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This review is from: The Phantom Agony - Expanded Edition (Audio CD)
This is not only one of the finest symphonic metal albums ever made but also right up there in classically influenced rock music, all the way back to things like 'Close to the Edge' and 'Atom Heart Mother'. So not just for those who like metal but anyone who enjoys progressive rock and even opera fans. Simone Simons (who I think was still a teenager when it was recorded) has a highly distinctive mezzo voice (she's since moved more towards a higher range soprano) and sounds rather like an angelic choirboy. The themes on the record are also extremely thought-provoking continuing Mark Jansen's critique of religion and including the outstanding 'Feint' written following the murder of controversial Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn. Rock music at its absolute peak.