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Release date: 7 September 2007
Style: Symphonic metal

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Disc I
01. Indigo (Intro)
02. The Obsessive Devotion
03. Menace Of Vanity
04. Chasing The Dragon
05. Never Enough
06. La'petach Chatat Rovetz (The Last Embrace)
07. Death Of A Dream (The Embrace That Smothers - Part VII)
08. Living A Lie (The Embrace That Smothers - Part VIII)
09. Fools Of Damnation (The Embrace That Smothers - Part IX)
10. Beyond Belief
11. Safeguard To Paradise
12. Sancta Terra
13. The Divine Conspiracy

Disc II [limited edition]
01. Replica [Fear Factory cover]
02. Higher High
03. Never Enough [long version]
+ Never Enough [video]
+ Making of Never Enough video

Review
Lyrics (16)


Additional info
The limited deluxe edition is book-like, with hard covers and black & white pages. It comes with a bonus disc, plus five cards in colour, with the band members on the first side, and original artwork images on the other.
The Epica choir:
Linda Van Summeren and Bridget Foggle - Soprano
Amanda Somerville and Cinzia Rizza - Alto
Previn Moore - Tenor
Melvin Edmondsen - Bass

Release dates:
August 22, 2007 - Japan
August 28, 2007 - USA
September 7, 2007 - Europe
September 10, 2007 - UK

"The Embrace That Smothers" concept actually began on the After Forever album "Prison Of Desire" and ends on this album.

Nuclear Blast Records released a limited deluxe CD edition of this album featuring the bonus tracks:
14. Higher High (05:26)
15. Replica (Fear Factory Cover) (04:09)
plus video clips and a "making-of" enhanced section.

DLP picture vinyls limited to 1000 numbered copies with the 2 bonus tracks.

Also released as a Limited Edition Digibook (NB 1956-8) with Bonus CD, with the same bonus material as on the limited edition.

Some version include another bonus track:
16. Safeguard to Paradise (Piano Version) (03:50)

Re-released on double 180 grams vinyl with a limitation of 500.
200 black
200 white
100 transparent blue

"La'petach Chatat Rovetz" ("לפתח חטאת רובץ") is an expression in Hebrew. It means that sin lurks and awaits for a chance to strike and affect.

Guest review by
Princ_Of_Horror

Rating:
9.0
It is hard to believe that this is only Epica's third studio album. Not even the most ardent followers would have dared to predict such a massive improvement from the Dutch Gothic Metallers. Relaxed and carefree, that's how they impress the listener with 'The Divine Conspiracy', while blasting everything else away which has been issued during the last few years in the area of female-fronted metal.

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published 21.12.2007 | Comments (28)

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Vonpire - 07.05.2010 at 21:10  
Rating: 10 Unbeliavable superb release by Epica
Laneth - 16.07.2011 at 08:27  
Rating: 10 I challenged myself to listen to each of the songs on this album 100 times, and that was achieved easily. This is an instant classic in my collection, definitely.
bazinko - 08.09.2011 at 23:35  
Rating: 10 I feel this is their best album, by far.
musicalkaratekid - 02.10.2011 at 14:24  
Rating: 9 Great album, but that cover of Fear factory's 'Replica' is just laughable...
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 02.10.2011 at 23:51  
Rating: 9 Well Fear Factory itself is laughable, so...
Kuroboshi - 16.10.2012 at 10:23  
Rating: 8 This is a very solid album, but the following one is superior in every way. To bad about 'Replica', one of FF's best songs...
IanYeara - 12.03.2013 at 19:24  
  This is an excellent album and would be their magnum opus if Design your Universe hadn't come along two years later and dropped jaws yet again if not more. "The Divine Conspiracy" is definitely their best song and I can't wait to see them play it at their tenth anniversary concert.

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