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REVIEW OF THE NEW ALBUM OF EPICA:The Quantum Enigma

Nuclear Blast

EPICA THE QUANTUM ENIGMA

 

1 — ‘Originem’
2 — ‘The Second Stone’
3 — ‘The Essence Of Silence’
4 — ‘Victims Of Contingency’
5 — ‘Sense Without Sanity (The Impervious Code)’
6 — ‘Unchain Utopia
7 — ‘The Fifth Guardian (Interlude)’
8 — ‘Chemical Insomnia
9 — ‘Reverence (Living In The Heart)’
10 — ‘Omen (The Ghoulish Malady)’
11 — ‘Canvas Of Life’
12 — ‘Natural Corruption’
13 — ‘The Quantum Enigma (Kingdom Of Heaven, Part II)’

The Quantum Enigma is the sixth studio album by Dutch   Symphonic Metal band Epica. It was released on May 2, 2014 by Nuclear Blast.It is their first studio album with new bassist Rob van der Loo who replaced Yves Huts in 2012.

The album’s cover artwork is done by Stefan Heilemann,who also did the cover artwork for the band’s 4th and 5th albums.

1.ORIGINEM:

The album starts with an orchestral intro that sounds is full of piano,string and horn sections,thunderous drums and choir vocals in latin.

TIME: 2.11

RATING:10

2.THE SECOND STONE :

This is a very strong track with many elements as death symphonic and melodic metal,back growls,heavy guitar solo, female voice, choirs and very fast tempo.

TIME :5.00

RATING: 9

3.THE ESSENCE OF SILENCE:

The song begins with beautiful violin solo and turns in a duet with Mark Jansen’s growls and Simone’has the first role here and lead all the track.s operatic voice,plenty of guitar riffs with strong drums.

TIME:4.47

RATING: 9.5

4.VICTIMS OF CONTINGENCY:

We have here a combination of heavy metal with death metal speed guitars,growls and female voice,bass and drums bursts.

TIME: 3.31

RATING:9.5

5.SENCE WITHOUT SANITY- THE IMPERVIOUS CODE:

This track is the delicate balance to the whole album,the Epica’s sound is here as the past.The song has the known elements as all the past albums of the band.Great song!

TIME:7.42

RATING:10

6.UNCHAIN UTOPIA:

Here we have nice choir ,keyboArds melodies, epic female vocals and 100% bombastic arrangement.Best one of the album.

TIME:4.42

RATING10

7.THE FIFTH GUARDIAN – INTERLUDE:

Instrumental track ,a great balance through the album some oriental elements in the sound comes to refreshing us with beautiful feeling.

TIME:3.04

RATING:10

8.CHEMICAL INSOMNIA:

The tempo of this track has perfect variations,making it a song for hearing many times.

TIME:5.12

RATING:10

9.REVERENCE-LIVING IN THE HEART:

The beautiful soprano voice of Simone has the first role her  and lend all the track.

TIME:5.02

RATING:10

10.OMEN (THE GHOULISH MALADY):

Starting with epic choir intro that soon turn to symphonic.The song is the most light of the album.

TIME:5.28

RATING:9

11.CANVAS OF LIFE:

We have here a strong balland , a beautiful oasis into the album to keep us far of monotonous feeling.

TIME:5.28

RATING:10

12.NATURAL CORRUPTION:

And now back in faster song ,strong metal with great guitar solo and excellent drum bit with some folk influences.Very good song!

TIME:5.24

RATING:10

13.THE QUANTUM ENIGMA (KINGDOM OF HEAVEN PART II)

The closing of the album is glorious and perfect dramatic sound, with high quality.All the members of Epica give her all the best of them.

TIME:11.53

RATING:10

Finally we have a perfect album , one of the best of Epica with more modern sound and typical symphonic elements with more heavy the guitars,bass and drums.

RATING: 9.77/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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