Exordium

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Dutch sextet After Forever seemed to come out of nowhere in the year 2000, their two fine albums, Prison of Desire and Decipher, ably exploring and even redefining the extent to which the whole operatic/symphonic metal subgenre could be developed. But a series of internal issues and personnel changes temporarily derailed the group's incredible momentum, forcing them to fill the three-year void leading up their third album in 2004 with a series of EPs. Released in 2003, Exordium was one of these and, although it had to wait an extra year for its official U.S. release, it came augmented with a bonus DVD to make up for it. Said DVD combines static photo galleries with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Dutch sextet After Forever seemed to come out of nowhere in the year 2000, their two fine albums, Prison of Desire and Decipher, ably exploring and even redefining the extent to which the whole operatic/symphonic metal subgenre could be developed. But a series of internal issues and personnel changes temporarily derailed the group's incredible momentum, forcing them to fill the three-year void leading up their third album in 2004 with a series of EPs. Released in 2003, Exordium was one of these and, although it had to wait an extra year for its official U.S. release, it came augmented with a bonus DVD to make up for it. Said DVD combines static photo galleries with a set of live performance and concept videos, of which the single "My Choice" also has a "making-of" featurette. As for the original EP's musical portion, four conceptually linked band compositions boast the usual assortment of symphonic and heavy metal devices one has come to expect from After Forever -- combined as ever in astoundingly complex and lush configurations. Opening instrumental "Line of Thoughts" previews ideas fleshed out in the next three tracks, among which the death-defying as in "death metal" "Glorifying Means" is arguably the most memorable. Closing the mini-album are two cover versions of extremely different natures. The first is an expertly executed reading of Iron Maiden's "The Evil That Men Do," while the second finds the group applying the metallic treatment to "One Day I'll Fly Away" -- an emotive ballad originally recorded by '70s soul singer Randy Crawford. The fact they pull it off quite convincingly is a testament to After Forever's collective ability, as is the whole of this well-conceived EP.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: The End Records
  • UPC: 654436304128
  • Catalog Number: 3041

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Line of Thoughts (2:15)
  2. 2 Beneath (4:54)
  3. 3 My Choice (4:54)
  4. 4 Glorifying Means (5:01)
  5. 5 The Evil That Men Do (4:52)
  6. 6 One Day I'll Fly Away (4:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Choice
  2. 2 Making of...My Choice
  3. 3 Studio Recordings
  4. 4 Slide Show
  5. 5 Artwork
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
After Forever Primary Artist
Luuk van Gerven Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Group Member
Lando van Gils Synthesizer, Group Member
Sander Gommans Guitar, Soloist, Animal Sounds, Group Member
Floor Jansen Soprano (Vocal), Group Member
Bas Maas Guitar, Soloist, Group Member
Yvette Boertje Announcer
Ellen Bakker Soprano (Vocal)
Hans Cassa Bass (Vocal)
Caspar DeJonge Tenor (Vocal)
Cees Kieboom Piano, Keyboards
Symphony of Voices Sampling
Marga Okhuizen Alto (Vocal)
Jeaneke Biessen Strings
Technical Credits
Bruce Dickinson Composer
Joe Sample Composer
Steve Harris Composer
Will Jennings Composer
Carsten Drescher Artwork, Concept, Logo Design
Hans Pieters Producer, Engineer
A. Smith Composer
Dennis Leidelmeijer Engineer
After Forever Arranger
Peter Van 'T Riet Mastering
Angelique Wassink Camera Operator, Screenplay
Cees Kieboom String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Hans Van Vuuren Executive Producer
Arne Pelgrom Camera Operator
Mirko Pelgrom Special Effects, Video Editor
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