The reissue of “The Phantom Agony”, the 2003 debut album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic EPICA, has entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 8 — the group’s highest chart entry to date.
“The Phantom Agony” was re-released as a deluxe digipack on March 23 to coincide with the band’s special tenth-anniversary show at the Klokgebouw in Eindoven, Netherlands. This ambitious concert featured a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, international guests and loads of special effects.
EPICA‘s previous label, Transmission Records, reissued “The Phantom Agony”, in a special package containing 15 bonus tracks, including seven previously unreleased versions and one previously unreleased song. The album also contains a 20-page booklet with photos and liner notes by EPICA founder Mark Jansen. Along with the deluxe digipack, the album was also released on double vinyl being pressed on high-quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl and put in a 350-gram cardboard sleeve, including all lyrics. This also included six bonus tracks.
Commented Jansen: “[EPICA and Transmission] have put aside our differences, ’cause at the end of the day, both parties want to have the debut album available to the EPICA fans, as it has been out of print for more than five years!”
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