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March 27th, 2012

Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA have issued the following statement:

“It is with sadness that we announce that Yves Huts and EPICA have decided to part ways. Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band.  We thank Yves for his contribution to EPICA’s success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different direction. We will never forget the good times together on the road!”

Former EPICA bassist Yves Hut shares:

“The 013 in Tilburg is the venue where we did our first show with EPICA and, almost a decade later, also my last.  I’m leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world-touring band.  I’ve tried to live these two different lives simultaneously for as long as I could, but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life.  I look back to these 10 years in EPICA satisfied and enriched with life experience.  As a founding member, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far and I’m sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band.  I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck.  Those of you that might be interested in any possible future musical plans of mine can visit my artist page on  Kind regards.”

Yves Huts

Yves Huts

EPICA members go on to say:

“The silver lining to this cloud is that we can already announce an awesome successor. Fulfilling duties on bass from now on will be none other than Rob van der Loo. You might know Rob from his work with MaYaN or Delain. We are sure that Rob will fit perfectly as a musician and as a person, and we are looking forward to share the stage for the first time next week.”

Current MaYan / new EPICA bassist Rob van der Loo adds:

 “A few days ago I spoke to Yves and he brought back a memory from the time when EPICA was still just a support band for one of my former bands.  At that time, he would never have guessed that almost ten years later I’d be his successor in EPICA…. Well, neither did I… but I’m damn proud of it!  I’ve been sharing the stage with the people of EPICA for almost ten years now, and becoming a member of MaYaN last year brought us even closer.  So making this decision to join EPICA  feels pretty good, therefore, I want to show my gratitude to the band members (including Yves) and the crew for allowing me in the EPICA family!  See you guys on the road!   I won’t let you down!”

New EPICA bassist Rob van der Loo

New EPICA bassist Rob van der Loo

Visit Rob van der Loo’s artist page at


Requiem For The Indifferent, EPICA’s sixth studio album just released in North America on March 13th, debuted at #104 on the Billboard Top 200.  The band will be headlining Day 1 of the ProgPower XIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, September 14th.


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March 22nd, 2012


After hearing the news that the band’s latest studio album, Requiem For The Indifferent, has debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart with 4,868 units sold, EPICA founding member and guitarist Mark Jansen has issued the following statement from The Netherlands:


“We thank all our U.S. fans for their loyalty!  We cannot wait to come over again for a new tour… and we’re working on it, so it will happen!”


The band has achieved the highest first week sales of their career in the U.S. by more than doubling the numbers sold of 2009’s Design Your Universe.


EPICA will be headlining Day 1 of the ProgPower XIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, September 14th.


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March 15th, 2012


Holland’s symphonic metal band EPICA have issued the following statement:

“Dear Fans,

We’re very happy that our new album Requiem For The Indifferent is out as a result of 2.5 years of passionate and hard work.

“However, as you may have noticed, ‘Serenade Of Self-Destruction,’ the last song of the album, is missing some vocals.  Somehow the instrumental version of the song ended up on the master of the full album and this didn’t get noticed before the actual release.  Everybody involved in making and producing the album has given everything to get the best possible result so we can’t blame anyone for this.  We know that this is a mistake which wasn’t made on purpose.  As we don’t want to disappoint any of our beloved fans, we are trying everything in our power to solve this issue.

“The get all the songs in their complete form and enjoy the new album fully, Nuclear Blast has released the full version of ‘Serenade Of Self-Destruction’ as a digital download.  You can get the song here.

“Seen from the bright side, everybody who gets the current CD will have a unique first pressing, which might end up being a collector’s item.

“We wish you a great time listening to our album and we hope to see you all on the road!”

On Friday, September 14th, EPICA will be headlining the ProgPower XIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

EPICA’s sixth studio release, Requiem For The Indifferent, was produced by Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, KAMELOT, AVANTASIA).  The band’s last studio album, 2009’s Design Your Universe, debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #12 and the Top Hard Music Albums chart at #47.


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EPICA INTERVIEW – Simone Simons & Isaac Delahaye

February 13th, 2012

Epica Interview By Rhiannon Marley

Photography by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography

2nd February 2012

Simone Simons is taking no prisoners. Well, no male ones anyway. “Most of the time, people don’t think there’s ‘more’ behind a pretty face. They think you might be stupid, or that you don’t have an opinion, or a high IQ… But I believe myself that women have the same potential as guys, and can also lead…” Isaac Delahaye almost squirms. His self-consciousness at the ‘glamour with grey matter’ eggshell is comically amplified because he’s the lone chap, stuck between four walls with three ladies. “I’d better watch my words!”, he laughs nervously, “I’ll just say, ‘I totally agree!’” Ell-Oh-Ell. 


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February 10th, 2012

“Storm The Sorrow,” the single off the sixth studio album Requiem For The Indifferent by Holland’s symphonic metal band EPICA, is now available for purchase on iTunes.


Requiem For The Indifferent can be pre-ordered at the Nuclear Blast Webshop.  For the CD + exclusive album art t-shirt, click here.  For the CD only, click here.


EPICA’s new album was produced by Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, KAMELOT, AVANTASIA) and will be released in North America on March 13th, 2012.  The North American version will have the following track listing:


01. Karma

02. Monopoly On Truth

03. Storm The Sorrow

04. Delirium

05. Internal Warfare

06. Requiem For The Indifferent

07. Anima

08. Guilty Demeanor

09. Deep Water Horizon

10. Stay The Course

11. Deter The Tyrant

12. Avalanche

13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction


North American Bonus Track

14. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version)


The iTunes exclusive version will include the track “Nostalgia.”


Hear the layered tracks to the new song “Monopoly On Truth” here:  Part 1 – Drums; Part 2 – Bass; Part 3 – Guitars.  Part 4 coming soon!


EPICA’s last studio album, 2009’s Design Your Universe, debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #12 and the Top Hard Music Albums chart at #47.


Visit EPICA online at,, and



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EPICA Seeking Fan Input On Special Edition Of Forthcoming Album

December 11th, 2011


Dutch symphonic metal band, EPICA, posted the following update:


“We have a question to our fans. Nuclear Blast has asked us what we think of the idea to create a special edition of the new album, Requiem For The Indifferent, with a bonus CD containing orchestral versions of the songs. Our labelmates NIGHTWISH have done this as well. If you guys like this idea we’ll make it happen.”


Go to the band’s official Facebook page here to participate in the discussion.


Epica will release their new album, Requiem For The Indifferent, in Europe via Nuclear Blast on March 9th, 2012. The album will be released in North America on March 13th, 2012. Producer Sascha Paeth mixed the album at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany.


Says the band: “This title refers to the end of an era. Mankind can no longer stick their head in the sand for the things that are happening around us. We are facing many challenges. There is an enormous tension between different religions and cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge financial crisis, which is getting out of control. More than ever we will need each other to overcome these problems. As we are all connected; the universe, earth, nature, animals and human beings, this period in time will be the prelude to the end for those who still don’t want to, or simply won’t see it. A Requiem For The Indifferent but also a possibility for a new beginning with great new chances!”


Epica will present this album to the public on March 16th at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Tickets are still available but are going fast. Their tour schedule is currently as follows:



12 – Metropool – Hengelo, The Netherlands

13 – Limburgzaal – Heerlen, The Netherlands



15 – Zeche – Bochum, Germany

16 – 013 – Tilburg, The Netherlands

29 – Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany

30 – Juzz Live Club – Andernach, Germany

31- Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany



13 – Transbordeur – Lyon, France

14 – Les Docks – Lausanne, Switzerland

16 – Orion – Rome, Italy

17 – Alcatraz – Milano, Italy

19 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain

20 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain

21 – Incrivel Almadense – Lisbon, Portugal

22 – Hard Club – Porto, Portugal

24 – Bikini – Toulouse, France

25 – Theatre Barbey – Bordeaux, France

27 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland

28 – Stadthalle – Langen, Germany

29 – Bataclan – Paris, France

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2011

September 28th, 2011


Friday 24 June – Sunday 26 June 2011

by Brat and guest writer Ray Martens


After one too many overcrowded festivals *cough*Wacken*cough* Ray and I keep a lookout for small or medium sized festivals to combine with sightseeing holidays, preferably in countries not yet travelled. So when the lineup for Graspop Metal Meeting 2011 was announced, we had our next destination.

Hell is empty because all

the devils are here

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EPICA, ReVamp @ Scala, London

April 18th, 2011

EPICA with support: Revamp

@ Scala, London

15th March 2011

Review: Danny Draper

While traveling to the Scala, I was contemplating a couple of things; I hope that the sound is good and also that the singers have brought their good voice today.

I do like a female vocalist, soaring vocals over heavy guitars, gets my juices flowing as they say! But it has to be good, especially in this style of music as a poor sound or vocal performance, can turn the most beautiful of song in to the worst thing in the world.

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EPICA Guitarist’s MAYAN: First Audio Sample Released

February 24th, 2011

The first audio sample of “Quarterpast”, the debut album from MAYAN, the new band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst, can be streamed using the audio player below.

MaYaN – teaser




“Quarterpast” will be released on May 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD is being recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (EPICA, KAMELOT).


“Quarterpast” will feature vocal contributions from the following musicians:


* Mark Jansen (EPICA, ex-AFTER FOREVER)

* Ariën van Weesenbeek (EPICA)

* Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER)

* Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER)

* Simone Simons (EPICA)

* Henning Basse (SONS OF SEASONS)

* Laura Macrì (Italian opera singer)


Due to his “very busy schedule,” bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (PESTILENCE, OBSCURA) recently left MAYAN and was replaced by Rob van der Loo (ex-SUN CAGED, DELAIN).


In a recent interview with The Great Southern Brainfart, Mark Jansen stated about MAYAN, “It started as just something for fun but soon it grew into something that had to be perfect as well. I thought it was just for fun to make music with old friends but now it’s as serious for me as EPICA is. Of course, EPICA remains my priority band and that’s the band that’s doing the most of the tours but MAYAN will fill in the gaps and maybe we will do some touring with EPICA in the future.”


When asked if the MAYAN material will — conceptually and lyrically — be similar to EPICA, Mark replied, “Lyrically, you will find a lot of comparisons because it’s my style of writing. I didn’t attempt to write about completely different stuff. It could have been lyrics for an EPICA CD as well but music-wise it’s completely different. It contains way more grunts and it’s way more heavy. It is still symphonic because I love that kind of music. It’s like a mixture of SYMPHONY X and OPETH style. That kind of direction.”




* Mark Jansen (EPICA, ex-AFTER FOREVER) – Guitar, Vocals

* Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) – Keyboards

* Frank Schiphorst – Guitar, Vocals

* Rob van der Loo (ex-SUN CAGED, DELAIN) – Bass

* Isaac Delahaye (EPICA) – Guitar

* Ariën van Weesenbeek (EPICA) – Drums


For more information, visit MAYAN‘s official MySpace page.

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Announcement: singers on MaYaN debut album Quarterpast!

January 20th, 2011

The new band MaYaN with many Epica members involved will release their debut album: Quarterpast on the 20th of May 2011.

The 7 singers on this album will be:

Mark Jansen: grunts & screams, Arien van Weesenbeek: grunts, Jack Driessen: screams, Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever), Simone Simons (Epica), Henning Basse (Sons of Seasons) and the revelation and one of the biggest Italian Opera talents, named Laura Macrì. See Laura sing here:

MaYaN will upload every day a new movie about the vocal recording sessions.

Let’s kick off with Floor Jansen! Check her out at (and below).

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EPICA – Coen Janssen sits out metal cruise and Latin American dates

January 16th, 2011

Coen will not be joining Epica on the 70.000 tons of Metal cruise and the latin-american dates early February.

“As you might know. Linda, my wife, and I are expecting our first child. The due date happens to be around the same time as the cruise. As you might understand, I will stay at home since I don’t want to miss the birth of my first child.”

Joining Epica on keyboards for these show is Oliver Palotai (Kamelot/Sons of Seasons), friend of the band and the right man for the job because of his amazing talent.

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EPICA with Scar Symmetry and Blackguard – New York Nov. 19th, 2010

December 9th, 2010


With Scar Symmetry and Blackguard

The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

November 19th, 2010

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

I acquired a taste for Epica only recently, having finally been swooned by their latest effort DESIGN YOUR UNIVERSE. What really got my attention was seeing their live show earlier this year at New York’s Gramercy theater – their music truly explodes to life when experienced in the flesh. Naturally I was utterly elated that they would be returning and that I would have the opportunity to photograph the show!
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EPICA – Free Live Webcast Announced

November 22nd, 2010 will be streaming EPICA live in concert from The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA. The worldwide broadcast will begin at 8pm CDT (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific/2a GMT) on Sunday, November 28th. The concert will also be rebroadcast at a later date to be determined. SCAR SYMMETRY, BLACKGUARD and THE AGONIST are also scheduled to be a part of the broadcast.

The stream is free for fans around the world to view from the comfort of their home computers. Visit this location to be a part of this exclusive event.

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November 17th, 2010

The all-ages Montreal show for Holland’s symphonic metal band EPICA on November 21st at Club Soda has officially sold-out.

In response to fan demand, has released additional General Admission and V.I.P. tickets (which include early entry and a Meet & Greet) on a first-come, first-served basis.  Montreal’s November 21st show will be EPICA’s last appearance in the province of Québec until 2012.
Current tour dates with Scar Symmetry, Blackguard, and The Agonist are:

11/17/10  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

11/19/10  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

11/20/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/21/10  Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

11/23/10  Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA

11/24/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

11/26/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

11/27/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

11/28/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

11/30/10  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

12/02/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

12/03/10  Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

12/04/10  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

12/05/10  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

12/07/10  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

12/08/10  Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

12/09/10  Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

12/11/10  Trees – Dallas, TX

12/12/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

12/14/10  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

12/15/10  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

12/17/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

12/18/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

Design Your Universe debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #12 and the Top Hard Music Albums chart at #47 for first-week sales in excess of 2,000 copies.

View the video for the track “Unleashed” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel here.

Visit EPICA online at,,, and

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EPICA To Release ‘This Is The Time’ Digital Single

September 28th, 2010
EPICA To Release 'This Is The Time' Digital Single

EPICA To Release 'This Is The Time' Digital Single

“This Is The Time”, the new single from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, will be released digitally on October 15. A video for the song, which was written for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), was filmed in March was in Hilversum, The Netherlands and can be viewed below.

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Commented EPICA: “The awareness that we should be more careful with the earth, increases every day. We should also try to live in closer harmony with nature. EPICA is lyric-wise strongly connected to these themes and would like to devote themselves to this cause for a better world!”

Added WWF’s Jörgen van Beem: “WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. A planet where people and nature can thrive together, in a stable environment, now, and for generations to come. For more than 40 years, WWF has been at the forefront in protecting the Amazon and are therefore enthusiastic that EPICA decided to raise funds for the Brazilian forest programs of WWF, which ensure conservation and sustainable development throughout the world’s largest rainforest.”

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