Epica vocalist/guitarist Mark Jansen has started a new project called MaYaN. The following statement regarding the band has been posted on Epica's website:

"Although Epica has been touring around the world for months, Mark found the time to put another band together, which he takes very seriously: MaYaN. Mark founded MaYaN together with Jack Driessen (ex-After Forever) and Frank Schiphorst, named after the wise and rich mayan culture.

"There was only one record label we wanted to sign with: Nuclear Blast, so we didn't even look for other companies to work with and we're very happy that this appreciation is mutual", Mark says and announces: "The debut album will be recorded and mixed at the end of the year 2010 and the beginning of 2011 by Sascha Paeth (who produced the former Epica records as well). We're also stoked to announce that Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Pestilence, Obscura), known for his signature six-string fretless playing in progressive death metal, will join as permanent member on bass guitar. Isaac Delahaye (Epica, ex-God Dethroned) and Arien van Weesenbeek (Epica) will complete the line up!"

The release of the album will take place around May 2011 and the CD presentation will be at Paradiso - Amsterdam! The music is a mixture of death, black and progressive metal combined with symphonic orchestral arrangements. "We'll work with some very interesting guests and these will be announced very soon!"





Source: epica.nl
Band profile: Epica
 
Posted: 10.09.2010 by Abattoir



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GT - 10.09.2010 at 15:07  
Some interesting people. Hope the music is just as interesting
vezzy - 10.09.2010 at 15:23  
I'll check them out solely for Jeroen Thesseling.
annodomini - 10.09.2010 at 15:26  
Well if we count that "Kingdom of heaven was supposed to be released with some death metal project of Mark, then I am in for this as long as the music stays in that direction.
ponderer - 10.09.2010 at 16:48  
This sounds promising. I hope they deliver.
AyΣm - 10.09.2010 at 17:13  
Written by vezzy on 10.09.2010 at 15:23

I'll check them out solely for Jeroen Thesseling.

Me too
The Night Wisher - 10.09.2010 at 17:35  
Sounds interesting... I really wanna check such thing.
Elodie Artour - 10.09.2010 at 17:41  
Finally there are some news about that project! It sounds to me like a pretty interesting combination and I'm looking forward to it!
FeskarN - 10.09.2010 at 19:27  
Looking forward to hear some material.
Black Conundrum - 10.09.2010 at 23:21  
Cool news about the new band. I will have to check them out; they have a very decent line-up.

Interestingly enough, this is the second "new band" announced this year that features members from Epica and After Forever.
Damnated_Soul - 10.09.2010 at 23:41  
What a line up! Can't wait to see their work!
Jiri - 11.09.2010 at 04:06  
Everyone just has to have Symphonic / Orchestral arrangments these days. It's starting to bore the fuck out of me. ZZZZZZZZZ
Jiri - 11.09.2010 at 04:06  
Liquidus_Animus - 11.09.2010 at 07:14  
Written by vezzy on 10.09.2010 at 15:23

I'll check them out solely for Jeroen Thesseling.

I was thinking the same thing.
annodomini - 11.09.2010 at 13:39  
Written by Jiri on 11.09.2010 at 04:06

Everyone just has to have Symphonic / Orchestral arrangments these days. It's starting to bore the fuck out of me. ZZZZZZZZZ


Well, Mark was one of the first, who started using them with After Forever, so it is natural that he will use it here too.
Jiri - 11.09.2010 at 17:35  
True, but it is really getting old.

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