The Phantom Agony

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The Phantom Agony
Epica - The Phantom Agony.jpg
Studio album by
Released9 June 2003
RecordedDecember 2002 - March 2003
StudioGate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany
GenreSymphonic metal
ProducerSascha Paeth
Epica chronology
The Phantom Agony
Consign to Oblivion
Singles from The Phantom Agony
  1. "The Phantom Agony"
    Released: 29 October 2003
  2. "Feint"
    Released: 8 January 2004
  3. "Cry for the Moon"
    Released: 13 May 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Sea of Tranquility4/5 stars[2]
Musical Discoveries5/5 stars[3]
Metal Ship3.5/10 stars[4]
Lords of Metal9/10 stars[5]
Metal Reviews9/10 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 23 March 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]

Track listings[edit]

1."Adyta (The Neverending Embrace)"Simone SimonsMark Jansen1:27
2."Sensorium"JansenJansen, Ad Sluijter, Coen Janssen, Simons4:47
3."Cry for the Moon (The Embrace That Smothers, Part IV)"JansenJansen, Sluijter, Simons6:44
4."Feint"JansenJansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simons4:18
5."Illusive Consensus"SimonsJansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simons4:59
6."Façade of Reality (The Embrace That Smothers, Part V)"JansenJansen, Sluijter, Simons8:10
7."Run for a Fall"JansenJansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simons6:31
8."Seif al Din (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VI)"JansenJansen, Sluijter5:47
9."The Phantom Agony"JansenJansen, Sluijter, Yves Huts9:00
Bonus tracks
10."The Phantom Agony" (Single version, first single from this album)JansenJansen, Sluijter, Huts4:35
11."Triumph of Defeat" (On Japanese edition)instrumentalJanssen3:58
Bonus tracks 2013 Expanded Edition (Disc 1: Chapter 1)
11."The Phantom Agony" (Single Version)4:33
12."Triumph of Defeat"3:54
2013 Expanded Edition (Disc 2: Chapter 2)
1."Adyta (The Neverending Embrace)" (Orchestral Version)1:28
2."Sensorium" (Orchestral Version)4:53
3."Cry for the Moon (The Embrace That Smothers, Part IV)" (Orchestral Version)6:40
4."Feint" (Orchestral Version)4:18
5."Illusive Consensus" (Orchestral Version)5:02
6."Basic Instinct"4:07
7."Run for a Fall" (Orchestral Version)6:26
8."The Phantom Agony" (Orchestral Version)9:00
9."Veniality" (Orchestral Version)4:35
10."Feint" (Piano Version)4:53
11."Cry for the Moon (The Embrace That Smothers, Part IV)" (Single Version)3:30
12."Run for a Fall" (Single Version)4:29




The Phantom Agony[edit]

"The Phantom Agony" was the first single.

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


Feint was the second single.

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 was the third single.

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 13 May 2014.
  3. ^ Elliot, Russell W. (2 March 2004). "Epica / The Phantom Agony". Musical Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  4. ^ des Dragones, Elric (16 July 2010). "Chronique de The Phantom Agony" (in French). Metal Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  5. ^ Barten, Michiel. "Epica - The Phantom Agony". Lords of Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Epica - The Phantom Agony". Metal Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Epica (Nld) - The Phantom Agony". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Epica - The Phantom Agony (Expanded Edition)". Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Epica - The Phantom Agony (Expanded Edition)". Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  10. ^ The Phantom Agony (CD sleeve). Epica. The Netherlands: Transmission Records. 2003.CS1 maint: others (link)