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About

Released : 22 August 2007 (Japan), 28 August 2007 (USA), 7 September 2007 (Europe), 10 September 2007 (UK)
Labels : Nuclear Blast, Over the Rainbow (Mexico), Laser Company & Voice Music (Brazil), Irond Ltd. (Russia), Seoul Records (South Korea), Avalon (Japan), Icarus Music (Argentina)
Producers : Sascha Paeth, Epica
Recorded : Between November 2006 and March 2007 at Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany (except bass guitar recorded at the Huts Studio, Antwerp, Belgium and grand piano on “Safeguard to Paradise” recorded at Smash Recordings, Liessel, The Netherlands)
Mixed : By Sasha Paeth at The Gate Studio and The Pathway Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany in May 2007

Promo shoots


Promo shoot by Andrea Beckers


Promo shoot by Cindy Frey


Promo shoot by Rudy de Doncker #1


Promo shoot by Rudy de Doncker #2

Versions

Album, digipack

01. Indigo (Prologue)
02. The Obsessive Devotion
03. Menace of Vanity
04. Chasing the Dragon
05. Never Enough
06. La’petach Chatat Rovetz (The Final Embrace)
07. Death of a Dream (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VII)
08. Living a Lie (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VIII)
09. Fools of Damnation (The Embrace That Smothers, Part IX)
10. Beyond Belief
11. Safeguard to Paradise
12. Sancta Terra
13. The Divine Conspiracy

Brazilian edition

01. Indigo (Prologue)
02. The Obsessive Devotion
03. Menace of Vanity
04. Chasing the Dragon
05. Never Enough
06. La’petach Chatat Rovetz (The Final Embrace)
07. Death of a Dream (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VII)
08. Living a Lie (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VIII)
09. Fools of Damnation (The Embrace That Smothers, Part IX)
10. Beyond Belief
11. Safeguard to Paradise
12. Sancta Terra
13. The Divine Conspiracy
14. Replica

Limited edition 2CD

CD 1
01. Indigo (Prologue)
02. The Obsessive Devotion
03. Menace of Vanity
04. Chasing the Dragon
05. Never Enough
06. La’petach Chatat Rovetz (The Final Embrace)
07. Death of a Dream (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VII)
08. Living a Lie (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VIII)
09. Fools of Damnation (The Embrace That Smothers, Part IX)
10. Beyond Belief
11. Safeguard to Paradise
12. Sancta Terra
13. The Divine Conspiracy
CD 2 (enhanced)
01. Higher High
02. Replica
03. Never Enough (Music Video)
04. Never Enough (Long Version)
05. Making Of Never Enough

Mexico limited tour edition 2CD

Same tracklist, includes 5 postcards, 1 flyer, 16-page booklet, 1 backstage pass for “Mexican Conspiracy”, 2008 calendar (in Spanish), 2 A5-posters, limited to 1,000 copies, numbered

2LP, picture disc

Vinyl 1 Side A
01. Indigo (Prologue)
02. The Obsessive Devotion
03. Menace of Vanity
04. Chasing the Dragon
Vinyl 1 Side B
05. Never Enough
06. La’petach Chatat Rovetz (The Final Embrace)
07. Death of a Dream (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VII)
08. Living a Lie (The Embrace That Smothers, Part VIII)
09. Fools of Damnation (The Embrace That Smothers, Part IX)
Vinyl 2 Side A
01. Beyond Belief
02. Safeguard to Paradise
03. Sancta Terra
Vinyl 2 Side B
04. The Divine Conspiracy
05. Higher High
06. Replica

Limited numbered edition

2010 re-release, 2LP, black

Same tracklist, limited to 200 copies

2010 re-release, 2LP, white

Same tracklist, limited to 200 copies

2010 re-release, 2LP, clear blue

Same tracklist, limited to 100 copies, numbered

2017 re-release, 2LP, red

Same tracklist, limited

2017 re-release, 2LP, green

Same tracklist, limited to 500 copies, exclusively available through Nuclear Blast mailorder

Trivia

  • This is a concept album. According to the band, the album deals with the theory that “as a test, God created all kinds of different religions and released those upon humanity to see if they would be able to find the true nature of them, realizing that in all religions it is actually the same”.

“The idea behind the cover is that we are all born innocent – say, naked – and as your live progresses you will be marked for life. This is what the tattoos stand for. The apple is a symbol for Eve, who became a mortal by eating that piece of fruit. It was my own idea to be butt naked on the cover, though many people think Nuclear Blast (our label) has pushed me to do so. I really had to convince the other band members that I really wanted to do it – for me it’s a form of pure art. That’s why I didn’t really mind taking my clothes off. The shoot with Andrea Beckers was a strange experience and Mattias Norén (who has designed the booklet) has turned it into something really beautiful.” – Simone Simons

“The whole album is about humanity, and the many sides to humanity. The first part of the album is about the negative side of the human psyche. It’s about greed, addiction. Then you have the second part of the album that deals about religion. Then the third part of the album which deals about nature. So it’s kind of a wide topic covering a lot of aspects about the world.” – Simone Simons

Singles

Never Enough

Chasing the Dragon

Chronology

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Consign to Oblivion
2005

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Design Your Universe
2009