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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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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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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Epica Working on Score For Movie 'Joyride'

Epica, the Dutch group formed by ex-After Forever guitarist Mark Jansen, guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, are currently working on the score of a new Dutch movie called "Joyride", starring famous Dutch actors Georgina Verbaan and Tygo Gernandt.

The film, which is described as a 'psychological roadthriller,' is scheduled for a May release. More information (in Dutch) is available at www.joyridefilm.nl.

As previously reported, EPICA have set Consign to Oblivion as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in March/April via Transmission Records.

The follow-up to 2003's The Phantom Agony was mastered by Peter van T'riet at Soundfactory.

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Epica Name New Album

Epica, the Dutch group formed by ex-After Forever guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-Cassiopeia guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have set "Consign to Oblivion" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in March/April via Transmission Records.

The follow-up to 2003's "The Phantom Agony" will be mastered next Tuesday (Jan. 25) by Peter van T'riet at Soundfactory.

Epica released their first DVD, "We Will Take You With Us / 2 Meter Sessies", last September. This DVD comes in a limited-edition deluxe ECO-Book (containing a 40-page booklet) with an additional bonus CD containing all of the "2 Meter Sessies" recordings.

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Epica Singer Recovers And Resumes Touring

Epica frontwoman Simone Simons is back singing for the group on their current tour of Mexico following an emergency appendectomy which nerly sidelined the vocalist late last week. Marivi, lead singer of the opening band The Legion Of Hetheria, had stepped in to complete the dates with Epica in Simons' absence.

Commented Simone: "This week I was diagnosed with an appendix infection and had to go to the hospital for surgery. We all did not expect that I would recover this fast. And hereby I would like to announce that I will continue the tour from now on!

"I would like to thank all the fans for their support and understanding, the Loera family for taking care of me and of course for Marivi who did a great job!"

Epica's remaining Mexican tour dates:

Dec. 15 - El Area Chica - Toluca, MEX
Dec. 16 - El Foro - Cuernavaca, MEX
Dec. 17 - Iguana Rock line - Durango, MEX
Dec. 18 - Huerta del S.T.I.C. - San Luis Potosí, MEX
Dec. 19 - Salón Mónaco - Cuautitlán, MEX

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Kamelot To Film Videos, Tour With Kotipelto, Epica

Kamelot is heading to Sweden to film the following 2 videos: "March Of Mephisto" and "The Haunting." Both songs are from their upcoming album "The Black Halo." The director is Patric Ullaeus.

Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath sings on the Kamelot track "March Of Mephisto." There has been no word as to whether or not he will actually appear in the video.

Tour dates for the upcoming European tour for "The Black Halo" with Kotipelto and Epica are as follows: More...

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