Epica – maybe it is the result of the band’s name – has a tendency to do concept albums. The Holographic Principle is a concept album based around the question, “Is our universe actually a digital construct?” (It is a question that has even come up in physics as well as science-fiction.) How could you tell? I’m not sure concept albums always work, but this one isn’t bad as a concept album, and the music is top notch.
Epica is officially Symphonic metal, thanks to the soaring voice of Simone Simons, but I have trouble putting this song into Metal for Mondays, because the first half or two thirds are more of a ballad. I make the rules, so while there are a few guitar licks and some drums…. When the two most prominent instruments are a violin and a French Horn, followed by a full orchestra, I find it hard to call a song Heavy Metal, even as much as a power ballad. Though I suppose it could be categorized as a power ballad. I hope your day is off to a good start.
This song is “Once Upon a Nightmare” by Epica from their 2016 album The Holographic Principle. I think Simone Simons’ voice on this track is just beautiful.