BravePicks 2016 - EPICA's The Holographic Principle #27

December 5, 2016, 3 years ago

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BravePicks 2016 - EPICA's The Holographic Principle #27

Another gruelling year of heavy metal mastery is almost over! And all the votes are in and the compiling is complete! It's time to celebrate the winners and call out the not-so winners! So who will be our #1? You’ll find out as we count down the BravePick Of 2016 throughout December! And once again our devout scribes put their collective metal minds together to build the ultimate lists including individual Top 20s (new studio albums ONLY),  Top 5 Brave Embarrassments, Top 3 Concerts, What/Who Needs To Stop In 2017? and Metal Predictions For 2017. All will be showcased come the New Year!

'Tis the season to commence the good, bad and ugly of 2016! Let’s rock!

BravePicks 2016

27) EPICA - The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)

Epica returned in 2016 with another master class performance in symphonic metal armed with more sci-fi titles and themes with hard to pronounce song titles and the feeling of being in the most headbanging classroom learning about science! 

Stunning singer Simone Simons told BraveWords:

“The Holographic Principle sounds more brutal than anything we’ve done but still with the same classic Epica elements. The guitars are more prominent, the vocals are more versatile, and I think there’s just a lot of information to process, which you can’t do in just one listen. Even myself, I heard the finished songs a few times and it was a lot to take in.”

Talking about all the different sounds on the album, Simons said:

“Choirs and instruments on this record are all real, so are the exotic instruments.The guys had a percussion party and played all the percussion instruments you hear on the record over the course of a whole day. They were like little kids. Our drum tech works at a music shop so he loaded up a truck full of instruments and brought them to the guys. They were like little monkeys, smashing and hitting things (laughs).”

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Scribe Nick Balazs was in high praise of The Holographic Principle stating:

“What separates Epica from the pack is they remember first and foremost that they are a metal band and they don’t drown out the guitar and rhythm instruments with symphonic nonsense. Both are melded beautifully and the way they can construct calming passages and aggressive fronts is impressive.”

Read the review here.

 

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27) EPICA - The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
28) DARK TRANQUILLITY - Atoma (Century Media)
29) SUMERLANDS - S/T (Relapse)
30) RUNNING WILD – Rapid Foray (SPV)
31) AVANTASIA – Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast)

 



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