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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
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: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361234522
  • Catalog Number: 12345
  • Sales rank: 37,208

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another wonder from Epica

    Superb blend of symphonic metal and other elements make this a great new addition to Epica's disography. Also, who can not be awed by Simone's voice.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Epica Desings My Universe!

    Epica is one of the bands that helps you see the world thru a different set of eyes. And on this album their sound is expanded from previous releases. Simone has one of the Best voices and on top of it, they are really cool live! Down to earth and nice to the fans. Nothing but love and respect for them!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent

    they have definitely outdone themselves with this album. the orchestral arrangements are superb. the performance is flawless, the vocals are used in a completely different way, more classic but at the same time more agressive and expressive. Kinda like the Once album in Nightwish, the voice as one more instrument. Definitely worth its price.
    This vesrion does not have the bonus tracks, but I heard them and they are lame, so you are really not missing out on anything.
    HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED!!!

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