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Epinikion


Artist: Epinikion
Title: Inquisition
Format:  Digital CD / Physical CD
Label: Independent Release

For fans of Epica, Nightwish, After Forever, Sonata Arctica, Within Temptation, Kamelot, Trans-Siberian Orchestra…..

Quote: ‘Epinikion is Hans Zimmer on steroids.

On April 21, 2022, the first full-length album from Belgium based symphonic metal band Epinikion has been released, called ‘Inquisition’.

Epinikion are:

Eleonora Damiano – Vocals
Robert Tangerman – Rhythm Guitar
Emre Demir – Bass
Renate de Boer – Keys

Guest artists:

Levent Gasgil – Lead Guitar
Tirtzah Bego – Drums

The story

The story begins when a woman named Eleonor, was brought before the Inquisition. She is on trial for heresy, which is charged to her by the Spanish inquisitor in the Netherlands, the father of her beloved Luca. The charge is heresy and since Eleonor and her family are Protestants, that is enough to imprison her. The real reason is her relationship with the son of a Spanish nobleman and inquisitor, Luca. Looking back, Eleonor meets Luca at the market, does not know who he is but is immediately in love. She knows her love for Luca is being disapproved and that she notices a strange kind of jealousy. This is a forbidden relationship but who can help her? She has fled into the dark forest to hide and be safe. But she can’t stay there forever. Luca wants to fight for the relationship and rebels. In Eleonor’s “fight” to survive, she must make it clear that her accuser is a big con artist himself. After having so much proof by witnesses and many adventures to reveal the truth, people openly and freely talk about the terrible stories they no longer want to be part of. Eleonor and Luca celebrate their victory and stay together. The moral of the story: before you judge, take a step back and look from a different perspective. Go into a story with an open mind, you can come to solutions that may have always been there for the taking but that you never saw!

Tracklist:

  1. The Council of Troubles
  2. Inquisition
  3. Love So Subline
  4. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Jealousy
  5. Stand Up and Fight
  6. On The Brink of Despair
  7. In The Middle of the Night
  8. Sail Away
  9. False Faced Demon
  10. If I Could Turn Back Time
  11. Strangers In The Dark
  12. The Courage To Change

Epinikion is a symphonic metal band settled in Belgium. The band is founded in 2020 by Renate de Boer on keys and Robert Tangerman on guitar. The lineup is completed by Eleonora Damiano on vocals. Levent Gasgil and Emre Demir joined on lead guitar and bass to complete the album. For the live shows Rico Snel (ex Adversarius) will join on lead guitar, besides Rusad Hassan (ex Aeternitas) on bass and Joeri Warmerdam (Phantom Elite) on drums.

After Robert and Renate had ended their top sport careers, Robert came up with the idea to do something in music. The combination of his electric guitar and Renate’s classical piano almost naturally lead to the choice for symphonic metal music. As a band name they chose ‘Epinikion’, which means ‘hymne for the winner’. In Ancient Greece the heroic stories of athletes were sung in an epinikion after their victories at major events. A phoenix was added to the band logo, as a sign of athletes resurrected from their ashes as musicians. As a result of the passion and sports mentality of Robert and Renate, the band evolved rapidly. It gave rise to the need of professional music production. From the very beginning Epinikion combined heavy guitar riffs with subtle progressive and heavy metal influences, completed with harmonic and bombastic orchestral lines. The typical Epinikion sound is described as ‘epic, cinematic with captivating melodic lines. Refreshing sympfonic metal with a personal twist’.

Epinikion – Welcome to the Wonderful World

Epinikion – Strangers in the Dark (Album Version)

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