Digital Playlist: Epica’s Mark Jansen

Who: Mark Jansen, frontman for MaYaN, guitar player & grunter for Epica.
What: The top five songs rocking his iPod.
Where: Catania – Sicily 
Latest Project: Epica’s Requiem For The Indifferent.

Mark Jansen: From beauty to brutality.
(Photo credit: Stefan Heilemann)

1. Megadeth “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” — “It’s the best opening riff on an album ever! And because Rust In Peace was the first metal album I bought as a kid.”

2. Opeth “The Leper Affinity” — “Can’t choose between many great Opeth tracks, but I love the Blackwater Park album a lot, so I picked one from this album.”

3. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” — “One of the best bands ever, and one of the most beautiful songs ever written.”

4. Clannad “Caislean Oir” — “Youth sentiments. I love the atmosphere that this band has created. I also listened a lot to this track earlier this year when I visited the Mayan pyramids in South Mexico. It gave me goose bumps all over.”

5. Machine Head “Davidian” — “This track blew me away when it was released. The riffs sound so brutal — metal at its best! A perfect bridge between different styles, so fans from hardcore, metal, or whatever can all enjoy this track and the album Burn My Eyes.

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