The Classical Conspiracy

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One complaint that metal purists have had about some of Epica's more orchestral work is that at times, they have ended up sounding more classical than metal. But for those who value intrigue and adventure more than they value purity, the very fact that a metal band has had some honest-to-God interaction with the European classical world is fascinating -- and The Classical Conspiracy documents the Dutch gothic metal band's June 14, 2008 appearance at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary. That gathering is hardly Ozzfest; it is a classical-oriented event that has been going on since 2001, and the performers are much more likely to pay tribute to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One complaint that metal purists have had about some of Epica's more orchestral work is that at times, they have ended up sounding more classical than metal. But for those who value intrigue and adventure more than they value purity, the very fact that a metal band has had some honest-to-God interaction with the European classical world is fascinating -- and The Classical Conspiracy documents the Dutch gothic metal band's June 14, 2008 appearance at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary. That gathering is hardly Ozzfest; it is a classical-oriented event that has been going on since 2001, and the performers are much more likely to pay tribute to Béla Bartók than to tackle anything that's metal-related. But as The Classical Conspiracy demonstrates, Epica take their classical music seriously. Disc one finds Epica who are joined by a 40-piece orchestra and a 30-piece vocal choir performing arrangements of a variety of familiar classical and film music, ranging from Giuseppe Verdi's "Dies Irae" and Antonio Vivaldi's "Presto," to John Williams' "The Imperial March" from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. But if the metal factor is generally low on Disc one, that isn't the case on Disc two -- which is dominated by Epica's own material. Although the Euro-classical influence is quite strong on Disc two, the main ingredient during that portion of the concert is gothic metal. But the classical lovers in the audience were no doubt well aware of the fact that lead vocalist Simone Simons is a classically trained mezzosoprano. If Disc one isn't metal enough for the metal purists and Disc two isn't classical enough for the classical purists, that doesn't make Epica's performances any less inspired or enriching. The Classical Conspiracy is a fine document of Epica's 2008 appearance at the Miskolc International Opera Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361233921
  • Catalog Number: 12339
  • Sales rank: 4,928

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Epica Primary Artist
Robert Molnar Bass (Vocal)
Ivan Nagy Bass (Vocal)
Tamás Tóth Viola
Sandor Horvath French Horn
Mark Jansen Guitar, Animal Sounds, Group Member
Yves Huts Bass, Group Member
Ad Sluijter Guitar, Group Member
Sandor Szabo Viola
Simone Simons Vocals, Group Member
Zsuzsa Kurucz Soprano (Vocal)
Zsuzsa Adamy Soprano (Vocal)
Zsolt Regos Conductor
Zsofia Nagy Violin
Zoltan Kerenyi Violin
Zoltan Kakuk Trombone
Zoltan Ficsor Violin
Tibor Osvath Tenor (Vocal)
Tamas Siklosi Flute
Tamas Kriston Violin
Tamas Fogarasi Clarinet
Sandor Demeter Bass (Vocal)
Sandor Czimer Clarinet
Peter Gal Trumpet
Nandor Nandor Tenor (Vocal)
Monika Zsekov Violin
Mark Viragh Percussion
Marianna Moori Flute
Maria Lazanyi Violin
Laszlo Bodor Tenor (Vocal)
Krisztian Jardany Bassoon
Kamilla Matakovics Cello
Jozsef Kautzky Viola
Janos Implom Oboe
Janos Feher Viola
Janos Dobos Tuba
Istvan Molnar Trombone
Istvan Halasz Bassoon
Ildiko Simon Soprano (Vocal)
Gyorgy Aranyosi Trumpet
Gizella Keresztfalvi Double Bass
Gergely Opauszky French Horn
Gergely Irlanda Tenor (Vocal)
Gergely Boncser Tenor (Vocal)
Ferenc Tornyai French Horn
Eva Vajda Soprano (Vocal)
Eva Siklosi Violin
Eva Orth Soprano (Vocal)
Eszter Maria Papp Soprano (Vocal)
Erik Molnar Tenor (Vocal)
Eniko Ferencz French Horn
Edina Kecskemeti Soprano (Vocal)
Doria Tatai Violin
Davd Dani Bass (Vocal)
Csaba Szilagyi Trombone
Boglarka Jambrik Soprano (Vocal)
Boglarka Balog Violin
Benjamin Almassy Violin
Beata Tatar Oboe
Beata Lukacs Violin
Balazs Kolozsi Bass (Vocal)
Arpad Balog Double Bass
Annamaria Bodi Cello
Angelika Beres Cello
Andras Marton Tenor (Vocal)
Andras Bujtas Piano, Harpsichord
Akos Baksy Bass (Vocal)
Robert Molnar Bass (Vocal)
Sándor Szabó Viola
Arien Van Weesenbeek Drums
Coen Janssen Synthesizer, Piano
Tamás Tóth Viola
Technical Credits
Antonin Dvorak Composer
Edvard Grieg Composer
George Frideric Handel Composer
Giovanni Pergolesi Composer
Sergey Prokofiev Composer
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Danny Elfman Composer
John Williams [composer] Composer
John Wasson Orchestral Arrangements
C. Janssen Arranger, Choir Arrangement
Sascha Paeth Producer, Mastering
Mark Jansen Composer, Lyricist
Epica Producer
Yves Huts Composer
Jeroen Simons Composer
Ad Sluijter Composer, Lyricist
Oliver Palotai Orchestral Arrangements
Simone Simons Composer, Lyricist
Stefan Heilemann Art Direction
Tamas Gresicki Engineer
Daniel Hidvegi Engineer
Coen Janssen Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesom album ever

    awesome record would recommend to anyone who likes apocalyptica, nightwish, or any symphonic metal album out there!!!!

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