Never Enough
  21. Beyond Belief
  22. Cry For The Moon
  23. Safeguard To Paradise
  24. Blank Infinity
  25. Living A Lie
  26. The Phantom Agony
  27. Sancta Terra
  28. Illusive Consensus
  29. Consign To Oblivion
  • Simone Simons
  • Mark Jansen
  • Ad Sluijter
  • Yves Huts
  • Coen Janssen
  • AriŽn van Weesenbeek

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Design Your Universe 
2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. Samadhi (prelude)
  2. Resign to Surrender (A New Age Dawns - Part IV)
  3. Unleashed
  4. Martyr of the Free Word
  5. Our Destiny
  6. Kingdom of Heaven (A New Age Dawns - Part V)
  7. The Price of Freedom (interlude)
  8. Burn to a Cinder
  9. Tides of Time
  10. Deconstruct
  11. Semblance of Liberty
  12. White Waters
  13. Design Your Universe (A New Age Dawns - Part VI)
  • Simone Simons
  • Mark Jansen
  • Isaac Delahaye
  • Yves Huts
  • Coen Janssen
  • AriŽn van Weesenbeek

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer  Angry Metal Guy 



Requiem For The Indifferent 
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Karma
  2. Monopoly On Truth
  3. Storm The Sorrow
  4. Delirium
  5. Internal Warfare
  6. Requiem For The Indifferent
  7. Anima
  8. Guilty Demeanor
  9. Deep Water Horizon
  10. Stay The Course
  11. Deter The Tyrant
  12. Avalanche
  13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction
  14. Karma
  15. Monopoly on Truth
  16. Storm the Sorrow
  17. Delirium
  18. Internal Warfare
  19. Requiem for the Indifferent
  20. Anima
  21. Guilty Demeanor
  22. Deep Water Horizon
  23. Stay the Course
  24. Deter the Tyrant
  25. Avalanche
  26. Serenade of Self-Destruction
  • Simone Simons
  • Mark Jansen
  • Isaac Delahaye
  • Yves Huts
  • Coen Janssen
  • AriŽn van Weesenbeek




Retrospect 
2013 Nuclear Blast


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