Consign to Oblivion

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Consign to Oblivion
Epica - Consign to Oblivion.jpg
Studio album by Epica
Released 21 April 2005
Recorded April-November 2004
Studio Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 52:35
Label Transmission
Producer Sascha Paeth, Olaf Reitmeier
Epica chronology
The Phantom Agony
(2003)The Phantom Agony2003
Consign to Oblivion
(2005)
The Score – An Epic Journey
(2005)The Score – An Epic Journey2005
Singles from Consign to Oblivion
  1. "Solitary Ground"
    Released: 25 April 2005
  2. "Quietus (Silent Reverie)"
    Released: 28 December 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 2005. The song "Trois Vierges" features a guest appearance by then Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan. The album's lyrics are inspired by the Maya civilization. The CD was released with copy control on it. This CD started a new collection of songs, 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. A single with an acoustic version of the song "Solitary Ground" was extracted from the album The Score – An Epic Journey, released the same year.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music 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 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 3:45
8. "Mother of Light (A New Age Dawns, Part II)" Jansen Jansen, Sluijter 5:55
9. "Trois Vierges" (featuring Roy Khan) S. Simons Jansen, Janssen, S. Simons 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 18 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Smit, Bas (2005). "Epica - Consign To Oblivion". Lords of Metal.nl. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Bergman, Keith (11 December 2005). "Epica Consign To Oblivion". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Consign to Oblivion (CD sleeve). Epica. The Netherlands: Transmission Records. 2005.