OMG WHY didn't you TELL ME YOU LIKED HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I almost CRIED when I missed her Show back in November! She was only 211 MILES FROM ME q.q
MattTCG we must be like earBuddies... to keep bumbin into each other like this
I actually did an album review... did not know this thread was here LAWL
Epica - Consign to Oblivion 
|1.||"Hunab K'u (A New Age Dawns, Prologue)"||Mark Jansen||Yves Huts||1:44|
|2.||"Dance of Fate"||Simone Simons||Jansen, Huts, Coen Janssen, S. Simons||5:13|
|3.||"The Last Crusade (A New Age Dawns, Part I)"||Jansen||Jansen, Huts, Ad Sluijter||4:21|
|4.||"Solitary Ground"||S. Simons||Janssen, Jansen, Sluijter, S. Simons||The single with an acoustic version of this song was extracted from The Score – An Epic Journey||4:22|
|5.||"Blank Infinity"||S. Simons||Jansen, Janssen, S. Simons||4:00|
|6.||"Force of the Shore"||S. Simons||Jansen, Janssen, Sluijter, Huts||4:01|
|7.||"Quietus"||S. Simons||Jansen, Huts, Janssen, Sluijter, S. Simons, Jeroen Simons||The only single||3:45|
|8.||"Mother of Light (A New Age Dawns, Part II)"||Jansen||Jansen, Sluijter||5:55|
|9.||"Trois Vierges"||S. Simons||Jansen, Janssen, S. Simons||Featuring Roy Khan||4:40|
|10.||"Another Me "In Lack'ech""||Jansen||Jansen||4:39|
|11.||"Consign to Oblivion (A New Age Dawns, Part III)"||Jansen||Jansen, Sluijter|
I really enjoyed the symphonic intro, as far as songs go my favorite would have to be track 2, Dance of Fate. Over all though as a piece of music, there's a lovely contrast to the entire sound of Epica, yes I'm aware there are like a dozen other symphonic Metal Bands, but I enjoy Simone Simon's voice most of all.
Is an album I'm very much enjoying, it's a good example of a sub-genre of metal called Symphonic Metal or Gothic Metal. I really hate all these sub genre's but what ever they call it I enjoy it.
In particular I like the structure of the Album, it starts with a Prologue, a very classically oriented prologue and then leads into the first track with some typical metal double bass drum action and guitar riffs. Still the mastering is wonderful.
More on the music though, I'm enjoying the mixture of the classical strings and touches of choir styled lyrics, and yes there's a touch of some nasty growls here and there which I can appreciate. Makes a nice contrast to the music over all.
Although I do have a Second Pick
The Joy of Motion
Animals as Leaders
|6.||"Tooth and Claw"||4:23|
|8.||"The Future That Awaited Me"||4:33|
|10.||"The Woven Web"||4:07|
To start with it's all instrumental, which is wonderful as I'm not the biggest fan of vocals. But I love how every track starts with some lovely guitar solo work a very melodic almost post rock style intro, after which comes the drop. The barrage of the kick drum, and the heavy djent guitar riffs! The technical skills of these guys alone is really wonderful to listen to, and all of this from a trio! Makes me shiver thinking about it!
Track wise the entire album has a great flow to it, the softer intros and fade outs at the end of each song work nicely with their style, which is to my ears a very technical and yet enjoyable! I love to hear the results of some clearly well trained finger work, and The Woven Web is my favorite track. In particular enjoy the middle section of the track, the guitarists starts with a very metallic and taught riff, followed by a nice kick drum riff, I just love how the music really ticks. Feels like your listening to some crazy robotic brain working lol. Either way great band and some wonderful Progressive Metal from this really talented Trio!