There is more than one artist known as Epica: 1. 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 sound and the use of female vocals and male growls, performed by Simone Simons and Mark Jansen respectively. All six members participate in composing their songs, whilst their lyrics are primarily written by Simons and Jansen. Their songs largely deal with philosophical topics, including science, religion and world events.