Epica - The Holographic Principle



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Release date: 30 September 2016
Style: Symphonic metal

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01. Eidola
02. Edge Of The Blade
03. A Phantasmic Parade
04. Universal Death Squad
05. Divide And Conquer
06. Beyond The Matrix
07. Once Upon A Nightmare
08. The Cosmic Algorithm
09. Ascension - Dream State Armageddon
10. Dancing In A Hurricane
11. Tear Down Your Walls
12. The Holographic Principle - A Profound Understanding Of Reality

The Acoustic Principle - acoustic bonus tracks (Digibook / Earbook / Digital):
13. Beyond The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
14. Dancing In A Gypsy Camp
15. Immortal Melancholy [acoustic version]
16. The Funky Algorithm
17. Universal Love Squad

The Best Symphonic Metal Album Of 2016

Line-up
Simone Johanna Maria Simons - vocals
Mark Jansen - vocals
Rob van der Loo - bass
Coen Janssen - synthesizers, grand piano, glockenspiel, xylophone, tubular bells, orchestral toms, gran casa, djembe, congas, finger cymbals, tambourine, additional samples, additional effects
Isaac Delahaye - guitars, mandolin, balalaika, ukulele, bouzouki, orchestral toms, djembe, congas, bar chimes, tambourine, triangle
Ariën Van Weesenbeek - drums, timbales, congas, bongos, cymbal a deux, orchestral snare drum, orchestral toms, additional vocals

Additional musicians:
Linda Janssen - backing vocals
Marcela Bovio - backing vocals
Paul Babikian - voice
Cato Janssen - voice
Jeroen Goossens - flute, piccolo, bassoon
Thijs Dapper - oboe, oboe d'amore
Jack Pisters - sitar
Igor Hobus - orchestral snare drum, orchestral toms, congas, djembé, darbuke, gong, suspended cymbal, tambourine
Joost van den Broek - additional snare drum, additional samples, additional effects
Maarten de Peijper - additional snare drum

Violins: Ben Mathot, Ian De Jong, Sabine Poiesz, Floortje Beljon, Loes Dooren, Vera Van Der Bie, Marieke De Bruijn
Violas: Mark Mulder, Frank Goossens
Celli: René Van Munster, Geneviève Verhage, Eilidh Martin
Trumpets: Jurgen Van Nijnatten, Marnix Coster
French horns: Henk Veldt, Alex Thyssen
Trombones: Paul Langerman, Lennart De Winter
Bastrombone: Lennart De Winter

Kamerkoor PA'dam choir directed by Maria van Nieukerken

Additional info
Produced by Joost van den Broek and Epica.

Guest review by
TheJester
Rating:
7.8
The latest Epica album carried on the feeling of the previous three albums. Somehow it was not as powerful as Design Your Universe or The Quantum Enigma, but still it was far superior to Requiem For The Indifferent

The album had a very powerful start with the first riffs of "Edge Of The Blade". Heavy guitar riffs, catchy vocal harmonies supported by Mark's growls, dominating keyboard melodies... simply the Epica we all know and love. Drums were dropping or ripping from song to song, great job as always. Bass strong, but still somehow swallowed by guitar riffs. Simone gave us her signature and unique vocal harmonies like ones in "Universal Death Squad", "Beyond The Matrix" and "Once Upon A Nightmare". Assuming the previous statements album had such a strong start! To be exact, first half of the album was absolutely great, but it went downward after "Once Upon A Nightmare".

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10.10.2016 - 12:25
Rating: 9
The Shape 1973
Written by cnrk26 on 10.10.2016 at 07:07

One of the best albums of 2016!

It seems to split opinion, but I agree with you. Brilliant stuff.
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So many chips on the world's shoulder. Low on ketchup.
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10.10.2016 - 23:44
Rating: 9
semmellitis
One of their best albums. It has the exactly the right balance between symphonic and heavy metal elements.
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11.10.2016 - 16:59
Rating: 10
flammeimwind333
Written by Nihil Aeternum on 02.10.2016 at 14:06

This is even more tedious than "The Astonishing"


It is not Epica's best album..but to compare with a shit like the astonishing is a bit too..cruel
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13.10.2016 - 14:45
Rating: 7
tiny dog ghosts
This is REALLY generic Epica... but I think it's better executed than their last album or two. I don't think any of it is bad I just won't remember any of it in a few months time. Solid 7/10 I think.
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13.10.2016 - 16:43
Rating: 5
Didymus
Written by flammeimwind333 on 11.10.2016 at 16:59

It is not Epica's best album..but to compare with a shit like the astonishing is a bit too..cruel


And you still gave it a 10/10 somehow..

I'm enjoying the album more and more because my expectations are flowing away, but at the same time it's more clear to me than ever that the band stopped caring about developing their sound. Looking back at their discography, the transitions between TPA, CTO, TDC and to a lesser degree DYU are incredible. Immense musical growth and change every time. Why are we stuck now all of a sudden for three albums in a row?
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13.10.2016 - 16:55
Rating: 10
flammeimwind333
Written by Didymus on 13.10.2016 at 16:43

Written by flammeimwind333 on 11.10.2016 at 16:59

It is not Epica's best album..but to compare with a shit like the astonishing is a bit too..cruel


And you still gave it a 10/10 somehow..

I'm enjoying the album more and more because my expectations are flowing away, but at the same time it's more clear to me than ever that the band stopped caring about developing their sound. Looking back at their discography, the transitions between TPA, CTO, TDC and to a lesser degree DYU are incredible. Immense musical growth and change every time. Why are we stuck now all of a sudden for three albums in a row?


I gave 10/10 compared to the other albums released this year. For me, only Skuggsja, Combichrist, Lord of The Lost and Helalyn Flowers released better albums.
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13.10.2016 - 17:00
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by flammeimwind333 on 13.10.2016 at 16:55


I gave 10/10 compared to the other albums released this year. For me, only Skuggsja, Combichrist, Lord of The Lost and Helalyn Flowers released better albums.


Better than worthy of a 10?
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13.10.2016 - 17:27
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Yeah, it's just the number in the end.

People love more than what's worthy of 10s, 50s or even 100s.
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17.10.2016 - 23:53
Rating: 8
ScottyM
Written by Didymus on 13.10.2016 at 16:43
... it's more clear to me than ever that the band stopped caring about developing their sound...


I'd be hard-pressed to agree with someone who said the band hasn't developed their sound over the last couple of albums. Maybe they haven't evolved in the direction folks were hoping for, but they've certainly tried quite a few new things in the last two albums alone. In fact, I'd say Requiem for the Indifferent and The Quantum Enigma were some of the biggest leaps in sound, albeit in entirely different ways. Requiem for the Indifferent was overall slow and lacked the energy we came to expect from them, and then they flipped that criticism on it's head by releasing The Quantum Enigma. We've seen more guitar solos in the last two albums than their entire discography before combined, and they've toyed with sounds and themes they've rarely dabbled in, if at all (e.g. The Fifth Guardian/Chemical Insomnia, Dancing in a Hurricane, etc). The biggest give-away that they're further refining their sound lies in Mark's vocals alone. I always thought his vocals were too abrasive and contrasting to the tone of the songs. In one word, I'd say they sounded "misplaced", Requiem for the Indifferent sounded so tacky when they were playing a mellow song and here would come Mark's vocals in a way that just sounded completely out of place. When The Quantum Enigma dropped, it sounded like they finally invested in a mixing board and decided to blend his vocals in, much like how they would with Simone's during choruses with background singers.

I'd argue that they've developed their sound quite a bit in the last two or three albums, and fans of their early work are disappointed, while fans of the newer stuff are treated to more of what they've come to love about Epica. Everyone has varying opinions though, and as the age-old idiom goes, "Opinions are like ass-holes. Fuck 'em!"
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22.10.2016 - 15:27
Rating: 8
Sword_Chant
For me this sits at about an 8/10. In areas it's amazing, but sometimes I can't help but feel like (as an album) the whole thing drags out, I can't help but feel like if they took the best parts and shortened it, it would help the whole thing to flow and imo, be more memorable.
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10.11.2016 - 00:29
Rating: 6
The Melting Snow
Picked up the album today again. Did she just say "the funkiness is what makes my booty move" in The Funky Algorithm?

A joke of a song throughout.
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11.11.2016 - 04:07
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by The Melting Snow on 10.11.2016 at 00:29

A joke of a song throughout.


Well, you can tell that was the intention, to modify the lyrics of the original song and end up with that funny acoustic version.
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17.02.2017 - 19:22
Rating: 9
furyandtitans
Written by The Melting Snow on 10.11.2016 at 00:29

Picked up the album today again. Did she just say "the funkiness is what makes my booty move" in The Funky Algorithm?

A joke of a song throughout.


In a behind the scenes video, Isaac and Coen were talking about how they just wanted to have fun on the acoustic renditions. None of these are meant to be serious at all.
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09.04.2017 - 12:45
Rating: 10
Atrus
I have every album of epica since the Phantom Agony and IMO this is probably their best album. After the catchy first track the album is epic and varied, and the last half is just awesome with nice progressiveness and new sounds in this band. Near perfect!
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13.04.2017 - 13:26
Rating: 6
Spell
I want to like them, they put so much effort in their music, their topics and concepts are very interesting but the poor lyrics writing and lyrics delivery fucking ruins everything for me.
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10.11.2018 - 00:04
Rating: 8
BlankFile
The most diverse Epica álbum, with new elements introduced in their sound that we never heard before on the previous records. The concept in general is really interesting, and the overall performance of the band is good. Not the best Epica álbum, not at all, but still a very good effort, and in a way refreshing.
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10.11.2018 - 21:12
Rating: 6
flyboyrob2112
Written by flyboyrob2112 on 09.10.2016 at 07:07

I had really high hopes for this album and they weren't really met. I like it more each time I listen to it so there's that.

I think "Universal Death Squad" is so cheesy as to make me cringe every time I see the title. I skip over it every time.

But yeah, I definitely agree that this seems like another iteration of Requiem for the Indifferent.

Thinking back, I'm not sure why I said this. I like Requiem for the Indifferent a lot more.
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27.11.2018 - 22:07
Rating: 7
Anconeus
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