Epica are known for their penchant towards super-epic, somewhat overstuffed and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake. Over the last years we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is a little like … [...] Click to raid more!
Well, is it better than the other records or is it not? After Consign to Oblivion I grew a bit wary of what I was going to find in this Pandora’s box that this band usually delivers. Much to my relief, Epica‘s fourth studio album Design Your Universe is probably one of the better records – previous and past. It kind of sounds like a mix between Delain, Within Temptation and Nightwish fueled by top quality vitamins. They actually quite shamelessly erred on the latter’s territory.
But seriously, this is probably one of the … [...] Click to raid more!
But, where is the metal? This is the question I asked myself since starting with this record. It kind of gets off the ground with some theme seemingly from the Pirates of the Caribbean or something. And then – more symphonic orgasms by the dozen. But the metal? The METAL?
‘Tis a most strange production! Or is the 2nd studio album Consign to Oblivion of the Dutch Symphonic Metal band Epica just an example of playing it safe? But as they like to call their style Gothic Metal – well, this is kind of an important … [...] Click to raid more!
Ah, I am relieved! Just listening to Epica and their June 2003 debut concoction The Phantom Agony. And I am really taken aback by the quality and depth of this production. What a nice surprise. Especially after just having reviewed their 2014 Little Booklet of Night Horrors The Quantum Enigma, which was kind of out of control. A real pity by the way. Frankly, I really feared to find something very similar in this record.
Usually I am not too fond of operatic productions. Most of the time too much pretentious bombastic bullshit to keep a … [...] Click to raid more!