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Epica – ‘The Alchemy Project’ EP

Atomic Fire
After Forever, Mayan, ReVamp, Sirenia, Sahara Dust, Diabulus in Musica
Release Date
November 11, 2022
Atomic Fire
Symphonic Metal

                Whatever you do… don’t blink! That may be a famous phrase from ‘Doctor Who’ regarding the Weeping Angels, but what is more terrifying than them is the march of time. Blink and it’s gone, 20 years, poof, in the blink of an eye, it’s gone. 20 Years has passed since Epica appeared on the scene with the Dutch symphonic legends continuing the celebration of reaching the double XX with their latest EP ‘The Alchemy Project’.

                What the band deliver here with this EP is not just Epica, but Epica and friends as Simone Simons and Mark Jansen and co. assemble a well, epic, cast. What Epica show here is a who’s who of European metal from symphonic Italian beasts Fleshgod Apocalypse, through Bjorn Strid of Soilwork and Charlotte Wessels amongst a plethora of other guests, each track here is massively enhanced. From the likes of ‘The Miner’, ‘Death is Not the End’ and ‘The Great Tribulation’, the band show that when it comes to masterfully arranging tracks, then Epica are up there with the best within the genre as this is a band which are constantly evolving and incorporating new elements into their work.

                Even for those who would normally wince at the prospect of symphonic metal and Epica, ‘The Alchemy Project’ is an enjoyable slice of symphonic with elements of melodic death and gothic metal thrown in that will make fans from beyond the regular scope of Epica to tune in and actually, thoroughly enjoy. Will there be a part two? Hopefully.

"Epica and friends turn base metal into gold"

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