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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B000TGQDZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2007 release, the third studio album from the Dutch Symphonic Metal band. The concept that guides the songs is that God created many different religions for humanity to figure out and overcome them so as to discover that, in nature and essence, they were all in fact the same one (hence the name, "The Divine Conspiracy").

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This song is as lyrically good as FOD.
BlondeDogs
EPICA ----- It's worth spending every cent buying every album from these artists.
M. Towers
Gone are in of the ways to make them seem like Evanescence.
D. McShane

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By D-Man on February 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ok, you have to keep in mind that this kind of music is not going to be for everybody. It is very different, and in my mind, it is an acquired taste. You're not going to hear it on the radio, or on MTV, because it is music as an art form. It is not adulterated by commercialism due to the monetary interests of a record company's desire to attract that "younger" brainless audience so they can cash in and run happily to the bank. This is ARTWORK.

With that in mind, Epica is simple an amazing band. I was disappointed for a very long time because I thought that good music had died back in the mid 90's. It took me a while to come across it again, but I found it! Yay! Their music is well orchestrated, and Simone Simons voice is incredibly beautiful. I find myself listening to this album whenever I am feeling frustrated or bummed out, because the music really helps to remember that regardless the darkness that comes around from time to time, life is truly beautiful. That is what music is supposed to do, and this is why Epica is an incredibly talented band. They create beautiful works of art.
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful By BlondeDogs on October 4, 2007
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If I were reviewing only Simone Simons, the vocalist, this would be a five-star album. The young mezzo-soprano is flawless in her performance with a voice as shatteringly beautiful as her appearance on the masterpiece of an album cover. Unfortunately, she is under-utilized, and this excellent album is marred by over-used "death grunt" gutterals, and musical composition that at times tempts one to rename the band "Frantica" and the album "The Digressive Cacophony." Buy this album, certainly, but be aware that it is an acquired taste unless you're already an Epica fan, or into gutturals and manic double-bassing. However, it's a taste you'll grow to like, and a spoonful of Simone Simons' singing will make just about anything go down smoothly.

1. Indigo--A beautiful classical/choral intro worthy of any good symphony or soundtrack.

2. The Obsessive Devotion--This piece is down-right schizophrenic, combining some extraordinary vocals by Simons with a great bouncing bass-line, classical composition and excellent choir parts. However, there are too many abrupt transitions. Sudden bursts of frantic double-bassing really add nothing, and often drown out Mark Jansen's "grunts" which would be better used more sparingly and in call-and-response fashion to Simons' operatic parts. An inserted voice-over spoken by a female guest vocalist is also abrupt and its import is lost for being unable to understand half of Jansen's vocals beforehand. A unique feature of this song is Simons' uncharacteristic snarl on the lyric "Don't ever trick my mind" in which for a split second she captures the sound of a she-wolf in bad temper with fascinating fidelity. Despite its flaws, this piece actually works as a sort of multi-part mini-opera. It's just not smooth.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Perry Horner on September 20, 2007
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This release has put Epica into it's own. This is one polished piece. The vocals, supported by tight bass, rhythm, guitar, and orchestral highlights puts the listener into an adrenaline soaring, head banging, yet refined euphoric state. I did not think it was possible to mix dark metal, classic vocals, theatric orchestration, and synthesizers together with success. I have been proven wrong. I have been blasting this CD with my with my windows down for a month now. More than once I have been asked "who is that?" by an instant Epica fan. I just hope the band recognizes what an achievement they have done with this release and will continue to evolve this creative style.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Feeley on September 25, 2008
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Here's my scorecard for Epica:

The Phantom Agony - Brilliant music, bad growling
Consign to Oblivion - Very good music, very little growling
Divine Conspiricy - Brilliant music, bad growling

I'm honestly not sure which formula I like better. The brilliant music is hard to pass up, but if they could just keep it and lose the growling I'd be in heaven.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard this album, I was completely blown away. The second, third, and now tenth time I have heard this album, I'm still blown away. This is symphonic rock/metal taken to astronomical heights, complete with superbly composed music, incredible production quality, and what is now one of the most gorgeous, refined voices in the genre. Simone Simons sings like a siren on this CD, and your jaw will be dropped by how good she sounds. There are also grunts performed by Mark Jansen, which are entirely effective and add that special edge to the music. The chorus is spectacular, as is the orchestra, here utilized to perfection. The whole album clocks at a healthy 75 minutes, and not a second is wasted.

1. Indigo (5/5) The best introduction Epica has ever done. A haunting, strings-driven choral piece, it perfectly sets up the tone for the rest of the album.

2. The Obsessive Devotion (5/5) This one plain-old rocks. Grunts and guitars drive it for an adrenaline-packed seven minutes, and Simone is heard for the first time. And boy, does she sound good.

3. Menace Of Vanity (4/5) A little generic and a bit similar to the previous track, but it's still quite good.

4. Chasing the Dragon (6/5) I think this might be my favorite. It maintains a spellbinding beauty for all of its seven and a half minutes, and you never do want it to end. Simone has never sounded better than she does here, with a huge range of the utmost purity and sweetness in her voice. The climax here also rocks, just for the record.

5. Never Enough (4.5/5) The first single off of the album (and if you want to check out the video, make sure that you see the vastly superior extended version). Though it's probably the most commercial song here, it lacks not in quality or catchiness.
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