Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever. They are known for their symphonic sound and the use of female vocals and male growls, performed by Simone Simons and Mark Jansen respectively, whilst writing primarily their lyrics. Their songs largely deal with philosophical topics, including science, religion, and world events.
In 2003, Epica's debut album The Phantom Agony was released through Transmission Records. Consign to Oblivion followed in 2005, and debuted at No. 12 in the Dutch charts. They moved labels to Nuclear Blast following Transmission's bankruptcy, and in 2007, released their third studio album The Divine Conspiracy, which charted at No. 9 in the Netherlands. 2009's Design Your Universe was met with yet greater success, debuting at No. 8 in the Dutch Albums Chart, and charting across Europe, also garnering much critical acclaim. Epica's fifth studio album Requiem for the Indifferent was released in 2012. Well received by critics, it achieved international success, entering the US's Billboard 200 at No. 104, and Japan's Oricon Albums Chart at No. 172.
In the beginning of May 2014 the band released their sixth album, The Quantum Enigma, which was a huge international success, debuting on No. 110 on US Billboard 200 and peaking at No. 4 in Epica's homeland Netherlands. In June 2015 Epica was awarded the Music Export Awards, which is given to the Dutch act with the most international success in the past year. In May 2016 it was announced that the seventh album, The Holographic Principle is set to be released in September 2016.
Epica is the sixth full-length album by the American power metal band Kamelot, released on March 3, 2003 through Noise Records. It was the first concept album by Kamelot. This album, along with its sequel The Black Halo (2005), is a rock opera inspired by the story of Goethe's Faust. Epica tells Part 1 while The Black Halo tells Part 2. (Goethe's Faust has two parts.) Most of the lyrics were written before the actual music was composed. The album inspired the naming of the band Epica after its release.
Epica or EPICA may refer to:
- Epica (band), a Dutch symphonic metal band
- Epica (album), an album by the power metal band Kamelot
- The European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA)
- The Epica Awards (International Advertising Awards)
- Epica (RAID series), a series of storage arrays developed by Proware Technology Corporation
- Daewoo Tosca, also known as Chevrolet Epica or Holden Epica
- Daewoo Magnus, also known as Chevrolet Epica
- Banksia epica, a South Australian native bush
Epica is the 2nd public album from audiomachine, a production music company based in Los Angeles, California released March 23, 2012. Originally audiomachine released albums only for film industry's professional use, but since 2012 they have released a selection of albums and compilations for the general public as well. Epica is the second of such public releases and features 12 songs spanning just over forty minutes long.