- Audio CD (10 Sept. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nuclear Blast
- ASIN: B000TGQDZQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Divine Conspiracy
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It's certainly the heaviest that I've heard so far out of Epica, Nightwish & Within Temptation. There's plenty of double bass drums & the odd blastbeat not to mention some very harsh male vocals that fall into the realms of Black/Death Metal.
The album is conceptual (concerning worldwide religions) and there are even passages that are in Latin. All of this adds up to a very dark feel but without ever sounding 'evil'.
I think that Simone Simons is possibly the stronger singer currently against Sharon Den Adel & Tarja Turunen - She has the strong operatic style that Tarja has all but forsaken, and yet the accessibility of Sharon Den Adel. Simone's performance on the utterly majestic Chasing The Dragon still gives me goosebumps with it's power & range - What a chorus!
And what a juxtaposition with the growling male vocals that appear on this epic track!
The album is full of impressive orchestration, created by synths & keyboards. I could swear it was a 100 piece orchestra, it's just SO massive, so hats off to Coen Janssen for some of the genre's best ever work! The opening track, an instrumental called Indigo is spectacular, really cinematic and up there with anything from Dimmu Borgir!
Guitars & bass are strong - nothing spectacular but always adding a solid foundation to the music. Drums are powerful ranging from Power Metal to Norwegian style aggression.
The production sounds a million dollars, with every track almost a full blown symphony. Nuclear Blast always seem to back their roster with the finances to achieve their dreams in the studio.Read more ›
This album, like Epica's earlier efforts, was a definite grower; on first listen I nodded to myself, hmmmed a little, cracked the occasional smile, and came to the conclusion that their other stuff was better. Now, after about 10 listens, I can't get enough of it!
If you've never listened to any Epica before, then please do look past the rather cheesy-sounding band name and give them a try. The closest comparison I can muster is the earlier works of After Forever (albums such as Prison of Desire and Decipher). This is no surprise when you consider that Epica was formed by Mark Jansen after he split from After Forever (his sister Floor's band) in 2002. He has even gone so far as to continue his epic "The Embrace That Smothers" sequence (begun on After Forever's Prison of Desire) with Epica, and this latest album plays host to parts 7, 8, and 9. Alternatively, it struck me that this is what Delerium and Enigma would sound like if they were speed metal bands!
Compared to earlier albums The Phantom Agony and Consign to Oblivion, The Divine Conspiracy reveals itself to have an extra, carefully applied, layer of polish. The production is smoother, and achieves a sharp, concise sound without boxing in the music too much. The orchestration here is notably superior to previous albums, both in composition and performance, and is a far arger element of the music than previously.
Most notably, however, the tracks are more consistently addictive. They remain complex, disparate, and experimental, whilst maintaining an underlying feeling of theme.Read more ›
Don't get me wrong, this album is one in a million. However I feel that Epica's bombastic sound, at least on this album, is very hard to swallow at first, even in comparison to similar bands such as Nightwish. This stuff is not background music and it demands all your attenion in order for you to get something out of it.
The composition of each song is in fact genius. What I originally thought was gratuitous overuse of choir and orchestra eventually turned out to be, for me, some of the best music I've ever heard in metal. The brilliant catchiness of Menace of Vanity and Sancta Terra mixed with the blistering heat of songs like Death of a Dream and Fools of Damnation makes for a very captivating and moving listen. The album might at first seem like a blur of noise and histrionics, but as you listen more you'll find a lot of serious depth and identity to be discovered within each of the songs.
Another thing that really makes Epica interesting is the subject matter of their music. Symphonic and power metal bands often use their music to either explore fantastical stories or express heartache and anger. Epica is more mature not only in a musical sense but in a lyrical sense, as they explore topics such as relegion, philosophy, society and politics. Even when they explore the already visted (and revisted) realm of relationships, it's done in an exceptionally interesting way.
So if you're a person who likes to escape and disappear into the music they listen to, please buy this because you won't regret a single penny of your money. The amount of power, emotion, intellect and quality contained in this piece is exceptional for any CD and I would strongly recommend it for anyone with any taste in heavy metal or classical music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favourite album by my favourite band. Epica astound me with their consistency to create beautiful, powerful, diverse and raw symphonic metal albums. Read morePublished 5 months ago by deadroses
A great album. Buy it now!
Second only to the 'Design your universe' album.
The Divine Conspiracy is only the second CD that I have bought by Epica. It is very different to the older CD that I bought and has a lot more 'attack' about it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Epica are masters at combining the elements of classical music with metal to make this genre more accessible than everPublished 20 months ago by djj1
I honestly cannot fault any album by Epica & this one is no exception. After The Phantom Agony & Consign to Oblivion, you don't expect them to maintain such brilliance, but they... Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2013 by Chez62
Catching up on Epica's back catalogue has been interesting to say the least. Both 'Phamtom Agony' and 'Consign to Oblivion' were great; I really enjoy them - even the modest... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2012 by BigMac