Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen subsequent to his departure from After Forever. They are
known 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 seven
full-length studio albums (not including their instrumental album The Score – An Epic Journey).