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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Quantum Enigma

Disc 1

1. Originem

2. The Second Stone

3. The Essence Of Silence

4. Victims Of Contingency

5. Sense Without Sanity - The Impervious Code -

6. Unchain Utopia

7. The Fifth Guardian - Interlude -

8. Chemical Insomnia

9. Reverence - Living In The Heart -

10. Omen - The Ghoulish Malady -

11. Canvas Of Life

12. Natural Corruption

13. The Quantum Enigma - Kingdom Of Heaven Part II -

14. Banish Your Illusion

Disc 2
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Track List: Design Your Universe

1. Samadhi (Prelude)

3. Unleashed

4. Martyr Of The Free Word

5. Our Destiny

7. The Price Of Freedom (Interlude)

8. Burn To A Cinder

9. Tides Of Time

10. Deconstruct

11. Semblance Of Liberty

12. White Waters

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Track List: The Classical Conspiracy (Live In Miskolc, Hungary)

Disc 1

1. Palladium (Live in Miskolc)

3. Ombra Mai Fu (Live in Miskolc)

4. Adagio (Live in Miskolc)

6. Presto (Live in Miskolc)

7. Montagues & Capulets (Live in Miskolc)

8. The Imperial March (Live in Miskolc)

9. Stabat Mater Dolorosa (Live in Miskolc)

10. Unholy Trinity (Live in Miskolc)

11. In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Live in Miskolc)

12. Indigo (Live in Miskolc)

13. The Last Crusade (Live in Miskolc)

14. Sensorium (Live in Miskolc)

15. Quietus (Live in Miskolc)

16. Chasing The Dragon (Live in Miskolc)

17. Feint (Live in Miskolc)

Disc 2

1. Never Enough (Live in Miskolc)

2. Beyond Belief (Live in Miskolc)

3. Cry For The Moon (Live in Miskolc)

4. Safeguard To Paradise (Live in Miskolc)

5. Blank Infinity (Live in Miskolc)

6. Living A Lie (Live in Miskolc)

7. The Phantom Agony (Live in Miskolc)

8. Sancta Terra (Live in Miskolc)

9. Illusive Consensus (Live in Miskolc)

10. Consign To Oblivion (Live in Miskolc)

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Track List: The Divine Conspiracy

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

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Track List: The Phantom Agony

1. Adyta (The Neverending Embrace)

2. Sensorium

3. Cry For The Moon (The Embrace That Smothers - Part IV)

4. Feint

5. Illusive Consensus

7. Run For A Fall

8. Seif Al Din (The Embrace That Smothers - Part VI)

9. The Phantom Agony

10. The Phantom Agony (Single Version)

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Track List: Consign To Oblivion

2. Dance Of Fate

3. The Last Crusade

4. Solitary Ground

6. Force Of The Shore

7. Quietus

8. Mother Of Light

11. Consign To Oblivion

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Track List: Requiem For The Indifferent

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

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Track List: Retrospect - 10th Anniversary

1. Introspect (Live)

2. Monopoly On Truth (Live)

3. Sensorium (Live)

4. Unleashed (Live)

5. Martyr Of The Free Word (Live)

6. Chasing The Dragon (Live)

7. Presto (Live)

8. Never Enough (Live)

9. Stabat Mater Dolorosa (Live)

10. Twin Flames (Live)

11. Serenade Of Self-Destruction (Live)

12. Orchestral Medley (Live)

13. The Divine Conspiracy ~Anniversary Edition~ (Live)

14. Delirium (Live)

15. Blank Infinity (Live)

16. The Obsessive Devotion (Live)

17. Retrospect (Live)

18. Battle Of The Heroes & Imperial March (Live)

19. Quietus (Live)

20. The Phantom Agony (Live)

21. Cry For The Moon (Live)

22. Sancta Terra (Live)

23. Design Your Universe (Live)

24. Storm The Sorrow (Live)

25. Consign To Oblivion (Live)

26. Outrospect (Live)

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Great work on last album...did not disapoint
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sjaanevd
MY FAVORITE SONG!!!
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richisabigda w g 8
Saw them in Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 2nd of this year....STIL L smiling !!! SUCH a phenomenally great band...
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What a fun song!
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Gotta luv that driving kick-azz double-bass throughout this classic! Outstanding job on this piece.
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The band is so heavy you never expect a chick to sing like with this along with nightwish they are both great ROCK ON EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!
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Épica is truly an Epic band no other way to put it. Quantum Enigma my favorite album but I enjoyed them all...
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\m/ (-_-) \m/
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Epica=Epic
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Simone Simon's has a wonderful voice. Next to Nightwish they are my favorite.
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#AngelofEpic a
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Epica and Star Wars
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The hunger games totally ripped off this song
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At last, 2 of my favorite things come together, Metal and Star Wars
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No!! Learn your music child
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Wasn't this used in Star Wars?
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shadeylane
Why is cry for the moon a karaoke track?
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Wow, I'm sad it took me this long to find this group.
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emma.s.y2k
Personally I think Apocalyptica ' s version of this song is better, but it's still really good
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Epica is the band I can call a masterpiece of age the classical mix with metal and there live performance is the best I seen
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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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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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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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