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MAYAN – Band reveals second track by track trailer for new album ‘Antagonise’

January 25th, 2014

Led by EPICA guitarist & songwriter Mark Jansen, MAYAN’s second studio album, Antagonise, is due to hit stores on the 3rd of Feb 2014. The album was recorded at Sandlane Studio with producer Joost van den Broek (REVAMP, STREAM OF PASSION). Guests on the album include: Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP), Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and Greek virtuoso violinist Dimitris Katsoulis. The band revealed the first track by track trailer for their new album last week and part two is now online too. Watch the second part, here:

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MAYAN: PART TWO OF NEW ALBUM TRACK-BY-TRACK COMMENTARY

July 8th, 2011
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In the second of three installments, members of the Dutch symphonic death metal band MAYAN offer some insight into the tracks that comprise the band’s debut album, Quarterpast, set for North American release on July 12th:

Track 05 | The Savage Massacre (In the eyes of the law: Pizzo)

“Ariën [van Weesenbeek, MAYAN & EPICA drummer] was drenched after recording this one!  He had no time to practice; he only listened to the pre-production in the studio and nailed it in no time!  Laura [Macrì], the opera talent from Italy, has a big role in this song with her Italian lyrics.  It’s a heavy song with a atmospherical mid-part.”

Track 06 | Essenza Di Te

“Just pressed ‘record’ and let Jack [Driessen, MAYAN keyboard player] play something spontaneously, then let [guest vocalist] Laura [Macrì] do her thing.  This is what happened in the end.  The demo version was called ‘Perfume.’  Check out the movie [here on YouTube], as it inspired us for this song.”

Track 07 | Bite The Bullet

“Only now did Frank’s guitar need a new set of strings.  Used two sets for the whole album, didn’t need more.  About 30 picks were used in total, though.  This is the song where [guest vocalist] Henning [Basse of SONS OF SEASONS] shines.  We call it, therefore ‘The Henning Song’ as well.  He shows in this song what he’s able to do with his voice: raw parts, soft parts and choir harmonies.”

Track 08 | Drown The Demon

“First studio song ever on which Floor Jansen [REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER] and Simone Simons [of EPICA] sing together!  [Drummer] Ariën’s voice got put after the song, recorded as a joke, but we decided to keep it. Sorry Ariën!”

Visit the MAYAN landing page here and listen to “Drown The Demon” and “Celibate Aphrodite” in their entirety.

MAYAN is comprised of:

Mark Jansen – Composer, Grunts & Screams
Jack Driessen – Keyboards & Screams
Frank Schiphorst – 7-String Guitars
Ariën van Weesenbeek – Drums & Grunts
Rob van der Loo – Bass
Isaac Delahaye – Guitars

Visit MAYAN online at www.MAYANOFFICIAL.com, www.facebook.com/MAYANBAND, www.myspace.com/MAYANOFFICIAL, and on Twitter.

 

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MAYAN: PART ONE OF NEW ALBUM TRACK-BY-TRACK COMMENTARY

July 7th, 2011
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In the first of three installments, members of the Dutch symphonic death metal band MAYAN offer some insight into the tracks that comprise the band’s debut album, Quarterpast, set for North American release on July 12th:

 

01 | Symphony Of Aggression

“The most complex song, guitar-wise & the easiest to record. Frank [Schiphorst, guitarist] used a Bo-El MC7 with a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge, and for the clean part a different MC7 with a thicker neck.  We have Floor [Jansen of REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER], Simone [Simons of EPICA], Henning [Basse of SONS OF SEASONS], Mark [Jansen, MAYAN & EPICA guitarist/founding member] and Arien [van Weesenbeek, MAYAN & EPICA drummer] already singing in this opening track.  During the recordings, we were very open minded and used all singers’ qualities.”

02 | Mainstay Of Society (In the eyes of the law: Corruption)

“Originated from the outro guitar lick of track one’s ‘Symphony Of Aggression.’  Frank jammed this lick at the end of ‘Symphony’ and Mark wrote the base of ‘Mainstay’ in just one afternoon, based only on this lick.  This one also includes the hardest guitar riff to play.  It’s a track with mainly grunts, just some female vocals by Simone in the chorus.”

03 | Quarterpast

“The boys choir was recorded in London for our album, originally to be used in another song; however, the way they performed made us decide not to and put different music underneath, to give it an extra eerie feel.”

04 | Course Of Life

“Typical spontaneous song written at Mark´s place around the same time a multi-track fart-song was recorded.  You don’t wanna know.  Mark pressed ‘play’ on that certain recording later on, windows open.  Great to see the faces on those people on their bicycles passing by!”

Visit the MAYAN landing page here and listen to “Drown The Demon” and “Celibate Aphrodite” in their entirety.

MAYAN is comprised of:

Mark Jansen – Composer, Grunts & Screams
Jack Driessen – Keyboards & Screams
Frank Schiphorst – 7-String Guitars
Ariën van Weesenbeek – Drums & Grunts
Rob van der Loo – Bass
Isaac Delahaye – Guitars

Visit MAYAN online at www.MAYANOFFICIAL.com, www.facebook.com/MAYANBAND, www.myspace.com/MAYANOFFICIAL, and on Twitter.

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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

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“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.”

 

MAYAN is:

 

* 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 www.youtube.com/mayanofficial (and below).

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