Design your universe is the latest album from Epica who are a female fronted metal band from Holland.
Simone Simons is the vocalist and has a lovely pure, quite high, singing voice which is often, but not always, in stark contrast to the instrumentals in Epica's music. This contrast between the two works very well.
Other band members are:
Mark Jansen - guitar and some vocals
Coen Janssen - synths and piano
Yves Huts - Bass guitar
Isaac Delahaye - Lead guitar
Arien van Weesenbeek - drums and some vocals
This CD is slightly different from the usual CD format in that it isn't in a jewel case, instead it has been designed in the form of a hardback book, slightly larger than your average CD case. Inside the booklet is attached to the cover, like a book would be. It contains lyrics to the songs and photos of individual band members aswell as the whole band at the end. The CD itself is located in a plastic mount at the back of the 'book' and is released in the same way that CD's normally are.
This album continues in much the same vein as Epica's previous work, but manages not to sound 'samey'. In keeping with their name, their music can be called epic and often puts me in mind of watching an orchestra playing very dramatic music, to further add to the dramatic effect, they also use a choir.
I'm a fan of the way the album starts with instrumental music, leading you into the other songs which flow well from each other.
Whilst I do really like this album it hasn't grabbed me as much as their previous album 'Consign to Oblivion', it could just be that I need to give it more time to grow on me as I got this for christmas. That said it's still a great album if you're a fan or into this type of music.
I would recommend this album if:
- You like Epica's previous albums
- If you like female fronted metal and/or bands such as Within Temptation, Delain and Nightwish
- You are a fan of the instrumentals in metal but prefer a more melodic voice.
I wouldn't reccommend this album if:
- You don't like metal or female fronted groups.
For more information on the band, their website is:
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Samadhi (Prelude)
2 Resign to Surrender: A New Age Dawns, Part IV
4 Martyr of the Free Word
5 Our Destiny
6 Kingdom of Heaven: A New Age Dawns, Part V- Hold in Derision/Children o
7 Price of Freedom (Interlude)
8 Burn to a Cinder
9 Tides of Time
11 Semblance of Liberty
12 White Waters
13 Design Your Universe: A New Age Dawns, Part VI