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Epica – Ωmega

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: February 26, 2021

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

The Dutch symphonic metal titans, Epica, turned a turbulent year into a creative one by locking themselves away on a farm in the middle of nowhere to write and record their eighth studio album, Ωmega. Their brand new album is their most striking and spectacular album to date. Epica seamlessly incorporates their metal and orchestral arrangements like never before by delivering hard-hitting guitar riffs, elaborate compositions, and powerful vocals from both Simone Simons and Mark Jansen. Additionally, the band uses choirs on many of the songs and intertwine a wide range of ethnic instruments -that were recorded by several talented musicians from all across the globe- into the musical arrangements on Ωmega. Zaher Zorgati, vocalist of Myrath provides guest vocals on the track “Code of Life,” while Vicky Psarakis, the vocalist of The Agonist is featured on “Twilight Reverie – The Hypnagogic State.” Lastly, the band’s longtime friend and producer, Joost van den Broek once again stepped in to produce, and for the first time, Broek mixed the album.

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