The Divine Conspiracy

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Band Name Epica (NL)
Album Name The Divine Conspiracy
Type Album
Released date 07 September 2007
Labels Nuclear Blast
Recorded at Gate Studios
Music StyleSymphonic Metal
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 Prologue / Indigo
 The Obsessive Devotion
 Menace of Vanity
 Chasing the Dragon
 Never Enough
 La' Petach Chatat Rovetz / the Last Embrace
 Death of a Dream / the Embrace That Smothers (Part VII)
 Living a Lie / the Embrace That Smothers (Part VIII)
 Fools of Damnation / the Embrace That Smothers (Part IX)
 Beyond Belief
 Safeguard to Paradise
 Sancta Terra
 The Divine Conspiracy

Total playing time: 01:15:30

(Deluxe Edition)
 Higher High
 Replica (Fear Factory Cover)
 Never Enough (Music Clip)
 Never Enough (Long Version) (Music Clip)
 Making of "Never Enough"

Total playing time: 22:59

Review @ Vinrock666

28 July 2008
With the 2007 release "The Divine Conspiracy", Epica continues to assert themselves as one of the premier operatic metal bands out there today.
Simone Simons puts in a stellar performance for her work on lead vocals. Expertly skilled, Simons manages to slip in some passion and heart outside of the rigid parameters that is the definition of operatic style.

"Never Enough" (the single on the album) and "Safeguard To Paradise" (the album's ballad) provide the best examples of this feeling.
The vast majority of the album ; however, is a metal opera, and Cohen Janssen is the man when it comes to coloring in those operatic parts with epic strokes of all sorts of synthethized sound. No doubt the metal side is metal, but Epica seems to treat their rhythm secion as one part to the symphonic whole. Because of this, Janssen's output becomes the foreground and focal point for all of the songs.

"Fools Of Damnation" and the title track "The Divine Conspiracy" may be the two best songs on the album for that very reason. Mark Jansen's rhythm guitar work is at its fastest and most aggressive here, but the highlights from these songs shine from elsewhere. "The Divine Conspiracy" features a beautifully placed synth interlude after the first break, and "Fools of Damnation" throws at you everything else from a mens choir and some organ parts to a spoken verse in Latin. The Arabic scale used in the intro of "Damnation" is a great touch, too.

One more thought to the metal side : the death metal grunts by Janssen are always a pleasure to listen to but what doesn't work is when he sings lines like "You don't care about me" (from "The Obsessive Devotion"). When that happens, it's a most disagreeable pairing, but in truth that appears few and far between. For the most part, the choice as to which vocals to use for which lines matches up perfectly. I say this in jest, but at a whopping seventy-five minutes, you have to clear up your schedule if you want to listen to "The Divine Conspiracy", but should you do that, Epica will deliver for you the full value for your time.
Epica's "The Divine Conspiracy" is a perfect fusion of opera and metal, and because of this it's an excellent album !

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charlesportnoy - 22 May 2010: really nice job guy.this group is in my favourite band, they re awsome live ,i'll go to a show of epica at the clu soda at montreal :P yeah

srry for my pitiful english :)
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Comment @ Stephanie_Noel

04 July 2011

Beautiful Album

From the beginning to end, the Epica album "Divine Conspiracy" is amazing. I can't stop listening to it. This type of thing is what you need if you can't find anything on the radio to listen to. I love how beautiful Simone Simon's voice is. You can't get enough of it. Songs like Never Enough is you heard it on You Tube, it's addicting.

A good song to listen to is "Chasing Dragon". I like the instrumentation and the slowness. It's a great ballad. IF you like growling, in Chasing Dragon you'll get some of it. I also like the song called "Fools of Damnation" which starts out like if it's a movie taking place in a desert. That's the scene i get when listen. The other parts to look for in the song is after you get through the desert feel you get guitar humming to it. Then it gets fast and loud.It's amazing you have to listen to it.

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