The Phantom Agony

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The Phantom Agony
Studio album by Epica
Released June 5, 2003
Recorded Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany, January-March 2003
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 53:56
Label Transmission
Producer Sascha Paeth
Epica chronology
Cry for the Moon
The Phantom Agony
Consign to Oblivion
Singles from The Phantom Agony
  1. "The Phantom Agony"
    Released: October 29, 2003
  2. "Feint"
    Released: January 8, 2004
  3. "Cry for the Moon"
    Released: May 13, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Sea of Tranquility 4/5 stars[2]
Musical Discoveries 5/5 stars[3]
Metal Ship 3.5/10 stars[4]
Lords of Metal 9/10 stars[5]
Metal Reviews 9/10 stars[6]

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.[7]

The album was re-released on March 23, 2013, which coincided with Epica’s 10th anniversary Retrospect show, as a 2-disc expanded edition by Epica’s former record label Transmission Records.[8][9]


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

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Adyta (The Neverending Embrace)"   Simone Simons Mark Jansen 1:27
2. "Sensorium"   Jansen Jansen, Ad Sluijter, Coen Janssen, Simons 4:47
3. "Cry for the Moon (The Embrace That Smothers, Part IV)"   Jansen Jansen, Sluijter, Simons 6:44
4. "Feint"   Jansen Jansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simons 4:18
5. "Illusive Consensus"   Simons Jansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simons 4:59
6. "Façade of Reality (The Embrace That Smothers, Part V)"   Jansen Jansen, Sluijter, Simons 8:10
7. "Run for a Fall"   Jansen Jansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simons 6:31
8. "Seif al Din (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VI)"   Jansen Jansen, Sluijter 5:47
9. "The Phantom Agony"   Jansen Jansen, Sluijter, Yves Huts 9:00




The Phantom Agony[edit]

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

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Phantom Agony" (Single Version) - 4:35
  2. "Veniality" - 4:36
  3. "Façade of Reality" - 8:17
  4. "Veniality" (Orchestral Version) - 4:37


Track listing[edit]

  1. "Feint" - 4:18
  2. "Feint (Piano Version)" - 4:53
  3. "Triumph of Defeat" - 3:56
  4. "Seif al Din" - 5:46

Cry for the Moon[edit]


"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 listing[edit]

  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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  2. ^ Popke, Michael; Pierce, Ken (28 April 2004). "Epica: The Phantom Agony". Sea of Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  3. ^ Elliot, Russell W. (2 March 2004). "Epica / The Phantom Agony". Musical Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  4. ^ des Dragones, Elric (16 July 2010). "Chronique de The Phantom Agony" (in French). Metal Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  5. ^ Barten, Michiel. "Epica - The Phantom Agony". Lords of Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Epica - The Phantom Agony". Metal Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Epica (Nld) - The Phantom Agony". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  8. ^ "Epica - The Phantom Agony (Expanded Edition)". Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  9. ^ "Epica - The Phantom Agony (Expanded Edition)". Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  10. ^ The Phantom Agony (CD sleeve). Epica. The Netherlands: Transmission Records. 2003.