Mark Jansen

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Mark Jansen
Epica Hellfest 2007 18.jpg
Mark Jansen playing at the Hellfest, France, in 2007.
Background information
Born (1978-12-15) 15 December 1978 (age 41)
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 in Reuver, Netherlands), 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 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 has a master's degree in psychology.[3][4] His girlfriend is Laura Macrì.[5] In the past, he had a relationship with Simone Simons.


After Forever[edit]







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. ^ "Facebook page". Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "An Interview with Epica's Mark Jansen". Metal Underground. June 16, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  5. ^

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