Simone Simons – singing
Isaac Delahaye – guitar
Mark Jansen – Guitar, growls
Coen Janssen – Synths, piano
Ariën van Weesenbeek – Drums
Rob van der Loo – bass
1. Crimson Bow & Arrow
2. Wings Of Freedom
3. If Inside These Walls Was A House
4. Dedicate Your Heart
5. Crimson Bow & Arrow (instrumental)
6. Wings Of Freedom (instrumental)
7. If Inside These Walls Was A House (instrumental)
8. Dedicate Your Heart (instrumental)
As produced and packaged as a McDonald’s Happy Meal™, and as soft and cheesy as the limp, lukewarm excuse for a burger contained therein, here we have another Epica release. Eurgh!
This time the band has definitely put themselves to what I can only consider their best ever use, as a score for a Manga series called ‘Attack on Titan’. Not being even slightly interested nor educated in Manga, I have to plead absolute ignorance in this instance, although having stuck as much of it as I could bear on YouTube, it seems to have reasonable amount of fidelity.
Cadentially and stylistically it definitely lends itself very well to Epica’s histrionic warblings (I cannot shake the feeling that one of their biggest influences has to be Andrew Lloyd-Webber – seriously, have a listen to anything they’ve done and it is as much at home in the soundtrack to a West End Musical as Bloodstock). The four tracks on offer are repeated purely instrumentally later on, so should you want to sing karaoke you can, which is presumably why it was released like this.
Epica is without a doubt the best band I’ve heard doing what they do (although it’s not something I would actively eke out at any point), and should you be a fan of either Epica or Manga this will make you cream your pants. Musically they are as tight and professional as ever, with Simone Simons’ voice shining over it all, and it’s an interesting and unusual release all round. It’s just definitely not for me.
Review by Bob Davidson