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Haggard - Eppur Si Muove

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Release date: 26 April 2004
Style: Symphonic metal


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Disc I [CD]
01. All´inizio è La Morte
02. Menuetto In Fa-Minore
03. Per Aspera Ad Astra
04. Of A Might Divine
05. Gavotta In Si-Minore
06. Herr Mannelig
07. The Observer
08. Eppur Si Muove
09. Largetto / Epilogo Adagio
10. Herr Mannelig [short version]
11. De La Morte Noire [live] [limited edition]
12. Robin's Song [live] [limited edition]

Disc II [limited edition DVD]
01. Requiem
02. In A Pale Moon's Shadow
03. Cantus Firmus
04. De La Morte Noir
05. Lost (Robin)
+ In a Pale Moon's Shadow [video]

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Additional info
The title of this album is a quote taken from Galileo Galilei which he supposedly muttered under his breath while being forced to denounce that the earth is an orb in court, it is however not proven that he said this

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Symphonic elements in Metal is nowadays in fashion like never before. Bands like Therion made it largely popular and even way before neoclassical artists such as Ygnwie J. Malmsteen were amazing listeners with a blend of classical elements and Heavy Metal. But the German combo Haggard pushed this form of expression to a newer level with 2002's highly acclaimed "Awakening The Centuries". A full orchestra, a full choir and a very talented Metal base ranging from Heavy to Death Metal brought listeners to their knees. In this context, "Eppur Si Muove" surfaced in early 2004 and totally rocked my world.

published 14.12.2004 | Comments (12)

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12.01.2012 - 23:57
Rating: 7
Hello, i feel this album too crude. I dont see balance between Metal music and Classical (or instrumentated) music. I can remark for good this track "Herr Mannelig". =)
01.11.2012 - 18:36
Rating: 8
High Fist Prog
All elements of the album are flawless however, the combination isn't easy to understand in one sitting, will probably have to go back to this one again.
26.02.2013 - 22:56
Heaven Knight
Ok, i changed my mind...this is even slightly better than previous album
My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep

04.07.2013 - 06:56
Rating: 9
Asis vocals bring down what would be an almost perfect album in my opinion. This type of album would be much better with all clean vocals. I think growls would only fit if they were representing a villain or demonic character.
17.02.2014 - 16:45
Rating: 10
Written by [user id=147367] on 31.01.2014 at 19:39

I really love this album, but if it didn't have growls, it could be my favourite album ever.

Growling makes the essence of this kind of their music Symphonic Gothic Metal, you can't deny. Maybe you are fond of Epic Symphonic Music only?
17.08.2014 - 05:40
Rating: 6
The ensemble were pretty good, but the growling frontman did absolutely nothing for me.
24.04.2017 - 23:58
Rating: 10
This is a masterpiece, and it is clearly their best album. Very beautiful music, throughout.
While I have absolutely no problems with the growls here, I can see why people do.
And I can imagine that we might have an equally brilliant album with exclusively clean vocals.
But hell, the growls belong to Haggard's music just as each of their countless instruments.
Highlights: Almost everything, but certainly All inzio e la morte and the titletrack.
23.08.2017 - 00:24
Rating: 10
Nick Carter
10's are for the Gods and this is a divine album!
12.04.2020 - 12:52
Rating: 8
I've tried this album a few times now and I definitely can't get on-board with calling it a masterpiece.

6 or 7 is too low, but I just can't bring myself to give it a 9 or 10.
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22.11.2021 - 08:53
Rating: 10
That's the easiest 10 I've ever given, without thinking twice about it.
02.12.2021 - 23:28
Rating: 10
This album and Awakening the century are the best symphonic metal has to offer.

I have a particular love for Haggard as each time I put one of their album it always triggers a lot of attention from my 1 year old son: crazy how this music catches him.
19.02.2022 - 12:24
Rating: 6
Nocturnal Bro
Not a huge fan, but I do find a lot of this musicianship very interesting: the huge orchestra of different instruments, the alternating somber choir and growling vocals, the various languages... it all contributes to a very epic experience!

To have an album devoted to Galileo's discovery is a unique concept, but I dont find it as compelling as fantasy-themed concept albums. The growling doesn't necessarily turn me off, though I do prefer the beautiful female vocals!

My favorite songs here: Herr Mannelig, Per Aspera Ad Astra
28.03.2023 - 14:36
Rating: 9
Metal Addiction
This one is a prime example of extreme harmonisation between a symphony orchestra and a metal band. Unlike some metal bands who adopted symphonic elements as senseless background, Haggard have done an impeccable job to display the musical heterogeneity. Like Galileo Galilei said "Eppur Si Muove", this album sounds like trying hard to prove that the symphonic elements and metal are not disparate from each other as pessimists keep insisting that they are not harmonious.
21.08.2023 - 08:05
Rating: 10
For me this is how symphonic metal has to be. One of the best albums of all time. An album that can change your life. Give it a listen without second thought.

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