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Re: Epic Music

Postby aion7 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:50 am UTC

Stairway to Heaven, anyone?

Also Paint it, Black by the Rolling Stones, a lot of Nightwish songs, and Piano Man and We didn't Start the Fire, both by Billy Joel.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby miles01110 » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:36 am UTC

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


Im not sure the 9th is "epic", but it's certainly revolutionary.


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.


You're probably thinking of the Firebird. The Finale is probably one of the loudest things you'll ever hear an orchestra play.

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

Again, not so epic in my opinion, but certainly groundbreaking.

Other things that come to mind would be Beethoven's 3rd, Brahms 1 & 4, Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, Shostakovich 5. I guess it depends on your definition of epic though- for me it means "big brass and timpani" parts along with some historical value in music history.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Lleu » Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:58 am UTC

.... Okay, I honestly have no idea why I mentioned "Missa Papae Marcelli". Must've been tired.

I know I'm not thinking of the Firebird. Actually, I'm pretty sure I have the wrong composer. But you're right about the Finale. Can't believe I forgot that. My orchestra played it, but I had tacet...

And while I'm at it, I may as well say that the complete works of Beethoven, chronologically, somewhat resemble an epic story.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Aleril » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:17 am UTC

rxninja wrote: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.



Oh god yes.

The Black Mages are truly the most epic rock known to man.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby clarbri » Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:43 am UTC

I'll probably get some disagreement over this (and it might be justified), but I've always thought that Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" had a really epic, sweeping scope to it.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby dyzzy » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:40 pm UTC

"Gerudo Valley" from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, by Koji Kondo I believe.
I always get a rush of emotion while listening to it.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Rhaegar » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:57 pm UTC

Storm, by Godspeed You Black Emperor!

or, Your Hand In Mine by Explosions In The Sky.

or anything by the above two bands, but the forementioned just make me go "wow".

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Re: Epic Music

Postby J Spade » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:05 pm UTC

Santorini from Yanni's performance at the Acropolis.

Epic is the only word for it.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Cai » Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:17 pm UTC

Pelican's 'March To The Sea', Austerity Program's 'Song 16' and all of Mastodon's Leviathan, maybe more specifically, the song 'Heart's Alive'.
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Re: Epic Music

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Toeofdoom » Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:07 am UTC

Actually, I'd kinda like to add Dresden dolls - Sing.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby adlaiff6 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:26 pm UTC

The version of Stagger Lee done by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Rhaegar wrote:Your Hand In Mine by Explosions In The Sky.

Two friends and I learned most of that song. Glad you think it's epic.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Philomid » Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:50 pm UTC

A lot of the stuff malec2b said, but a few others/changes.
"Carry on my Wayward Son" by Kansas (kinda cliche'd since GH2, but I loved it before that).
"Kashmir", "Archilles Last Stand", and "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin
Anything by E Nomine
"The Bodies Hit the Floor" by Drowning Pool
"Ladies and Gentlemen" by Saliva

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Triss Hawkeye » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

Nightwish - especially the Poet and the Pendulum, and for some reason The Last of the Wilds (haven't heard some of their earlier stuff). And The Black Mages, definitely. And soundtracks to The Lord of the Rings and Pirates. I would gladly go to war to such music!

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Re: Epic Music

Postby shmack92 » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:27 am UTC

clayasaurus wrote:Dragonforce.

fake. not even the artists can naturally compose it.

The LOTR version of Requiem for a dream is prettty high up on the epic scale.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby SkaBassist » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:43 am UTC

A bunch of people mentioned Lux Aeterna/LOTR, which is a shoe-in. The Requiem For A Tower version moreso. I can also agree with the guy who mentioned Neutral Milk Hotel.

As far as contemporary music goes, though, I'll give it to "Welcome Home" by Coheed and Cambria. More or less the only good post IKS song, IMO. And you've gotta give some credit to Streetlight Manifesto - "The Receiving End Of It All" is (as so eloquently put by one youtube comment) butt-wrenchingly epic.
OH! And I almost forgot Tyr. You can't hate a band that has convinced themselves that they're vikings. "Hammer of Thor" is pretty epic.
Jesus, almost forgot "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by The Decemberists. That is indisputably epic.
....Maybe some Opeth, too.

Also, please don't discuss Dragonforce out of the context of how terrible they are. Please. they are the most homogeneous, cheesy, terrible music around. Every song is the same, and the guitars are making the sound of guitar-rape. This is, contrary to the belief of Dragonforce fans, not good.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby livelyness » Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:16 pm UTC

Scorpions
anything from Moments of Glory.
Big City Nights
Crossfire
Send Me An Angel
and of course Hurricane 2000
Great guitar work and Berlin Philharmonic is epic to the max!

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Triss Hawkeye » Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:43 pm UTC

I don't suppose anyone's mentioned Symphony X? I haven't heard much of their stuff, but I've heard they're pretty epic and I love Candlelight Fantasia...

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Shedek » Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:46 pm UTC

Opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENl4JK6LJ0Y

L' Arlesienne Suite No. 1: Prelude -

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-KA76yUSK44&feature=related

And, of course, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (as performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert von Karajan) -

Part 1
Part 2

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Re: Epic Music

Postby J Spade » Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:01 am UTC


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Re: Epic Music

Postby ICDB » Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:36 am UTC

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Also there was this part in Birdland that, when I first listened to it, it felt like I was walking through this garden. It was really cool.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Ney » Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:26 pm UTC

Leæther Strip - Seranade to the dead (the whole album, and you may find him listed as Leaether Strip many places). Listining to that album is always a new experience each time. It truly is epic!

Other things that deserves mention:
Hammerfall - Never, ever http://youtube.com/watch?v=4ThArDEFA4c (dont watch the movie its just some random lotr stuff)
Dvorak - 9° symphony, From a New World
Dimmu Borgir - The serpentine offering, also the video is awesome! http://youtube.com/watch?v=eAmMcBQavKE
Amon Amarth - Runes to my memory http://youtube.com/watch?v=JFq2YJKYa-k

People have already mentioned Týr, and Nightwish so I won't ellaborate except saying I agree :)

ps. to the guy that mentioned Týr, check out Amon Amarth, they are also true Vikings, afaik they even converted to the old nordic religon (don't know the english word for beleiving in Oden and Thor)!

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Nimz » Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:17 pm UTC

malec2b wrote: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
Philomid wrote:"Carry on my Wayward Son" by Kansas
Lots of epic prog rock there. Also worth mention are The Who, with Baba O'Riley.
I would add to the Led Zep list Bonzo's Montreaux. That's four minutes of drumming I can listen to all night long.


Squalish wrote:A decent bit of the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks
I would top that list with Blue, Green Bird and Tank!, in alphabetical order b/c I can't decide which to put first.


Number3Pencils wrote: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.
Also Sprach Zarathustra is definitely epic. And I'm talking about the whole thing, not just the first minute and a half or so.
ELO did a good cover of In the Hall of the Mountain King. How can you go wrong taking an awesome classical piece and rocking out on it with a light orchestra?

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Re: Epic Music

Postby ChocloManx » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:46 pm UTC

Nimz wrote:Lots of epic prog rock there. Also worth mention are The Who, with Baba O'Riley.


As awesome as that song is, (Especially the guitar part at 3:35 before the violin solo, UNF) I wouldn't call it 'epic'.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Kag » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:23 pm UTC

Other than everything already mentioned, I think I'm going to have to say all of the music from Gitaroo Man, most especially this one. Not only is it an amazing song, but the level it is on is difficult beyond words.

Plus, his guitar shoots fucking lightning. It's pretty hard to get more epic than that.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby l33t_sas » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:26 pm UTC

Hmmm... Epic songs:

O Fortuna - Carl Orff
1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky
March of Mephisto - Kamelot
Anything by Rhapsody (of Fire)
The Edge/Dreams - Tyr
Ten Thousand Strong/Burning Times - Iced Earth
Sentient 6 - Nevermore
Painkiller - Judas Priest
The Cry of Silence - Draconian
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Re: Epic Music

Postby malec2b » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:15 am UTC

I've come back with some more epic songs:

The songs from Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes, especially The Revealing Science of God
South Side of the Sky and Heart of the Sunrise by Yes

The Devils Triangle by King Crimson (which is based off of Mars Bringer of War)

Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh by Magma

Karn Evil 9 by ELP

Dancing with the Moonlit Knight by Genesis (really, the album, Selling England by the Pound, as a whole is epic)

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Aleril » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:25 pm UTC

I found Foreplay/Long Time especially epic in scale, mostly the Foreplay part.

Edit: I find that the song named "Epic" isnt really that epic.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Vanguard » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:26 pm UTC

Trans-siberian(sp?) Orchestra and Nightwish.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Numquam » Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:02 am UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ArWLI908i4

Achilles Last Stand. The name of the song invokes the fiercest warrior known to man. After the name the next thing you notice is the power of the drums and the emotion behind the guitar. And then Robert Plant's voice chimes in...

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Re: Epic Music

Postby ChocloManx » Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:59 am UTC

malec2b wrote:
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh by Magma

The whole album is awesome and it has the best name ever.

Also yeah, Achilles' Last Stand rocks beyond description.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby huzzah4happiness » Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:23 pm UTC

Keeping with the epic prog-rock(nothing is better) trend...
Most of the stuff by Dream Theater is pretty damned to extremely epic, but I'm not sure where to begin in terms of recommendations though.
Some Tool is good for you too, songs like Jambi and The Pot should deliver.
And I agree with Vanguard on Trans-Siberian Orchestra, epic Christmasness.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby Mandiful » Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:36 pm UTC

Stairway to Heaven.
End of story.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Numquam » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:30 am UTC

Mandiful wrote:Stairway to Heaven.
End of story.

Stairway to Heaven
Good Song? Great
Epic? Definitely Not
It doesn't have that feeling of grandness that other songs in this thread have.
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Re: Epic Music

Postby imatrendytotebag » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:39 am UTC

So, its certainly not my favorite song, but I'm surprised nobody's mentioned it. Listening to this certainly gives ME a feeling of epic-ness...

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Re: Epic Music

Postby malec2b » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:31 am UTC

Numquam wrote:
Mandiful wrote:Stairway to Heaven.
End of story.

Stairway to Heaven
Good Song? Great
Epic? Definitely Not
It doesn't have that feeling of grandness that other songs in this thread have.


Well, I would say that the song IS epic, but it only has one foot in the door of the epic world of prog rock, just borrowing some elements. While it is epic, there are many true prog rock songs that are way more epic.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Zak » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:32 am UTC

I simply cannot believe that Sabaton has not been mentioned yet...

intense power metal with epic vocals singing about nothing but war?

(not screamy high pitched-type vocals, think the pitch of most metal but with almost no growling)

Epic. Win.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby reflectia » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:42 am UTC

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Howard Shore - Some themes from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, though as I overplay this, it'll probably fall off the charts.
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture
Benjamin Britten - War Requiem
Krzysztof Penderecki - Credo
Frank Ticheli - An American Elegy

I don't know, but Also Sprach Zarathustra (Strauss) has lost its touch after only a few listens (it may be the fact that it was used a Raymour & Flanigan commercial recently that was overplayed on TV).
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Re: Epic Music

Postby mud » Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:18 pm UTC

The Streets Fell Into My Window - The Red Paintings
Scorponok - Steve Jablonsky (I think - it's from Transformers)
Hall of the Mountain King - Apocalyptica (Apocalyptica in general is pretty epic)
Master Passion Greed - Nightwish and also The Poet and the Pendulum by them. I also agree with whoever said Ghost Love Score.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor - by that guy... oh, Bach :D

and probably some other stuff I can't remember atm.

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Re: Epic Music

Postby Gustin » Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:55 am UTC

BT - "This Binary Universe" Every song on it is epic.
The icelandic band Sigur Ros has a lot of epic songs on "()"

I really enjoy epic types of songs.


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