Music Around Town

Epica/Moonspell/Starkill

When: Mon., Jan. 25, 6 p.m. 2016

Some 13 years after forming in the Netherlands, the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has become a major force on the international metal scene. It even successfully hosted its own metal festival last year. Singer Simone Simons has described the band’s latest album, 2014’s The Quantum Enigma, as the beginning of a new era. The album commences with “Originem,” a tune that features chanted vocals and has more in common with classical music than metal. But the group quickly plugs in the guitars for “Second Stone,” a song that allows Simons to really wail. “The Essence of Silence” marries falsetto vocals with low-pitched male growls, turning it into something like sounds like Mea Lloaf on steroids. A common theme about scientific discovery links the songs. It's heady stuff. (Niesel)

Price: $20.80

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