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  • The Classical Conspiracy is the first live cd from Epica and it is simply amazing. Not only do you get a great set of material from through out their career, but you also get a set of new orchastrated material that truly is epic. My only complaint is that I wish there would have been a DVD version to this disc, that would have been really awesome. I hope they release one at a later date, even though I’ve already bought the cd version I probably wouldn’t be able to resist watching a dvd version if they release one.

    Standouts include “Ombra Mai Fu”, “Montagues and Capulets”, “Imperial March”, “Unholy Trinity”, “Quietus”, “Cry For The Moon”, “Blank Infinity”, and “Consign To Oblivion”. Yeah pretty much everything. 4 1/2 stars.

    Posted on November 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I usually do not buy live albumns since the recording quality can be sketchy and the songs are just a rehash of studio recordings. This is definitely not the case for this double-live. The sound quality is fantastic and they have added a slew of songs that you would never expect to see on a hard rock release. I found myself headbanging to The Montagues and Capulets, not something I ever expected. Interestingly, I find that I am listening mainly to the first CD although the second CD, which consists of the band’s original material, is still very good. If you are a Star Wars fan, the Imperial March will knock you on your back. Really a great buy and I don’t think that many who like hard rock/metal will be dissapointed.

    Posted on November 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The Classical Conspiracy, Epica’s latest release, is a stunning blend of their own music, contemporary scores from several movies, and classical pieces. Combined with Simone Simon’s beautiful voice, these pieces can only be described as ethereal. Simply, they’re awesome. I can’t say enough about the album, I downloaded it last night, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat since 11am today. I love it, and Epica fans will love it. It’s definitely a must-have for anyone who calls themselves a symphonic metal fan. The only downside to this live recording is that there’s no DVD! I would have loved to see these artists performing these amazing pieces live.

    Posted on November 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Having been a huge fan of their previous release, The Divine Conspiracy, I would have bought any of their future releases. I was completely surprised and unprepared for the classical masterpiece that was presented to me. The album was composed with a 40-piece orchestra and 30-person choir in the same vein as Metallica S&M…but they pulled it off with so much more flare and quality that it ranks up there as one of the best live albums ever produced. If you like classical music (which is most of the first CD) mixed with metal, then this is the album for you.

    Posted on November 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This latest release from Epica is a great example of band with vision, class, and emotional energy. They are standing at the top of their genre leading the way to excellence.

    The combination of classical pieces done by the orchestra, then progressively joined by the band, and finally emerging into a cross-section of Epica’s musical catalogue is pulled off with brilliance. The energy felt from the live audience adds an extra charisma to the performance. It seems a bit odd seeing long-haired headbanging going on along with a classical orchestra – but, it works. Although combining orchestra with metal is not new idea, it certainly is done well here and heightens the experience/pleasure of the concert.

    Especially interesting are the fresh versions of Montagues and Capuets, and In the Hall of the Mountain King. The inclusion of the Spiderman theme and the Star Wars bit are a somewhat odd, but not totally out of place. No doubt, the choice of musical pieces done by the orchestra are intriguing.

    Although I am not a fan of the death/growling vocals, I seem to be getting used to it – at least on this disc I can better make out what is being said. In regards to female vocals, they don’t come any better than Simone. Her voice is strong, pristine, and alluring/enticing – this seems to set her slightly apart from Floor Jansen and Tarja – who are both incredible singers.

    A highly recommended release to all Epica fans and those appreciate Gothic Metal.

    Posted on November 18, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now