Design Your Universe

Design Your Universe

by Epica
     
 

Dutch pomp-metal band Epica, fronted by classically trained mezzo-soprano Simone Simons, released their second album for Nuclear Blast only a year after their label debut, the more unique The Classical Conspiracy. That two-disc live set found them performing a mix of classical works and their ownSee more details below

Overview

Dutch pomp-metal band Epica, fronted by classically trained mezzo-soprano Simone Simons, released their second album for Nuclear Blast only a year after their label debut, the more unique The Classical Conspiracy. That two-disc live set found them performing a mix of classical works and their own songs with backing by a full orchestra and choir. This album offers more of their bombastic goth metal songs, with Simons' vocals floating atop an ever flowing stream of complicated drumming, epic riffs, and shredtastic solos. The use of orchestral instruments to add John Williams-like climaxes is intermittently successful, but the music is just as frequently stripped down to an unaccompanied piano or to just the rock band, and that works, too. The very occasional interruption of male death growls is less necessary; frankly, the band should just let Simons do her Sarah Brightman-esque thing and keep the riffs cranking behind her. If you like this sort of thing (Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, After Forever, Leaves' Eyes, etc., etc.), or if you're a big Andrew Lloyd Webber fan, this is exactly the sort of thing you'll like.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
Label:
Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC:
0727361234522
catalogNumber:
12345
Rank:
17591

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Epica   Primary Artist
Olaf Reitmeier   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Tony Kakko   Vocals
Yves Huts   Bass Guitar
Amanda Somerville   Background Vocals
Previn Moore   Tenor (Vocal)
Isaac Delahaye   Guitar
Melvin Edmondsen   Bass (Vocal)
Linda Van Summeren   Soprano (Vocal)
Simon Oberender   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Coen Janssen   Synthesizer,Piano,Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Producer
Mark Jansen   Composer,Lyricist
Olaf Reitmeier   Engineer
Epica   Producer
Yves Huts   Composer
Amanda Somerville   Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Simone Simons   Composer,Lyricist
Isaac Delahaye   Composer
Simon Oberender   Engineer
Coen Janssen   Composer

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