Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA are working on their first-ever book, "The Essence Of Epica". This unique book tells the story of the remarkable musical journey of EPICA in the bandmembers' own words, and is illustrated throughout with rare, candid and classic photographs.
"The Essence Of Epica" will contain first-person testimony from Mark Jansen (vocals, guitars), Coen Janssen (keyboards), Simone Simons (lead vocals), Ariën Van Weesenbeek (drums), Isaac Delahaye (guitar) and Rob Van Der Loo (bass) along with that of former members, friends and colleagues of the band. The story of EPICA's rise from Dutch newcomers to international symphonic metal giants is described in majestic and mesmerizing style in this official, exclusive book.
For more information, visit EpicaBook.com.
Asked in a 2017 interview with AXS what has been the greatest lesson he learned since EPICA's formation in 2002, Jansen said: "Ah, there were many lessons. The biggest things I learned though is that success is nice, but you should not take it too seriously. When I was in AFTER FOREVER, one day you are a hero to many people and then the next day I wasn't in the band anymore. Then 90 percent of the people suddenly lose interest in you. That is a big lesson. And also know that whatever people say to you… take it with a grain of salt. Because people are happy, often they mean what they say at the time, but that is because they look up to you and then it is not like that anymore. They look up to somebody else. That is a lesson I had to learn and it is a lesson that helps you keep both feet on the ground. It is a good lesson."