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Design Your Universe

Artist: Epica

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Label: Nuclear Blast
Album: Design Your Universe
# Song Title   Time
1)    Samadhi (Prelude)
2)    Resign To Surrender: A New Age Dawns, Part IV
3)    Unleashed
4)    Martyr of the Free Word
5)    Our Destiny
6)    Kingdom of Heaven: A New Age Dawns, Part V - Hold In Derision/Children
7)    Price of Freedom, The (Interlude)
8)    Burn To a Cinder
9)    Tides of Time
10)    Deconstruct
11)    Semblance of Liberty
12)    White Waters
13)    Design Your Universe: A New Age Dawns, Part VI

Performer Notes
  • Lyricist: Amanda Somerville.
  • Personnel: Linda Van Summeren (soprano); Previn Moore (tenor); Coen Janssen (baritone, bass voice, piano, synthesizer); Simon Oberender, Olaf Reitmeier (baritone, bass voice); Melvin Edmondsen (bass voice); Isaac Delahaye (guitar); Yves Huts (bass guitar); Amanda Somerville (background vocals).
  • Editors: Simon Oberender; Olaf Reitmeier.
  • Photographer: Simone Simons.
  • Dutch pomp-metal band Epica, fronted by classically trained mezzo-soprano Simone Simons, released their second album for Nuclear Blast only a year after their label debut, the more unique The Classical Conspiracy. That two-disc live set found them performing a mix of classical works and their own songs with backing by a full orchestra and choir. This album offers more of their bombastic goth metal songs, with Simons' vocals floating atop an ever flowing stream of complicated drumming, epic riffs, and shredtastic solos. The use of orchestral instruments to add John Williams-like climaxes is intermittently successful, but the music is just as frequently stripped down to an unaccompanied piano or to just the rock band, and that works, too. The very occasional interruption of male death growls is less necessary; frankly, the band should just let Simons do her Sarah Brightman-esque thing and keep the riffs cranking behind her. If you like this sort of thing (Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, After Forever, Leaves' Eyes, etc., etc.), or if you're a big Andrew Lloyd Webber fan, this is exactly the sort of thing you'll like. ~ Phil Freeman

Producer:Amanda Somerville; Epica; Mickey Hart
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:3 November, 2009
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Dutch Symphonic metal band Epica is one of my favourite female fronted band, they were fromed in early 2003. When Mark Jansen break away from the band After Forever, he formed this new band. Their 2009 album might be the best one they have ever made. The band try to add some new element into their music. Attractive melodies with angelic voice, the band now is perfect! Anybody like Nightwish, Lacuna Coil etc. should try this.

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