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Epica - Design Your Universe Review

El 30 de Julio del 2009 la banda presentó el tracklist Design Your Universe en su página Oficial, se presenta una continuación con la temática "A New Age Dawns" que previamente fué presentado en el álbum Consign To Oblivion

* 1 - Samadhi (Prelude)
* 2 - Resign to Surrender (A New Age Dawns Part IV)
* 3 - Unleashed
* 4 - Martyr of the Free Word
* 5 - Our Destiny
* 6 - Kingdom of Heaven (A New Age Dawns Part V)
* 7 - The Price of Freedom (Interlude)
* 8 - Burn to a Cinder
* 9 - Tides of Time
* 10 - Deconstruct
* 11 - Semblance of Liberty
* 12 - White Waters (feat. Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica)
* 13 - Design Your Universe (A New Age Dawns Part VI)

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Epica - Design Your Universe Review



Samadhi

Iniciando el disco un intro clasico y tipico preludio de EPICA. Una apertura instrumental grandilocuente que incluye cantos en Latin de un coro que al final liga con la primera cancion real.


Resign To Surrender

Riffs de guitarra inminendes con pesados doble bombos por parte de Arien van Weesenbeek en el viejo estilo de Dimmu Borgir. Un patron recurrente se plantea en la forma en los coros de la cantante Simone Simons. Antes y despues un hermoso solo de guitarra es una pieza de una hermosa palabra que se comporta como una onda sinfonica que desemboca en el resultado final.


Unleashed

El coro inicia vigorozamente con una cancion de tintes militares de nuevo los tambores de Arien y para lentamente dejar paso a Simone con sus lineas. La facilidad para seguir la estructura del coro-verso puede asegurar que esta cancion en vivo sera bestial! Un momento Zen se incorpora mas tarde con un grandioso canto coral acompañado por una orquesta de cuerdas. Simone levanta su tono al cantar con una media nota a sus ultimas lineas en la cancion, poderosa bateria permanentemente.


Martyr Of The Free Word


Con una rapida, descordinada, brutal entrada de death metal pasa a un genial riff de nu-metal que deja a plenitud unos guturales a Mark. El contraste es tambien muy alto cuando Simone canta en su pieza. Los coros son nuevamente realizados con la ayuda del coro, pero esta vez solo para respaldar. Una parte a media cancion me recordo algo del disco debut de Epica "The Phantom Agony".


Our Destiny

Una introduccion sinfonica nos da un momento de tranquilidad, donde practicamente durante toda la cancion Simone muestra una capacidad vocal superior. La banda toca una bonita melodia neutra que guia a un coro simple. Mas tarde, los sonidos son mas salvajes, ahi se esconde otra pieza sinfonica y el coro tambien pone de su parte. Esta pieza de metal termina con un piano.


Kingdom Of Heaven

Esta cancion se resume como la obra maestra del album y la cancion numero 6, como el titulo sugiere, efectivamente una cancion majestuosa de trece minutos y medio! Una intoxicante melodia oriental con percusiones es como una pieza sinfonica de soundtrack y luego el paso a la musica de metal. Con un feroz gutural de Mark, el coro continua mientras Simone levanta el hilo aun mas. Este modelo es repetido varias veces con mas fuerza para levantar las partes en las que las grandiosas guitarras entran y el rango vocal mas alto de Simone permite la reverberacion. El coro y cuarteto de cuerdas, parecen anunciar el fianl, pero esto es solo por apariencia. Un giro repentino se desarrolla con una fusion de quitarras acusticas con cuerdas para brillar en tonos de medios tiempos que Simone convierte en una cancion romantica. La agresiva pieza hablada es otra parte agresiva con una guitarra llorando y los guturales de Mark despues, Simone y la extincion de la musica coral es la ultima palabra. Una cuestion interesante es que muchos giros toman parte para comprenderla plenamente, pero deberia decir que Kingdom of Heaven tiene la diversidad suficiente para mantenerte esposado a ella! Una descanso y una bebida para los asistentes fue necesaria despues de una pieza como esta. Fuera muchos colegas de la prensa conocieron a Paco quien estuvo desde el inicio del dia y despues de 15 minutos pudimos iniciar, vamos de vuelta.


The Price of Freedom

Es un interludio hablado que con el piano que le sigue crece un poco mas para dar paso a la siguiente cancion.


Burn To A Cinder

La cancion que acabamos de escuchar con Simone en la voz tiene una estructura sencilla y sobre todo el coro se mantiene a la cabeza. Esta cancion en vivo gustara bastante. Del la grandiosa sinfonia se apaga con el silencia y entonces los riffs de guitarra con el coros toman la direccion. Ondulante transicion que muestra un caracter exotico donde te encuentras a ti mismo en un jardin tropical en Malaysia, entonces es el final de la octava cancion.


Tides of Time


Yo estaba entre todos diciendo: donde esta la tipica balada de Epica? Y alli, fue donde esta cancion llego. Como ocurre a menudo con Epica empieza la balada con piano y pronto me llamo la atencion el romance suave en esta cancion de amor. L La bateria y el solo de guitarra clasica pone fin a esta cancion de ensueño.


Deconstruct

Epica esta en el top en esta rapida cancion. Esta cancion muestra las funciones de cantantes, guturales y ambos notablemente balanceados. Esto proporciona la tension necesaria cuando te digo que, cuando de repente altisonantes y suaves pasajes estan en conflicto hasta el punto culminante y que, te mantiene en el borde de tu asiento, solo quieto. Fin de la cancion!


Semblance of Liberty

Esta cancion es otra para los verdaderos fans del metal quienes no les asusta cuando se trata de generos de este estilo. Un sonido furioso y sucio de una guitarra y una bateria infernal en un trash te sacudiran de seguro. Mark hace varios cambios vocales con tantos guturales, gruñidos y gritos y Simone y el coro realizan la funcion de apoyo. Un duelo de guitarras de death metal entre Mark y el nuevo miembro de la banda Isaac Delahaye nos recuerda que Mark es un fan de Chuck Schuldiner (fallecido en 2001vocal/guitarra de Death) e que Isaac tiene un pasado en God Dethroned, asi tambien como las partes de bateria con Arien.


White Waters

El titulo de la penultima cancion suena justamente como el sueño que fue Tides of Time. Una suave introduccion, esta vez por guitarras y bajo, las cuerdas van con antelacion. Los sonidos orientales, podrian responder por instrumentos tradicionales, ciclando alrededor de toda la cancion y una voz masculina limpia hace un dueto con Simone. Una pieza musical electrica marca el final.


Design Your Universe

La pieza final y tambien el titulo de la cancion Design Your Universe es un buen ejemplo del dicho "Dejar lo mejor para el final". Si escuchan Epica a crecido con los años y disco tras disco el mismo truco pasa. Design Your Universe, comienza con una introduccion de guitarra y cuerdas casi cinematografica que poco a poco crece en extasis para hacer entonces un fuerte y moderno metalcore. Luego hay una pausa en un pasaje acustico, Simone de nuevo se muestra como mezzo soprano. Tambien Mark participa con guturales profundos El ritmo se acelera cuando el coro en si es ecuchado y un prolongada parte de musica sinfonica le sigue. Simone, los ulimos versos empiezan y terminan con susurros suaves, no solamente acompañada por piano "'Desing Your Universe poco a poco se desvanece.


Donde muchos de sus competidores tocan o se arrodillan a la musica comercial, con Epica en su cuarto album de studio, ellos continuan buscando la inovacion en el sonido y la estructura de sus canciones. Es maravilloso escuchar como una serie de experimentos no son pistas rechazadas y no pierden su identidad. Comercialmente hablando, creo que los fans tendran que acostumbrarse a los nuevos caminos donde el grupo camina, como "Design Your Universe" es -mas que su predecesor "The Divine Conspiracy"- un tipico ejemplo de crecimiento.

Design Your Universe a mostrado ser su album mas maduro a la fecha. Esperemos su lanzamiento para el 16 de Octubre cuando ambos prensa y fans tendranel paquete completo de musica, arte, fotografias y texto para estudiarlos y evaluarlos!

Info: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_Your_Universe



Ugh it took three hours to finish it but i tried atleast lol.
It was in magazine form, so not possible to just copy it into translator, needed to write it down.
I tried to fix some of the worst typos, but i wouldnt mind if you could fix the worst mistakes on it Very Happy

Epica - Design Your Universe, 1st review

Like two years ago with''The Divine Conspiracy'' we had listening session with some collaques to have a preview of the music.
In 2007 we flew to the headquarters of Nuclear Blast in Germany, this time the listening session was on the home of
mastermind and guitarist of the band Mark Jansen!

One hundred forty miles from home with a ferry crossing the road led us toward Dutch Limburg.
With thirty degrees and plenty of sunshine already promised a glorious day to be around the spacious
white villa in which the bandleader Mark resides and in which he also rehearsals with Epica.
On arrival we were welcomed by Mark himself, his girlfriend, his parents
and cat Paco who soon chose their heels towards cellar.
Then followed a tour through the villa.
What particularly attracted attention were the home studio and the basement rooms that
serve as ''repetitiehok'' but also as storage for the considerable Epica merchandise.
Since we also found Mark's cat Paco back down among a pile of hooded flattered
"The Divine Conspiracy'-sweaters.
The black-white pet this time there seemed no harm in seeing and did not move.
The cat was comical us the whole time surpassed.
Saved by the bell, the poor cat thought,
because there was another bunch of metal press blown inside the house.
After a glass or a cold drink with a piece of flan, if everyone here
is over for Mark's new home studio visits and ears could be listening session.

OPUS MAGNUM

''Samadhi'' which kicks off the plate into a classic and typical EPICA prelude.
The bombastic instrumental opener includes Latin chants of a choir which the end link into
the first real track ''Resign To Surrender''
Impending guitar riff with heavy double bass of Arien van Weesenbeek in the style of old Dimmu Borgir.
A recurring pattern arises in the form of that chorus singer Simone Simons again after her vocals ''interpelleert''.
Before and after a handsome guitar solo is a spoken word piece that behave in a flowing symphonic wave to the end result.

The choir starts vigorously ''Unleashed'' with militaristic tinged song again pumping drumming from Arien and
then slowing to take when Simone's vocal lines raids.
The easy to follow structure of verse-chorus-bridge will ensure that this track live rammed a first-class prize beast is!
A Zen moment goes mainstream with a little later bombastic choral singing accompanied by a string orchestra.
Simone raised her singing tone with a half note to her latest song lines, power drumming ''Unleashed'' permanently.

With''Martyr Of The Free Word'' pulls the band now very sturdy leather!
A quick, clumsy, brutal death metal passage flows into a groovy nu-metal riff that leaves plenty of grunts into Mark's fester.
The contrast is also very high when Simone sings''girlish''for the day, in her piece.
The chorus is again sought help from the choir, but this time limited to backing.
Quick soleerwerk missing middle of this song either,''Martyr ..'' winks at "The Phantom Agony", the debut CD Epica.

A symphonic intro introduces a quiet moment ''Our Destiny''
which practically the whole song its high vocal capabilities from cabinet pulls Simone.
The band plays in a nice neutral sounding melody leading to a simple chorus.
Later passages which sound wilder, there lurks another symphonic piece for the corner and the choir can also be supplied to the tank.
This metalmix ends in a mid-tempo piano outro.

Kingdom Of Heaven is summarized as the magnum opus of the album and the sixth track, as the title suggests,
effectively a majestic song of thirteen minutes and half!
An intoxicating oriental melody with percussion clatter is a soundtrack-like symphonic piece first and then
the metal musicians aisle in it.
Mark a fierce grunt, the choir continues a while to Simone picks up the thread further.
This model is repeated several times harder to pump the documents on which the grooving guitars to work and
Simone's highest vocal range allows reverb.
The choir and string quartet, alternating with what soleerwerk seem to herald the end, but that is only apparent.
A sudden twist develops in fusion, acoustic guitar parts with strings down to a bright summer mid-tempo tune that
Simone lapses in romantic song.
The aggressive spoken word piece is another aggressive pace with a weeping guitar and Mark's grunts after
Simone and the extinction of the choir music is the final say.
An intriguing issue is that many spins it will take to fully grasp, but I should state dar''Kingdom of Heaven''
despite its time has long enough diversity to keep cuff to the hole!

A short drink break for attendees proved necessary after a workpiece as the latter.
Outside snub several press colleagues meet Paco who stays the star of the day and after fifteen minutes we can start up, head back now

''The Price of Freedom'' is a spoken word interlude with that after the piano intro grows larger
(in the annoying ex) to seamlessly run in''Burn To A Cinder'' with a driving guitar part the fire the wick sticks.
The song we just heard back at Simone on vocals has an easy structure and especially the chorus remains in the head.
This track will also live bite a lot.
Symphonic bombast the near-silence switch off and then chopping guitar riffs with the chorus to address.
Undulating smooth transition that exotic character shows when you found yourself in a tropical garden in Malaysia
, so end's the eighth track.

I was in between all off: where is the typical Epica Ballad hiding?
And there, with''Tides of Time'' are we there arrived.
As is often the case with Epica begins ballad with piano and soon I am struck by the gentle romance in this love song.
Release occurred drums and a classical guitar solo with soft wing of his mobile ringing knit to end this dream song.

Epica is at the top in the fast ''Deconstruct''.
This song shows roles of singer, grunter and both remarkably balanced.
This provides the necessary tension when I tell you that when you suddenly bombast and quiet passages are also in conflict
go to a climax and that, as set you on the edge of your seat, just stop.
End of track!

''Semblance of Liberty'' is also another one for the true metal fan who wears no blinders when it comes to style genres.
A RAGGENDE, dirty guitar sound hellish drumming in a thrashy under shake you right up.
Mark-step vocal swings the sticky here with so many grunts, growls and screams and Simone and the choir performs a supporting role.
A death metal guitar duel between Mark and newest band member Isaac Delahaye remind us that Mark is a fan
of Chuck Schuldiner (deceased in 2001 singer / guitarist of Death) and Isaac a metal past in God Dethroned,
as an enthusiastic drum parts with Arien.

The title of the penultimate song''White Waters''sounds just as dreamy as''Tides of Time''and it is.
A soft intro, this time from guitar and bass, the strings go in advance.
Oriental sounds, might respond by traditional instruments, cycling around the whole song and
clean male vocals play a duet with Simone.
An electric musical piece marks the finale.

The final piece and also the title track of''Design Your Universe'' is a good example of the motto "Save the best for last''.
Yes you hear Epica has grown over the years on and with each album after album the same trick step.
It means that you like in''Martyr of the Free Word'' and ''Semblance of Liberty'' have no box mentality
can do because of the diversity in styles is another asset.
As in the previous issue''Design Your Universe'' kicks off with an almost cinematic intro of guitar and strings
that slowly grows in ecstasy to make then a loud modern metalcore moshriff in heels.
Then there is a break in a passage accoustic, Simone again to her as a mezzo soprano shows.
May also mark his two cents do with deep grunts and double basgedonder in a symphonic dress the same pattern of half time prior.
The pace accelerates when the chorus itself is heard and a long drawn-out symphonic music follows.
Simone, the last verses begin and end with soft whispers, not only accompanied by piano ''Desing Your Universe'' to slowly fades.

Where many of their competitors play around or make knee-sided
commercial music, withdraw Epica on their fourth studio album all the stops ET adorns said the five men and woman that they continue to seek innovation in sound and songstructure.
It is wonderful to hear how a number of experiments are not shunned tracks without losing their identity.
Commercially speaking, I think the fans will just have to get used to the new paths that the group walks,
as''Design Your Universe''is - more than its predecessor,''The Divine Conspiracy''- a typical example of growth plate.
Pure artistically will however have to admit that Mark and his continued strong staatlje craftsmanship have delivered

Epica remains a sensation that not at the pinnacle of their game has arrived
''Design Your Universe'' has deliver their most mature album to date off.
But look at the release date of October 16
when both press and fans shall have the full package of music, artwork, photographs and texts, study and evaluate!


1. Samadhi - prelude 1:26
2. Resign to Surrender ~ A New Age Dawns - prt IV ~ 6:19
3. Unleashed 5:48
4. Martyr of the Free Word 5:03
5. Our Destiny 6:00
6. Kingdom of Heaven ~ A New Age Dawns - prt V ~ 13:35
7. The Price of Freedom - interlude 1:14
8. Burn to a Cinder 5:40
9. Tides of Time 5:33
10. Deconstruct 4:14
11. Semblance of Liberty 5:42
12. White Waters 4:44
13. Design Your Universe ~ A New Age Dawns - prt VI ~ 9:28
14. Incentive 4:14

11 comentarios - Epica - Design Your Universe Review

estuard010
pero pon el link para bajar el disco grrr
GarciaAbel
no pretendas que lea todo eso
pero gracias por resumir lo k dice en el comentario
jajaja
nightturunen
epica es great...
kiero k salga el disko
PauloRenato
http://wanukore.com/epica-design-your-universe-2009-descargar-download/
ekundayo
AMO A SIMONNE !!!
Es la voz y la mujer ,AS LINDA DEL METAL!!!
Segui asi coolo ;-)
Y el cd muy bueno,,,
Hay algunos que andan criticando el cd y
se muerne por simonne,,,
bu,,salu2
dejo mi msn..
para chicas metaleras---
[email protected]

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harryoth
ya lo tengo original ehhejejeje ace un duo kon tonny kakko de la banda sonata arctica ejje
KrlosEpico
Muy buen disco, mucha enrfia en sus canciones.