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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 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:

Friday:

Epica (Headliner)
Redemption
Primordial
Serenity
Solution .45
Kingcrow
Sinbreed

Saturday:

Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mayan
Mystic Prophecy
Amaranthe
Lanfear
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 Ariën 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:

Friday:
Scorpions (Headliners)
Volbeat
Korn
Journey
Foreigner
Iced Earth
Epica
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Sepultura
Angel Witch
Kverlatak
The Black Dahlia Murder
FM
Endless Dark
Revoker
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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Kamelot Changes Polish Show Venue

Kamelot has issued the following update to Polish fans about changing venues for the band's upcoming live show:

"Venue Change Poland! Thanks to fans in Poland the local promoters have moved the Kamelot show in Poland to a larger venue (Klub Studio), please take note!"

Kamelot also recently announced that Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the band on the road and handling the lead vocal duties, along with guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica) and Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder).

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have announced that Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founders Igor and Max Cavalera, have been confirmed for the event. Also added to the bill is Russian folk metal band Arkona. Neither band's performance date has been confirmed as of yet however. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Friday:
Scorpions (Headliner)
Volbeat
Journey
Iced Earth
Epica
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
Sepultura
Angel Witch
Kverlatak
The Black Dahlia Murder
FM
Revoker More...

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Epica Video Interview Available

On Track Magazine has posted a video interview online with Simone Simons from Epica. Footage from the interview can be viewed in the clip below.

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Triptykon Confirmed For Graspop 2011

Triptykon, the band featuring former Celtic Frost and Hellhammer leader Tom G. Warrior, has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 24th-26th. The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Rob Zombie And More Added To Graspop 2011

The organisers of the Graspop Metal Meeting, the largest heavy metl festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Rob Zombie, Whitesnake, Journey, Foreigner, Suicide Silence, Firewind, Ghost, All That Remains, Escape The Fate and FM.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Kamelot Announces Guest Vocalists For Tour Dates

Kamelot has issued the following announcement about recruiting guest vocalists for upcoming European and U.S. shows:

"Kamelot's 'Pandemonium Over Europe 2011' is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons to the already announced tour schedule, with more dates to come! As part of the ongoing Kamelot campaign, we are announcing 2 shows as part of what will be a full US tour! Aug 30 at the Grammercy Theater in New York City, NY - USA and Sept 2 at the Club Soda in Montreal, Québec - Canada

"Promoters will offer a special VIP ticket for these show. This will include a pre show meet/greet and an autographed poster commemorating the show. Both shows go onsale today exclusively through here till Jan 22 when they become available everywhere.

"Unfortunately, we have been informed that, due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Kamelot's album, 'Poetry for the Poisoned.' However, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties. There will also be guest vocal appearances throughout the tour by Simone Simons (Epica), Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), and many more surprise guests throughout this very special and rare tour."

Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating: "I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot... see you soon on tour and let's rock!!!"

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