History Music / Epica

5th Dec '16 11:10:36 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* WomanInBlack: "Storm the Sorrow."
2nd Nov '16 2:33:14 AM NaphthaTurisas
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** ''The Holographic Principle'' is about scientific advancements and perceptions of reality. How much of it is an illusion we ourselves have created?



* EpicRocking: The title tracks of each album, but usually at least one other track:

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* EpicRocking: The title tracks of each album, but usually at least one other track:as well:



** ''The Divine Conspiracy'': "The Obsessive Devotion" is 7:13 (combined with "[[EpicInstrumentalOpener Indigo]]," it would be 9:18 long,) "Chasing the Dragon" is 7:40 long, "Fools of Damnation" clocks in at 8:42, and the title track is the band's longest song to date, at 13:57.
** ''Design Your Universe'': "Kingdom of Heaven" is Epica's second-longest song, a 13:35-long five-movement suite. The title track clocks in at 9:28.
** ''Requiem for the Indifferent'': "Monopoly on Truth" lasts for 7:11 (combined with "[[EpicInstrumentalOpener Karma]]," it would be 8:44 long,) the title track is 8:34 long and "Serenade of Self-Destruction" clocks in at 9:52.
** ''The Quantum Enigma'': The title track is Epica's third-longest song at 11:53, "Sense Without Sanity" (The Impervious Code) is 7:42.

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** ''The Divine Conspiracy'': "The Obsessive Devotion" is 7:13 (combined with "[[EpicInstrumentalOpener Indigo]]," it would be 9:18 long,) Devotion," "Chasing the Dragon" is 7:40 long, and "Fools of Damnation" clocks are all in at 8:42, the 7-9 minute range, and the title track is the band's longest song to date, date at 13:57.
** ''Design Your Universe'': Besides the title track, we have "Kingdom of Heaven" is Heaven," Epica's second-longest song, a 13:35-long five-movement suite. The title track clocks in song at 9:28.
13:35.
** ''Requiem for the Indifferent'': "Monopoly on Truth" lasts for 7:11 (combined with "[[EpicInstrumentalOpener Karma]]," it would be 8:44 long,) Truth," the title track is 8:34 long and "Serenade of Self-Destruction" clocks in at 9:52.
all qualify.
** ''The Quantum Enigma'': The title track is Epica's third-longest song clocks in at 11:53, "Sense Without Sanity" (The Impervious Code) at 7:42.
** ''The Holographic Principle'': "Divide and Conquer" and "Once Upon a Nightmare" are both around 7 minutes, and the title track
is 7:42.11:35.



* IdiosyncraticAlbumTheming: Every studio album has an intro between 90 seconds and two minutes long, and starting with ''The Divine Conspiracy'', there is also a similar interlude about halfway through. Each album also ends with [[EpicRocking an unusually long composition]], which was also the title track on every album until ''Requiem for the Indifferent''.
* IncrediblyLongNote: While not as long as examples by other singers, Simone ends "Never Enough" with an impressive G5 held for ten seconds.

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* IdiosyncraticAlbumTheming: Every studio album has an intro between 90 seconds and two minutes long, and starting with ''The Divine Conspiracy'', often there is also a similar interlude about halfway through. Each album also ends with [[EpicRocking an unusually long composition]], which was also the title track on every album until except ''Requiem for the Indifferent''.
* IncrediblyLongNote: While not as long as examples by other singers, Simone ends Simone's high note at the end of "Never Enough" with an impressive G5 is held for ten seconds.



* [[SopranoAndGravel Mezzo-Soprano And Gravel]]: In a twist, newer albums have ''two'' gravel voices. Mark supplies the deeper grunts, but Ariën provides higher-pitched screams starting on ''Design Your Universe''.

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* [[SopranoAndGravel Mezzo-Soprano And Gravel]]: In a twist, newer albums SopranoAndGravel: Simone and Mark, although some songs have ''two'' gravel voices. Mark supplies the deeper grunts, but other backing growls by Ariën provides higher-pitched screams starting on ''Design Your Universe''.or in one case, [[Music/AfterForever Sander Gommans]].



* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Can be found as early as ''The Phantom Agony'' where Simone speaks a monologue in "Seif al-Din."

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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Can be found as early as ''The Phantom Agony'' where Simone speaks a monologue ** The monologues in "Seif al-Din."al-Din" and "The Obsessive Devotion" were done by Amanda Somerville, who also helped as a vocal coach and lyric editor on the earlier albums.



* TruckDriversGearChange; Played with:

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* TruckDriversGearChange; TruckDriversGearChange: Played with:
2nd Oct '16 5:57:25 AM TheAndyman14
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* RearrangeTheSong: The bonus tracks from ''The Holographic Principle'' are acoustic variations on the main album tracks. Notably, some of the reworks are also given LighterAndSofter lyrics. For example, "The Cosmic Algorithm" becomes "The Funky Algorithm" with lines such as "Find the reason why we're blind while we can see" rewritten "It's the funky groove that makes my booty move"
10th Jun '16 9:18:05 PM jewelia13
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Epica is a [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Dutch]] band that straddles several genres depending on which particular song they are playing at any given moment, from SymphonicMetal to PowerMetal, from GothicMetal to ProgressiveMetal and even stepping into the territory of DeathMetal from time to time. They began playing as Epica (a name taken from a Music/{{Kamelot}} album) in 2003, before that they were known as ''Sahara Dust'' before gaining the talents of Simone in 2003 and changing their name to Epica. The band are still going strong, currently on their ''The Quantum Enigma'' tour following the release of their newest album in 2014 of the same name.

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Epica is a [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Dutch]] band that straddles several genres depending on which particular song they are playing at any given moment, from SymphonicMetal to PowerMetal, from GothicMetal to ProgressiveMetal and even stepping into the territory of DeathMetal from time to time. They began playing as Epica (a name taken from a Music/{{Kamelot}} album) in 2003, before that they were known as ''Sahara Dust'' before gaining the talents of Simone in 2003 and changing their name to Epica. The band are still going strong, currently on with their ''The Quantum Enigma'' tour following the release of their newest seventh studio album to be released in 2014 September of the same name.
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* 2016 - ''The Holographic Principle''
26th Apr '16 2:11:30 AM PRH
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: A large part of the band's lyrics is this, towards some particular people, groups of people, or even humanity as a whole.
11th Nov '15 8:50:10 PM DarkSider13
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* [[Music/{{Mayan}} Mark Jansen]] - rhythm guitar and growled vocals (2002-)
* Coen Janssen - keyboards (2002-)



* [[Music/{{Mayan}} Mark Jansen]] - rhythm Guitar and growled Vocals (2002-)
* [[Music/GodDethroned Isaac Delahaye]] - lead guitar
* Rob van der Loo - bass (2012-)
* Coen Janssen - keyboards (2002-)




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* [[Music/GodDethroned Isaac Delahaye]] - lead guitar (2009-)
* Rob van der Loo - bass (2012-)



** To be fair, the cover is supposed to be a symbolic representation of the Garden of Eden. That being said, the cover for ''The Phantom Agony'' does contain AbsoluteCleavage. And let's not forget about the white body suit worn in "Storm the Sorrow"...

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** To be fair, the cover is supposed to be a symbolic representation of the Garden of Eden. That being said, the cover for ''The Phantom Agony'' does contain AbsoluteCleavage. And let's let us not forget about the white body suit bodysuit worn in "Storm the Sorrow"...


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* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Mark
** TheLancer: Isaac
** TheSmartGuy: Coen
** TheBigGuy: Arien
** TheChick: Simone
** SixthRanger: Rob
24th Jul '15 8:48:30 AM Koveras
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4th Jul '15 3:40:19 PM Ninjabait
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* 2003 ''The Phantom Agony''
** 2004 ''We Will Take You with Us'' (DVD)
* 2005 ''Consign to Oblivion''
** 2005 ''The Score - An Epic Journey'' (Classical instrumental soundtrack album)
** 2006 ''The Road to Paradiso'' (CD/Book collection for fans)
* 2007 ''The Divine Conspiracy''
** 2009 ''The Classical Conspiracy'' (Live album, recorded with a 40-piece orchestra and a 30-piece choir)
* 2009 ''Design Your Universe''
* 2012 ''Requiem for the Indifferent''
* 2013 ''Retrospect'' (A ten year anniversary live album)
* 2014 ''The Quantum Enigma''

!!Current and past band members
'''Current Line-up''':
* Vocals: Simone Simons
* Rhythm Guitar and growled vocals: [[Music/{{Mayan}} Mark Jansen]]
* Lead Guitar: [[Music/GodDethroned Isaac Delahaye]]
* Bass Guitar: Rob van der Loo
* Leopards: Coen Janssen
* Drums, spoken word and growled vocals: Ariën van Weesenbeek

'''Former band members''':
* Vocals: Helena Iren Michaelsen (2002-2003)
* Drums: Jeroen Simons (2002-2006)
* Lead Guitar: Ad Sluitjer (2002-2008)
* Vocals: Amanda Somerville (2008; filled in for Simone while she was ill)
* Bass: Yves Huts (2003-2012)

'''Session members''':
* Koen Herfst Drums (tour 2007)
* Amanda Somerville Lead vocals (North American tour 2008,) soprano vocals on "The Phantom Agony" and "We Will Take You With Us," background vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," "Design Your Universe," and "Requiem for the Indifferent" (Somerville also performed alto choir vocals for this album,) now married to [[Music/AfterForever Sander Gommans]].
* Oliver Palotai Touring leopards (North American tour 2010,) also Simone's partner.
* Bridgit Fogle - Alto vocals on "We Will Take You With Us" and "The Phantom Agony," background vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," and "Design Your Universe."
* Annie Gobel - Alto and backing vocals on "We Will Take You with Us."
* Linda Janssen: Backing vocals on "We Will Take You With Us," choir vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," and "Design Your Universe", soprano choir vocals on "Requiem for the Indifferent," also Coen's wife.
* Laura Macri: Soprano choir vocals on "Requiem for the Indifferent," also a member of the project group [=MaYan=] along with Mark and Ariën.

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* 2003 - ''The Phantom Agony''
** 2004 - ''We Will Take You with Us'' (DVD)
* 2005 - ''Consign to Oblivion''
** 2005 - ''The Score - An Epic Journey'' (Classical instrumental soundtrack album)
** 2006 - ''The Road to Paradiso'' (CD/Book collection for fans)
* 2007 - ''The Divine Conspiracy''
** 2009 - ''The Classical Conspiracy'' (Live album, recorded with a 40-piece orchestra and a 30-piece choir)
* 2009 - ''Design Your Universe''
* 2012 - ''Requiem for the Indifferent''
* 2013 - ''Retrospect'' (A ten year anniversary live album)
* 2014 - ''The Quantum Enigma''

!!Current and past band members
'''Current Line-up''':
* Vocals: Simone Simons
* Rhythm Guitar and growled vocals: [[Music/{{Mayan}} Mark Jansen]]
* Lead Guitar: [[Music/GodDethroned Isaac Delahaye]]
* Bass Guitar: Rob van der Loo
* Leopards: Coen Janssen
* Drums, spoken word and growled vocals: Ariën van Weesenbeek

'''Former band members''':
* Vocals: Helena Iren Michaelsen (2002-2003)
* Drums: Jeroen Simons (2002-2006)
* Lead Guitar: Ad Sluitjer (2002-2008)
* Vocals: Amanda Somerville (2008; filled in for Simone while she was ill)
* Bass: Yves Huts (2003-2012)

'''Session members''':
* Koen Herfst Drums (tour 2007)
* Amanda Somerville Lead vocals (North American tour 2008,) soprano vocals on "The Phantom Agony" and "We Will Take You With Us," background vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," "Design Your Universe," and "Requiem for the Indifferent" (Somerville also performed alto choir vocals for this album,) now married to [[Music/AfterForever Sander Gommans]].
* Oliver Palotai Touring leopards (North American tour 2010,) also Simone's partner.
* Bridgit Fogle - Alto vocals on "We Will Take You With Us" and "The Phantom Agony," background vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," and "Design Your Universe."
* Annie Gobel - Alto and backing vocals on "We Will Take You with Us."
* Linda Janssen: Backing vocals on "We Will Take You With Us," choir vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," and "Design Your Universe", soprano choir vocals on "Requiem for the Indifferent," also Coen's wife.
* Laura Macri: Soprano choir vocals on "Requiem for the Indifferent," also a member of the project group [=MaYan=] along with Mark and Ariën.
Enigma''




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!!Members:
* Simone Simons - vocals (2002-)
* [[Music/{{Mayan}} Mark Jansen]] - rhythm Guitar and growled Vocals (2002-)
* [[Music/GodDethroned Isaac Delahaye]] - lead guitar
* Rob van der Loo - bass (2012-)
* Coen Janssen - keyboards (2002-)
* Ariën van Weesenbeek - drums, spoken word, growled vocals (2007-)

!!Former Members:
* Helena Iren Michaelsen - vocals (2002-2003)
* Jeroen Simons - drums (2002-2006)
* Ad Sluitjer - lead guitar (2002-2008)
* Yves Huts - bass (2003-2012)

!!Session and Touring members:
* Koen Herfst drums (tour 2007)
* Amanda Somerville lead vocals (North American tour 2008,) soprano vocals on "The Phantom Agony" and "We Will Take You With Us," background vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," "Design Your Universe," and "Requiem for the Indifferent" (Somerville also performed alto choir vocals for this album,) now married to [[Music/AfterForever Sander Gommans]].
* Oliver Palotai touring keyboards (North American tour 2010,) also Simone's partner.
* Bridgit Fogle - Alto vocals on "We Will Take You With Us" and "The Phantom Agony," background vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," and "Design Your Universe."
* Annie Gobel - Alto and backing vocals on "We Will Take You with Us."
* Linda Janssen: Backing vocals on "We Will Take You With Us," choir vocals on "Consign to Oblivion," "The Divine Conspiracy," and "Design Your Universe", soprano choir vocals on "Requiem for the Indifferent," also Coen's wife.
* Laura Macri: Soprano choir vocals on "Requiem for the Indifferent," also a member of the project group [=MaYan=] along with Mark and Ariën.
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23rd Mar '15 7:57:11 AM TheAndyman14
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23rd Mar '15 7:55:48 AM TheAndyman14
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