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EPICA THE QUANTUM ENIGMA REVIEW 2014

 

EPICA - THE QUANTUM ENIGMA

NUCLEAR BLAST

MAY 2 2014

 

 

Lavish orchestration, as you might imagine, introduces us to Epica’s latest work ‘The Quantum Enigma’ via the opening salvo of ‘Originem’ which quickly breaks into the frantic ‘The Second Stone’. In truth it’s as good an opening as Epica has produced in their long and glittering existence. It’s all the more remarkable coming as it does a year after the band marked their first ten years.

 

If you like symphonic metal then its unlikely Epica will be a new name to you, and this recording has all the trademarks you would expect – grand orchestrations and massive choral sections light up the fast-paced and at times intense passages. And like ‘The Second Stone’ tracks like, ‘The Essence Of Silence’ and ‘Reverence – Living In The Heart’ all capture that fire.


One of the best things about Epica has always been their willingness to mix it up, bringing in heavier elements to some of their songs as well as a distinct ‘Progressive’ air. 


Beautifully produced by Joost van den Broek this is also an album that sounds as good as anything Epica has produced; and with Simone Simons in peak form – particularly on tracks like ‘Canvas of Life’ it’s hard to fault ‘The Quantum Enigma’.


The biggest compliment I could give is that they have finally nailed the richness of their live sound. This one is going to be big!

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

EPICA THE QUANTUM ENIGMA REVIEW 2014