The Solace System
EPICA

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EP · 2017

Filed under Symphonic Metal

Tracklist

1. The Solace System (4:39)
2. Fight Your Demons (4:29)
3. Architect Of Light (5:21)
4. Wheel Of Destiny (5:51)
5. Immortal Melancholy (3:09)
6. Decoded Poetry (6:25)

Total Time: 29:54

Line-up/Musicians

- Simone Simons / Lead & Backing Vocals
- Mark Jansen / Grunts, Guitars
- Isaac Delahaye / Guitars, Mandolin, Balalaika, Bouzouki, Ukulele, Orchestral Toms, Djembe, Congas, Bar Chimes, Tambourine, Triangle
- Coen Janssen / Synths, Grand Piano, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Tubalar Bells, Orchestral Toms, Gran Casa, Djembe, Congas, Finger Cymbals, Tambourine, Additional Samples & Effects
- Rob van der Loo / Bass
- Ariën van Weesenbeek / Drums, Grunts, Orchestral Snare Drum, Orchestral Toms, Timbales, Congas, Bongos, Cymbal a Deux

Guest/Session Musicians:

- Marcela Bovio / Backing Vocals
- Linda Janssen / Backing Vocals
- Ben Mathot / Violin
- Ian de Jong / Violin
- Sabine Poiesz / Violin
- Floortje Beljon / Violin
- Loes Dooren / Violin
- Vera van der Bie / Violin
- Marieke de Bruijn / Violin
- Mark Mulder / Viola
- Frank Goossens / Viola
- René van Munster / Cello
- Geneviève Verhage / Cello
- Eilidh Martin / Cello
- Jurgen van Nijnatten / Trumpet
- Marnix Coster / Trumpet
- Henk Veldt / French horn
- Alex Thyssen / French horn
- Paul Langerman / Trombone
- Lennart de Winter / Trombone, Bastrombone
- Jeroen Goossens / Flute, Piccolo, Bassoon
- Thijs Dapper / Oboe, Oboe d'amore
- Jack Pisters / Sitar
- Igor Hobus / Orchestral Snare Drum, Orchestral Toms, Congas, Djembe, Darbuka, Gong, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine
- Joost van den Broek / Additional Snare Drum, Additional Samples & Effects

About this release

Label: Nuclear Blast

Release Date: September 1st, 2017

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When Dutch symphonic metal maestros Epica wrapped up recording their last full-length album The Holographic Principle (2016), they found themselves with more songs than they needed. Uninterested in releasing a double album, a portion of these songs got dropped from the finished product. But rather than be regulated to the status of bonus tracks, they've been held back for The Solace System (2017), a six track EP release.

Lasting for a little shy of a full half hour, this is still a fairly substantial new release from Epica. I have albums passed off as full-lengths that are shorter than this. But due to its very nature one has to wonder going into it if the music will be somehow lesser than their usual high standard. After all, these are the six songs that didn't make it onto The Holographic Principle. Well overall I'd say that it's true that these ones didn't make the main album for a reason, but the good news is that The Holographic Principle has many claims to being Epica's best album, so the standard is so high that The Solace System's six cast-off songs are still very worthwhile additions to any Epica fan's collection and certainly still better than the work of the average symphonic metal band.

Sound wise the six songs are very similar to The Holographic Principle, for obvious reasons. Symphonic metal with strong progressive complexity and a bit of power metal influence. If you enjoyed that album then there's little reason not to also pick up The Solace System. It will never be as good but it's certainly essential supplemental material, especially the tracks Architect of Light, Wheel of Destiny and Decoded Poetry, that will serve well to tide listeners over while we wait for the next Epica full-length.

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