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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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New Photos In The Photo Gallery

I just wanted to mention that we've posted quite a few new photos in the photo gallery lately. Many of them have been posted after the initial tour report or without a special announcement so I wanted to draw some attention to the latest galleries including:

  • Epica, Visions Of Atlantis, The Agonist and Unexpect From their NYC show

  • Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Behemoth, and 3 Inches of Blood on an Off-Fest 2007 date in Baltimore, MD

  • Dimmu Borgir's Invaluable Darkness Tour stop in Tampa, FL

  • Cthonic's Off-Fest date in St Paul, MN

  • The Summer Slaughter tour stop in NYC

You can check them all out at our photo gallery.

PS - I'm well aware that the gallery is due an update.

PPS - Coming soon - photos from the Viva La Bands tour in Baltimore with CKY, Gwar and Cradle of Filth

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Ebony Ark Signs With Ascendance Records

Ascendance Records, the new label funded by Lee Barrett (founder of Candlelight Records; former member of EXTREME NOISE TERROR, currently in TO-MERA) and A&R'd by Sam Grant (writer, promoter, broadcaster, interviewer for Sonic Cathedral online), has announced the signing of the Madrid, Spain based, female-fronted gothic/progressive metal act EBONY ARK. The group's new album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2008.

EBONY ARK's first concert outside Spain took place on May 4, 2006, supporting the Dutch band EPICA at Amsterdam's infamous Paradiso venue. In May of that year they started recording the "Decoder 2.0" CD (a revamped version of their 2004 debut, "Decoder") for their new label Transmission Records. Unfortunately Transmission Records went bankrupt before the album could be released and the LP never saw the light of day.

For more information, visit their Myspace page.

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Watch Unexpect's Live Performance From NYC Online

Montreal's UNEXPECT have issued the following update:

"A short video of our last show in New York with the band EPICA has been posted at this location. More shows have been added to the list, which is always growing in length to our greatest pleasure…in the new additions are shows in Sherbrooke, Winnipeg, Minneapolis, another date with PARADISE LOST in Bedford and the Trois-Rivieres Metalfest 2007. While we wait for those cortex stretching musical moments, we keep on composing for the next album. The creative chemistry is really alive and healthy…and if Salvador Dali was still alive, I’d say to him: Hi Dali!"

Upcoming Unexpect live dates can be found at their MySpace here.

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The Agonist Tour Schedule

The Agonist will be touring in September and October. Here are the tour dates:

dates w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
9/6 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/8 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
9/9 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom

dates w/ Sonata Arctica, Firewind
9/12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
9/14 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
9/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
9/16 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
9/17 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theatre
9/19 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
9/21 Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
9/22 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
9/23 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
9/24 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/26 Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau
9/27 Montreal, QC @ Medley
9/28 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (no Firewind)
9/30 New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
10/02 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
10/03 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
10/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/07 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
10/09 Houston, TX @ Meridian

dates w/ Overkill
10/11 Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
10/12 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
10/13 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
10/14 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
10/15 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
10/16 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
10/17 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
10/18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under

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Evergrey Frontman To Guest On New Ayreon CD

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has posted an audio sample of the next guest singer who will appear on the the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: EVERGREY mainman Tom S. Englund. Other vocalists scheduled to appear on the CD include Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV), Simone Simons (EPICA) and Liselotte Hegt (DIAL). A total of fifteen singers have been confirmed to guest on the album, with more to be added.

AYREON's last CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", was released in 2004. It contained guest appearances by a number of acclaimed vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis

The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.

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Watch Epica's 'Never Enough' Video Online

EPICA's new video, "Never Enough", has been released and can be viewed here. The song comes off the Dutch symphonic metal band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due in North America on August 28 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD will be issued in in Europe on September 10 (September 7 in Germany). Check out the CD cover artwork at this location.

Nuclear Blast will release a limited deluxe CD edition in Europe of "The Divine Conspiracy", featuring the bonus tracks "Higher High" and "Replica" (FEAR FACTORY cover), video clips and a "making-of" enhanced section. A gatefold vinyl edition will also be issued containing the same two bonus tracks. More...

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Firewind Cancel Cheltenham, UK Show

Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND have issued the following update:

"The promoter of the venue Night Owl in Cheltenham, UK has cancelled the Firewind show that was scheduled for August 17th. The reasons are not clear to us at this moment. We're sorry to the fans that were planning on catching that show, but it wasn"t our fault. We hope to see you all at JB"s Dudley the very next day (August 18) which is not very far from Cheltenham."

Upcoming Firewind live dates include:

22 - Thessaloniki, Greece at Metal Healing Festival

11 - Rades, Tunisia at Rock A Rades Festival (with Adagio, After Forever, etc.)
16 - Derby, England at Bloodstock Open Air
18 - Dudley, England at JB’s (with Man Of The Hour)

September (North American Tour)
19 - Minneapolis, MN at Station 4 (with Epica)
20 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room Mokena
21 - Cleveland, OH at Peabodys (with Edguy)
22 - Toronto, ON at The Funhaus
23 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
24 - Reading, PA at The Silo
26 - Quebec City, QC at Salle Albert Rousseau (with Sonata Arctica)
27 - Montreal, QC at Medley (with Sonata Arctica)
28 - Poughkeepsie, NY at Chance Theater (with Sonata Arctica)
29 - Bedford, NH at Marks Showplace
30 - New York City, NY at B.B. Kings Blues Club (with Sonata Arctica)

October (North American Tour)
2 - Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero (with Sonata Arctica)
3 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx (with Sonata Arctica)
4 - Covington, KY at The Mad Hatter
5 - Fayetteville, NC at Jesters Pub
6 - Atlanta, GA at Prog Power USA (SOLD OUT)

October (Japan Tour with KAMELOT)
10 - Tokyo, Japan at Shibuya O-East
11 - Osaka, Japan at Club Quattro
12 - Nagoya, Japan at Bottom Line
14 - Yokohama, Japan at Blitz

10 - Copenhagen, Denmark at Prog Power Scandinavia

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Epica, Sonic Syndicate Concert to Air in August

Epica and Sonic Syndicate's June 21, 2007 performances at the Underground in Cologne, Germany were filmed and will be broadcast on August 6 via the German TV channel WDR. The "Rockpalast Bootleg" show will air between 0:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.

An audio sample of a brand new Epica track, entitled "Menace of Vanity", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due out this fall. The tracklist is as follows:

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

Sonic Syndicate entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64 with its second release, "Only Inhuman" — an impressive feat considering the Swedish group has never performed in the country before. The album also landed at No. 22 on the Swedish chart.

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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
Dream Evil
Rise To Addiction
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.


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

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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