Requiem for the Indifferent
The Dutch symphonic metalers Epica released their new, fifth, studio album… and the arguments between the old & younger fans of the band and not only, are growing stronger day by day. Certainly, this is a great way for a band to gain much more publicity.
The thing here is that Epica are moving forward without having in mind to stay on safe waters and repeat themselves. They are a well-known name in the symphonic scene and they do not have anything to prove anyone anymore. So, that’s why in “Requiem for the Indifferent” you will hear various new elements. Aggressive-brutal metal at times, more symphonic at others… nice choirs that making the music more imposing, occasional atmospheric features here and there and a very few oriental ones. Simone is also trying new things with her voice… that may sound strange to some of the band’s loyal fans. I know that many fans do not like the use of the brutal vocals/growls… but have in mind that Epica is a metal band and the guitarist, Mark Jansen, who writes the music, and also does the growls, has a different opinion and he probably wants to maintain that “extreme” metal side of the band. I believe that the brutal screams are beautifully blending with the choirs and Simone’s beatific voice sometimes.
The song arrangements are great, the choirs are wonderful and the production which was done by the band along with Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Kamelot) at the Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany… is very dynamic and rich… although I think that the guitars are a bit down in the mix.
The standard edition of the CD contains 13… meaning about 73 minutes of symphonic, death, gothic metal music… enough to please most of the fans of the band and not only. Surely, “Requiem for the Indifferent” will bring some new fans on the band’s camp but will not satisfy some of the older ones… those who do not like any kind of changes. Without being a huge symphonic metal fan… I think that this album is the best I’ve heard on this genre so far in 2012… leaving any other copycats or wannabes far behind. Once again, Epica proved why they are considered to be one of the leading forces in the symphonic metal scene. Ahh, not to forget… “Delirium” & “Deep Water Horizon” are actually fantastic songs… and the soundtrack version of the North American bonus track “Twin Flames” is very beautiful.