Epica - Requiem For The Indifferent

Epica - Requiem For The Indifferent

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(CD, Nuclear Blast, 2012)

Saying that the world is in a constant turbulence would be an understatement; powerful forces clashing each day battling for religion, politics, personal and social freedoms, and every aspect of the internal and external personal space are have turned this world into a  field on fire. Especially the last two years there is an uprising against those people who want to take over our lives without our consent. Indifference is maybe the greatest wall in the road for change and the indifferent person is the person that has relinquish his life to fate.

“Requiem For The Indifferent” comes as a result to “Design Your Universe” were in the latter album was an usher to awakening, to take your fate in your own hands before it’s too late. “Requiem For The Indifferent” comes as the result; the world changes against the conformity and the indifferent slowly dies or has to die eventually. EPICA spoil us, few bands can create such musical worlds like EPICA do, and take their time to release music, with  lyrics and atmosphere leaving nothing to chance. EPICA become better in every album adding always more to the music releasing albums different and better than the previous. They continue to work on concept albums being different from the majority of the Symphonic Metal bands, moving away from the easy path of, love, myth and every other silly little thing to deal with deeper matters such as self-awakening, the world, religion, nature and politics. This is an admirable change and a much needed one as many Symphonic Metal bands lose themselves dealing with more shallow themes. I will not stretch the fact of how necessary is for artists to take a stand in the times like the one we are going through.

Simone is a singing machine; while, many have praised her vocal capabilities too many times, I will add only this: she sings with professionalism that makes me appreciate her even more. EPICA’s music is not based on her vocals but is created to deliver specific messages. Simone’s crystalline voice creates a landscape of emotions that storm the musical fields, without being the nursing hand to calm and protect you against the growls. Sometimes her voice is as caustic as the darkest growl.

The combination of Arien and Isaac has given a great edge to the band that was evident in the previews album and continues here. Although “Requiem For The Indifferent” is more symphonic than “Design Your Universe” the Thrash combination between the drums and the guitars is still present being more technical and more precise.

“Requiem For The Indifferent” is an awesome but not a perfect album. Those of you who were psyched with “Design Your Universe” and were expecting the same power, will be a little disappointed. This one is a little more Symphonic with slower emotional parts. Of course it’s also a fine album to appreciate the work of Coen if you haven’t already. I didn’t expected more though; the complicated song-writing is here, the amazing music and the themes that pervade the album are flawless bound together. I believe it goes together with the previous album, as a closure but also a new beginning to a very strange and hopeful age. For fans of course and for people who like intelligent music and wish to know how Symphonic Metal should be.

7/10 


Links:

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Tracklist:

01. Karma
02. Monopoly On Truth
03. Storm The Sorrow
04. Delirium
05. Internal Warfare
06. Requiem For The Indifferent
07. Anima
08. Guilty Demeanor
09. Deep Water Horizon
10. Stay The Course
11. Deter The Tyrant
12. Avalance
13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction


Lineup:

Mark Jensen - Rhythm Guitar, Grunts, Screams
Yves Huts - Bass Guitar
Coen Janssen - Synthesizer, Piano
Simone Simons - Lead Vocals
Arien Van Weesenbeek - Drums, Grunts, Spoken Words
Isaac Delahaye - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals