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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

60 Ratings



I don’t know why, but to me this sounds like a watered down version of The Quantum Enigma. I like this, but I can’t see this anywhere near as good as The Quantum Enigma. I’m not saying this is trash, I’m just saying that it’s a bit overrated. For some reason I can’t bring myself to download any of this stuff. Slight downer for me.

Best Album Yet

Poison Samurai,

Epica pushes the bounds of their creativity with this new album. They feature not only the metal masterpieces that we've come to know and love from them, but also various genres of acoustic versions of 4 of the songs on the album (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly -> Beyond The Matrix; Dancing in a Gypsy Camp -> Dancing in a Hurricane; The Funky Algorithm -> The Cosmic Algorithm; and Universal Love Squad -> Universal Death Squad), which are absolutely amazing and so much fun! I am immensely impressed by this album, and I can't stop listening to it! It's everything you've come to love from Epica and more. 10/10 would buy again.

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

    Reuver, Netherlands

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