Artist/ Band: Epic
Title: The Iron Philharmonic
Label: Self release
Year of Release: 2004
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The Review:

Epic is a collaboration between two musicians, pianist/guitarist Ed Pszeniczka and drummer/percussionist Jay Jurcenko. As their namesake says, they are EPIC with a blend of symphonic progressive rock with a heavy dose of metallic guitar. Their 26 minute EP debut The Iron Philharmonic, also lives up to itís name. Ed and Jay are live a metallic symphony in the way they arrange and compose their music. Itís so amazing after hearing the disc, that itís only two guys doing the music. They are helped out by guitarist Charles Mulvey, who provides several lead solos.

The music is raw but very professionally sounding. Itís simply a glimpse into something great to come. The all instrumental CD is divided into two Chapters, the first is called Voice Of The Theatre and the 11 minute title track is a heavy symphonic metal feast. Chapter Two is called Imperial Winter and has three songs to it, including the title track which is another heavy symphonic piece. This is one of the few independent progressive bands that I had misconceptions at first but after really listening to it, I admire itĎs beauty and power.

Epic is currently in the studio recording their second CD release and itís expected to be released in early 2007. Until then grab a copy of The Iron Philharmonic. Fans of symphonic music, both rock and metal will enjoy this EP.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on November 21st, 2006


Chapter One: Voice of the Theatre
1. Prelude
2. Voice of the Theatre

Chapter Two: Imperial Winter
3. 12.21
4. Imperial Winter
5. The Rain

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