Mayan (band)

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MaYaN performing at Het Depot in Leuven, Belgium,
on October 17, 2017
Background information
GenresSymphonic death metal
Years active2010–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Associated actsAfter Forever, God Dethroned, Kamelot, Delain, Sons of Seasons, Epica, Orphanage, Stream of Passion
MembersMark Jansen
Ariën van Weesenbeek
Jack Driessen
Frank Schiphorst
Laura Macrì
Merel Bechtold
George Oosthoek
Roel Käller
Marcela Bovio
Past membersIsaac Delahaye
Jeroen Paul Thesseling
Sander Gommans
Rob van der Loo
Henning Basse

Mayan (stylized as MaYaN) is a Dutch symphonic death metal band founded by vocalist Mark Jansen, guitarist Frank Schiphorst, and keyboardist Jack Driessen.[1] The band features many different vocalists (either full-time members or guests) in a mix of clean vocals, growled vocals, and screams, supported by an instrumentation combining both heavy metal and symphonic metal elements.

Created in 2010, the band has released three studio albums to date, Quarterpast in 2011, Antagonise in 2014 and Dhyana in 2018. The name was chosen by Jansen out of his fascination for the ancient Maya civilization.[1] Lyrical themes include religion, politics, and world events, as well as philosophy, meditation, existence, and inner struggles.


On 6 September 2013, Nuclear Blast released a press statement that confirmed that Laura Macrì and Henning Basse, who were guest and tour members for the first album, have become full-time members.[2]

In October 2013, Isaac Delahaye left Mayan to focus on other projects.[3]

On 16 December, the band announced Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain) as Delahaye's successor for the upcoming two release shows of new album in late January 2014.[4] After these shows, she was made a permanent member.

In 2015, Rob van der Loo left the band to focus on Epica and an upcoming new project. Roel Käller took his place as the bassist. Next to that, George Oosthoek (ex-Orphanage) joined the band as growling vocalist. On 21 June 2017, it was announced that Marcela Bovio, former singer of Stream of Passion and a regular collaborator of the band since 2013, was now a full-time member.[5][6][7]

Vocalist Henning Basse departed the band on July 31st, 2018, citing scheduling conflicts, while remaining a recurring guest.[8]