The Quantum Enigma

May 6, 2014 | Format: MP3

$7.49
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
2:11
2
5:00
3
4:47
4
3:31
5
7:42
6
4:45
7
3:04
8
5:12
9
5:02
10
5:28
11
5:28
12
5:24
13
11:53
14
6:11

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 6, 2014
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:15:38
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00JJT9LE4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I will DEFINITELY buy more Epica albums later on.
Zena
All of the tracks sound good and they don't lack the unnaturalness that the previous album had.
Diane Joseph
Lots of great singers and grunters, orchestra and choir backing, and sweeping melodies.
Nancy Stokking

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By philippe deroin on May 6, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is majestic.

After ten years of success crowned by their spectacular 2013 Retrospect - 10th Anniversary concert, Epica needed to figure what to do next. The outfit created by Mark Jansen as an offshoot of After Forever in 2002 had significantly changed over time. The constants were Jansen's combining of ambitious ideas with catchy songs, a beauty and the beast singing format skewed in favor of Simone Simons' voice, and keyboardist Coen Janssen's often exquisite hooks. But with an infusion of new blood in 2008, when Epica welcomed guitarist Isaac Delahaye and drummer AriŽn van Weesenbeek, both from death metal band God Dethroned, the formula changed and gained a harder edge. The album that followed, Design Your Universe, was a defining turn, combining the theatricality of Nightwish, the ease of access of Within Temptation or Delain, without quite abandoning the metal or experimental edge.

In 2012, Requiem For The Indifferent followed in the same vein but was less easy to get into. Epica had produced a monster clocking over 70 mn, flirting even more than before with progressive rock and progressive metal. The songs were powerful but to be frank, the whole album was exhausting, requiring a lot of attention for an uneven payoff.
Read more ›
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By jdb_shopper on May 7, 2014
Format: Audio CD
You read that right. I never ever liked Epica. It baffles me they've been considered a part of the upper-tier of Symphonic Metal for this long. An ex-After Forever guitarist in Mark Jensen who was content in rehashing the 'Decipher' formula album after album. Claiming to be progressive, but with no structure or memorable melody...even the better Prog groups have 'some' structure....Epica was a band with no sense of a consistent direction, relying completely on the lyrics to drive what was otherwise a conglomerate mess of noise.

True, Epica did tease me once with 'Design Your Universe,' which could have given the peak years of After Forever a run for its money, but still had some inconsistent songs, still not quite a timeless album....Then it was back to old habits with 'Requiem For the Indifferent.' Blech.

I nearly wrote off Epica, believeing DYU was a fluke album.

Enter 'The Quantum Enigma' (called TQE from this point forth,) ....And wouldn't you know it? They finally got it right.

What went right? Start with Joost van den Broek in the producer's chair. The same guy who gave After Forever new life when they lost their sense of direction. You can hear his influence all over TQE....Something missing in the majority of Epica's discography. Structure. Cohesion. BIG CATCHY HOOKS! Hooks of the vocal variety, guitar solos, keyboard solos! All the core staples that have made the better Symphonic Metal groups so fantastic. There's cohesion and structure, every song flows really well. Epica has learned when it's appropriate to experiment without compromising structure, and also when and when not to use grunts. in spite of the TQE clocking at over 70 minutes, to flies by so quickly just because of how well structured they are.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abi Diaz on May 14, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've read the other reviews and don't get HOW on earth RftI and DYU were somewhat "OK" or disappointing. I love each and every album Epica has put forth. Each is different and great in it's own respect. That is the very essence of Epica that I love most. They stick to their genre without being the same each time. The melody, chorus', choirs, music composition, lyrics are all well thought out and masterfully executed on each and every album. There is no standard by which to grade them because they are the standard. Some bands come very close - think Nightwish. OK, maybe the Tarja era equals it.
This album is a complete masterpiece. Each song grabs your attention and sonic senses and keeps it going for the next song and the next. There is more choir, which makes this album more "epic" sounding than the previous releases - which I say are masterpieces in their own right on a different musical tangent. If you've never experienced symphonic metal or the sound of a siren's voice, then TQE would be a prime album to start with and work back to previous releases and other symphonic bands like Nightwish, Within Temptation, Leaves Eyes, and such.
But don't waste any more time depriving your senses from this fine, fine masterwork from the Masters of the Art of Symphonic Metal: Epica
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Aldred on May 9, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of this band since the first album. They are the best in their genre in my opinion. This new one TQE reminds me a alot of DYU, as well as having some of the heaviness of RFTI. i have listened to it several times, and so far the tracks that stick out for me are "The Second Stone", "Sense without Sanity", and "Unchained Utopia". I love how every album has its unique stamp on it. This one for me is the most symphonic album they have ever done. There last one RFTI was the heaviest they have ever done and i loved that one too. You can't go wrong buying any of Epica's cds.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category