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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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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Graspop 2009

Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil has announced that they are the latest band to be confirmed for this years edition of Graspop Metal Meeting which will be held from June 26th-28th in Dessel, Belgium.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Papa Roach
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Italian gothic metal act Lacuna Coil are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. The festival is sold out and will take place between July 30th- August 1st.

The lineup for Wacken is now as follows: AMON AMARTH, BORKNAGAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CALLEJON, CATHEDRAL, DRAGONFORCE, EINHERJER, EPICA, GWAR, HAMMERFALL, HEAVEN AND HELL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW, KORPIKLAANI, LACUNA COIL, MACHINE HEAD, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, NEVERMORE, AXEL RUDI PELL, SARKE, TESTAMENT, TRISTANIA, TURISAS, WALLS OF JERICHO, WHIPLASH

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop

Progressive metal legends Dream Theater are the latest act to be confirmed for Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel between June 26th-28th.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Whiplash Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited American thrash metallers Whiplash are the latest act to be confirmed for Germany's infamous Wacken festival. The festival has already sold out and will be taking place between July 30th and August 1st.

The lineup is now as follows:

AMON AMARTH
BORKNAGAR
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
DRAGONFORCE
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TESTAMENT
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO
WHIPLASH

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Sanders of After Forever Provides a HDK Sneak Peak

Sanders Gommans of After Forever has given further news on his new project which, up 'til this point, we've had nothing to judge it on since no material was present at the time. Now, a video made by D'Images (famous for working with After Forever, Stream of Passion, Ayreon, and Nemesea) has been released with audio samples of HDK's forthcoming debut, "System Overload." You can view the video below.

In addition, Amanda Somerville, who has worked with Ayreon, Epica, and Kamelot, has been participating in the project.

System Overload will be released on February 23rd.

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Epica Announces New Guitarist, Isaac Delahaye

Dutch gothic metallers, Epica, have announced the addition of Isaac Delahaye (of God Dethroned and Edgecrusher) as their new guitarist to replace Ad Sluijter. Epica have issued the following comments regarding their decision:

"Isaac is no stranger to the band since he already replaced Ad once at a gig in France back in 2003. He also worked with Coen, Yves and Arien on "Project SiC" in 2006, but the most of you will know him from his work with "God Dethroned" in which he also worked with Arien. Isaac is an enormously talented and skilled musician and we think he is the ideal person to fill up Ad's spot and to make Epica's line-up strong and complete again." More...

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Kingdom Of Sorrow, the metal supergroup featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar/Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has been confirmed for Germany's famous Wacken Open Air. The festival organisers has announced that the festival is now sold out.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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More Bands Confirmed For Summer Breeze Open Air

The following bands have now been confirmed for Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009:

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Backyard Babies, Battlelore, Before the Dawn, Beneath the Massacre, Brainstorm, Callejon, Cataract, Corvus Corux, Dagoba, Entombed, Epica, Equilibrium, Evocation, Firewind, Ghost Brigade, Grand Magus, Grave, Hate Eternal, The Haunted, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Misery Index, Narziss, One Way Mirror, Opeth, Powerwolf, Raunchy, Sacred Steel, Unhelig, Unsun, Vader, Volbeat, Vomitory, Vried, Waylander, Wintersun.

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First Bands Announced For Graspop 2009

The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.

The initial bands are as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Epica Guitarist Calls It Quits

In a statement on Epica’s official website, guitarist Ad Sluijter has decided to leave the band after six years and four studio albums.
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Motorhead Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Rock legends Motorhead are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's most famous heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air.

The lineup is now as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Amberian Dawn Posts Update

Finnish female-fronted symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN have issued the following update:

"This year has been amazing for us and big thanks goes to all of you fans around the world! We had really successful European tour with EPICA and all the shows, especially last show in Paris, will stay in our memories forever! What makes it even greater was that one-third of the shows were sold out! We have had a lot of fun playing to great audiences and spending some time with many fans after the shows. Four weeks together in a tour bus went very quickly and there was a great sense of humour among bands and our excellent tour crew. Great memories. But biggest thanks goes to our great fans, as said we had chance to meet many of you and we will make sure we will be back soon!!" More...

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Bullet For My Valentine Added To Wacken Open Air

Bullet For My Valentine has been announced as the latest addition to the infamous Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. The event takes place from July 30th- August 1st next year.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Volbeat Added To Wacken Open Air

Danish rock band Volbeat has been confirmed to perform at Germany's infamous, Wacken Open Air festival. The event takes place from July 30th- August 1st next year.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Napalm Death Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Godfathers of grindcore, Napalm Death are the latest act to be confirmed for the infamous Wacken Open Air festival in Germany next year. The lineup for the festival so far is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
WALLS OF JERICHO

Tickets include:

- free parking (for any vehicle like car, motorbike, camper van or caravan)
- free camping - right next to the vehicle for the W:O:A feeling (if the weather conditions are good enough).
- like always there are no limits as to how many drinks or how much food you may take to the parking and camping grounds
- only lawn, direct paths to the festival grounds (if the weather conditions are good enough)
- shuttle to the Wacken and Schenefeld swimming pools.
- rubbish will be collected and disposed of free of charge by us - no fee for you
- festival stickers
- free CD
- diverse top quality surprises = Full Metal Bag
- and much more......

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Xystus Announces "Equilibrio" Release Date

Sensory Records has announced the upcoming release of Dutch progressive metal band Xystus’ third album, "Equilibrio." This rock opera was recorded with a 60 piece orchestra and a 30 member choir, and includes guest performances from Simone Simmons of Epica and George Oosthoek of Orphanage. With an influx of gothic, progressive and traditional heavy metal influences melding with this dramatic orchestration, fans of Epica, Ayreon and Kamelot should keep both eyes peeled for this release to strike. "Equilibrio" is set for a North American release date of September 30.

Conceived as both an actual stage production and studio recording, "Equilibrio" was performed to four sold out audiences in July, 2008 - over 4,000 people witnessed the opera.

The studio recording of "Equilibrio" features key scenes from the opera. In addition to the 60 piece US Concert orchestra and 30 member choir, Xystus enlisted vocal performances from Simone Simons (Epica), George Osthoek (Orphanage, Delain) and Dutch theater veterans Michelle Splietelhof and John Vooijs.

The story of Equilibrio revolves around a wanderer named Diegu (Bas Dolmans) who finds himself caught between the forces of good and evil the power mad ruler Primos (John Vooijs) and the altruistic rebel Avelin (Michelle Splietelhof). Primos makes a pact with Death (George Osthoek) take over the world. After unsuccessful efforts by Diegu to mediate between Avelin and Primos, the latter ends up with complete power and the world is thrown out of balance. Diegu is summoned by the godess Lady Sophia (Simone Simons). She watches over Earth and entrusts Diegu with the job reuniting Primos and Avelin in order to restore the balance between good and evil again.

You can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace page.

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Epica Singer Set To Return To The Band

EPICA have posted this announcement on their official website:

"Good news: Simone (Simons) will perform with EPICA again! First show will be this upcoming Thursday in Bibelot - Dordrecht (only 30 tickets left). The show in Tivoli - Utrecht (cap. 1000) on the next day is a very special one. As 'The Phantom Agony' has been released five years ago, this gig will contain all 'The Phantom Agony' songs. 800 tickets have been sold for this one already. See you all next weekend!!!"

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Into Eternity Posts End of Tour Update

Canadian progressive death metallers, Into Eternity, issue the following update about their tour with Symphony X and Epica:

"Hello everybody!"

"We just finished our last show w/ Symphony X and Epica and all we can say is that the tour was killer! Everyone from the bands to the crew were super cool. It truly was one of our best touring experiences we've had. We can't express enough gratitude to the Symphony X guys for taking us out and allowing us to play to such a diverse and progressive crowd. We also were amazed to the extent of fans that came out as a result of our exposure with last years Gigantour and the amazing tour we had with Dream Theater." More...

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Epica Announce California Signing Session

EPICA will take part in a signing session on Friday, April 18 at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, California between 3:00 pm and 4:00pm

The address is as follows:
Rasputin Records
630 San Antonio Ave
Mountain View, California 94070

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Epica Singer Simone Simons Gives Health Update

EPICA vocalist Simone Simons has issued the following update:

"Hello to all of you,

One of the four tests was positive and we all decided that we shouldn’t take any risks regarding my health and that Amanda (Somerville) should replace me.

It is already a big improvement that only one of the test results is still positive, this means that the MRSA is almost out of my system!

Amanda Somerville, a great friend and member of the Epica team will replace me for the American tour with SYMPHONY X.

We chose Amanda because she is already familiar to the Epica fans. You can hear her on all our albums, singing backing vocals, on 'Seif al Din' and the' Obsessive Devotion' you can hear her speak, she is singing in the Epica choir and she was my vocal coach for all the albums.

We are happy that she is willing to fill in for me since she is already part of the band in a way.

Amanda has a great voice and a wonderful presence. I am sure you will love her long blond hair.

She will do a good job and I wish her and Epica good luck for this tour.

I will rest a bit more in the mean time and will come back soon with full force!

Love ya all, Simone."

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