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PostSubject: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:28 pm

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For all its ambitious plotting, baroque soundscapes, and unquestionable technical merits, Epica's first album was distinctly lacking in the most crucial of categories: songwriting. In fact, it pretty much proved the point that musical education doesn't necessarily guarantee musical inspiration, ultimately achieving surprisingly little purchase in one's memory banks for an album so rife with Strum und Drang. In retrospect, it may also have been somewhat rushed in its construction, what with guitarist and creative leader Mark Jansen possibly being a little too anxious to prove his own mettle after quitting After Forever — the band founded with his sister Floor, and who in fact helped pioneer the symphonic/progressive/power metal style still on dominant display here. Longer preparation has certainly had a positive effect on the sophomore effort, but, if anything, Epica remain more committed to that original vision than the increasingly modern-sounding (though no less progressive) After Forever, insisting on employing human choirs and orchestras throughout Consign to Oblivion, and rarely letting mezzo-soprano Simone Simons stray from an operatically correct delivery. Jansen's death growls have also taken a noticeable back seat this time around, but that's not to say that typical offerings such as "Dance of Fate," "Blank Infinity," and "Force of the Shore" fail to provide plenty of heavy staccato guitar riffing and hyperactive double kick drums. Single candidate "Solitary Ground," on the other hand, finds an adequate middle ground between rocker and ballad; "Quietus" pretty much waltzes away from start to finish; and the symphonic overkill is finally toned down for the surprisingly pop-campy, harpsichord-led ballad "Trois Vierges" (big-time Nightwish influence), on which Simons is joined by Kamelot vocalist Roy Kahn. And don't forget the four different movements of a fatalistic suite subtitled "A New Age Dawns" (partly sung in Latin, and decrying man's folly with nature — you know the drill), which are strewn about the album in somewhat arbitrary fashion, and may only confuse things further. Nevertheless, Consign to Oblivion's overall presentation is as immaculate as its predecessor's, and definitely an improvement from a compositional perspective, promising better things to come in Epica's future.

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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:36 pm

TPA failled at lyrics?I don't think so Evil or Very Mad

And I though Mark wasn;t Floor's bother?Or he is? confused

and Trois Vierges is far from having a NW influence Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:41 pm

I thought he isnt too but maybe he is... Question now that Im thinking I remember to read something that said that he isnt confused

And this was the same person who wroted TPA review so, thats normal
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:42 pm

What an stupid review.
Floor ISNT his sister, and Epica has never sounded like Nightwish at all, what an moron writing that..
And the songwriting and lyrics on TPA were divine, well this guy obviosly lacks sense for complicated music and non-gothic bands.
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:45 pm

So thats the answer! This guy is a total idiot Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:46 pm

Or he likes softer music Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:48 pm

Yeah, why to do review's of metal albums then?
I feel all blah for people like that
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:51 pm

and in that site they wroted the style of the band as Pop/Rock
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:52 pm

LOL
That guy has good sense of humor..
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:53 pm

or he is completely idiot
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:54 pm

Yeah lol
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PostSubject: Re: Consign to Oblivion review by All Music Guide   Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:06 am

Haha, lol. That was fun to read. Razz This guy has no idea what he is talking about. Yep!

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