Fireworks

DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

Epica - 'Retrospect' http://mail.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/be/06/ef/epica-retrospect-15-1389225764.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 09, 2014    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
7839   1   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Label

This stunning live DVD is likely to blow the socks off most Symphonic Metal lovers.

Although Epica have only released one studio album since 'The Classical Conspiracy' live compilation, (which actually concentrated on soundtracks and classic composers as much as Epica), they have decided to commemorate their Tenth Anniversary by recording a special show in Eindhoven. Combine these special factors and you have a damn good reason for a new proper retrospective.

This live celebration concert lasts a whopping 3 hours and spans 2 DVDs and 3 CDs with a show that sees Epica pulling out all the stops. There's an orchestra and choir, a fine selection of songs and even some special guests. But all these pale in comparison to the astonishing light show which sees bright spotlights criss-cross the whole stage and swirl around throughout creating intense streaks of coloured light around the performers. There are banks of LED's as well as the expected pyrotechnics and strobes. Honestly at times the stage looks like something out of 'Close Encounters'. The set list itself consists of 24 songs which not surprisingly covers their entire career. These include 'Cry For The Moon', 'Blank Infinity', 'Chasing The Dragon', 'Unleashed' and 'Monopoly Of Truth' as well as the majority of their album's title tracks. Epica also include the first ever live airing for 'Twin Flames', a cracking version of John Williams' 'Imperial March' and a brand new song in 'Retrospect' which was written especially for the event.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The guests include former members Jeroen Simons, Ad Sluijter and Yves Huts appearing for 'Quietus' whilst 'Stabat Mater Dolorosa' and 'Sancta Terra' feature new Nightwish singer Floor Jansen. It's truly mesmerizing to see and hear her and Simone Simons singing together on stage. Not satisfied with all this Epica have also brought along the seventy piece Extended Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of Miskolc National Theatre who also get their own medley. Their inclusion adds so much to the show and gives everyone the chance to hear a multitude of Epica tracks in their intended full glory. In addition to the show there's bonus features that include band interviews and behind the scenes footage.

'Retrospect' is nothing short of magnificent and a must see/own for all Epica fans. It's filmed in Hi-Def (hence a blu-ray release too) which gives crystal clear images and thankfully the editing isn't too frenetic as is often the case with live DVD's. Simons is maybe the bands focal point but everyone on stage gets their moments on camera and the shots of the crowd clapping as one living entity sends a shiver down my spine every time. Audibly the sound is top drawer and you can hear everything clearly despite the colossal sound. If there's one down side it's that the intense beams of light sometimes cut across the close up shots but this didn't particularly bother me personally.

'Retrospect' is Epica at their very best and this stunning live DVD is likely to blow the socks off not only Epica fans but most Symphonic Metal lovers in general, (with the possible exception of those that find the growling off-putting).

Dave Scott

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  July 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 weeks, 2 days ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site