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 37)
Genres Symphonic metal, progressive metal, death metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards
Labels Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Epica, MaYaN, After Forever, ReVamp

Mark Jansen, (born 15 December 1978 in Reuver, Netherlands), is a Dutch heavy metal musician.


Mark Jansen's death growls, here contrasted with a choir, are a key part of Epica's musical style

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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,[1] 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 and Simone Simons.


In 2010, Jansen announced that he has formed another band called MaYaN. Unlike his other bands, Jansen sings but does not play guitar. The band released their debut album Quarterpast in spring 2011.[2]

Private Life[edit]

Jansen has a masters degree in psychology.[3][4]


After Forever[edit]







Other releases[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Myspace". 1993-11-09. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Facebook page". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "An Interview with Epica's Mark Jansen". Metal Underground. June 16, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 


New title Vocalist for After Forever
Guitarist for After Forever
Succeeded by
Bas Maas
Vocalist for Epica
Guitarist for Epica
since 2003
Vocalist for MaYaN
since 2010