I love so much about the music of the Dutch Metal sensations in Epica and am happy to share this bit of news with you today. Take a look at their plans around a milestone of one of their albums.
The Press Release:
Dutch Metal titans EPICA will perform some exclusive shows around the globe and have announced three exclusive North American shows early next year, as part of their Design Your Universe 10th anniversary tour. The North American shows will see the band return to some intimate venues in Montreal, Los Angeles and New York.
A short while ago the email arrived announcing that there was a brand new video by Epica to enjoy from their forthcoming album “The Holographic Principle”. The clip is for “The Edge Of The Blade” – Check it out below.
Commented Coen Janssen (synths, piano):
“Finally another video! We are very happy with the way it turned out! It gives a glimpse on what to expect from our upcoming live shows, so watch it a few times because I’m expecting to see you sing along with it soon!”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Quick views on this one since I’m not at the Metal Command desk all that much today. Loved the sleekness of the tune and the style being displayed in the video. The lighting actually reminded me of what it is like to see Epica on the concert stage and the only thing missing was all the banners and backdrop stuff. Simone looks at dynamic as ever and the tune is a nice additional tease from the album “The Holographic Principle” which I am very much looking forward to owning. I’ve been a fan of the band since “The Phantom Agony” and have enjoyed listening to their growth on album after album. Hmmm, I better save some of these quotes for my longer review narratives. You only have a few weeks left to wait for the arrival of the new CD so order it via the link below and how about doing the same for the new Sonata Arctica. See you next time.
Now here is a little bit of touring news that I was hoping to see happen sooner than later. It seems that Epica will be returning to this neck of the woods in the beginning of 2016 to make up the dates that had to be dropped during their most recent Fall run. Check out the poster and the official statement and then we can discuss a little more.
Artist: Epica Title: “The Divine Conspiracy” Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: 9/7/2007 Genre: Gothic Symphonic Metal Rating: 5/5
I’ve been following the music of Epica for a couple of years now and have long been convinced of what they can do since their debut album “The Phantom Agony” was released on the now defunct Transmission Records back in 2003. They would follow the debut with a strong sophomore effort called “Consign To Oblivion” and if you are fortunate to own any of these then you are lucky since each are almost impossible to find in today’s Metal world without a lot of digging. From the ashes of Transmission the band would rise like the Phoenix and sign a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and give the world their magnum opus, the amazing Symphonic Gothic album “The Divine Conspiracy”. The album is without a doubt not only their strongest material to date but perhaps even the best album that they have ever done. Produced by Metal luminary Sascha Paeth and the band, Epica takes the elements that they introduced us to on their earlier albums and meld them together into one of the most mature and elegantly powerful Metal albums of 2007. Led by guitarist Mark Jansen, the compositions on the album are at times brooding and dark while at other time both passionate and bright. Their vocalist Simone Simons, who many might know as having worked with Melodic Metal masters Kamelot, truly shines as one of the most amazing singers that the genre has ever given us. With this album the classically trained Mezzo Soprano shows that she can not only handle some of the highest notes out there but also keep a more conventional voice as well if need be. Jansen is known to be quite fond of film score’s so it makes sense that the new Epica begins with one of its own and as it plays you envision sitting in some grand theatre as the cast of players is introduced. Continue reading “The Divine Conpiracy” by Epica→
Artist: God Dethroned Title: “The Toxic Touch” Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: 10/31/2006 Genre: Melodic Death/Thrash Metal Rating: 4/5
After two long years of touring the Dutch masters of Melodic Death Metal have indeed returned but if you were expecting another blistering assault on your stereo that would be exactly in the same style that was presented on “The Lair Of The White Worm”, then you’ve got another thing coming. For “The Toxic Touch” they have altered their route just a bit and the main difference will be in the limited use of the “blast-beats” most common in the genre. On this change leader Henri Sattler stressed that it had been done so much in their music before that it tends to become boring and now instead it is used as an explosion to enhance the music. The change also displays the talents of the bands drummer Arien Van Weesenbeek even more as he is not only a powerful player but an incredible technical thrasher as well. “The Toxic Touch” is also much more melodic than their earlier adventures and this shows signs of musical maturity and mastery of their craft. There are those of you who might be a little annoyed at the band for such a dramatic turn from the typical blistering Death that they normally dole out but let’s see what you come up with on your seventh album. The changes have not sacrificed any of their brutality or aggression as you will find on “Wings Of Pestilence” and “Hating Life” as this is indeed a pummeling pair of numbers but you also get to enjoy some crunching slower numbers like “Typhoid Mary”. This track has a trudging groove that despite quick drumming underneath the main riff is one of the slowest of the albums contributions. Continue reading “Toxic Touch” by God Dethroned→