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3.81 | 80 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Eidola (2:39)
2. Edge of the Blade (4:34)
3. A Phantasmic Parade (4:36)
4. Universal Death Squad (6:38)
5. Divide and Conquer (7:48)
6. Beyond the Matrix (6:26)
7. Once Upon a Nightmare (7:08)
8. The Cosmic Algorithm (4:54)
9. Ascension - Dream State Armageddon (5:16)
10. Dancing in a Hurricane (5:26)
11. Tear Down Your Walls (5:03)
12. The Holographic Principle - A Profound Understanding of Reality (11:35)

Total Time 72:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Simone Simons / clean lead & backing vocals
- Mark Jansen / growled vocals
- Isaac Delahaye / lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars, mandolin, balalaika, bouzouki, ukulele
- Coen Janssen / keyboards, grand piano, synthesizer, glockenspiel, xylophone, tubular bells
- Rob van der Loo / bass
- Ariën van Weesenbeek / drums, timpani, spoken vocals (9)

- Marcela Bovio / backing vocals
- Linda Janssen / backing vocals
- Cato Janssen / child's voice (1)
- Paul Babikian / Elven King's voice (7)
- Kamerkoor Pa'Dam choir / chorus vocals
- Joost van den Broek / orchestral arrangements, production & mixing
- Ben Mathot / violin & strings score
- Ian De Jong, Sabine Poiesz, Floortje Beljon, Loes Dooren, Vera Bie, Marieke De Bruijn / violin
- Mark Mulder, Frank Goossens / viola
- René Van Munster, Geneviève Verhage, Eilidh Martin / cello
- Robin Assen / brass & woodwinds score
- Jurgen Van Nijnatten / trumpet
- Marnix Coster / trumpet
- Henk Veldt / French horn
- Alex Thyssen / French horn
- Paul Langerman / trombone
- Lennart De Winter / trombone
- Jeroen Goossens / flute, piccolo, bassoon
- Thijs Dapper / oboe, oboe d'amore
- Jack Pisters / sitar

Releases information

Artwork: Stefan Heilemann

CD Nuclear Blast - NB 3687-2 (2016, Europe)

2LP Nuclear Blast - NB 3687-1 (2016, Europe)

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EPICA The Holographic Principle ratings distribution

(80 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

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Review by kev rowland
5 stars I can't put my finger on it, but there is definitely something that lifts this 2016 album to a higher plane than the one that came out just two years earlier. The intensity is still at the very high level, but Simone seems to be more in control on this one, as opposed to sometimes being swept away. It is bombastic, it is massively over the top, and the guitars have reined in just ever so slightly, although at times they still race off like bolting horses that have been given their heads. It is an overpowering aural assault on the senses, and I love it. The closest way I can think of describing it is like being at a version of Handel's "Messiah" with full choir and orchestra, but with Slipknot also being involved!

I was playing these two albums back to back the other day, and even without looking I knew when this one had started as there is a definite lift, a step up in just about everything. Symphonic over the top progressive metal just doesn't get any better than this. This is not something that can be played as background music, but rather demands full attention of the listener at all times, as this is all-consuming, and not for the fainthearted. I really do hope that the guys decided to come down to this part of the world for a show one day, as they must be incredible in concert. This is essential, nothing more, nothing less.

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4 stars Epica is one of the more notable bands of the ever-growing operatic female-fronted metal acts. One of Its distinguished characteristics is how the quasi-symphonic elements play not just a supporting background role, but often lead the music as much as the typical metal instrumentation. Another i ... (read more)

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