Although the album might be their weakest (which in no way means that it's actually weak, though), this is one of their best songs if not the best IMO. The grunts are on POINT and everything is just right. Love it!
"Symphonic Black Metal? " There are black metal influences on Epica.. if you listen to the music carefully you will realized about it ;-) they have a lot of music influences. It's not that i care about tags and i even didn't tag them as symphonic black metal cause imo they aren't...but there are influences are clearly
Lol at "final final final song" on The Classical Conspiracy. *Three* obviously planned "encore" songs has to be the height of playing with the audience. :-D Not that I ever care when I'm in an audience and that happens, it's fun.