The Netherlands have a unique tradition in terms of female-fronted metal bands with the likes of Delain, Izegrim, Within Temptation and ... Epica. Since 2002 they’ve been a staple on the Dutch metal scene. This Dutch symphonic metal band owes its popularity in large part to the contrast between the operatic vocal style of lead singer Simone Simons and founder Mark Jansen’s fierce grunts. Epica also features a Belgian lead guitarist with Isaac Delahaye, who was previously in God Dethroned and MaYaN.