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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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Epica Reveals New Album Title

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced that the much anticipated follow up to the 2009 release "Design Your Universe" will be entitled "Requiem For The Indifferent." The album will be released on March 9, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band explains the album's title: "This title refers to the end of an era. Mankind can no longer stick their head in the sand for the things that are happening around us. We are facing many challenges. There is an enormous tension between different religions and cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge financial crisis, which is getting out of control. More than ever we will need each other to overcome these problems. As we are all connected; the universe, earth, nature, animals and human beings, this period in time will be the prelude to the end for those who still don't want to, or simply won't see it. A REQUIEM FOR THE INDIFFERENT but also a possibility for a new beginning with great new chances!"

The band's latest studio report post was as follows: "So far 5 songs have been mixed of the upcoming Epica album (RFTI), the remaining songs will be finished during the upcoming 1.5 week! we'll keep you posted!" More...

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Epica Announces Last Minute Acoustic Show

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica will play an impromtu acoustic set in Sao Paolo, Brazil this Sunday, November 27, 2011, in place of MaYan's cancellation of the show in Rio de Janeiro. The band announced the following details on the show:

"- Tickets for this exclusive event are already on sale!
- This ticket will also be valid for the MaYan show in Sao Paolo on the 26th!
- People who already own a ticket for the MaYaN show will only pay 20 USD extra to attend the Epica accoustic show
- There is no MaYaN show on the 27th but there will be a meet & greet with MaYaN which will be free of charge
- People who have tickets for the MaYaN show in Rio de Janeiro can get their money back at the venue!!"

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Epica Announces First Wave Of 2012 Tour Dates

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced the first wave of 2012 tour dates in support of the forthcoming, as of yet untitled, new LP due out on March 9, 2012.

The following are confirmed dates thus far:

March 2012:

- 16: TILBURG 013 (NL)
- 29: KARLSRUHE Substage (GER)

April 2012:

- 14: LAUSANNE LES DOCKS (Switzerland)
- 16: ROME ORION (It)
- 22: PORTO HARD CLUB (Portugal)
- 27: PRATTELN Z7 (Switzerland)

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New Interview With Epica's Mark Jansen Posted

Epica's Mark Jansen was interviewed recently by Italy's SpazioRock and posted up on YouTube. The interview touches a bit on the upcoming new Epica LP, which is currently being recorded and is expected for release March 9, 2012.

Check out the interview here:

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Epica Issues Recording Update

Epica has checked in with the following update about the recording process for the band's new, as-yet-untitled album:

"At this moment Simone is recording her leads on top of the choirs, which we've recorded last weekend and Amanda is recording some backing vocals in the other studio @ Wolfsburg.

"Curious to hear this new work live? The CD presentation will be the 16th of March 2012 in the 013 - Tilburg, the Netherlands."

You can also keep up with more updates directly from the band by heading over to the Epica Facebook profile here.

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Epica New LP Recording Nearly Completed

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted another studio update on the recording of the as of yet untitled follow up to "Design You Universe." The band are on target for the March 9, 2012 release date for the new LP.

The status post reads as follows:

"Here we are again with another update on the recordings of the new Epica album.

"We are almost done recording. Bass guitars have been tracked. Simone is almost done recording her vocals, backing vocals are being sung at the moment and last weekend we had a great Choir session.

"We are very pleased with the results! The upcoming weeks Sascha Paeth will start mixing all the ingredients into this nice brewing which will be the new Epica album!"

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Epica Checks In From The Studio

Mark Jansen, the guitarist and co-vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal outfit Epica, has posted a message online in which he discusses the progress the band have made on their new studio album. His post reads as follows:

"The vocal recordings have started! Tonight I have recorded the grunts of the opening song of the upcoming album. After a travel of 4.5 hours Arien and I arrived in the studio at 22:00. We were still full of energy and decided to start recording already. Tomorrow, Simone will arrive as well so we'll continue with the vocal recordings.

"The recordings in general are going very well and the result sounds like we were hoping for. We know the pressure is quite high after Design Your Universe but we're confident that the new album will pay off the expectations."

"The new album will be released by Nuclear Blast on the March 9th, 2012. If you want to be the first to hear the new stuff be sure to get tickets to the release party in 013 (NL) on March 16th here."

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ProgPower XIII Band Announcement Video Posted

ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:

ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:

Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Primordial (Ireland)
Redemption (USA)
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:

Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)

(+ USA Debut)

Tickets are now on sale at this location.

Check out the announcement video here:

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Epica Reveals New Album Release Date

Epica has checked in with the following announcement about the release date for the band's new album, as well as details on a record release show:

"The 9th of March 2012, the new CD of Epica will be in stores and Epica will present the new album with a big show. 013 in Tilburg (cap. 2000) - the Netherlands, will be the place to be. If you want to be there, don't hesitate too long as the tickets for this big show are limited."

For further details on Epica, and to hear songs available for streaming online, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Epica Confirms Two New Dates For 2012 Tour

Epica announced on the band's Facebook page that two dates are confirmed for the European Tour in support of the band's forthcoming album to be released in March 2012. Additional dates will be announced soon! The confirmed dates are:

04/16/2011 - Rome, Italy @ Psychodrome
04/17/2011 - Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz

The band is also confirmed to play in Tilburg, Netherlands at 013 on March 16, 2011, where the new album will be presented.

The latest recording update appeared in Tuesday, October 11, 2011, when the band stated "Amanda [Somerville] and Mark have worked on the last parts of his lyrics last night. Now it's all set and done. Ready to record the grunts next week."

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Epica Checks In With Studio Update

Epica has posted the following update on the recording sessions for the band's new untitled LP, which is set for release in March of 2012: "Updates about the new Epica album! Yves is recording the bass @ his homestudio in Antwerp. Isaac is finished with his parts!!! In about 10 to 12 days it's up to Mark and Simone to record their vocalparts :) In the beginning of November the choirs will be recorded."

A photo of Yves in the studio can be seen below:

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More Bands Announced For ProgPower USA XIII 2012

ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:


Epica (Headliner)
Solution .45


Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mystic Prophecy
Above Symmetry

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Epica And Mayan To Play ProgPower USA 2012

Symphonic metal bands Epica and Mayan, both led by Mark Jansen, have confirmed on the bands' Facebook pages that both will play ProgPower USA XIII in 2012.

Epica are currently in the studio recording its fifth LP, untitled as of yet, which is scheduled for release in March, 2012.

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Epica Checks In From The Studio

Epica recently entered the studio to record the follow-up to the "Design Your Universe" album. The band has now posted several photos online from the studio, which can be found by heading over to the Epica Facebook profile here.

Epica also issued the following brief update about the recording process:

"Arien recording drums in the Gate studio: 11 tracks down, 2 more to go! Now time for a dinner break and a banana beer at the local restaurant :) Cheers Mark, Arien and Olaf (engineer)."

The band has announced the album is set for release in March, 2012. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming album's title, track listing, and artwork.

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Epica Enters Studio To Record 5th Album

Epica updated it's Facebook Page stating that the band has entered the studio to record the follow up to "Design Your Universe" for Nuclear Blast Records, which is scheduled to be released on March 9, 2012.

The update reads "As of today, Epica has started the recordings for their 5th full-length album. This still untitled album will expectedly be released by Nuclear Blast on the 9th of March, 2012. Epica entered the famous Gate-studio's in Germany once more to work with world renowned producer Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Rhapsody of Fire). First up is Ariƫn van Weesenbeek to record his drumparts. Keep a close eye on this website and the official Epica-channels for updates on the recordings!"

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Mayan Posts More Studio Footage Online

Mayan, the new extreme metal act that features Mark Jansen of Epica, has posted some new studio footage online. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:

Scorpions (Headliners)
Iced Earth
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Endless Dark
Arkona More...

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More Bands Announced For Durbuy Rock Festival

Both Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Durbuy Rock festival in Belgium. The festival is set to take place from April 13th - 14th, 2011 in Bomal, Belgium.

Other confirmed acts include Epica, Rotten Sound, and Aborted. Additional details on the festival can be found at the event's website at this location. Tickets are also available here.

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