Release date: 2 May 2014
Style: Symphonic metal

Rating:

8.4 | 326 votes

Owners:

239 have it
65 want it


Disc I
01. Originem
02. The Second Stone
03. The Essence Of Silence
04. Victims Of Contingency
05. Sense Without Sanity - The Impervious Code
06. Unchain Utopia
07. The Fifth Guardian - Interlude
08. Chemical Insomnia
09. Reverence - Living In The Heart
10. Omen - The Ghoulish Malady
11. Canvas Of Life
12. Natural Corruption
13. The Quantum Enigma - Kingdom Of Heaven Part II
14. In All Conscience [Digipack bonus]
15. Dreamscape [Earbook bonus]
16. Memento [Vinyl bonus]
17. Banish Your Illusion [iTunes bonus]
18. Mirage Of Verity [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [Digipack/Earbook bonus]
01. Canvas Of Life [acoustic version]
02. In All Conscience [acoustic version]
03. Dreamscape [acoustic version]
04. Natural Corruption [acoustic version]

Disc III [Earbook bonus]
01. Originem [instrumental version]
02. The Second Stone [instrumental version]
03. The Essence Of Silence [instrumental version]
04. Victims Of Contingency [[instrumental version]
05. Sense Without Sanity [instrumental version]
06. Unchain Utopia [instrumental version]
07. The Fifth Guardian [instrumental version]
08. Chemical Insomnia [instrumental version]
09. Reverence [instrumental version]
10. Omen [instrumental version]
11. Canvas Of Life [instrumental version]
12. Natural Corruption [instrumental version]
13. The Quantum Enigma [instrumental version]

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Reviews (2)
Lyrics (29)


Line-up
Simone Simons - vocals
Coen Janssen - synthesizers, piano
Mark Jansen - guitars, vocals
Isaac Delahaye - guitars
Ariën Van Weesenbeek - drums, vocals, spoken words
Rob van der Loo - bass

Session musicians
Marcela Bovio - backing vocals
Daniel de Jongh - additional vocals

Choir: Alfrun Schmid, Frederique Klooster, Martha Bosch, Silvia da Silva Martinho, Annemieke Nuijten, Astrid Krause, Annette Stallinga, Annette Vermeulen, Karen Langendonk, Daan Verlaan, Koert Braches, Ruben de Grauw, Andreas Goetze, Angus van Grevenbroek, Jan Douwes.

Strings ensemble:
1st violins: Ben Mathor, Marleen Wester, Ian de Jong, Emma van der Schalie, Merel Jonker.
2nd violins: Judith van Driel, Floortje Beljon, Loes Dooren, Vera van der Bie.
Violas: Mark Mulder, Adriaan Breunis, Amber Hendriks.
Celli: David Faber, Annie Tangberg, Jan Willem Troost, Thomas van Geelen.


Additional info
Produced by Joost Van Den Broek and Epica.

Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.0
Epica are back with a bang on their sixth studio release, the symphonic metal powerhouse abolishing any doubts that they can maintain their powerful presence within the genre.

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published 01.05.2014 | Comments (19)

Guest review by
AngelofDeth

Rating:
7.5
In many ways, The Quantum Enigma is the obvious successor to 2009's much cherished Design Your Universe. And by that I mean bombastic and over the top symphonics melded with Mark's signature heavy riffing and growls, with Simone's operatic vocals making a surprising, yet welcomed, return. Most praiseworthy of all, while it follows in the footsteps of an obvious predecessor, this album still manages to somehow feel new, as the symphonics explore untamed territories. There is no shortage of original riffs and the vocals are - wait, what? Did Elyze Ryd from Amaranthe replace Simone? No, no she didn't. But she may as well have, meaning that this is also Epica's most 'poppy' effort to date.

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published 21.06.2014 | Comments (4)

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Erik M. - 07.05.2014 at 15:31  
Rating: 5
Written by MaamButterfly on 07.05.2014 at 12:17

As much as I enjoy the cheesiness of symphonic/power metal, this album is just too much. I felt like I was watching a Disney movie (are they still taking things from Nightwish!?). Still not a bad album but not a good one either.


Haha, I know what you mean. I love The Phantom Agony, which apparently is disliked by most people who love this album. Not that surprising then, actually. Don't let this album scare you off if you haven't heard other albums by Epica, because if you like symphonic metal it's very likely that you'll enjoy The Phantom Agony. It's much more subtle, not over-the-top symphonic metal with way better vocals and it's not poppy at all (which this album is), as well as excellent lyrics that are mainly about religion and politics.

The ridiculously bombastic and cheesy ending (outro) of this album made me never want to listen to it again, as it sounded so horribly over-the-top. The appropriate emoticon for my reaction to the ending would be this one:
KrobMetal - 09.05.2014 at 03:44  
Rating: 10 I couldn't disagree more! I respect the opinion, but I think this is one of their best efforts. I know some folks who are just flat-out against any symphonic elements in metal; it can just get too "pretty" for their tastes. It can certainly be poorly done, but there is a lot of complexity going on here and great musicianship. Simone's vocals are also at their best on this record.

But again, if what you really love is purer death metal and metal-core, etc., I can see what this isn't your cup of tea.
Laneth - 09.05.2014 at 06:45  
Rating: 9
Written by KrobMetal on 09.05.2014 at 03:44

I couldn't disagree more! I respect the opinion, but I think this is one of their best efforts. I know some folks who are just flat-out against any symphonic elements in metal; it can just get too "pretty" for their tastes. It can certainly be poorly done, but there is a lot of complexity going on here and great musicianship. Simone's vocals are also at their best on this record.

But again, if what you really love is purer death metal and metal-core, etc., I can see what this isn't your cup of tea.


THIS. 100% agreed. People are jumping on the bandwagon of hate just to do it, I mean if you truly dislike something, cast your vote and leave the page instead of remaining in the threads and bashing those who do like it. It becomes less of a forum of celebration and opinion and more of a forum for attacking others on their musical preferences...
MaamButterfly - 09.05.2014 at 07:46  
Rating: 6
Written by Laneth on 09.05.2014 at 06:45

Written by KrobMetal on 09.05.2014 at 03:44

I couldn't disagree more! I respect the opinion, but I think this is one of their best efforts. I know some folks who are just flat-out against any symphonic elements in metal; it can just get too "pretty" for their tastes. It can certainly be poorly done, but there is a lot of complexity going on here and great musicianship. Simone's vocals are also at their best on this record.

But again, if what you really love is purer death metal and metal-core, etc., I can see what this isn't your cup of tea.


THIS. 100% agreed. People are jumping on the bandwagon of hate just to do it, I mean if you truly dislike something, cast your vote and leave the page instead of remaining in the threads and bashing those who do like it. It becomes less of a forum of celebration and opinion and more of a forum for attacking others on their musical preferences...


Now having an opinion is 'jumping on the bandwagon of hate'? I thought Nightwish had the most ridiculous fans but now I have seen Epica's fanboys/fangirls are on par.
Laneth - 10.05.2014 at 00:08  
Rating: 9
Written by MaamButterfly on 09.05.2014 at 07:46

Now having an opinion is 'jumping on the bandwagon of hate'? I thought Nightwish had the most ridiculous fans but now I have seen Epica's fanboys/fangirls are on par.

You just reiterated my point.
Nifheim - 10.05.2014 at 00:47  
Rating: 10
Written by KrobMetal on 09.05.2014 at 03:44

I couldn't disagree more! I respect the opinion, but I think this is one of their best efforts. I know some folks who are just flat-out against any symphonic elements in metal; it can just get too "pretty" for their tastes. It can certainly be poorly done, but there is a lot of complexity going on here and great musicianship. Simone's vocals are also at their best on this record.




I think the same. In my opinion, TQE is their best album.
annodomini - 10.05.2014 at 17:22  
  Well, after getting used to this album, I can say that I mostly agree with out. At the moment I will rate Epicas albumas in this order:

Design Your Universe - 10
The Quantum Enigma - 10
The Divine Conspiracy - 9
Requiem for the Indifferent - 8.5 (mostly because of the production. I woould give a strong 9, or even more for songwriting)
Consign to Oblivion - 8.5 (same as with Requiem)
The Phantom Agony - 8
DreamingDesire - 12.05.2014 at 19:18  
Rating: 8
Written by Fritillaria on 03.05.2014 at 20:24

^ bullshit ?! such comments make me feel MS has already become a waste of time recently for discussing music with users, discussing music was a bit more fun previously here on MS, as it was based on reasons mostly rather than just adding words like "bullshit" immaturely. Pff !


I have to agree with this, I love this album but I'm not going to disrespect other peoples opinions just because they "disagree" with what I think about this album.
Fritillaria - 12.05.2014 at 19:22  
Rating: 5
Written by DreamingDesire on 12.05.2014 at 19:18

I have to agree with this, I love this album but I'm not going to disrespect other peoples opinions just because they "disagree" with what I think about this album.

Thanks to your being understanding
Daggon - 19.05.2014 at 19:51  
Rating: 6 It's sad as a former huge Epica fan, to see this band repeating themselves over and over and over again.
I think the last album I really enjoyed from them is The Divine Conspiracy.
All the songs since then are a constant chuga-chuga-chuga guitar riff, with some symphonic cheesiness here and there, combined with the now overused beauty and the beast vocal formula.
Sword_Chant - 20.05.2014 at 16:21  
Rating: 8 It's a very ambitious album... there was clearly a significant amount of work put into the album so for effort I would easily rate that aspect as a 9 or 10... but I felt the album lost it's momentum in the second half of the songs and never really recovered. The first half of the album is absolutely flawless though imo. Overall - one of the best releases so far from the year, 4/5
AngelofDeth - 21.05.2014 at 00:42  
Rating: 8 Looks like I may have spoken too soon about the vox... I thought I would warm up to them as I listened more but they just keep bothering me. I don't mind poppy vox but they just don't fit here, the music is too 'epic' for them.

Written by Sword_Chant on 20.05.2014 at 16:21

but I felt the album lost it's momentum in the second half of the songs and never really recovered. The first half of the album is absolutely flawless though imo.

100% agree with this. I love the first half of the album but the 2nd half just falls flat. I expected way more from the self-titled track and it turned out just plain forgettable.
annodomini - 22.05.2014 at 10:00  
 
Written by AngelofDeth on 21.05.2014 at 00:42

Looks like I may have spoken too soon about the vox... I thought I would warm up to them as I listened more but they just keep bothering me. I don't mind poppy vox but they just don't fit here, the music is too 'epic' for them.

Written by Sword_Chant on 20.05.2014 at 16:21

but I felt the album lost it's momentum in the second half of the songs and never really recovered. The first half of the album is absolutely flawless though imo.

100% agree with this. I love the first half of the album but the 2nd half just falls flat. I expected way more from the self-titled track and it turned out just plain forgettable.


This Just proves, that Epica fits for different tastes. For me, 2nd half ir much better than the first one. Even those 5 bonus tracks are amazing. 18 great, more or less equall songs.
Masonics - 23.06.2014 at 14:12  
Rating: 8 Pretty much a keeper for these guys, the style is similar to all other records but there is a few nice little variations with the song progression and some aggression. Not to mention how SImone's vocals are less "operatic" than previous records.

My fav song is: "Essense of silence"
yeah1980 - 26.06.2014 at 10:24  
Rating: 8 Since "The Divine Conspiracy", the album I discovered Epica with, an album that I totally loved, since that I found the next releases always weaker.
But this one changed the trend, it is al least as good as "Design Your Universe".
Now I'd like to see them live again (and not just to stare at Simone! :-P )!
TheMarkedOne - 30.06.2014 at 08:17  
 
Written by hidden_ninja on 02.05.2014 at 11:44

Wow!!!

This album defines symphonic metal as an artform!!!

It is a complete masterpiece!

And the mixing is an artwork in it's own right, a big applaud for the mixer/studio here!

JUST WOW!!!

PS: THIS SHOULD BE HEARD ON PROPER MONITOR HEADPHONES OR HIGH-END SETUP!

NO. Therion's Vovin deserve that.
Gelati - 02.07.2014 at 22:35  
Rating: 9 I don't listen to much power metal anymore but this is the best album I've heard since Silverthorn by Kamelot which means the best I've heard in literally YEARS. Outstanding album. Just like with any symphonic stuff though, you need to be into that and appreciate it for what it is (I love it having a classical music background and training) and if you don't like it then I could see how it could be overbearing. I loved this one though.
Opethian - 14.07.2014 at 02:40  
  Last album i bothered with was the 'Divine Conspiracy'. Unfortunately i am on a No cheese Diet

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