Requiem for the Indifferent
|Requiem for the Indifferent|
|Studio album by Epica|
|Released||March 9, 2012|
|Recorded||Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany,
The Huts Studio Antwerp, Belgium,
CFJ Studio, Oss, The Netherlands,
|Genre||Symphonic metal, progressive metal, gothic metal|
|Producer||Sascha Paeth & Epica|
|Singles from Requiem for the Indifferent|
Requiem for the Indifferent is the fifth album by Dutch symphonic metal band Epica. It was released on March 9, 2012, in Europe, and on March 13, 2012 in the United States. It was the final album to feature original member Yves Huts on bass guitar.
"This title refers to the end of an era. Mankind can no longer stick their head in the sand for the things that are happening around us. We are facing many challenges. There is an enormous tension between different religions and cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge financial crisis, which is getting out of control. More than ever we will need each other to overcome these problems. As we are all connected; the universe, earth, nature, animals and human beings, this period in time will be the prelude to the end for those who still don't want to, or simply won't see it. A Requiem for the Indifferent but also a possibility for a new beginning with great new chances!"
General response to Requiem for the Indifferent was positive. Allmusic stated that the album "is a typically elaborate and ambitious affair, incorporating copious amounts of choral work and classical arrangements into the band's neatly established blend of goth, progressive, power, and symphonic metal." Natalie Zed of About.com staff considers Requiem for the Indifferent "a transitional album for the band", which tries to expand their musical range experimenting with "weird" riffing and new combination of vocals, while "losing none of the richness that has gained them fans."
|1.||"Karma"||Mark Jansen||Mark Jansen, Coen Janssen, Simone Simons||1:32|
|2.||"Monopoly on Truth"||Jansen, Simons||Isaac Delahaye, Jansen, Simons||7:11|
|3.||"Storm the Sorrow"||Simons||Janssen, Simons||5:12|
|4.||"Delirium"||Simons||Janssen, Delahaye, Simons||6:07|
|5.||"Internal Warfare" (Dedicated to the victims of Anders Breivik)||Simons||Jansen, Delahaye, Janssen, Frank Schiphorst, Jack Driessen||5:12|
|6.||"Requiem for the Indifferent"||Jansen||Jansen, Delahaye||8:34|
|9.||"Deep Water Horizon"||Simons||Jansen, Delahaye, Janssen, Driessen||6:32|
|10.||"Stay the Course"||Jansen||Jansen, Delahaye, Simons||4:25|
|11.||"Deter the Tyrant"||Jansen||Delahaye, Jansen||6:37|
|12.||"Avalanche"||Simons||Jansen, Delahaye, Simons||6:52|
|13.||"Serenade of Self-Destruction"||Simons||Jansen, Delahaye, Janssen||9:52|
|European bonus track|
|North American bonus track|
|15.||"Twin Flames (Soundtrack version)"||Jansen||Jansen||5:02|
|iTunes/LP bonus track|
|16.||"Twin Flames (Regular version)"||Jansen||Jansen||4:47|
|17.||"Deter the Tyrant (Grunt version)"||Jansen||Delahaye, Jansen||6:37|
- Band members
- Simone Simons – vocals
- Mark Jansen – rhythm guitar, grunts, screams, orchestral arrangements
- Isaac Delahaye – lead guitar, orchestral arrangements
- Yves Huts – bass guitar, engineer
- Coen Janssen – synthesizer, piano, orchestral and choir arrangements
- Ariën van Weesenbeek – drums, grunts
- Additional musicians
- Epica Choir:
- Linda Janssen, Laura Macrì - sopranos
- Amanda Somerville, Tanja Eisl - altos
- Previn Moore - tenor
- Christoph Drescher - bass
- Simon Oberender - additional Gregorian voice on "Internal Warfare"
- Amanda Somerville - backing vocals, vocal arrangements, lyrics editing
- Sascha Paeth - producer, engineer, mixing
- Simon Oberender - engineer, mastering
- Olaf Reitmeier - engineer, vocal lines production
- Miro - engineer, orchestral arrangements
There was an error with all physical copies of the album's first edition, in which track 13, "Serenade of Self-Destruction", is an instrumental version without Simons and Jansen's vocal tracks. As compensation, Nuclear Blast Records decided to make the track (with the vocals) available as a free download. The glitch was corrected in the digipak versions. Interestingly this instrumental version has a small part of vocals from Simone Simons at the very beginning, which makes it different than the total instrumental song released separately, on which you only hear the piano at the beginning.
To date there are nine different editions of the album:
- The standard edition features the 13 tracks above.
- The CD + shirt edition contains the standard edition of the album, along with a t-shirt in the size of choice.
- The digipak edition contains the standard album and the bonus track "Nostalgia".
- The 2-LP white vinyl edition is limited to 150 copies and contains an A2-sized poster.
- The 2-LP black vinyl edition, which contains an A2-sized poster.
- The mailorder edition, limited to 500 copies, contains a wooden box, which includes the limited digipak, an exclusive instrumental CD as bonus, artwork postcards and a certificate.
- The American edition features the 13 tracks above and the bonus track "Twin Flames" (soundtrack version).
- The 2-LP clear vinyl edition, which contains an A2-sized poster.
- The 2-LP instrumental black vinyl edition, which contains an A2-sized poster.
Storm the Sorrow
On 3 February 2012, the band released on iTunes the single "Storm the Sorrow", characterized by melodic vocal lines and electronic influences. The video, shot in the middle of the same month in Amsterdam, was released on April 24.
Epica appeared as guests on Niks te gek (Nothing too crazy), a Dutch television program in which mentally disabled people can get their wishes granted. In this specific case, the dream of Ruurd Woltring was to be able to record a song with Epica. The band rearranged "Forevermore", a song written by Woltring, into their style and recorded a duet with him. The video for the song, in which you can see Epica in the studio together with Ruurd Woltring, was released on August 24. The program's episode was broadcast on September 16. On September 21, "Forevermore" was released as the official single for purchase at iTunes for charity. It's also the first single featuring Rob van der Loo on bass guitar. Woltring about "Forevermore": "I wrote the song myself. At that time, it was still called "Stairway to Heaven", though. I once listened to a couple of Van Canto's songs ("Water, Fire, Heaven, Earth" and "Hearted") and "Our Farewell" by Within Temptation. Then, I came up with this great idea to combine the music of these songs and add my own lyrics to it. The lyrics actually tell the story of a boy, who meets an angel. She gives him the feeling that they belong together, even though their worlds lie far apart, and thus wants to take him to heaven. A devil however tries to pull the boy down into his world, in which he doesn't succeed, because of the angel's positive energy."
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