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Score: An Epic Journey Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

It is Quite Unusual for a Metal Band to Release an Almost Instrumental Album Consisting Only of Film Music. It Has Been Widely Known that all the Epica Members Are Big Fans of Movie Soundtracks. In Almost Every Interview They Talk About their Love for Famous Movie Composers, Such as Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman Or John Williams. Their Release "The Score" an Epic Journey" Includes Only Film Music, Without Metal Or Rock Elements. The Album features Pieces Used for the New Dutch Movie, "Joyride." Mark Jansen, Epica's Main Composer and the Drive Behind this Project, Once Described this Album as "Consign to Oblivion" Without Grunts, Guitars and the Rhythm Section.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vengeance Is Mine
  2. Unholy Trinity
  3. Valley
  4. Caught In A Web
  5. Insomnia
  6. Under The Aegis
  7. Trois Vierges (Solo Version)
  8. Mystica
  9. Valley Of Sins
  10. Empty Gaze
  11. Alleged Paradigm
  12. Supremacy
  13. Beyond The Depth
  14. Epitome
  15. Inevitable Embrace
  16. Angel Of Death
  17. Ultimate Return
  18. Trois Vierges (Reprise)
  19. Solitary Ground (Single Version)
  20. Quietus (Score Version)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Transmission
  • ASIN: B000B8WEB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD is a little different from other albums that Epica has put out, but it is a good listen in its own right. I actually quite enjoy this CD, and I would have rated it much higher EXCEPT I found after purchasing that it is Copy Controlled and cannot be ripped onto the computer (which I use as my stereo) and you cannot make a copy of this CD (I like to copy my music to protect the original CD from my own clumsiness). I always prefer to purchase an album for my CD library, and that way I have the lovely artwork and the nice jewel case. Burning a spare copy is important, however, as I like to protect my purchases and ensure that the item I buy stays as new as possible for as long as possible, especially when it's a relatively expensive import CD. I would have thought twice about purchasing this CD if I had known that it is "Copy Controlled", and I just wanted to warn other potential buyers out there of this irksome little feature.

Music = thumbs up

Copy Protection = thumbs waaaay down
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If you listen to classical compositions like Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer", Stravinski's "Firebird Suite", or Tchaikowsky's "1812", you'll find great orchestations with an epic feeling, and there was no movies or video games as we know them by then. they are just what they are, the vision of an artist expressed with sounds. And that's exactly what this disc is all about: The vision of Mark Jansen and his fellow musicians, expressed in a new, different way.

This work is something completely different from their previous works, and as such, it can't be watched with the same glasses. This is more in the lines of Midnight Syndicate's Dungeons & Dragons RPG Soundtrack, with synthesized orchestrations and an epic, adventurous feeling in it. As the disc title says, it's an epic journey through the vast empire of the imagination, with the score as your guide. Pieces like "Unholy Trinity" and "The Valley" bring to your mind images of inmense battlefields an heroic acts of brave warriors, while others like "Empty Gaze" and "The Alleged Paradigm" take you to the deepest of the heroes' hearts, feeling their fear, their sorrows, and their desire to put an end to it.

Yes, it's true, it's completely different from "The Phantom Agony" or "Consign to Oblivion", but that doesn't mean it's bad, does it? Each artist has a need to express his feelings and ideas, and it's up to him to choose his means to do that.

A piece of advice for everyone: When writing a review, about anything, judge it by itself, not by comparing apples with oranges.
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I'm an aficionado of both classical music and symphonic metal, and Epica is my favorite band because of their seamless blend of both. This early album is a superb introduction to Epica's operatic style. The musicians are all classically trained...and it shows. As the album is a movie score, instrumental tracks dominate (unlike their other albums), but mezzo-soprano Simone Simons lends her exquisite vocals to a few tracks. Epica demonstrates its mastery of the grand orchestral sound and wonderful weighty chorales (often with Latin lyrics) where symphonic metal shines, and Simons' luminous voice enriches this "epic" feeling rather than detracting from it. (I find the pop-star voices of some other bands in the genre end up being at odds with an otherwise lush, complex sound.) This album can be difficult to find inexpensively in the States, so when it's available, grab it and enjoy being transported to a rich sonic landscape by the foremost creative force in symphonic metal.
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A bit different from Epica's normal music but still well worth a listen. This album you will hear less guitar and more of their orchestral side. The music is moving and in places sounds like something from a fantasy movie soundtrack. Just because it's not metal doesn't mean it's not good just don't expect heavy guitar riffs or Jansen's signature growls. There are 2 songs at the end that are remixes of previous songs from Consign to Oblivion: Solitary Ground(The Single Version) and Quietus(The Score Version).
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Epica's roots are in symphony music guys. Their main influences are the likes of Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman; film music! It is only natural that they would release an all symphonic album. This disc contains the music that they create in its pure and unadulterated state. Epic's other stuff is good and I enjoy it don't get me wrong. Given their influences, they HAD to do an album like this. So don't negatively rate it. This album belongs with their other releases.
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Epica is an exceptionally powerful, exquisite group who blend Metal and Classical music together splendidly. This CD is not Metal, but the potent Metal spirit is there. SCORE is classical through and through, and is one of the most dramatic, beautiful, lush, and monumental collections of music ever to grace one's ears, heart, and soul. With the lights down, put on your best headphones, lay back, close your eyes, and feel this CD move you. If music inspires you, be prepared for some intense and delicious inspiration! In a world of harshness, this music will refresh you; make you feel alive and human again. Buy it! Love it! This music is truly epic! Let SCORE thrill you!!!!
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