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 EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)

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Will you buy the album?
Sure! I'm a collector!
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Hm, If i'll see it in a shop perhaps..
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PostSubject: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 3rd 2010, 02:06

Hi folks,
Time to crawl back into my keyboard!
This time it'll be for the latest album of EPICA; Design your universe.
Line-up;
* Simone Simons - vocals
* Mark Jansen - Rhythm guitars, grunts & screams
* Coen Janssen - Synths & piano
* Isaac Delahaye - Lead guitars
* Yves Huts - Bass Guitar
* Ariën Van Weesenbeek - Drums, grunts & spoken words

Song line-up;
1. Samadhi ~Prelude~
2. Resign to surrender ~A new age dawns - Part IV~
3. Unleashed
4. Martyr of the free world
5. Our destiny
6. Kingdom of heaven ~A new age dawn - Part V~
1. Hold in derision
2. Children of the light
3. Bardo Thödol
4. Paragons of perfections
5. The Harsh return
7. The Price of freedom ~Interlude~
8. Burn to a cinder
9. Tides of time
10. Deconstruct
11. Semblance of liberty
12. White waters (ft. Tony Kakko - Sonata Arctica)
13. Design your universe ~A new age dawn - Part VI~


First of all; Positive/improved: + Guitar and piano solos
+ Kingom of heaven
+ Grunts, choir singings + Ariën speaking
+ Rhythm changings
+ Breath-taking intros with orchestra
Negative: - Duet white waters

When I saw the album for the first time in the shop, I was immediatly sold.
The album cover is so catchy, even though I don't understand it very well Smile
I think the main theme of this album has to be the sea.
EPICA has once again conquered my heart with this album. When I listened to it for the first time, I couldn't get enough of it.
The piano intros and choir singings gave me goosebumps. There's just one thing I'm disturbed with, and that's , when you read the book inside the cd and you see that Mark has written the music/lyrics you can directly hear it. There are more grunts than Simone's music/lyrics and the other music (drums-spoken words-...) get more chance to shine when Simone writes the music/lyrics.
Another thing, the lyrics! They are just amazing. Philosophic as usual but now, there's a story in it.

I mentioned in negative the duet. It's a very good song, but it doesn't feed my hunger. It's not EPICA anymore. But the hauntingly calming melody paired with the hauntingly gentle lyrics... Is amazing.
And in the positive part I mentioned Kingdom of heaven. The intro I don't like, but at ~1 minute it starts getting harder, like a flower blooming. It actually gives me some confusion but the choir in the seconds and third part are just amazing!

This album is just wonderfull, as always, AND it's the first album with Isaac on guitars!!
I wish I could listen to this album every second of my life!
Rating; 9/10
Favorites; Our destiny - Unleashed - Kingdom of heaven

Tell me what you think!!

Cheers,
another metalhead.


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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 6th 2010, 07:58

Now that's what I call a review.

Nice review, might have a look at that album sometime.
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 6th 2010, 10:52

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Now that's what I call a review.

Nice review, might have a look at that album sometime.
Thanks Embarassed
You sure need too! It's a very good one too, in my eyes, their very best.
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 6th 2010, 16:33

In your ears you mean? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 7th 2010, 02:19

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In your ears you mean? Very Happy
Yeah! Oh my god! What a huuuuuuuuuge mistake :p
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 13th 2010, 05:54

Wow, that's a stunning review Emma! Well done!
I'm deeply impressed!

And well...i have to admit that i'm a huge Epica junky.
They really became one of my very very favorites.
The first Time i saw them live was in 2007 and I thought they were ok but not epic.
Now I know that you have to now their Stuff first and if you know their songs their gigs get very epic!
And of course i'm a Simone junky :-)...
I nearly collapsed like a month ago when I saw her. It was crazy. I was at a Festival and i was checking out the merchandise market, and then i just saw a dude that was standing next to me and I thought: "Gosh, this dude looks like Mark from Epica" then it took like 15 seconds to realise " Holy Cow, THIS IS MARK". Of course I realised that Simone can't be far away if mark is here so I checked the girl by his side out and of course it was Simone...I looked at her...my heart stood still...it was breath taking...I just said to a friend: " Dude check this out, there's Simone"...But unfortunately I didn't have enough time (or courage :p) to ask them for a Picture or stuff like that.
Yeah anyway....Sorry for Offtopic
@ontopic: This Album really really rocks. I bought the limited digibook just after i was at the Design your universe part I gig...
And still whole year after release it's still in my car radio and I always listen to it while I'm drivin'.
I give this Album 9.5 Points out of 10.
And Epica 10 Points out of 10. (btw. does a Epica thread already exist? If not...shame on us Razz )

Btw. Emma would you like to become a Moderator? ;-)

It seems like there are still 3 or 4 People checking by. So the whole thing isn't dead yet I guess.
But if you like we can start this whole thing again and make it become active again. I'll have a lot of time to promote and stuff like that.
I also plan on uploading new Videos ...so if anyone got a great idea to make a video about...let me know ( this could be anything...like a video about the top10 newcomers or stuff like that, but a bit more special and individual) :-). (maybe i'll start to support Noctem, but i'm not sure yet, I'll ask the band after my exams, i'm a little bit in contact with them through youtube).





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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 14th 2010, 08:13

Wow, it really gets me deep you're such a junky as well Razz
I'd like to see them live, but when I get a little bit older Smile
So cool that you saw Mark ö I think he's pretty cute Smile
Aww, you were so touched by her beautiness you couldn't take a pic? Very Happy I guess I'd already be in first care if I'd see her..
Yeah, I took care for that, I gave them a 10 as well in the thread. ^^
It's indeed a very good album, because of some misunderstanding, I have the album 2 times Razz
I don't mind, really, 1 for in the car (from my mom and dad) and 1 for in my room Smile


Of course I'd like to be a moderator. I noticed that it's really silent here the last time I came an stopped by.
I'd like to make a vid on ppl who are just envolved in metal; like a vid for power metal, for death metal and stuff.
Nice, I like Noctem, I've heard some of their songs. Although it's not my kind of metal, I've listened to it already.
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 15th 2010, 05:26

Very Happy
Yeah I was really touched by her beautiness, that's true...
I've made a lot of pictures with me and Metal women when i met them but Simone is not just like every other chick in Metal. Her beautiness is just stunning...you know what I mean :-).
Yeah I really couldn't take a pic...i wasn't able to speak one single word at that moment Smile.

Yeah about the video...did you check my suggestions out in the "ideas needed" topic?
One Idea I had was to make a video for people who are new to metal...like a short introduction or stuff like that. In this thread called "ideas needed" we are collecting ideas and once we fixed which video is going to be made we will work on a concept and stuff like that together with the ones who'd like to help.
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 16th 2010, 11:57

Simone, I think, is the hottest woman in metal (and Tarja also).
So you had your full right to be astonished :p

I was able to read until half of the message but then my pc started blocking and stuff.. But I'll read it in the next few days.

I think that's the best, to make such kind of movie. It'd be fun for those people.

I'll check it out and let you certainly know!
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   August 16th 2010, 12:27

Yeah Simone is by far the hottest woman in metal!
There are some other nice chicks but their are not more like just...pretty beautiful...but that's not very special Smile

Well the ideas needed topic is a bit out of date. Things changed a little bit. And I think we now what to do next Smile
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   September 12th 2010, 05:18

This is indeed a brilliant album!
Simone once again shows that she is a great singer and frontwoman and the guys are good musicians.

I bought Design Your Universe from Emma, as she had two copies, and I've been listening to it every single day. It feels as if the day is not complete without at least one song from this album Smile .

I think I'd be starstruck if I would see Simone! She seems so nice and she is indeed really hot Wink

Greetings!

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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   September 12th 2010, 05:25

MacyMetal wrote:
This is indeed a brilliant album!
Simone once again shows that she is a great singer and frontwoman and the guys are good musicians.

I bought Design Your Universe from Emma, as she had two copies, and I've been listening to it every single day. It feels as if the day is not complete without at least one song from this album Smile .

I think I'd be starstruck if I would see Simone! She seems so nice and she is indeed really hot Wink

Greetings!

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Long time no see Macy Smile
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PostSubject: Re: EPICA ~ Design your universe (2009)   September 12th 2010, 12:17

I bought the double LP of this sounds epic on a record player xD
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