Now Playing: Epica- The Quantum Enigma
Throughout the years of doing Symphonic/ Power Metal, Dutch's very own Epica has been a band that is known for incorporating orchestral arrangements, Death Metal styled male vocals, operatic female singing and lyricism reflecting on philosophy, Mayan calendar, Religion, Metaphors and mathematical references. 2014's The Quantum Enigma is without question the band's most ambitious, heaviest, finest material to date with some minor lineup changes throughout the bass and guitar department. Unlike 2012's Requiem For The Indifferent, combining Male and Female vocals altogether it brings organic infusions favoring the instrumentals, orchestrations, formula definitely has changed and gained much more harder edge material. The Quantum Enigma is a recreational album using Melodic, theatrical and roundabout a modern age approach bringing back the audible instruments which therefore brought progressive representations allowing the music capture a brilliant-cut contrasted sound. With tracks such as The Second Stone, The Essence Of Silence, Chemical Insomnia, Natural Corruption and the interlude Originem, the melodies are tighter and fairly complexed compared to Epica's past two records while searching a deep articulation of quantum physics, human consciousness and thought-provoking simplistic lyrical content that brings a outstanding storytelling conceptual record about civilization. Musically, this is Epica's heavy sounding album and due to memorable hooks, no sacrificing controlled vocals of Simone Simon's and Mark Jansen's Death Metal styled backup singing, The Quantum Enigma clocks in around 70 minutes of consistency, philosophy and aggressiveness that surely made their complimentary acts became successfully driven to the astonishing production potentially laid a foundation to their highest peak. Go out and purchase this fascinating album!
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