Epic Music

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Epic Music

Postby The Cosmic Fool » Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:42 am UTC

This thread is dedicated to the epic music. What is considered epic crosses genres of music and has only one requirement; that it makes you feel witness to something grand. Music to go to war to. Striking and dramatic stuff.

I'm fond of E Nomine and E.S. Posthumus to get my epic fixes, but there are lots of other groups and songs out there that convey the same feeling and style.

That is where this thread comes in. I need more of this stuff, and I'm sure some discussion wouldn't hurt.

I'm currently hooked on Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) by E Nomine. Something about the German, Latin and Gregorian chanting just does it for me.

Discuss, share! Etc!
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Re: Epic Music

Postby 1337geek » Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:09 am UTC

Symphonic power metal. That's all you need to know. It's the most epic music there is. Heroic and cheesy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphonic_metal#Symphonic_power_metal

Oh, and there's also Wagnerian rock, the genre created by Jim Steinman. It doesn't get much more epic than that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagnerian_rock
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Re: Epic Music

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:58 am UTC

Rhapsody of Fire is an epic symphonic power metal band.

Ayreon is incredibly epic, especially The Human Experience.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Robin S » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:57 am UTC

Actually, quite a lot of film music.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Unakau » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:12 pm UTC

The most epic-sounding (Not best-sounding) rock song that I have heard is probably Number of the Beast.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby dubsola » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:04 pm UTC

Bohemian Rhapsody.
Eruption - the truly epic guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen.
1812 Overture.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Toeofdoom » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:12 pm UTC

most songs only have that effect on me a few times before it fades to normal awesome. Interestingly, something corporate/jacks manequinn seems to have the feeling down best, but the epic message isn't there.

Within temptation - Mother earth, is pretty cool. Muse - Knights of cydonia is pretty close, but when I went to a concert, the most epic had to be when they did "Invincible", apart from the staggering irony of a song with the point of saying we were all invincible if we stick together right after a song saying there is no justice in the world and never was (with the implied "there never will be").

Anything on my 5 star list by a live band is generally going to be fairly epic.

I think the "music to go to war to" has kinda put me off from most of the best songs I like going here.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby no-genius » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:56 pm UTC

The most epic music I have is Godspeed. But some British Sea Power is fairly epic - 'Lately' is 14 minutes long, and has some really cool piano solos. Yum!
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Re: Epic Music

Postby EvanED » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:01 pm UTC

The last ~4 minutes of the Pulse version of Comfortably Numb.

I would also say that Bolero is epic in some sense, even though I kinda hate that song and agree with Ravel's own description of it as "seventeen minutes of orchestra without any music". (Actually I thought that the quote was "a seventeen minute crescendo without any music." I liked that version much better. Oh well.)

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Re: Epic Music

Postby clayasaurus » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:02 pm UTC

Dragonforce.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Prole » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:03 pm UTC

Its almost cliche'd but,

wagner's finest - ride of the valkyries
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Aleril » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

clayasaurus wrote:Dragonforce.


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Re: Epic Music

Postby Elenion » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:40 pm UTC

The soundtrack to Pirates (all 3 movies) is nice, sorta epic i guess? ^^
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Re: Epic Music

Postby arkady » Thu Nov 29, 2007 5:05 pm UTC

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Rhapsody of Fire is an epic symphonic power metal band.


Hell yes!

Christopher Lee is awesome as well, but the old guy was funnier (see Last Winged Unicorn).


I should post the 14 minute epic I wrote parodying the style, called "The Brave Quest to Find the Magic Spear so that the Evil Armies of the Sand Can be Tragically but Heroically Defeated on The Moors of Light and the Princess Symphony Can Finally Get Married." (Or The Princess Symphony for short, to make it sound like one of Beethoven's more pretentious pieces).

I really really wish Rhapsody would tour the UK.
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Postby ChocloManx » Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:35 pm UTC

Dragonforce is not epic. It's guitar wanking, unoriginal drumming and lousy vocals.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Savage Karate Attack » Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:52 pm UTC

Phish - "The Divided Sky"

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Re: Epic Music

Postby That Guy » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:36 pm UTC

The Protomen, visit their website. Now.

If the requirement is that it makes you feel witness to something grand, then it's got all of your puny asses beat.

Also Hammerforce.

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Blood Brothers- "The Shame"

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Postby Stief » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:40 pm UTC

Nightwish-Ghost Love Score

One of my favourites of theirs ^_^
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Postby malec2b » Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:28 pm UTC

Rush's 2112, Xanadu, Cygnus X-1 (books 1 and 2), Fountain of Lamneth, and Jacob's Ladder
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, March of the Black Queen, and Prophet's Song
Yes' Close to the Edge, Starship Trooper, Gates of Dilerium, and And You And I
King Crimson's The Court of the Crimson King, and Epitaph
Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick
David Bowie's Cygnet Comittee, Time, and Wild-eyed Boy from Freecloud
Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, and Achilles Last Stand

And of course, possibly the kings of Epic rock music, Kansas, has Journey from Mariabronn, Apercu, Incomundro-Hymn to the Atman, All the World, Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel), Closet Chronicles, The Pinnacle, and Magnum Opus.

I listen to alot of Epic Prog Rock

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Antimatter Spork » Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:52 pm UTC

Satie's Vexations takes over 20 hours to perform. It may not be epic in the "awesome" sense of the word, (unless you're a complete music geek, like me) but it sure is epic in the sense of "long".

Of course, it's completely overshadowed by John Cage's organ2/ASLAP, which is currently being performed (estimated year of completion is 2639.)

In the more conventional sense of the word, Wagner's operas have already been mentioned, but I'd also say that Stravinsky's Ballets are also pretty epic.

Oh, and the Brahms Tragic Overture. That one is awesome.
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Postby ChocloManx » Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:50 am UTC

malec2b wrote:
I listen to alot of Epic Prog Rock


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Re: Epic Music

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arkady wrote:Christopher Lee is awesome as well, but the old guy was funnier (see Last Winged Unicorn).


Sir Jay Lansford is delightfully melodramatic.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Kaelri » Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:25 pm UTC

A lot from early Genesis: notably, The Knife, The Musical Box, the whole of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and of course Supper's Ready. ("Apocalypse in 9/8" and "As Sure as Eggs is Eggs" together are pretty much my paragon of 'epic.')

Peter Gabriel can also reach those peaks when the muse strikes: Signal to Noise, much of Ovo and Passion (which I think of as a 'quiet' epic, if that makes any sense), and Biko. (Watch this. No more explanation than the last three minutes is needed.)

Kevin Gilbert's The Shaming of the True.

Sufjan Stevens's Majesty Snowbird. A friend of mine was lucky enough to see that performance. He said there was a boy sitting next to him who was in tears by the end.

Porcupine Tree's Collapse the Light Into Earth.

The last track on Sigur Ros's "( )", untitled but unofficially known as "Popplagið," is really quiet and peaceful for the first half, then simply explodes into the most unexpected and overwhelming apocalyptic crescendo I've ever heard.

Musicals can do it without much trouble, just by virtue of having a real story to tell. The Phantom, Rent and Les Mis can do it for me pretty consistently.

As for soundtracks, I have no shame in owning and jealously guarding The Lord of the Rings, nor hesitation in evangelizing every score that Nobuo Uematsu has ever breathed on, but my winner in that category is Kow Otani and Roar of the Earth, the soundtrack to Shadows of the Colossus - if for nothing else, the Epilogue (Those Who Remain), which is just one step beyond even Return of the King. Absolutely perfect.

Anyway. I'm sure there are more, 'cause I likes me some epic musics, but those are the highlights.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby The Sleeping Tyrant » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:22 pm UTC

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Ayreon is incredibly epic, especially The Human Experience.

I love you for mentioning this.

Also, I second the Tull - Thick as a Brick mention.

Doomsword are pretty damn epic, as are Solstice. Both have this really great doomy style, that just bleeds epic.
Avantasia are as well. It's power metal centered around concept albums, and is probably the most epic thing I've ever come across. Including Dragonforce.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Squalish » Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:22 pm UTC

Rob Dougan - all his instrumentals, particularly Clubbed to Death (Kuryayamino variation), Furious Angels, and Chateau

Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, in particular Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell

O Fortuna done by any good operatic chorus

Akira Soundtrack, in particular Kaneda by Geinoh Yah

A good 10% of John William's work

Battle without Honor or Humanity

A decent bit of the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Optician Of Urza » Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:22 am UTC

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Postby Number3Pencils » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:43 am UTC

Infernal Dance from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky.
Russian Sailors' Dance from The Red Poppy by Reinhold Gliere.
In the Hall of the Mountain King from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg.
Also Sprach Zarathustra from something by Strauss.
Andante from Symphony #2 by Jean Sibelius.
And many more pieces of classical music. Infernal Dance is first and foremost, I think.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Lleu » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:08 am UTC

And why has no one has mentioned Beethoven's Ninth Symphony?

Also, The Great Gate of Kiev, finale of Die Walküre, and Moonlight Sonata. There's also a Stravinksy symphony I'm thinking of, but I don't know which one.

Oh, and how could I forget Handel's Messiah, or Missa Papae Marcelli by Palestrina?

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Re: Epic Music

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The Sleeping Tyrant wrote:
The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Ayreon is incredibly epic, especially The Human Experience.

I love you for mentioning this.


I heard about it from Damien, so you should be loving yourself.

That sounded better in my head.
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The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:
The Sleeping Tyrant wrote:
The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Ayreon is incredibly epic, especially The Human Experience.

I love you for mentioning this.


I heard about it from Damien, so you should be loving yourself.

That sounded better in my head.

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Re: Epic Music

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The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:
The Sleeping Tyrant wrote:
The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Ayreon is incredibly epic, especially The Human Experience.

I love you for mentioning this.


I heard about it from Damien, so you should be loving yourself.

That sounded better in my head.

I bet it did.

Still, I can love you too can't I?
Seriously, for epicness, I don't think I'd have even thought of Ayreon. And if I had, I'd have thought of Into the Electric Castle first, so you win for mentioning THE.

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Postby arkady » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:30 am UTC

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arkady wrote:Christopher Lee is awesome as well, but the old guy was funnier (see Last Winged Unicorn).


Sir Jay Lansford is delightfully melodramatic.


Ah, is that who did voice overs beforehand? I'm fairly sure he didn't speak English.

That said, the lyrics on their old albums where none of them were that great at English are all brilliant. "Yes! I am that warrior!"
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Angstrom » Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:55 am UTC

Rhapsody (all of it), Luca Turilli, Ayreon, Kamelot and Nightwish I would put as my top 5 epic bands. Luca Turilli has a more cosmic style though.

Rhapsody: The whole damn saga.
Luca Turilli: The prophet of the last eclipse
Ayreon: Electric Castle and the Human Equation, Arjen is the god of epic prog.
Kamelot: Epica (well the name is right...)
Nightwish: Ghost love score, pharao sails to orion, the poet and the pendulum (this was incredible in concert), the islander, 10th man down, bless the child, pretty much the whole "Once" album.


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Re: Epic Music

Postby rxninja » Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:11 am UTC

As far as epic instrumental stuff goes, I personally like the Black Mages. It's Nobuo Uematsu's rock band with the man himself on keyboard and they play arrangements of Final Fantasy music retooled for their ensemble. Listening to it instantly makes me want to go battle evil or something.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Codex » Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:52 am UTC

This thread lacks the very definition of epic...

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Re: Epic Music

Postby bananarchy » Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:29 am UTC

Lleu wrote:Also, The Great Gate of Kiev,


Much yes, that one still gives me goosebumps. Also, I'm a big big fan of the soundtrack from The Fountain. It's not epic in the big bombastic way like the rest of the stuff in this thread, but it will tug at the very roots of your soul.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Metty » Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:32 pm UTC

The Nice do Great Gate's of Kiev awesomely.

The Nice do She Belongs To Me too. That's so amazing, can't find it on youtube.

The Nice are epic, so are ELP.

But...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts9r0QHuFHw

Blue Monday by New Order. :'D

I dunno, it's just something about that song.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby VV33 » Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

arcade fire.
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