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OMEGA

Epica

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3.57 | 41 ratings | 1 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Alpha - Anteludium (1:39)
2. Abyss of Time: Countdown to Singularity (5:21)
3. The Skeleton Key (5:07)
4. Seal of Solomon (5:29)
5. Gaia (4:47)
6. Code of Life (5:59)
7. Freedom: The Wolves Within (5:38)
8. Kingdom of Heaven Prt. 3: The Antediluvian Universe (13:25)
9. Rivers (4:49)
10. Synergize: Manic Manifest (6:57)
11. Twilight Reverie: The Hypnagogic State (4:30)
12. Omega: Sovereign of the Sun Spheres (7:07)

Total Time 70:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Simone Simons / lead & backing vocals
- Mark Jansen / guitars, growled vocals
- Isaac Delahaye / guitars
- Coen Janssen / piano, synthesizer
- Rob van der Loo / bass
- AriŽn van Weesenbeek / drums, vocals

Releases information

Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
February 26, 2021
12 different colors of vinyl, 1CD, Digipack (2CD's), Earbook (4 CD's)

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EPICA Omega ratings distribution


3.57
(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
24%
Good, but non-essential (37%)
37%
Collectors/fans only (12%)
12%
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)
7%

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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Reviewer
4 stars When it comes to female singers performing in symphonic metallic styles then there is no doubt that Floor Jansen has been leading the pack, particularly since joining Nightwish. But to think she is the only person producing incredibly passionate and dynamic work is wrong on so many levels, and Epica are a prime example of that. Guitarist and gruff vocalist Mark Jansen formed Epica after leaving After Forever (where Floor was the singer) in 2002. Keyboard player Coen Janssen and singer Simone Simons have been there since the very beginning, while Isaac Delahaye (guitars), AriŽn Van Weesenbeek (drums) and Rob Van Der Loo (bass) are all long-term members. Over the last eight years, three records and hundreds of gigs, the band has formed into an indestructible unit, who know exactly what they want to achieve and how they are going to go about it. Five years on from their last studio album, this is the final part of the trilogy they commenced with 'The Quantum Enigma'.

Although symphonic and progressive, they are also more metallic than the likes of Nightwish, with two guitarists and growled and gruff vocals providing a contrast with Simons. This album sweeps and swirls, and the only way to really describe it is as majestic, as it is that on so many levels. There are times when the keyboards fall away, and we are left with two guitarists belting along, then the keyboards come in to provide support or even take over altogether. During some songs Jansen performs as a co-lead singer, with a far more dominant role than the one undertaken by Marco Hietala, far gruffer and in a lower register. When that is placed against the delicacy of Simons then the contrast is quite stark, driving the music into extremes.

A special mention must be made of "Code Of Life", which contains far more elements of world music with a very ethnic sounding beginning, which allows the song to move in a very different direction indeed, even when the guitars finally come crunching in on the same melody. This is a thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, and some 20 years since they started, Epica continue to show they are a class act with a great deal to offer the scene.

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