Epica - The Quantum Enigma Review
Epica was one of those bands that arrived in the tail water of Evanescence. The early releases never made it, bands like Within Temptation, Arch Enemy, Nightwish and Lacuna Coil were all great while Epica was good and that didn't cut it.
Not at all...
Now ten years and five albums down the line this is a seasoned outfit. The singer Simone Simons has practiced with mighty acts like Kamelot, Primal Fear and Ayreon.
The album cover really look like a movie poster for Indiana Jones adventures or something. A mighty epic story that just has to be told with a large symphonic orchestra backing up a stunning soprano.
The Quantum Enigma is an interesting album, it is versatile, complex, demanding and rewarding.
This is a metal production first and foremost the mix never loose the power needed to be convinsing. The arangements put the guitars in the center and there is quite a bit of heavy riffing going on here. The male the growling almost sound like black metal style of singing at times.
It's quite common that ambitious productions just get lost in all the twists and turns failing to deliver strong melodies but Epica succeed on The Quantum Enigma. But in the long run I rather stick to Nightwish or Lacuna Coil...