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4.2 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
Hairball from PA

Epica goes Anime?

Epica has done covers and reworked existing material before - usually with interesting results. (See "The Classical Conspiracy" for a bunch of them) As I'm not really a Manga / Anime fan, I was unfamiliar with the original material here - there are some versions on YouTube under the original artist, Linked Horizon, if you'd like to hear them (in Japanese). I bought the Japanese import CD when it came out a few months ago, and although the compositions themselves (mostly the melodies and their phrasings) are a little different than what Epica typically does, their fingerprints are all over this EP, and it doesn't sound that out of place considering how their sound has progressed since "The Phantom Agony." Worth picking up - especially since it's much cheaper than buying the import!

Trumpet nuke

Just a band having some fun

It doesn't matter if you like Attack on Titan. This sounds like the same Epica we all know. It's a fun mash-up that works well together.

Xarallei

Wonderful Shingeki covers!

I love the original Linked Horizon songs, but these are amazing too and I'm so glad to see Epica come out with these. If you love Epica and are unfamiliar with the Shingeki (Attack on Titan) songs, you'll still love these.

About Epica

Originally calling themselves Sahara Dust, Holland's Epica formed in early 2003 when After Forever guitarist Mark Jansen decided to break away from the group he had helped found in order to start an operatic metal project all his own. After drafting teenaged mezzo-soprano Simone Simons, guitarist Ad Sluijter, keyboardist Coen Janssen, bassist Yves Huts, and drummer Jeroen Simons, Epica entered Wolfsburg, Germany's Gate Studio with a classically trained choir and string section to lay down their ambitious debut, The Phantom Agony. Released by Transmission Records in late 2003, the album spawned a number of singles.

The band's early success paved the way for 2005's sophomore LP, Consign to Oblivion, which also charted well in the Netherlands. A move to metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast and the addition of Ariën van Weesenbeek on drums was followed by Epica's first conceptual album, The Divine Conspiracy, released in 2007. It charted across Europe, as did 2009's Design Your Universe, which equaled their best Dutch chart showing at number eight; Design Your Universe also featured a new member, with Isaac Delahaye taking over guitar duties.

Epica's fifth studio album, Requiem for the Indifferent, appeared in 2012. It was the first to chart in the U.K. and U.S., after which another lineup shift found Huts giving way to Rob van der Loo on bass. The band celebrated its tenth anniversary in March 2013 with a special show in Eindhoven, titled and later released as Retrospect, which even featured former members Sluijter, Simons, and Huts. Just a year later, the band issued The Quantum Enigma, its first studio album with Rob van der Loo. Epica's next full-length outing, 2016's Holographic Principle, was described by Simons in an interview with Spark TV as their "most ambitious offering to date." ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

ORIGIN
Reuver, Netherlands
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
2003

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