This type of music has to have energy, it has to be cinematic in scope and feel and Epica deal that out in spades on this album. Refreshing might be the right word. As has been said, this album has more use of choirs, which to me just adds to the awesomeness. ", In an interview lead vocalist Simone Simons explained what was the main inspiration behind the album: "Well in quantum physics they have done this experiment and they found out that whenever you observe particles they take a certain shape – and when you are looking away, it’s a different shape – so in a way you can say you never know: ‘What is reality?’ We determine our reality through our observations, and if we would look away, reality would change. But, with The Quantum Enigma, they have managed to surpass it. Previously, we used to go to the studio, tune our stuff and then we recorded an album. The constants were Jansen's combining of ambitious ideas with catchy songs, a beauty and the beast singing format skewed in favor of Simone Simons' voice, and keyboardist Coen Janssen's often exquisite hooks. Quite simply, The Quantum Enigma is a masterpiece of symphonic metal. Really Jansen and his collaborators now ought to attempt a full-scale metal opera and/or a major film director should let him score their next epic. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 10, 2014. Plenty of orchestra and choir use which is critical in this genre. It is their first studio album with new bassist Rob van der Loo, who replaced Yves Huts in 2012.
The outfit created by Mark Jansen as an offshoot of After Forever in 2002 had significantly changed over time. - Victims of Contingency. I bought this album about a month ago, but every time I tried to listen to it my CD player started playing up.
With the previous album, it was mostly Mark, Coen and me writing a lot. And after that we would go into the studio and that's it. I was breast feeding and eating at the same time. Music video: - Victims of Contingency Recording information: Recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands between September 2013 and January 2014.
It was released by Nuclear Blast in Europe on 2 May 2014, in the UK on 5 May, and in the US on 6 May. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed.  Three days later a lyric video was released on Epica's YouTube account. , was a defining turn, combining the theatricality of Nightwish, the ease of access of Within Temptation or Delain, without quite abandoning the metal or experimental edge. The album produced two singles: "The Essence of Silence" (released on 17 March 2014) and "Unchain Utopia" (released on 4 April 2014).
It was working together, rather than reacting. 2 talking about this. EPICA - "The Quantum Enigma B-Sides" finally available on all streaming platforms! no songs I'm inclined to skip. It was because we started with putting a lot of effort into the basics and we gave a lot of attention to the band part, more so than before. Epica's best album since their very first (Phantom Agony) and perfect to recommend if anyone ever asks what is meant by 'symphonic metal'. We had a very regular schedule together with Joost [van den Broek, producer] and it was super-efficient. ", In an interview with LiveReviewer, Epica guitarist Isaac Delahaye stated about the making of The Quantum Enigma: "It was very much our intention to really make songs.  They went on tour through Europe, Asia, Africa and both South and North America and played 123 shows. The Quantum Enigma debuted at 110 on US Billboard 200, making it Epica's second entry on this chart, the previous being Requiem for the Indifferent and charting there in February 2013. It sounds more modern, but with all typical Epica elements inside. Mould SID Code: IFPI UGAA Please try again. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Label Code: LC 07027, Consign to Oblivion (The Orchestral Edition), Sense Without Sanity (The Impervious Code), The Quantum Enigma (Kingdom of Heaven, Part II), Guitars (rhythm), Vocals (harsh), Songwriting (tracks 4, 5, 10, 13), Lyrics (tracks 1, 3-5, 9, 10, 13), Keyboards, Piano, Songwriting (tracks 7, 11), Drums, Vocals (harsh), Songwriting (tracks 3, 9), Guitars (lead, acoustic, classical), Songwriting (tracks 2, 6-8, 12), Vocals (choirs) (CD2), Percussion (additional) (CD2), Songwriting (additional) (track 7), Arrangements (orchestral), Producer, Engineering, Editing, Arrangements (orchestral), Arrangements (vocal lines co-writing). The power of the human mind has been the main source of inspiration for this record. But now we sat down together and discussed a lot more, it was more of a band effort. And now even Ariën joined in and that made it all feel refreshing. Rights Society: GEMA I'll echo what others have already written about this album, that it is truly excellent, as so many of their albums have been.
", Guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen explains: "I have been listening to our new album and I can't get enough of it! Brilliant as it was, RftI had two problems: it sounded over-produced, adding layer upon layer not always obviously needed ; and it did not sound organic, more like the product of gifted musicians working in parallel than the creation of a living band. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Mastering SID Code: IFPILR79 4 making it their highest ranking album on the chart. , On 17 March 2014, "The Essence of Silence" was released as a single and was made available for a digital download from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer and other platforms. 4 making it their highest ranking album on the chart.  On 30 October 2014 Epica premiered a new video for the track "Victims of Contingency".
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