[schema type=”review” name=”Epica – The Solace System EP” description=”Label: Nuclear Blast” author=”Reija Myllynen” pubdate=”2017-09-01″ ]
Epica’s latest EP is impressively polished and strong as a whole, despite for its small size, including a
suitable spasm and skilled hooks. It balances just fine between sensitivity and energetic creating pretty
gorgeous musical experience, even you kind of have something great.
Album begins for very surely and pretentiously, balance between cleans and more rough sounds is very
unbiased and thougthful, together with smoothly flowing melodies and nicely sounding guitar solos they
feel to take listener to their own universe so softly sweet but still with good speed.
At second song they continue with same kind of theme and tempo, tone seems to go little bit darker, like
a ligtht shadow, still sticking and orginal, sometimes with little vibe it seems I have heard this somewhere
before, but it goes so smoothly, that it doesn’t actually matter, suits too well to the song you to care where those vibes are coming, again nicely there’s a guitar solo at near end.
Third continues nicely in album theme maybe even little bit more flamboyant and melodies goes so
smoothly with fantastic vocals that its impossible to not like this.. Endings continue to go strongly and for
my ear maybe a little bit jolting way, anyway it fits exactly right way for those songs style, even I am pretty
sure everyone’s ears doesn’t like it.
To the fourth chapter of the story… Well if they first took listener to their own universe, now they keep
riding there like in roller coaster without brakes. speed is fast and fierce but very sure so its just better
close eyes and enjoy of ride vocals keep hitting precise, talented melodies keeps going on and on
to land supsrisingly softly to next one. Which is somehow sensitive when I compare to songs before, still full of talented hooks and cororful melodies.
Last but not least, last song of the EP which combine nicely both sides keeping holding listener so tightly,
that it makes wish it wouldn’t be last song, fantastic variation of voices (clean, growl and church-like choir
parts) is something that you can’t get bored with.
At whole it is very well-done and considered album, and such an entire and skillful as a whole that it
surely will stay on my playlist.
+ nice imppressive vocals, harmonic melodies
– maybe little bit repeating itself for a while, but that can be up for listener’s taste
1. The Solace System
2. Fight Your Demons
3. Architect of Light
4. Wheel of Destiny
5. Immortal Melancholy
6. Decoded Poetry
Mark Jansen – rhythm guitar, growled vocals
Coen Janssen – keyboards, synthesizer, piano
Simone Simons – lead vocals
Ariën van Weesenbeek – drums, spoken vocals
Isaac Delahaye – lead guitar, backing vocals
Rob van der Loo – bass