Two years after the monumentally massive splendour of The Phantom Agony (2003), Epica released their majestic successor Consign to Oblivion. On this album, inspired by the Mayan culture, the group around mezzo-soprano Simone Simons and guitarist Mark Jansen broke new ground. The music was getting more accessible and the variety of the compositions grew, ranging from unadulterated gothic-metal to ballads. “This album marks Epica’s growth into maturity”, Mark Jansen stated. “This is the album I always wanted to make. Now we’ve finally had the opportunity and the capacity to realize a project like this.”
The album offers an overwhelming mix of gothic metal and orchestral arrangements based on epic filmscores: sparkling, glamorous, fierce, compelling and very versatile. Specially for this re-release the complete album comes enhanced with previously unreleased orchestral versions of all songs. On Consign to Oblivion Epica show themselves as an imposing and tightly-knit rock machine with almost Wagnerian power, proving in all aspects why the band is regarded as the vanguard of the international female fronted gothic-metal scene. A glorious album by a great band, including 16 bonus tracks, like the singles Solitary Ground and Quietus.
CHAPTER 1 1. Hunab K'u - A New Age Dawns ~ Prologue2. Dance of Fate 3. The Last Crusade - A New Age Dawns # 1 4. Solitary Ground 5. Blank Infinity 6. Force of the Shore 7. Quietus 8. Mother of Light - A New Age Dawns # 29. Trois Vierges 10. Another Me (In Lack' Ech) 11. Consign to Oblivion - A New Age Dawns # 3Bonus Tracks12. Palladium 13. Solitary Ground - remix 14. Crystal Mountain
CHAPTER 21. Dance of Fate - orchestral version2. The Last Crusade - orchestral version3. Solitary Ground - orchestral version4. Blank Infinity - orchestral version5. Force of the Shore - orchestral version6. Quietus - orchestral version7. Mother of Light - orchestral version8. Trois Vierges - orchestral version9. Another Me (In Lack' Ech) - orchestral version10. Consign to Oblivion - orchestral version11. Solitary Ground - single version12. Linger - piano version13. Quietus (Silent Reverie) - single version