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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000085RTZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on February 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
_Epica_ is the long awaited sixth album from Kamelot, and their fourth with former Conception vocalist Roy Khan. I believe they are by far the best European-styled power metal band that has ever made music (it's not gratuitous praise!). What makes Kamelot different from the rank pile of horrible power metal bands? For that matter, what makes them *amazing* instead of just good? The answer is very simple: Khan and Thomas Youngblood.
Khan's voice soars on eagle's wings, his emotional power, unique timbre, subtle (Norwegian) accent, and perfect inflection make him not only the finest vocalist in this style, but nearly any other as well. Actually, I'm hard pressed to think of a male vocalist I like more than the mighty Khan.
If you've read anything about _Epica_ in the hype before its release, one might consider it hopelessly pretentious for some "power metal" band to write an album based somewhat on J.W. Von Goethe's _Faust_. Hmm... aren't these bands the type that sing about saccharine love stories, saving the environment, and generally trite subjects (with horrid lyrics, no less)? There should be no worries, because Khan -- in addition to being a prime singer -- is an outstanding lyricist, full of evocative colors and depth and beautiful diction. _Epica_, a concept album about a man's search for truth and meaning. Frankly, I think it is brilliantly done. Actually, the story is so interesting that I'm eager to hear Epica Part II even more just to find out what happens. For future reference: Epica > Mindcrime.
In "The Center of the Universe", Ariel questions the meaning of life and longs for truths in which he can support rationally. On "Farewell" he departs from his home, bidding goodbye to all his loved ones.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Randall on April 11, 2003
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If you're already a Kamelot fan,then U know what an awesome power-metal band they are.Already proving themselves with The Fourth Legacy & Karma,they take it to the next level with a concept album that is a masterpiece of metal.Complete with orchestral vocals,killer riffs,and most noticably,Khan's vocal performance.This dude can sing!Rather than delve into the concept,I'll simpily tell what trax kick ...!Edge of Paradise,Descent of the Archangel,,the beutiful ballad Wander,The Mourning After and the killer III Ways to Epica.The cd has interludes that melt each track into the next seamlessly taking the listener into a super sonic mid evil dimension of metal bliss.The production is the best the bands ever had,and the entire band has stepped it up making Kamelot run like a well oiled machine.There is alot of atmosphere on this album and I can't reccomend it enough to fans of Stratovarius,Nightwish,older Queensryche and even Savatage.Incredible musicianship and a wonderful story line, EPICA takes it's place next to the likes of Abigail,Streets A Rock Opera,OPERATION:MINDCRIME & The Odyssey as a classic metal concept album.My favorite of 2003 thus far,it deserves a 5 star rating and your full attention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mysanthropyk_overlord on April 2, 2004
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Aside from its less-than-fantastic production, which is easy to overlook, Kamelot's Epica is a wonderful trip through a world beyond human realization. Roy Khan's vocals, coupled with some good female vocalists, are the icing on the cake formed by great guitar work and mind-blowing musical compositions. The opening full-length track and the last song are the best, making for a spellbinding introduction and powerful closer, while the material held within provides a listening experience that you'll want to relive over and over. Highly recommended to fans of bands like Blind Guardian, Edguy, Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards, Stratovarius, the almighty Symphony X, and other real metal artists!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Austin Kokel on February 10, 2003
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...because this is the best album of the year. I just received my copy of the limited edition in the mail today, and my day halted to a stop. I could not wait to listen!
First, the packaging is gorgeous. Of course, it's a digipak and the cover artwork is some of the best album art to come out in recent history--in the leagues of Dream Theater's album "Scenes from A Memory", "Snow" by Spock's Beard, or "Brain Salad Surgery" by Emerson Lake & Palmer. The digipak has a glossy sheen to it and folds out nicely, containing a temporary tatoo inside with the new Kamelot logo. Liner notes are also unattached to the digipak and are quite complete in detail.
Pop the disc in your stereo and you have an awesome new power-progressive rock concept album; pop it in your PC and you have an amazing Quicktime-driven multimedia experience. I won't spoil that, though. Just take my word for it and put it in your CD-ROM drive.
Now let's get to the meat: the music of the album. The production quality of this work is mind-blowing. For such an underground band (in comparison to Britney, Avril, NSYNC, or Mariah, etc.), the overall sound puts theirs to shame. The highs are crisp and the thumps of Casey Grillo's double-bass work give you a nice kick (no pun intended) without bottoming out your system. This album has more keyboard involvement than heard with Kamelot before, making for nice techno-esque phasing sounds and panning, a la Front Line Assembly or Chemical Brothers (we're talking sound quality here, not musical quality). Khan's voice soars on this album, with reverb and majesty we haven't heard before in a Kamelot recording. Whereas his voice would sometimes become muddled and lost in verses, now it mixes perfectly with all other elements.
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