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The journalists heard the unmastered version of the album, minus the title track which had yet to be completed. Carl has issued the following overview:
"Even from a fan's point of view the album is a surprise, and the operative word is 'more'. Everything about the Epica's sound on The Divine Conspiracy has been beefed up: Simone Simons displays a much wider vocal range, the symphonic vocal choirs are far more aggressive compared to the band's previous two albums, and there has been a definite move into the realms of black metal with more growls and blastbeats on many of the songs. There's also an increased use of Eastern melodies throughout the album, so overall The Divine Conspiracy features the established Epica sound, but the level of agression and power to which they've risen is completely unexpected.
There are also a number of connections made to guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen's former band, AFTER FOREVER, with AF guitarist/vocalist Sander Gommans adding growls to one song, and the completion of Jansen's saga 'The Embrace That Smothers', which began on After Forever's debut Prison Of Desire in 2000 and was continued on Epica's 2003 debut, The Phantom Agony.
The first official single from the album will be the song 'Never Enough', which is NOT a ballad. Two videos are being made for the song - one for the metal masses and one, as Simone jokingly revealed, "for our mothers..." - by the same crew that made KAMELOT's 'Ghost Opera' video.
Bottom line; Epica has veered away from the typical/trendy female fronted symphonic metal scene and are going to find new fans with The Divine Conspiracy."
The tracklist is as follows: 'Indigo' (intro), 'The Obsessive Devotion', 'Menace Of Vanity', 'Chasing The Dragon', 'Never Enough', 'La'fetach Chatat Rovetz (The Last Embrace)', 'Death Of A Dream' (The Embrace That Smothers - Part 7), 'Fools Of Damnation' (The Embrace That Smothers - Part , 'Living A Lie' (The Embrace That Smothers - Part 9), Beyond belief', 'Safeguard To Paradise', 'Sancta Terra'.
It's not known at this time where the title track will be placed in the running order.
The Divine Conspiracy will be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast in September.