The Dutch Symphonic Power metal act Epica should need no introduction. The band have been around since 2002 and have conquered pretty much the whole metal globe with their excellent albums.

The Solace System is a six track EP is crammed full of epic tracks fully laden with hard hitting powerful songs that make most bands in the same genre look like lightweights! I can’t actually remember the band sounding so heavy. Simone’s vocals have grown to be more powerful than ever and the backing growls further enhance the heaviness. As expected the music is out of this world, brutally heavy in parts, and majestically melodic in others, combined to make the perfect package and depict an almost like musical where the imagery is left to the individual to create their own world.

Another great release from an exceptional band that yet again pave the way for symphonic metal.