Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen subsequent to his departure from After Forever. They
areknown for their symphonic/gothic sound and the use of female vocals and male growls performed by Simone Simons and Mark
Jansen,respectively. All six members write the music, but Mark Jansen and Simone Simons write most of the lyrics. To date, Epica has released
fourstudio albums (not including their instrumental album The Score – An Epic Journey ), with their fifth studio album, Requiem for the
Indifferent,on tap for a March 2012 release.