Reviewed by Zach Brehany
Here’s a concept for you: take the soundtrack to a very popular anime and have
a symphonic metal band record covers of four tracks from the show and add
English lyrics. If you felt like you could be open minded or think it’s one of
the greatest ideas ever conceived, then you will feel right at home.
There is little that needs to be said about Epica that isn’t
already widely known among this genre of music, but for this project, it does
click. When hearing the EP, you can feel the love and respect the entire group
has to the music. Their Renditions of these soundtrack pieces are respectful
while adding in an extra kick which helps enhance the mood of the songs.
As for how well the music mixes with the anime, this is
where it gets tricky. I honestly know little of the source given how I haven’t
read the manga or watched the anime and for that I do apologize. However, I
have seen the live adaptations (Attack on Titan and Attack on Titan: At World’s
End). Using that as my basis, I feel it for overall with the story and helps
elevate the tension and atmosphere within. When thinking back to my exposure, I
could see someone adding the songs into the film to help enhance the experience.
When the album finished, I was left wondering about if bands
should do E.Ps like what Epica did. I know the band was asked by someone
connected to the show if they could do this, but I feel like this could be a
cute trend in the future. But until then, this is a tasty little treat for fans
of both Epica and Attack on Titan.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5