Mark Jansen

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Mark Jansen
Mark Jansen playing at Wacken Open Air, in 2018.
Mark Jansen playing at Wacken Open Air, in 2018.
Background information
Born (1978-12-15) 15 December 1978 (age 42)
Reuver, Netherlands
GenresSymphonic metal, progressive metal, death metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, keyboards
Years active1995–present
Associated actsEpica, MaYaN, After Forever

Mark Jansen (born 15 December 1978) is a Dutch guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. A prominent figure in the symphonic metal subgenre, he is known for his work with the bands After Forever (1995–2002), Epica (2002–present), and MaYaN (2010–present).


After Forever (1995–2002)[edit]

As guitarist, Jansen founded After Forever with Sander Gommans, and was one of the main songwriters since their debut album Prison of Desire. He left After Forever in 2002, and after his departure, the band took a new musical direction.

Epica (2002–present)[edit]

Jansen playing at Wacken Open Air, in 2018.

Jansen started a new symphonic metal band called Sahara Dust, which was later renamed Epica. His girlfriend at the time, Simone Simons, joined the band in 2003. In both After Forever and Epica, he has performed growled vocals, complementing the vocals of, respectively, Floor Jansen (no relation) and Simone Simons.

MaYaN (2010–present)[edit]

In 2010, Jansen announced that he and former After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen have formed another band called MaYaN.[1] Unlike his other bands, Jansen sings but does not play guitar. The band released their debut album Quarterpast in spring 2011.

United Metal Minds (2018–present)[edit]

Recently, Jansen has launched the international musical project United Metal Minds.[2]

Private life[edit]

Jansen was born in Reuver, Netherlands, and has a master's degree in psychology.[3][4][5] His girlfriend is Laura Macrì.[6] In the past, he had a relationship with Simone Simons; the relationship ended in 2005, shortly after the release of Consign to Oblivion.[7]


After Forever[edit]







  • We Will Take You with Us (2004)
  • Retrospect (2013)

Other releases[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Adyta – "The Cognition Concept" in Katarsis (EP) (2011)
  • Diabulus in Musica – "Blazing a Trail" in The Wanderer (2012)
  • ReVamp – "Misery's No Crime" in Wild Card (2013)
  • AGES – "Heinous Nemesis" (2014)
  • Countermove: The Power of Love (2014) Charity single for The Red Cross, originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood – vocals
  • Carthagods – "a last sigh" in Carthagods (2015)
  • 3rd Machine – "Ultimate Intelligence" in Quantified Self (2016)
  • AKHETH - "The Asylum" (2017)
  • Dream Ocean - "Never Enough" in Lost Love Symphony (2018)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ User, Super. "MaYaN Biography". Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  2. ^ "United Metal Minds". Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  3. ^ "Members". Epica. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Facebook page". Retrieved June 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "An Interview with Epica's Mark Jansen". Metal Underground. June 16, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-03-10. Retrieved 2017-10-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Epica interview - Mark Jansen (part 2)". YouTube. FaceCulture. Retrieved 23 January 2021.

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