EPICA “Requiem for the Indifferent” (2012)

May 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Artist – Epica
Album – Requiem for the Indifferent
Label – Nuclear Blast
Year 2012

1. Karma (Prelude)
2. Monopoly on Truth
3. Storm the Sorrow
4. Delirium
5. Internal Warfare
6. Requiem for the Indifferent
7. Anima (Interlude)
8. Guilty Demeanor
9. Deep Water Horizon
10. Stay the Course
11. Deter the Tyrant
12. Avalanche
13. Serenade of Self-Destruction
14. Twin Flames [*][Sountrack Version][Version]

Female fronted Symphonic metal band known simply as ‘Epica’ are back with their latest album ‘Requiem for the Indifferent’. These metallers having been hitting our ears hard since 2003 and this latest addition to their works is no different.

We are once again thrown into the field of super expressive vocals from the extraordinary ‘Simone Simons’ and her incredible use of vocals ranges which may in time alter the very fabric of music as we know it. Joining Simone on vocals is Mark Jansen with his powerful death/black metal grunts and screams sending those much welcomed shivers through your spine. ‘Requiem for the Indifferent’ has used what ‘Epica’ are famous for; the beautiful Orchestras, Choirs, Vocal ranges, black metal vocals, heavy guitars and very powerful drums. With ‘Ariën van Weesenbeek’ running those double bass pedals at lightning fast speeds and his blasts enticing the listener to come closer, you are left with an overall sensation of “WOW!”

Within minutes of playing this album for the first time you are quickly drawn into the complexity of the album itself. Taking yourself away from previous albums of Epica, this new experiment with eastern scales and sounds has really opened itself up for new challenges and new expectations. The album gives you beautifully gentle pieces of music like ‘Karma (Prelude)’ allowing you a very early glance of things to come, to ‘Anima (Interlude)’ with the piano carrying you off into a far away land before bring you back for another pounding of metal. Songs like that of ‘Internal Warfare’ with the neo-classical array of progressions taking centre stage before the beautiful voice of Simone comes through once more. I have to say, for the first time I do like the combinations of harmonies between ‘Jensen, Simons, and the Choirs’ how they weave in and out of progressions and layers really open up the album. Top this off with the Neo-Classical and Blues driven soloing by ‘Isaac Delahaye’ with his tonality and very well thought out lead sections delivering the best possible outcome from every angle.

The overall sound and mix is outstanding leaving the listener with a ‘buzz’, and like many others, I felt compelled to listen to it again. This album really has opened up the possibilities for this band, not only musically, but vocally as well.

By far the best album I have heard this year so far.

10/10

Reviewed by Dylan Raine

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