Blitzkrieg conducted an interview with keyboardist Jack Driessen of MAYAN, the new band led by EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen, on May 21 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is footage of MAYAN's May 14 concert at Escape in Veenendaal, the Netherlands.
"Quarterpast", the debut album from MAYAN, was released on May 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (EPICA, KAMELOT).
"Quarterpast" track listing:
01. Symphony Of Aggression
02. Mainstay Of Society
04. Course Of Life
05. The Savage Massacre
06. Essenza Di Te
07. Bite The Bullet
08. Drown The Demon
09. Celibate Aphrodite
10. War On Terror
12. Sinner's Last Retreat (bonus track)
"Quarterpast" features vocal contributions from the following musicians:
* Mark Jansen (EPICA, ex-AFTER FOREVER)
* Arin van Weesenbeek (EPICA)
* Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER)
* Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER)
* Simone Simons (EPICA)
* Henning Basse (SONS OF SEASONS)
* Laura Macr (Italian opera singer)
In an interview with The Great Southern Brainfart, Mark Jansen stated about MAYAN, "It started as just something for fun but soon it grew into something that had to be perfect as well. I thought it was just for fun to make music with old friends but now it's as serious for me as EPICA is. Of course, EPICA remains my priority band and that's the band that's doing the most of the tours but MAYAN will fill in the gaps."
When asked if the MAYAN material will conceptually and lyrically be similar to EPICA, Mark replied, "Lyrically, you will find a lot of comparisons because it's my style of writing. I didn't attempt to write about completely different stuff. It could have been lyrics for an EPICA CD as well but music-wise it's completely different. It contains way more grunts and it's way more heavy. It is still symphonic because I love that kind of music. It's like a mixture of SYMPHONY X and OPETH style. That kind of direction."
* Mark Jansen (EPICA, ex-AFTER FOREVER) Guitar, Vocals
* Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) - Keyboards
* Frank Schiphorst - Guitar, Vocals
* Rob van der Loo (ex-SUN CAGED, DELAIN) - Bass
* Isaac Delahaye (EPICA) - Guitar
* Arin van Weesenbeek (EPICA) - Drums