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4 stars Awesome, just awesome.

The first time I heard this album, I just thought ‘Wow’. I like ‘The Phantom Agony’, I love ‘Consign to Oblivion’ and ‘The Score’ was unique and beautiful, but this is just AWESOME, man! ‘The Divine Conspiracy’ is not completely original by any means, not that the band have took some drastic measures or anything in song writing and such. It still has the same format as ‘Phantom’ or ‘Consign’ (Orchestrated track as an opening and epic track as an ending), and the sounds are a bit similar here and there, except it’s heavier on overall, and also more orchestrated thus making the album more ‘epic’. However, this album is very nicely…excellently done! This is like ‘If you can’t make something that really DIFFERENT, then make something SPECIAL with what you have’…or something like that, uh you get my point. Yes, this album IS special, other than being their heaviest album so far, this album is also easily their BEST so far, easily. I mean, if you like their previous works before, then you’ll likely LOVE this one.

Like I said before, nothing’s really new in this album, but what matter most is the QUALITY of what the band have done here. The tracks, they all are SUPERB man, straight from the short and great opening ‘Indigo’ you’ll catch the epic atmosphere of the album. It’s then getting better with the strong track that follows it (as usual) ‘The Obsessive Devotion’, an awesome track which clearly represents the band styles, only with more power, didn’t I said this is their heaviest album? But hey, if you think that this album is only about heavier songs, than it’s NOT completely true. The band not only strengthens their metal side, but also their symphonic side as well. Throughout the album you’ll hear lots of great orchestration and powerful choirs blended brilliantly with (gothic) metal. ‘Chasing the Dragons’ is one of my favorite songs here, superb track with great vocals, especially around the middle part when the metal and symphonic mixed with each other, it’s really great! These together with the next track ‘Never Enough’ are both really excellent I’d say it’s the highlight of the album for me. The end part of the track where Simone Simmons screams is really awesome it’s never ceased to amaze me every time I listen to it. And although there’re fewer ‘peaceful’ moments in this album, that’s not a downfall at all because there’s still ‘Safeguard to Paradise’, very beautiful ballad song that balanced things out…a bit. As for the epic track, better check it out yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

Overall… uh, need I say more that this album is awesome? Just listen for yourself. If you’re into this kind of music (symphonic metal or whatever it called), or especially if you already like Epica, then this one is a MUST! Four and a half stars, even if it’s not a masterpiece, it’s quite close enough. Highly recommended.

kazansky | 4/5 |


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