Consign to Oblivion

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Consign to Oblivion
Studio album by Epica
Released February 28, 2005
Recorded Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany, April-November 2004
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 52:35
Label Transmission
Producer Sascha Paeth, Olaf Reitmeier
Epica chronology
The Phantom Agony
(2003)
Consign to Oblivion
(2005)
The Score – An Epic Journey
(2005)
Singles from Consign to Oblivion
  1. "Solitary Ground"
    Released: April 25th, 2005
  2. "Quietus (Silent Reverie)"
    Released: October 28th, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Lords of Metal 8/10 stars[2]
Blabbermouth.net 6.5/10 stars [3]

Consign to Oblivion is the second studio-album by Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, and was released in April 2005. "Trois Vierges" features a guest appearance by former Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan. The album's lyrics are heavily influenced by Mayan Civilization. The CD was released with copy control on it. This CD started a new "saga", called A New Age Dawns. This saga is continued on the album Design Your Universe.

Stylistically, the album is more focused towards orchestration than other Epica releases and features heavy use of a chorus. Additionally, Mark Jansen's death growls appear less frequently, occurring on only three songs, "Force of the Shore", "Mother of Light" and "Consign to Oblivion". But a bonus track, the Death cover "Crystal Mountain" includes grunts, and a grunt version of "Quietus" was released on the "Quietus (Silent Reverie)" single, making it five songs with grunts.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Notes Length
1. "Hunab K'u (A New Age Dawns, Prologue)"   Mark Jansen Yves Huts   1:44
2. "Dance of Fate"   Simone Simons Jansen, Huts, Coen Janssen, S. Simons   5:13
3. "The Last Crusade (A New Age Dawns, Part I)"   Jansen Jansen, Huts, Ad Sluijter   4:21
4. "Solitary Ground"   S. Simons Janssen, Jansen, Sluijter, S. Simons The single with an acoustic version of this song was extracted from The Score – An Epic Journey 4:22
5. "Blank Infinity"   S. Simons Jansen, Janssen, S. Simons   4:00
6. "Force of the Shore"   S. Simons Jansen, Janssen, Sluijter, Huts   4:01
7. "Quietus"   S. Simons Jansen, Huts, Janssen, Sluijter, S. Simons, Jeroen Simons The only single 3:45
8. "Mother of Light (A New Age Dawns, Part II)"   Jansen Jansen, Sluijter   5:55
9. "Trois Vierges"   S. Simons Jansen, Janssen, S. Simons Featuring Roy Khan 4:40
10. "Another Me "In Lack'ech""   Jansen Jansen   4:39
11. "Consign to Oblivion (A New Age Dawns, Part III)"   Jansen Jansen, Sluijter   9:45
Total length:
52:35

Personnel[edit]

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Band members[edit]

  • Simone Simons - mezzo-soprano
  • Mark Jansen - guitars, grunts, screams, orchestral arrangements
  • Ad Sluijter - guitars
  • Coen Janssen - synths, orchestral and choir arrangements
  • Yves Huts - bass guitar, orchestral arrangements
  • Jeroen Simons - drums

Additional musicians[edit]

Epica Orchestra
  • Benjamin Spillner - violin
  • Andreas Pfaff - violin
  • Tobias Rempe - violin
  • Gregor Dierk - violin
  • Swantje Tessman - viola
  • Patrick Sepec - viola
  • Astrid Müller - viola
  • Jörn Kellermann - cello
Epica Choir
  • Melvin Edmonsen - bass
  • Previn Moore - tenor
  • Andre Matos - tenor
  • Annie Goebel - alto
  • Amanda Somerville - alto, vocal coach
  • Bridget Fogle - soprano
  • Linda van Summeren - soprano

Production[edit]

  • Sascha Paeth - producer, engineer, mixing, acoustic guitars on "Dance of Fate"
  • Olaf Reitmeier - producer, engineer
  • Miro - orchestral arrangements, engineer
  • Philip Colodetti, engineer, mixing
  • Hans van Vuuren - executive producer, coordination and research
  • Peter van 't Riet - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Epica Consign to Oblivion review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  2. ^ Smit, Bas (2005). "Epica - Consign To Oblivion". Lords of Metal.nl. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  3. ^ Bergman, Keith (11 December 2005). "Epica Consign To Oblivion". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  4. ^ Consign to Oblivion (CD sleeve). Epica. The Netherlands: Transmission Records. 2005.