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““While every step Epicurean take is drenched in copious melody, it would appear they’re having a hard time deciding whether they want to be Emperor, Dream Theater, Shadows Fall, Children of Bodom or Kalmah. Not that this is a bad thing—or necessarily confusing—as Epicurean’s synthesis is feted by [John] Laramy’s chameleonic vocals, excellent all-around guitar work and keys that artfully balance skill and widdle, with the result being a heck of a lot more interesting than if they just picked one of those individual outfits to emulate. Their synthesis is made all the more potent by their intelligent use of melodies usually heard in Swedish or Norwegian bands, which drape this album in hooks that are as dark and melancholic as they are life-affirming and triumphant; check out ‘The Author and the Architect’ and ‘Illusion.’ But given that they hail from Minnesota—which, according to census figures, might as well be called Little Scandinavia—we shouldn’t be all that”
“Epicurean are the latest US band to be giving Euro-metal a try, but rather than simply mimicking what Dream Theater has done and continued to do, the band combines elements of symphonic metal with some great shredding and a knack for a metal hook. The result is entirely eye opening, giving folks who would normally find prog metal boring a chance to experience it without all its overblown clichés. A Consequence Of Design is an amazing debut and should bring even more fans out to Epicureans vaunted live shows. For metal fans of all types.”
“Minneapolis' Epicurean have brought a breath of fresh air in the form of the band's debut record, A Consequence of Design. Technically, they released it a while back on their own while still toiling around the Midwest, but now Metal Blade has released the effort globally, and for that I'm definitely thankful.”
“I enjoyed this album when I first heard it back in 2006 and I still like it. So many bands right now are trying to sound like everyone else it is crazy. Music isn’t as enjoyable as it use to be and thankfully Epicurean is here to change things around. The sound is far superior to other bands; it is much better that other albums in the symphonic death metal genre (see Winds of Plague – Decimate the Weak review). One of the key features on this album is the song transitions. They fit too well together. The Author and the Architect and Behind the Chapel Walls go together so well. Hearing such a strong opening track go into another song like this it’s mind blowing. John Laramy’s voice in Behind the Chapel Walls is phenomenal. All of the tracks on this album have an epic feel to them. Choruses are followed with strong drumming, guitar work and keyboard solos. The arrangements in all of the songs are done so well. There is never a sloppy moment on any of these eleven tracks.”