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Epica

Formed: 2002
From: Reuver, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Epica News

Below is our complete Epica news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Epica Set 'The Divine Conspiracy' Release Date

Nuclear Blast Records has set a September 7 German release date for the new album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA, entitled "The Divine Conspiracy". The CD will presumably arrive in the rest of Europe on September 10.

"The Divine Conspiracy", which was mixed by Sascha Paeth, features a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet to name a full-time drummer following the departure of Jeroen Simons in 2006.

As previously reported, EPICA has been confirmed as the support act for SONATA ARCTICA on their upcoming European tour in November. More...

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Epica Announce Dutch Tour Dates

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has announced several headlining dates in its home country for January 2008. The details are as follows:

Jan. 05 - Doornroosie - Nijmegen, NETH
Jan. 17 - De Kade - Zaandam, NETH
Jan. 18 - Bibelot - Dordrecht, NETH
Jan. 25 - Burgerweeshuis - Deventer, NETH
Jan. 26 - Groene Engel - Oss, NETH More...

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Epica Sign to Nuclear Blast Records

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

Formed by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Jansen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) in 2002, EPICA has so far released three albums, among them a full-length soundtrack in the vein of Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman. The Dutch metallers have already played in 24 countries, and have completed successful tours in Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the USA.

EPICA will embark on a North American headlining tour in September. Support at the shows will come from the Austrian/American "epic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. More...

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Epica and Kiuas Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2007

Dutch Gothic Metal Band EPICA and Finnish Metallers KIUAS are the latest additions to the line up for this years Bloodstock Open Air. To recap, bands confirmed so far are:

In Flames
Lacuna Coil
Arch Enemy
Testament
Dream Evil
Korpiklaani
Rise To Addiction
Benediction
Wolf
Epica
Kiuas
Memfis
Beyond All Reason

Many more bands to be announced.

As previously reported, the open air leg of this year’s Bloodstock has moved from July 6-7 to August 16-18. The rescheduling also means that the annual indoor part, usually held in September will not be taking place this year. Despite the confusion and disappointment, the event which takes place at Derbyshire’s Catton Hall boasts its strongest line-up yet.

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The Agonist Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media

Century Media announce the signing of montreal's The Agonist:

It is extremely rare to find an up-and-coming metal band taking strong political stands, much less one that’s led by a dominating, beautiful, edgy female. But it is exactly this unique dynamic that led Century Media Records to sign Montreal’s THE AGONIST (formerly The Tempest) to a worldwide deal. This quartet delivers introspective, scathing lyrics, and their debut album Once Only Imagined, which is set for a summer release, will definitely catch people’s attention.

Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz’s vegan roots fuel her need to promote the protection of the planet and its inhabitants, and she does so through this outlet. Along with guitarist Danny Marino, bassist Chris Kells and drummer Simon McKay, each member brings their own rich musical backgrounds to the table, creating the perfect expression of melody and madness. Make no mistake, this is a straight-up metal band that holds nothing back with one goal in mind: to make music that is as catchy as it is heavy; as sweet as it is loud; and as angry as it is melancholy. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/theagonist for new photos and new tracks. A new track, “Rise and Fall,” also appears on Century Media’s free spring sampler.

Alissa states: “We were definitely intrigued when Century Media took notice, simply by chance, after hearing a few unmastered tracks of ours. This partnership with Century gives us the platform to say what we need to say and do what we need to do, and that is promote and educate the public on some fundamental causes that are quickly being forgotten, voiced through provoking music that carries the message home.” More...

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Visions Of Atlantis and Epica N. American Tour

Austro-American Symphonic Metal Band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will tour North America with EPICA. The two bands were on the road together before, when VOA supported EPICA for their European tour in 2004.

The current North American tour dates follow:

05.09.2007 USA - West Springfield VA, Jaxx
06.09.2007 USA - Hartford CT, Webster Theatre
07.09.2007 USA - Pughkeepsie NY, The Chance
08.09.2007 USA - Bedford NH, Mark's Place
09.09.2007 USA - New York City NY, Highline Ballroom
14.09.2007 CAN - Toronto ONT, The Funhouse
15.09.2007 USA - Cleveland OH, Peabody's
16.09.2007 USA - Detroit MI, I-Rock
18.09.2007 USA - Mokena IL, The Pearl Room
19.09.2007 USA - St. Paul MN, Station 4
22.09.2007 USA - Seattle WA, Studio Seven
25.09.2007 USA - West Hollywood CA, Whiskey a Go Go
27.09.2007 MEX - Mexicali, The Metro
30.09.2007 USA - San Antonio TX, Sanctuary
01.10.2007 USA - Houston TX, Meridian

Watch out for VISIONS OF ATLANTIS's new album "Trinity," due in April 2007.

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Leaves' Eyes To Headline Metal Female Voices Fest

LEAVES' EYES have been confirmed to be the headliner of the Metal Female Voices Fest V, which is due to take place on October 20th, 2007 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. According to the band the theme of their show will be "En Saga i Belgia", and it will be filmed for release on their forthcoming DVD.

Other bands on the bill include: AFTER FOREVER, BATTLELORE, DISTORTED, DRACONIAN, ELIS, EPICA, THE GATHERING, IMPERIA, INTERRIA, SERAPHIM, SIRENIA, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and VALKYRE.

DORO has now been confirmed to headline the festival pre-show on October 19th, also at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. Other acts scheduled to perform on the night include HOLY MOSES, DARZAMAT and DYLATH-LEEN

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Epica Return To North America This Fall

Advance tickets are now on sale for a handful of dates by Dutch progressive metallers EPICA (fronted by raven-haired Simone Simons). The following are current at www.enterthevault.com

September
6 - Webster Theater in Hartford, CT
7 - The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY
9 - HighLine Ballroom in New York City, NY
18 - Pearl Room in Mokena, IL

EPICA are currently recording their new album Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany. As previously reported, GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek is playing on the new Epica album but is not joining the band as a full time member.

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Epica Deny Rumors of Singer Defection To Nightwish

Despite rumours, Dutch goth metalheads Epica have denied that singer Simone Simons is quitting to join Nightwish. Epica insist she's not in touch with the Finnish band.

Nighwish entered the studio back in the early fall to begin recording its first album since the departure of singer Tarja Turunen, and have stated that they will not choose a new singer before 2007.

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All-Star Performance, Bands For ProgPower USA VII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.

Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.

Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.

Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.

ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via progpowerusa.com.

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Kamelot and Epica Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for KAMELOT's North American tour set to take place later this year with EPICA:

September 15 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
September 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 24 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
September 25 - Quebec, QC @ Imperial
September 27 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
September 28 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
September 30 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room

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Kamelot Post Update

Kamelot have posted the following update:

"We are pleased to announce that Kamelot will be returning to Norway for the Ragnarock Festival in August 2006.

Work continues on Kamelot first DVD "One Cold Winter's Night," the release is tentative due for a Fall/Winter release and is sure to please all the fans. The incredible concert in Oslo includes special appearance from Simone Simons (Epica), Sascha Paeth and Snowy Shaw plus many more!

Next album news! In a recent phone call with guitarist Thomas Youngblood stated "We are now in full writing mode for the followup to 'The Black Halo.' There are tons of ideas and we are very excited about what we are coming up with. We hope to be in Germany this Summer recording the next album and once again we will have Sascha and Miro on board to produce the songs".

Many more live appearances are being planned including a possible North American tour, stay tuned!"

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Jorn Lande To Replace Nevermore At ProgPower USA

Jorn Lande has been tapped to replace Nevermore as the Saturday night headliner at ProgPower USA VII. The singer, whose credits include Masterplan and ARK, will close the show with a unique set covering not only his solo career but songs from the various bands and projects over the course of his entire career.

"I hated to lose Nevermore, but I am ecstatic over being able to get one of the best voices in metal today," said Promoter Glenn Harveston. "After speaking with Jorn, I am convinced that this will be a once in a lifetime set that you won't see anywhere else in the world."

Added Lande: "It's an honor to play ProgPower USA this year. The festival is well known around the world for keeping progressive metal and hard rock alive. We will do our best to give you a few surprises and make it one of the most memorable sets in the history of the festival."

Nevermore was forced to pull out of ProgPower USA when the Disturbed/Nevermore European was postponed until September, conflicting with the festival date.

Evergrey - complete with a choir and string quartet - will headline the first night of the two-day festival, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta.

The rest of the lineup is German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden's Freak Kitchen, Finland's Thunderstone, Italy's Vision Divine, and Denmark's Mercenary.

The festival's annual pre-party will take place on Thursday, September 14 at The Vinyl Club inside of Earthlink Live and will feature performances by Theocracy, Circus Maximus, Leatherwolf, and Circle II Circle.

Tickets for ProgPower USA VII will go on sale Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance Gold Badges, which presently have a two-year wait list, are sold out. ProgPower USA has sold out more than four months in advance for the past four years. Last year's festival sold out in a record four days.

Tickets are for the pre-party are $20 and go on sale April 8 at 10 a.m. EST. There will only be 600 tickets available in advance.

ProgPower USA VII is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Evans Drumheads, D'Addario Strings, and Planet Wave Cables. Interested sponsors may contact ProgPower USA via progpowerusa.com.

Information is available on the website for parties interested in participating in the CD Showcase sampler or advertising in the official program.

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Epica To Be Seen By 10Mil Viewers on Brazilian TV

Dutch gothic metal sensation EPICA will fly over to São Paulo, Brazil, to make an appearance on the TV show "Do Jô". Described as "the South-American equivalent of the 'Late Night Show with David Letterman'," "Do Jô" draws approximately ten million viewers every day. On November 17, EPICA will make their debut on the program, taking part in both a performance and an interview.

EPICA have been very successful in South America and Asia for quite some time, but when it comes down to media attention, the invitation they received from "Do Jô" now is an absolute zenith. "Not only for EPICA, but for Dutch music in general," states Hans van Vuuren, general manager of EPICA's record company, Transmission Records. "It's unique in the history of Dutch metal that EPICA gets broadcasting time on such a large scale."

Immediately following their appearance on "Do Jô", EPICA will return for a European tour, after which they will be close off the year by embarking on a South American trek, including dates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

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Kamelot Announce More Tour Dates

Kamelot have announced a few more east coast tour dates. Confirmed shows:

Nov. 17 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Nov. 19 Toronto, ONT - Lee's Palace
Nov. 20 Quebec City, QC - International Metal Fest
Nov. 21 New York, NY - B.B. King's
Dec. 03 São Paulo, BRA - Via Funchal (w/ Epica)
Dec. 04 Rio de Janeirom Brazil - Circo Voador (w/ Epica)

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Kamelot Reveals Tentative Tour Dates

Kamelot has revealed some tentative show dates for their upcoming Black Halo Tour:

Nov 20 Quebec, QUE - International Metal Fest
Dec 03 São Paulo, Brazil - Via Funchal (w/ Epica)
Dec 04 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Circo Voador (w/ Epica)
Dec 06 Santiago, Chile - TBA

The band is planning to tour Europe in February 2006. More tour dates will be announced soon.

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Pain of Salvation Singer To Guest On Axamenta CD

PAIN OF SALVATION singer Daniel Gildenlöw will be featured as a guest vocalist on one track on the upcoming AXAMENTA album, entitled "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture". "Daniel will do the vocals on one entire song, for which he has written the melody and vocal pattern himself," according to a posting on AXAMENTA's web site.

The former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, AXAMENTA are recording new album at Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, ABORTED). Mixing and mastering will take place at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden under the supervision of producer Fredrik Nordström, who has previously worked with bands like IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, DIMMU BORGIR, THE HAUNTED and OLD MAN'S CHILD. A September/October release via Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records) is expected.

AXAMENTA began their career by playing doom, fantasy and even death metal, but after a lot of lineup changes, they decided to make a radical shift in their musical style and began experimenting with a more technical and progressive approach. Their love for movie scores also made them replace the keyboards by orchestra samples, which gives them a unique sound in the Belgian metal scene.

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Dragonland Confirmed For Thirteenth Day Fest

Swedish power metal band Dragonland are finally confirmed for the first festival in 2005. On July 24th 2005 they burn the stage on the Thirteenth Day Festival in The Academy, Birmingham, UK. First confirmed bands playing the festival are Sonata Arctica as headliner, Finntroll, Norther, Epica and many more.

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Confirmations For Metal Female Voices Festival III

LACUNA COIL, AFTER FOREVER, EPICA and LEAVES' EYES are among the acts confirmed for the Metal Female Voices Festival III, set to take place on October 22, 2005 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

LACUNA COIL
AFTER FOREVER
EPICA
LEAVES' EYES
ELIS
MIDNATTSOL
ASRAI
MERCURY RAIN
DILUVIUM
AUTUMN
SKEPTICAL MINDS
THE LEGIONS OF HETHERIA

One more opening act will be announced during the coming weeks.

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Epica Posts "The Last Crusade" Sample MP3

Epica has posted a sound sample of the song "The Last Crusade", from their upcoming album "Consign To Oblivion", on mp3 format. Click here to download it .

"Consign To Oblivion" will be released April 21.

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