Consign to Oblivion

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Consign to Oblivion
Epica - Consign to Oblivion.jpg
Studio album by Epica
Released21 April 2005
RecordedApril–November 2004
StudioGate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany
GenreSymphonic metal
Length52:35
LabelTransmission
ProducerSascha 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: 25 April 2005
  2. "Quietus (Silent Reverie)"
    Released: 28 December 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Lords of Metal8/10 stars[2]
Blabbermouth.net6.5/10 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.

The bonus cover of "Crystal Mountain" is one of the very few Epica songs to not feature Simone Simons in any capacity, and the album is the band's only release to date where Simons' lyrical contributions outnumber those of Jansen.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Hunab K'u (A New Age Dawns, Prologue)"Mark JansenYves Huts1:44
2."Dance of Fate"Simone SimonsJansen, Huts, Coen Janssen, S. Simons5:13
3."The Last Crusade (A New Age Dawns, Part I)"JansenJansen, Huts, Ad Sluijter4:21
4."Solitary Ground"S. SimonsJanssen, Jansen, Sluijter, S. Simons4:22
5."Blank Infinity"S. SimonsJansen, Janssen, S. Simons4:00
6."Force of the Shore"S. SimonsJansen, Janssen, Sluijter, Huts4:01
7."Quietus"S. SimonsJansen, Huts, Janssen, Sluijter, S. Simons, Jeroen Simons3:45
8."Mother of Light (A New Age Dawns, Part II)"JansenJansen, Sluijter5:55
9."Trois Vierges" (featuring Roy Khan)S. SimonsJansen, Janssen, S. Simons4:40
10."Another Me "In Lack'ech"[note 1]"JansenJansen4:39
11."Consign to Oblivion (A New Age Dawns, Part III)"JansenJansen, Sluijter9:45
Total length:52:35

Personnel[edit]

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Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Guest musician
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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "In Lak’ech Ala K’in" is a traditional Mayan greeting, meaning "I am another yourself" or "I am you, and you are me"[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Consign to Oblivion – Epica". 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. Archived from the original on 31 December 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  4. ^ Trevino, Y. (2012-03-15). "Reconciling the Blessings and Challenges of Diversity through Ancestral Spiritual Values". The Interfaith Observer. Archived from the original on 2018-06-25.
  5. ^ Blume, Arthur W., ed. (2017). "Chapter 5. Applying Latina/o Psychology to Address Social Issues". Social Issues in Living Color: Challenges and Solutions from the Perspective of Ethnic Minority Psychology. I. Praeger. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4408-4671-7. …the law of In Lak'ech Ala K'in, which means "I am another you" (a modern interpretation), or "I am you, and you are me" (a traditional Mayan interpretation).
  6. ^ Consign to Oblivion (CD sleeve). Epica. The Netherlands: Transmission Records. 2005.