YMMV: Epica

  • Anvilicious: A lot of their lyrics. Requiem for the Indifferent has a track called "Deep Water Horizon," any guesses what it's about?
  • Awesome Music: "The Obsessive Devotion," "Fools of Damnation," and "Martyr of the Free Word."
    • The Classical Conspiracy. All 144 minutes of it.
    • Pretty much any of their title tracks and/or grand finales, at least within the confines of their respective albums. Comparing The Phantom Agony's title track to, say, "Kingdom of Heaven" (either I/II) or "Serenade of Self-Destruction" might be a little unfair given that TPA was them just getting started, but when you hit the last song of an Epica album, you know you're in for a big finish and a hell of a sendoff.
  • Cover Version: Alexis Jordan's "Happiness", which itself sampled Deadmau5's "Brazil."
  • Creative Differences: The reason Mark left After Forever and the reason Jeroen left Epica. Averted with Yves' departure however — he left the band to pursue another career opportunity that he couldn't fully utilise while part of Epica. Both he and the band posted public notes on Facebook thanking and wishing each other luck with their future endeavours.
  • Epic Riff: "The Obsessive Devotion," "Guilty Demeanor," "Internal Warfare," "Fools of Damnation," "Monopoly on Truth," and many more.
  • Face of the Band: Simone and, to a lesser extent, Mark.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Simone addresses her online audience as either "Sweets" or "Blog Babes."
    • She's gotten a bit of Internet Backlash for this, as some are deriding her and calling her "Metal Barbie" for daring to be into girly things like cosmetics and fashion. This pretty much sums it up.
  • Gateway Series: For some into rock bands, for others into symphonic metal and for even more into heavy metal.
  • Growing the Beard / More Popular Spin-off: The band stopped drawing comparisons with Mark's previous band After Forever by the time Design Your Universe came out.
  • Heart Warming Moment: "Our Destiny" is a beautiful song about Simone and Mark not quitting the band because they weren't meant to be.
    • "Twin Flames" also falls into this!
  • Les Yay: This live video for "Sancta Terra" where Floor Jansen performs with Simone on stage (link.)
  • Magnum Opus: Design Your Universe, although The Quantum Enigma seems to be getting its fair share of fans too.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: If the lyrics are Anvilicious, they're pretty much guaranteed to be this as well.
  • Spiritual Successor: The Quantum Enigma can be considered this in relation to Design Your Universe. The alternative title for the title track is "Kingdom of Heaven II!"
  • Uncanny Valley: The artwork for Requiem for The Indifferent embraces this trope...
  • Younger Than They Look: Simone in the first two albums — she was still eighteen when The Phantom Agony was released and had just turned twenty by the time Consign to Oblivion was released. Nowadays she's in the process of inverting this trope.