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Phantom Agony [Extra tracks, Import]

EpicaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 17, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Seoul Records Kr
  • ASIN: B0000X2DMA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adyta
2. Sensorium
3. Cry For The Moon
4. Feint
5. Musive Consensus
6. Facade Of Reality
7. Run For A Fall
8. Seif Al Din
9. The Phantom Agony
10. Triumph Of Defeat

Editorial Reviews

Asian exclusive release of 2003 debut album for goth-metal act featuring ex-After Forever guitarist Mark Jansen. Includes the bonus track 'Triumph Of Defeat'. Seoul Record.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Magnifique' Epica, a new Superband from Holland March 15, 2004
By Mr D.
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to tell you a little secret. I like metal music. No that's not the secret. Hell, you all already know that. My secret is that even though I like metal music, the guitar is not my favorite instrument. Oh like guitars just fine but in metal music it just goes with the territory. What really gets my attention is any and all of the following things augmenting and enhancing, even overpowering the guitars.
Give me choirs, pianos, organs, violins, bells, cellos and great female singing. This is why I like the music of Therion, Within Temptation, Nightwish and Edenbridge to name a few.
Enter, Epica!
Epica is good! Epica is very good! Epica is magnificent, Epica is, well....Epic! Epica is a breath of fresh air in this genre of music I like to think of as the new wave of metal music for the new millennium. Not really better but a little different.
This is a highly melodic symphonic composition reminiscent of a historical movie score. Beware! A couple songs have raspy male vocals.
I never thought anyone would top Within Temptation until fellow Dutch band Epica came along. I'm still not sure they have but it's close. Epica is a new Dutch band following in the footsteps of two Dutch giants - Within Temptation and After Forever. Founder Mark Jansen is very familiar with After Forever since he was one of their founding members and a former guitar player. He left A.F. citing artistic differences. Like W.T.and A.F., Epica plays Symphonic Metal with a female singer, Simone Simons whose voice is pleasant enough but doesn't seem to have the power of some of the other European divas.
Phantom Agony
The first thing I notice about this album is that it reminds my of a musical score for a historical movie.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Musical Endeavours Of Epic Proportions" June 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For many years the Heavy Metal world was missing the presence of talented women vocalists. Of course, we had the wonderful Doro Pesch and Lita Ford but others were clearly few and far between. However, the past several years have seen this void filled to a very satisfying capacity. We can now count on the existence of bands that are fronted by these amazing singers who add both beauty and grace to music as powerful and complex as their voices. Joining the ranks of Tarja Turunen (Nightwish) & Floor Jansen (After Forever) is Simone Simons of Epica.

Epica (formerly called Sahara Dust) have just released their debut effort entitled "The Phantom Agony" on Transmission Records. This CD is a very well crafted piece. As I listened to the CD, I was reminded of the singer named Annie Haslam who performed for the art/progressive band Renaissance back in the mid 70's. Of course I fear that I am dating myself with a reference such as this but the voices were very similar. When I brought it up with Simone of the band she told me that she had never heard of her before. Of course, Simone is only 18 years old. Yes, I said 18 and she sings like I have not heard in some time. She is also a very beautiful girl, so make sure to check out the pics on the site.

Of the 8 tracks on the there are a few who stick out as my favorites most immediately. They are "Sensorium", "Facade of Reality", and "Seif al Din". The number of tunes is by no means a reflection on the CDs length as the piece runs a little over 50 minutes. Not bad for a debut. The music is deftly performed by the group who combine haunting operatic chorals and spectacular metal skills. As a drummer I always listen to the drums, and really enjoyed the work by Jeroen Simons. He holds it together quite well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't praise them enough... November 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm a very fan of After Forever, Tristania, Theatre Of Tragedy and Therion among other "similar" bands. I don't want to say they look or play like each other; actually they all have their own sound, their own style of playing, writing lyrics and so on. When I say similar, I mean they all make amazingly beautiful music!

I took notice of Epica when knew that Mark Jansen left After Forever. So I listened to some samples from their official site ([...]) - after that I was sure I had to buy their album. The lyrics are meaningful and deep; the instruments are very well played; the choirs create a haunting atmosphere and the vocals from Simone Simons and Mark Jansen make an excellent contrast. They deserve more than five stars.

So, I recommend "The Phantom Agony" for everyone that appreciates one or more of the aforementioned bands. You'll not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Euro mastery! May 31, 2004
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Every now and then a band simply takes my breath away, and they quickly enter the hallowed halls of my top favorites. While Iron Maiden will ALWAYS hail from the very top position, others, like Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Kamelot, and Symphony X, proudly sit in the second tier. This new Dutch band, Epica, has now joined the ranks with their debut album, The Phantom Agony.

Mark Jansen left his old band After Forever to form Epica last year. And if you liked After Forever, you will love Epica, as he has taken all the beloved elements of AF and added more operatic elements for a more <ahem> epic sound. His main female lead singer, the very sexy and charismatic Simone Simons (yes, that is her on the front cover), has a voice very much like Tarja Turunen of Nightwish. She is another terrific mezzo-soprano who could easily hold her own on any opera stage. (To get the two of them on the stage together would be mind-blowing!)

Indeed this could rightly be dubbed "opera metal". Not only does it highlight the aforementioned operatic quality of Simone's voice, but Jansen has eloquently contrasted metal guitars with classical strings and a classically-trained choir. Furthermore, the lyrics all have a deep, emotional story-like quality to them.

Some people may actually have a little trouble with this album even if they are fans of Nightwish. Guitarist Jansen provides the extreme male vocals on the album (as he once did in AF), and some people want nothing to do with this type of singing. Two or three years ago I would have fully agreed with this assessment. However, I have recently come to have a strong appreciation for this element of European metal. In this case, Jansen's growls provide a wonderful counterpoint to the beautiful and ethereal vocals of Simons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what the name implies...epic
Published 4 hours ago by David Kovach
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best record that I have
This is one of the best ghotic, metal, epic, rock whatever record that I have it!.
Singer has a beauty voice.
Songs are great!!!
Published 7 months ago by Sergio Torres-Ardiles
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value and good quality, especially for a first album.
Some of the songs don't benefit from having multiple versions on the same album (and the Casio keyboard caught my ear a touch too often in a couple of those less-than-perfect... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Angela Mortis
4.0 out of 5 stars More, more ... love the sounds
Long or short trips, crank the volume up, but watch the speed. Love the metal and classic sounds while trying to drive.
Published 13 months ago by Robert J Graham Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it because it was the best video i ever seen better than any...
I loved it because it was the best video i ever seen better than any movies i ever seen. awesome
Published 14 months ago by ruben garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars A great treat for the ears
There's more great music on this album than you an poke a stick at :) I hope that they re-release the "We will take you with us" as the live versions are even better!
Published 14 months ago by Edwin Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars CD case
The case was entirely scratched up and ruined. As a collecter I like when things are in good shape , I wouldn't mind a couple of scratches but the entire case is destroyed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. Pontes
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this group
I like this group. They give me my metal fix and they aren't the kind of group you can get sick of hearing after a couple repeats of a few songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by StevenGFan73
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Agony The Way It Was Meant To Be Heard
This was my introduction to Epica when I first bought the original CD. So it was with some trepidation that I bought this expanded edition. Read more
Published 16 months ago by carr
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome take on gothic metal
if you like evanessence, kitty, or the agonist this band is a combination of them all. the powerful vocals by simone simmons is downright amazing.
Published 16 months ago by T. Labrum
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