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Album: Epica – The Quantum Enigma

May 14th, 2014

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Epica
The Quantum Enigma
Nuclear Blast
05 May 2014

by David Keevill

The horrendously lazy ‘female-fronted’ tag is a relic of a bygone era and its continued existence is an insult to anybody who believes in the progressive opportunities that metal often affords. Epica, a band central to the European symphonic metal scene over the last eleven years, have too been lumped with this description in their time, in addition to being grouped in with other bands who use classical aspects in their music. In both counts, and especially compounded in the release of their latest album, The Quantum Enigma, there is far more to this Dutch metal outfit than the reductive sum of just their vocals and symphonic elements.

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Album: Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent

March 8th, 2012

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Epica
Requiem For The Indifferent
Nuclear Blast
09 March 2012

by Tom Dare

Proving that heavy metal still has much further to go than it thinks in shedding its chauvinistic image, Epica have for some odd reason been clumped under that dreadful “female-fronted metal” definition. It’s a label so meaningless it geta applied to everyone from Nightwish to Arch Enemy. And it’s stopped Epica for getting credit as widely as they should for quite how distinct they are.

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Future Hits 079: MaYaN

May 13th, 2011

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From: Reuver, The Netherlands
Lazy equation: Epica + Therion x Opeth
URLs: facebook.com/mayanband // MySpace.com/mayanofficial

Thrash Hits verdict:
A more-than-slightly mental project masterminded by Epica guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen playing crazy symphonic extremity and featuring many guests? Marvelous! Mark and guitarist Frank Schiphorst (also of Symmetry) kindly agreed to introduce us to their new project.

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Album: MaYaN – Quarterpast

May 12th, 2011

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MaYaN
Quarterpast
Nuclear Blast
20 May 2011

by Tom Dare

Symphonics in metal have long-since ceased to be limited to the exceptionally evil (Emperor) and the excessively heroic (Blind Guardian et al) and ventures into the totally insane (Therion) aren’t unheard of in the modern era. But Marc Jansen of Epica’s new sideproject MaYaN is one of the most barking mad to have reared it’s twitching head for a while.

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