Epica – Consign to Oblivion (2005) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - Consign to Oblivion - Album CoverBut, 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? It somehow lost itself along the way, methinks.

‘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 [...] Click to raid more!

Epica – The Phantom Agony (2003) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Epica - The Phantom Agony - Album CoverAh, I am relieved! Just listening to Epica and their June 2003 debut concoction The Phantom Agony. This is a surprising quality and depth for a band so young. 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 was a little fearful to find something very similar in this record.  

Usually I am not too fond of operatic productions. Most of the time, them bands just serve you with too much pretentious and bombastic bullshit to keep a [...] Click to raid more!