Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen in 2002. The band is known for its grand and orchestral sound, blending elements of symphonic metal with influences from progressive metal, gothic metal, and classical music.

Epica’s music often features heavy guitars, complex compositions, orchestral arrangements, and powerful female vocals, provided by lead singer Simone Simons. Lyrically, their songs explore a variety of themes, including philosophical, historical, and mythological concepts.

The band has released several studio albums, starting with “The Phantom Agony” in 2003, followed by “Consign to Oblivion” (2005), “The Divine Conspiracy” (2007), “Design Your Universe” (2009), “Requiem for the Indifferent” (2012), “The Quantum Enigma” (2014), “The Holographic Principle” (2016), and “Omega” (2021).

Epica has gained a dedicated fanbase worldwide and is renowned for their energetic live performances. They have toured extensively across Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, and have performed at major festivals in the metal scene. Their combination of symphonic elements, powerful vocals, and intricate compositions has solidified their position as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal genre.