Epica: Retrospect



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  • Release Date 03 March 2014
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Ever since Epica emerged on the scene at the end of 2002, the band have been living in a whirlwind of studio recordings, interviews, screaming fans, live performances and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. With every new album Epica push the boundaries by reinventing their distinctive style, and nothing seems to stop the band on their rise to the top.

For 2009’s ‘Design Your Universe’, seen by many as a true milestone in bombastic and symphonic metal, Epica seemed to have found the perfect musical mixture of classical and heavy music. They again raised the bar with their fifth album, ‘Requiem Of The Indifferent’ (2012). Full of trademark hymns, significant lyrics, powerful guitar riffing alternated with cinematic interludes, and Simone Simons’ angelic voice. As with every album, Epica mix hard, technical and fast with intimate and slow, plus everything in between. However, this time around it was the huge contrasts which made ‘Requiem For The Indifferent’ stand out. The album took you on a journey through brutal metal, sweet melodies, technical instrumental passages and epic orchestration.

Epica recently celebrated their 10th anniversary with a one-night-only event dubbed ‘Retrospect’. The band were accompanied by the seventy piece Extended Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir, playing an unforgettable 3 hour Best Of set.

According to respected Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant, “The band wrote a chapter of Dutch metal history” that evening. Rock Tribune (Belgium) thought it was “an unforgettable show”. Ten high definition cameras captured this very special sold-out show while Epica played in front of nearly five thousand ecstatic fans in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In addition to a collection of the band’s biggest hits from across the spectrum of their entire catalogue, this once-in-a-lifetime spectacular also features the live debut of ‘Twin Flames’ and the previously unreleased ‘Retrospect’, covers of classics by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and Oscar-winning film composer John Williams, two guest collaborations with the venerable Floor Jansen (Nightwish, Revamp), and a very special performance of their breakthrough single, ‘Quietus’, with founding members Jeroen Simons, Ad Sluijter, and Yves Huts. Bonus content includes exclusive band interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.


Disc 1
1. Introspect
2. Monopoly On Truth
3. Sensorium
4. Unleashed
5. Martyr Of The Free Word
6. Chasing The Dragon
7. Presto
8. Never Enough
9. Stabat Mater Dolorosa
10. Twin Flames
11. Serenade Of Self Destruction
12. Blank Infinity

Disc 2
1. Orchestral Medley
2. The Divine Conspiracy ~Anniversary Edition~
3. Sensorium
4. Delirium
5. The Obsessive Devotion
6. Retrospect
7. Battle Of The Heroes & Imperial March
8. Quietus
9. The Phantom Agony
10. Cry For The Moon
11. Sancta Terra
12. Design Your Universe
13. Storm The Sorrow
14. Consign To Oblivion
15. Outrospect
16. In Retrospect With Epica (Interviews)
17. Behind The Scenes

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