Epica - The Phantom Agony

The Phantom Agony is the first full-length studio album by Dutch symphonic metal band Epica. It was released in 2003 by the Dutch label Transmission Records. It is the first album recorded by guitarist Mark Jansen after his departure from the band After Forever. On this album, Mark Jansen continues with the collection of songs that make up "The Embrace That Smothers". The first three parts can be found on Prison of Desire (2000), After Forever's debut album, and the following three parts can be found on The Divine Conspiracy (2007), Epica's third album. These songs deal with the dangers of organized religion.


This album's lyrics are mostly based on events that happened during the writing of the album.

Track listingEdit

1.  Adyta "The Neverending Embrace"
2.  Sensorium
3. Cry for the Moon "The Embrace that Smothers - Part IV"
4.  Feint
5.  Illusive Consensus
6.  Façade of Reality "The Embrace that Smothers - Part V"
7. Run for a fall
8. Seif al Din "The Embrace that Smothers - Part VI"
9.  The Phantom Agony


Band members
  • Simone Simons - mezzo-soprano
  • Mark Jansen - guitars, grunts, screams, orchestral arrangements
  • Ad Sluijter - guitars
  • Coen Janssen - synths & piano, orchestral and choir arrangements
  • Yves Huts - bass guitar
  • Jeroen Simons - drums
Additional musicians
  • Olaf Reitmeier - acoustic guitars on "Feint" and "Run for a Fall", engineer
  • Annette Berryman - flute on "Run for a Fall"
  • Sascha Paeth - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Robert Hunecke-Rizzo - orchestral arrangements
  • Hans van Vuuren - executive producer, coordination and research
  • Peter van 't Riet - mastering


The Phantom AgonyEdit

"The Phantom Agony" was the first single of the eponymous album. It was released in October, 2003.

Track listingEdit

  1. "The Phantom Agony" (single version) - 4:35
  2. "Veniality" - 4:36
  3. "Façade of Reality" - 08:17
  4. "Veniality" (orchestral version) - 4:37

Cry for the MoonEdit

  "Cry for the Moon" is a symphonic metal song by Epica. It was the third single released from their debut album, The Phantom Agony.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Cry for the Moon" (single version) - 3:33
  2. "Cry for the Moon" - 6:44
  3. "Run for a Fall" (single version) - 4:29
  4. "Run for a Fall" - 6:31


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Epica Orchestra
  • Thomas Glöckner - violin
  • Andreas Pfaff - violin
  • Tobias Rempe - violin
  • Marie-Theres Stumpf - viola
  • David Schlage - viola
  • Jörn Kellermann - cello
  • Cordula Rhode - cello
  • Andrè Neygenfind - contrabass
Epica Choir
  • Melvin Edmonsen - bass
  • Previn Moore - tenor
  • Bridget Fogle - alto
  • Cinzia Rizzo - alto
  • Annie Goeble - soprano
  • Amanda Somerville - soprano, vocal coach

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