|Born||15 December 1978|
|Genres||Symphonic metal, progressive metal, death metal|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, keyboards|
|Epica, MaYaN, After Forever|
Mark Jansen, (born 15 December 1978 in Reuver, Netherlands), is a Dutch guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. A prominent figure in the symphonic metal subgenre, he is known for his work with the bands After Forever (1995-2002), Epica (2002-present), and MaYaN (2010-present).
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, and after his departure, the band took a new musical direction.
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 (no relation) and Simone Simons.
In 2010, Jansen announced that he and former After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen have 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.
Recently, Jansen has launched the international musical project United Metal Minds.