It wouldn't be unfair to say that there's quite a bit of heat surrounding X Opus and their debut CD The Epiphany and it wouldn't be fair to suggest that much of the hype is somewhat justified. If you like Dream Theater, Queensryche, Symphony X or Pagan's Mind then you're really going to dig The Epiphany.
Led by James Williams who writes, produces and plays most things The Epiphany is a highly cohesive piece even though the band has two lead vocalists in Brian Dixon and David Crocker and I have no idea who sings what. Although undoubtedly a progressive metal band X Opus aren't above throwing in some catchy tunes like "On Top of the World" which is very like Pagan's Mind at their most commercial.
"Pharaohs of Lies" deals with a similar lyrical thread to early Pagan's Mind but vocally sounds like James LaBrie and has some shredding guitar and widdly keyboards all over it – what's not to love? It would be easy to write ditto when concerning "I'll Find Heaven" but in truth, there's not a duff track on this record and if you like heavy progressive music with celestial lyrical themes you most certainly won't go wrong if you invest in this one.
2) On Top Of The World
3) Pharaohs Of Lies
4) I'll Find The Truth
5) In The Heavens
6) The Epiphany (Opus Benedictus Interlude)
7) I Will Fly
8) Forsaken (Requiem Of The Forsaken)
9) Angels Of War
10) Never Forgotten