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No rock progressivo, épico é uma composição longa, normalmente acima de 20 minutos, em alguns casos chegando até a uma hora, que compõem a forma mais pura e distinta do gênero. A maioria dos épicos varia entre 15 e 25 minutos.

Normalmente os épicos são divididos em partes distintas em tempo, escala, instrumentos e sonoridade, porém coesas em estilo. Um exemplo é a clássica Close To The Edge (1972), da banda inglesa Yes, que é dividida em 4 partes, cada uma composta por membros diferentes da banda. O modo como a música é conduzida e como suas partes são balanceadas tornaram-se uma referência no gênero. Algumas vezes, determinadas partes de um épico são lançadas separadamente como um single, como foram Gates of Delirium do Yes (de onde se tirou o single Soon), ou Supper's ready do Genesis (de onde se tirou o single Willow Farm).

Um épico é a recorrência mais clara do rock progressivo à música clássica, de onde ele teve suas origens. Mesmo assim, os épicos atuais seguem as tendências e estilos de cada banda. Green Carnation, por exemplo, no seu épico Light of Day, Day of Darkness, toca uma hora de metal. Rush, no épico 2112 (20:37), utiliza-se bastante de seu estilo próprio, também pesado.

Os épicos às vezes são divididos em duas ou mais faixas de um CD, como faz Pendragon (Queen of hearts, Not of this world), mas são assim consideradas porque trata-se de uma única composição. Jethro Tull, por exemplo, criou dois épicos com mais de 40 minutos cada utilizando os dois lados do LP, que não suportava muito mais que 20 minutos por lado. Nessa época, a maioria dos épicos ocupava um lado inteiro do disco.

Álbuns conceptuaisEditar

Outra forma pura de rock progressivo são os álbuns conceptuais. Eles são quase o oposto de um épico: em vez de uma música longa, o álbum é composto por diversas músicas, normalmente menores, porém com o mesmo tema. Freqüentemente, essas músicas são conectadas, formando uma única composição, como o álbum de Marillion em 1985, Misplaced childhood. Não é totalmente aceito que músicas como essa sejam consideras épicos.

Épicos por décadaEditar

Aqui são listados alguns exemplos de épicos no rock progressivo ou metal progressivo, por década de lançamento.

Década de 60Editar

Ano Artista Álbum Música Duração
1967 Pink Floyd Tonite let's all make love in London (EP) Interestellar overdrive 16:46
1968 Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 17:05
1968 Procol Harum Shine on brightly In held 'twas in I
  1. Glimpses of Nirvana
  2. 'Twas tea time at the circus
  3. The Autumn of my madness
  4. Look to your soul
  5. Grand finale
17:39
1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) 13:39

Década de 70Editar

Ano Artista Álbum Música Duração
1970 Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother Atom Heart Mother
  1. Father's shout
  2. Breat milky
  3. Mother fore
  4. Funky dung
  5. Mind your throats please
  6. Remergence
23:45
1970 King Crimson Lizard Lizard
  1. Prince Rupert awakes
  2. Bolero: The peacock's tale
  3. The battle of the glass tears
23:15
1971 Caravan In The Land Of Grey And Pink Nine Feet Underground
  1. Nigel Blows a Tune
  2. Love's a Friend
  3. Make It 76
  4. Dance of the Seven Paper Hankies
  5. Hold Grandad by the Nose
  6. Honest I Did!
  7. Disassociation
  8. 100% Proof"
22:43
1971 Focus Moving Waves Eruption
  1. Orfeus
  2. Answer
  3. Orfeus
  4. Answer
  5. Pupilla
  6. Tommy
  7. Pupilla
  8. Answer
  9. The Bridge
  10. Break
  11. Euridice
  12. Dayglow
  13. Endless Road
  14. Answer
  15. Orfeus
  16. Euridice
23:04
1971 Pink Floyd Meddle Echoes 23:28
1971 Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts A plague of lighthouse keepers
  1. Eyewitness
  2. Pictures/Lighthouse
  3. Eyewitness
  4. S.H.M.
  5. Presence of the night
  6. Kosmos tours
  7. (Custard's) Last stand
  8. The clot thickens
  9. Land's end
  10. We go now
23:04
1971 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus Tarkus
  1. Eruption
  2. Stones Of Years
  3. Iconoclast
  4. Mass
  5. Manticore
  6. Battlefield
  7. Aquatarkus
20:41
1972 Jethro Tull Thick as a brick Thick as a brick 43:36
1972 Focus Focus III Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! 19:54
1972 Focus Focus III Anonymus II
  1. Anonymus II (Part 1)
  2. Anonymus II (Conclusion)
26:21
1972 Genesis Foxtrot Supper's ready
  1. Lover's leap
  2. The guaranteed eternal sanctuary man
  3. Ikhnaton and Itsacon and their band of merry men
  4. How Dare I be so Beautiful
  5. Willow farm
  6. Apocalypse in 9/8 (featuring the delicious talents of Gabble Ratchet)
  7. As sure as eggs is eggs (aching men's feet)
22:54
1972 Yes Close to the edge Close to the edge
  1. The solid time of change
  2. Total mass retain
  3. I get up, I get down
  4. Seasons of man
18:44
1972 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Il giardino del mago
  1. Passo dopo passo
  2. Chi ride e chi geme
  3. Coi capelli sciolti al vento
  4. Compenetrazione
18:26
1973 Jethro Tull A Passion Play A Passion Play 44:58
1973 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery Karn Evil 9
  1. First Impression, part 1
  2. First Impression, part 2
  3. Second Impression
  4. Third Impression
29:40
1973 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans Ritual: Nous Sommes du Soleil 21:33
1973 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans The Revealing Science of God: Dance of the Dawn 20:20
1973 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans The Remembering: High the Memory 20:36
1973 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans "The Ancient": Giants Under the Sun 18:37
1973 Triumvirat Illusions on a double dimple Illusions on a double dimple
  1. Flashback
  2. Schooldays
  3. Triangle
  4. Illusions
  5. Dimplicity
  6. Last dance
22:55
1973 Triumvirat Illusions on a double dimple Mister ten percent
  1. Maze
  2. Dawning
  3. Bad deal
  4. Roundabout
  5. Lucky girl
  6. Million dollars
21:12
1974 Yes Relayer The Gates of Delirium 21:54
1974 Camel Mirage Lady Fantasy
  1. Encounter
  2. Smiles For You
  3. Lady Fantasy
12:45
1974 Focus Hamburguer Concerto Hamburger Concerto
  1. Starter
  2. Rare
  3. Medium I
  4. Medium II
  5. Well Done
  6. One for the Road
20:19
1975 Rush Caress of Steel The fountain of Lamneth
  1. In the valley
  2. Dialects and narpets
  3. No one at the bridge
  4. Panacea
  5. Bacchus plateau
  6. The fountain
19:59
1975 Renaissance Scheherezade and other stories Song of Scheherezade 24:39
1976 Rush 2112 2112
  1. Overture
  2. Temples of the Syrinx
  3. Discovery
  4. Presentation
  5. Oracle: the dream
  6. Soliloquy
  7. The grand finale
20:37
1977 Pink Floyd Animals Dogs 17:08
1977 Yes Going for the one Awaken 15:35
1978 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Love beach Memoirs of an officer and a gentleman
  1. Prologue / The Education Of A Gentleman
  2. Love At First Sight
  3. Letters From The Front
  4. Honourable Company (A March)
20:16
1978 Rush Hemispheres Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
  1. Prelude
  2. Apollo (Bringer of Wisdom)
  3. Dionysus (Bringer of Love)
  4. Armageddon (The Battle of Heart and Mind)
  5. Cygnus (Bringer of Balance)
  6. The Sphere (A Kind of Dream)
18:08
1979 Anyone's Daughter Adonis Adonis
  1. Come Away
  2. The Disguise
  3. Adonis
  4. The Epitaph
24:13

Década de 80Editar

Ano Artista Álbum Música Duração
1982 Marillion Market Square Heroes (EP) Grendel
  1. Heorot's Plea and Grendel's Awakening
  2. Grendel's Journey
  3. Lurker At The Threshold
  4. Finale
17:15
1983 Genesis Genesis
  1. Home By The Sea
  2. Second Home By The Sea
11:14
1983 IQ Tales From The Lush Attic The Last Human Gateway 19:58
1983 IQ Tales From The Lush Attic The Enemy Smacks 15:56
1983 Mercyful Fate Melissa "Satan's Fall" 11:23
1984 Iron Maiden Powerslave "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 13:35
1984 Venom At War with Satan "At War with Satan" 19:57
1986 Genesis Invisible Touch Domino
  1. In The Glow Of The Night
  2. The Last Domino
10:45
1987 Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 Helloween 13:18
1988 Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 Keeper of the Seven Keys 13:37
1988 Talk Talk Spirit of Eden The Rainbow
  1. The Rainbow
  2. Eden
  3. Desire
22:38

Década de 90Editar

Ano Artista Álbum Música Duração
1991 Pendragon The world Queen of hearts
  1. Queen of hearts
  2. ...A man could die out here...
  3. The last waltz
21:53
1992 Echolyn Suffocating the Bloom A suite for the everyman
  1. Only Twelve
  2. A Cautious Reponse
  3. Bearing Down
  4. Cash Flow Shuffle
  5. Mr. Oxy Moron
  6. Twelve's Enough
  7. I Am the Tide
  8. Cannoning in B Major
  9. Picture Perfect
  10. Those That Want to Buy
  11. Suffocating the Bloom
28:13
1992 Änglagård Hybris Gånglåt från Knapptibble 19:36
1992 Manowar The Triumph of Steel Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts
  • Prelude
  • I. Hector Storms the Wall
  • II. The Death of Patroclus
  • III. Funeral March
  • IV. Armor of the Gods
  • V. Hector's Final Hour
  • VI. Death Hector's Reward
  • VII. The Desecration of Hector's Body
    • A. Part 1
    • B. Part 2
  • VIII. The Glory of Achilles"
28:38
1993 Pendragon The Window of Life The last man on Earth 14:46
1993 diSEMBOWELMENT Transcendence into the Peripheral A Burial at Ornans 14:38
1994 Galleon Heritage and Visions Permanent vacation 16:26
1994 Dream Theater Awake A Mind Beside Itself
  1. Erotomania
  2. Voices
  3. The Silent Man
20:24
1995 Dream Theater A Change of Seasons A Change of Seasons
  1. The Crimson Sunrise
  2. Innocence
  3. Carpe Diem
  4. The Darkest of Winters
  5. Another World
  6. The Inevitable Summer
  7. The Crimson Sunset
23:06
1995 Spock's Beard The Light The water
  1. Introduction/The water
  2. When it all goes to hell
  3. A thief in the night
  4. FU/I'm sorry
  5. The water (revisited)
  6. Runnin' the race
  7. Reach for the sky
23:05
1995 Spock's Beard The Light The light
  1. The dream
  2. One man
  3. Garden people
  4. Looking straight into the light
  5. The man in the mountain
  6. Señor Valasco's mystic voodoo love dance
  7. The return of the horrible catfish man
  8. The dream
15:33
1996 Yes Keys to Ascension That, that is
  1. Togetherness
  2. Crossfire
  3. The giving things
  4. That is
  5. All in all
  6. How did heaven begin
  7. Agree to agree
19:15
1996 Opeth Morningrise Black Rose Immortal 20:14
1997 The Flower Kings Stardust We Are Stardust We Are 25:03
1997 Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy The Divine Wings of Tragedy 20:41
1997 Enslaved Eld 793 (Slaget om Lindisfarne) 16:10
1997 IQ Subterranea The narrow margin 20:00
1998 The Flower Kings Flower Power Garden of Dreams
  1. Dawn
  2. Simple Song
  3. Business Vamp
  4. All you Can Save
  5. Attack Of The Monster Briefcase
  6. Mr Hope Goes To Wall Street
  7. Did I Tell You
  8. Garden Of Dreams
  9. Don't Let The d'Evil In
  10. Love is the Word
  11. There's No Such Night
  12. The Mean Machine
  13. Dungeon Of The Deep
  14. Indian Summer
  15. Sunny Lane
  16. Gardens Revisited
  17. Shadowland
  18. The Final Deal
59:24
1998 Yes Keys to Ascension II Mind drive 18:38
1998 Galleon Mind over matter The wanderer 21:14
1998 Mercyful Fate Dead Again Dead Again 13:41
1999 Neal Morse Neal Morse A whole nother trip
  1. Bomb that can't explode
  2. Mr. upside down
  3. The man who would be king
  4. It's alright
23:58

Década de 2000Editar

Ano Artista Álbum Música Duração
2000 Transatlantic SMTPe All of the above
  1. Full moon rising
  2. October winds
  3. Camouflaged in blue
  4. Half alive
  5. Undying love
  6. Full moon rising (reprise)
30:59
2000 Spock's Beard V The great nothing
  1. From nowhere
  2. One note
  3. Come up breathing
  4. Submerged
  5. Missed your calling
  6. The great nothing
27:03
2001 Green Carnation Light of day, day of darkness Light of day, day of darkness 60:06
2001 Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever Duel with the devil
  1. Motherless children
  2. Walk away
  3. Silence of the night
  4. You're not alone
  5. Almost home
26:43
2001 Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever Stranger in your soul
  1. Sleeping wide awake
  2. Hanging in the balance
  3. Lost and found pt. 2
  4. Awakening the stranger
  5. Slide
  6. Stranger in your soul
26:23
2001 Magenta Revolutions Man the machine
  1. Man and machine
  2. War
  3. Rememberance
  4. The watchers
  5. Lightspeed
  6. First contact
24:41
2001 Magenta Revolutions Genetesis
  1. The new age
  2. Renewed purpose
  3. A new life
  4. The search for faith
  5. The creed
22:07
2001 Magenta Revolutions The white witch
  1. Overture
  2. The white witch
  3. The plague
  4. Reflection
  5. The spell
20:57
2001 Magenta Revolutions Children of the sun
  1. Spirit of the land
  2. The journey
  3. The battle
  4. Thanksgiving
19:18
2001 Pendragon Not of this world Not of this world
  1. Not of this world
  2. Give it to me
  3. Green eyed angel
16:26
2002 Echolyn Mei Mei 49:33
2002 Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
  1. Overture
  2. About to Crash
  3. War Inside My Head
  4. The Test That Stumped Them All
  5. Goodnight Kiss
  6. Solitary Shell
  7. About to Crash (Reprise)
  8. Losing Time / Grand Finale
42:02
2002 The Flower Kings Unfold The Future The truth will set you free 31:03
2002 The Flower Kings Unfold The Future Devil's playground 24:45
2002 Symphony X The Odyssey The Odyssey
  1. Odysseus Theme / Overture
  2. Journey To Ithaca
  3. The Eye
  4. Circe (Daughter Of The Sun)
  5. Sirens
  6. Scylla And Charybdis
  7. The Fate Of The Suitors / Champion Of Ithaca
24:09
2003 Galleon From Land to Ocean The Ocean
  1. Beginning
  2. And on...
  3. Tsunami
  4. International
  5. Killer green
  6. Bermuda
  7. Atlantis
  8. Polar white - Part I
  9. The abyss
  10. Polar white - Part II
  11. Blood waters
  12. Into the deep
  13. Blue richness
  14. Black sea
  15. Tidal wave
  16. Undertow
  17. Swirl
  18. On the north shore - Part IV
  19. Paradise or what?
52:05
2004 IQ Dark Matter Harvest of souls 24:29
2004 The Flower Kings Adam & Eve Love Supreme 19:45
2004 The Flower Kings Adam & Eve Driver's Seat 18:23
2004 Neal Morse One The creation
  1. One mind
  2. In a perfect light
  3. Where are you?
  4. Reaching from the heart
18:23
2004 Neal Morse One The separated man
  1. I'm in a cage
  2. I am the man
  3. The man's gone (reprise)
17:59
2005 Kaipa Mindrevolutions Mindrevolutions 25:47
2005 Hammerfall Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken Knights Of The 21st Century 12:19
2005 Circus Maximus The 1st Chapter The 1st Chapter
  1. The 1st Chapter
19:54
2005 Dream Theater Octavarium Octavarium
  1. Someone Like Him
  2. Medicate
  3. Full Circle
  4. Intervals
  5. Razor's Edge
24:00
2005 The Mars Volta Frances The Mute Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus

1. Sarcophagi

2. Umbilical Syllables

3. Facilis Descenus Averni

4. Con Safo

13:02
2005 The Mars Volta Frances The Mute L'Via L'Viaquez 12:21
2005 The Mars Volta Frances The Mute Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore

1. Vade Mecum

2. Pour Another Icepick

3. Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma)

4. Con Safo

13:09
2005 The Mars Volta Frances The Mute Cassandra Gemini

1. Tarantism

2. Plant a Nail in the Navel Stream

3. Faminepulse

4. Multiple Spouse Wounds

5. Sarcophagi

32:32
2005 The Mars Volta Scab Dates Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt (Gust of Mutts - And Ghosted Pouts) 13:23
2005 The Mars Volta Scab Dates Cicatriz (Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV) 42:58
2006 The Flower Kings Paradox Hotel Monsters and men 21:21
2006 The Mars Volta Amputechture Tetragrammaton 16:41
2006 The Mars Volta Amputechture Meccamputechture 11:03
2006 The Mars Volta Amputechture Day of the Baphomets 11:57
2007 Neal Morse Sola Scriptura The Door
  1. Introduction
  2. In The Name Of God
  3. All I Ask For
  4. Mercy for Sale
  5. Keep Silent
  6. Upon the Door
29:15
2007 Neal Morse Sola Scriptura The Conflict
  1. Do You Know My Name?
  2. Party to the Lie
  3. Underground
  4. Two Down, One to Go
  5. The Vineyard
  6. Already Home
25:00
2007 Neal Morse Sola Scriptura The Conclusion
  1. Randy's Jam
  2. Long Night's Journey
  3. Re-Introduction
  4. Come Out of Her
  5. Clothed With the Sun
  6. In Closing...
16:34
2007 Dream Theater Systematic Chaos In The Presence of Enemies
  1. Prelude
  2. Resurrection
  3. Heretic
  4. The Slaughter of The Damned
  5. The Reckoning
  6. Salvation
25:38
2007 The Flower Kings The sum of no evil Love is the only answer 24:28
2008 Moon Safari Blomljud Other Half of Sky 31:44
2008 Týr Land Land 16:17
2009 Dream Theater Black Clouds and Silver Linings A Nightmare to Remember 16:10
2009 Dream Theater Black Clouds and Silver Linings The County of Tuscany 19:16
2009 Transatlantic The Whirlwind The Whirlwind
  1. Overture / Whirlwind
  2. The Wind Blew Them All Away
  3. On the Prowl
  4. A Man Can Feel
  5. Out of the Night
  6. Rose Colored Glasses
  7. Evermore
  8. Set Us Free
  9. Lay Down Your Life
  10. Pieces of Heaven
  11. Is it Really Happening?"
  12. Dancing with Eternal Glory / Whirlwind (Reprise)
77:54
2009 Porcupine Tree The Incident The Incident
  1. Occam's Razor
  2. The Blind House
  3. Kneel and Disconnect"
  4. Drawing the Line
  5. The Incident
  6. Your Unpleasant Family
  7. The Yellow Windows of the Evening Train
  8. Time Flies
  9. Degree Zero of Liberty
  10. Octane Twisted
  11. The Séance
  12. Circle of Manias
  13. I Drive the Hearse
55:15

Década de 2010Editar

Ano Artista Álbum Música Duração
2010 Triptykon Eparistera Daimones "The Prolonging" 19:22
2013 Dream Theater Dream Theater "Illumination Theory" 22:18
2014 Haken Restoration "Crystallised" 19:23
2016 Haken Affinity The Architect 15:40