Music My thoughts on...

Epica – The Holographic Principle

By Clayton

It’s been exactly a month since Epica released their seventh album “The Holographic Principle”. I decided not to write anything about it until I have listened to it for a while. Usually I go “OMG this is the best album EVER” right after one week, but I can be bias and go into ultra-fan-mode.

Having said that… The Holographic Principle IS one of Epica’s best records!

The-Holographic-PrincipleEach record I wonder how they can even top themselves. Especially after the previous recode, The Quantum Enigma, which is really-really good, but this one is just as good AND maybe even better. You really can tell that Epica has grown over the years. The music quality keeps getting better and better. I am not even going into the lyrics and sound just yet, but just the hard work and commitment is very noticeable.

And now moving on to the content of the record.

The previous record was all about the mind and the mystery around it. This album is a concept that we could be living in one big giant hologram. It’s a very interesting concept. Let me do this track by track as each track is different, but each one is just as strong as the previous and the next. Mark Jansen said that this time they wanted to make songs that all could work live and I think they have succeeded.

The album is much heavier than ever before and ALL the typical Epica elements can be heard, but multiplied by ten. The album sounds enormous and it is almost like one big Epic soundtrack that you will not easily forget. I did not go into the lyrics, because I have not had the time to pay much attention to them yet. I am waiting for the earbook of this album to study the lyrics.


Movies & TV

The Fault In Our Stars

By Clayton

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsThe Fault In Our Stars… another one of those overly-dramatic love story that created a hype among readers and movie-lovers. What is it with this world and its morbid fascination with love and tragedy?

Last November, during my flight from Suriname to The Netherlands, this movie was on the flight playlist and I decided to watch it, after I had heard so much about it. Since I had 9 hours to kill, I thought why the hell not? However… I fell asleep in about 15 minutes within the movie. #FAIL

6 months later, on yet another night when I had nothing better to do, I decided to try again.
This time I managed to get through the entire movie without my eyes begging for some rest.

I must say that I can understand the tears that this book/movie causes. The story line is messed up and teaches you that we live in a cruel and heartless world. Dead is inevitable and the sooner we accept this fact, the less hard the idea will be to deal with it.

For me it was not the whole life, death and love part of the entire story that triggered the emotional side of my brain. It was more the topic of loss of hope and that desperation that made me my eyes wobble.

I am not one to cry during movies, but when the protagonist heard that her one dying wish of going to Amsterdam would probably not be fulfilled I had to restrain myself. I cannot stand to watch the moment when someone loses hope in their dreams. Also the scenes in Amsterdam did make me lose all my usual skepticism. The moment I recognized the streets they were on (at Leidseplein) that’s where I lost it.

Who knew… Maybe I am human after all. 🙂

Music My thoughts on...

Kamelot – Silverthorn (album review)

By Clayton

Silverthorn_coverIt’s been about 3 weeks now that I got Kamelot’s latest masterpiece “Silverthorn“.
This album is everything every Kamelot fan can hope for. It’s a million times better than the previous record “Poetry for the poisoned”. Admit it; that album is not the symphonic power metal band’s best record.

Silverthorn is a concept album and I read another reviewer write that Kamelot only seems to put out a really outstanding record when the album is a concept album. I think that reviewer is kind of right. This is the best album after the release of “The Black Halo” (which was my first Kamelot album by the way). You don’t even notice the absence of Roy Khan on this new release. No disrespect to Roy. You know that I am a huge fan of his voice, but Tommy does an amazing job on this album. He officially is my new favorite male vocalist. 🙂

Each track on this record has something unique and as soon as the last track ends I usually hit the replay button and listen to the entire album (or my favorite tracks on it) again.

My favorite tracks on this album are: Manus Dei (intro), Sacrimony (Angel of afterlife), Torn, Song for Jolee, Veritas, My confession, Silverthorn and Solitaire. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like the other songs. These just seem to be the tracks that I mostly put back on replay. The composition of the songs is great. A few of them are very “typical Kamelot”, but that doesn’t matter. That’s what we love. The female vocals are a nice touch to the album too.

This certainly goes on my favorite album releases of 2012 🙂

I would give this album a 10/10