Epica - Requiem For The Indifferent review
|Album:||Requiem For The Indifferent|
|Release date:||March 2012|
02. Monopoly On Truth
03. Storm The Sorrow
05. Internal Warfare
06. Requiem For The Indifferent
08. Guilty Demeanor
09. Deep Water Horizon
10. Stay The Course
11. Deter The Tyrant
13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction
14. Nostalgia [bonus]
15. Twin Flames [bonus]
Epica is back with a new album, trying to continue their success over the past years and to satisfy their many fans, even though they're not experimenting with a whole new approach this time; the result is something different from Design Your Universe.
Requiem for the Indifferent is less aggressive and more accessible, but at the end of the day it's just as enjoyable. The album has its flaws like every other Epica album, but almost every song has enough interesting moments to look forward to. It can be the professional choirs, some good riffs and solos, some well timed growls or Simone's amazing vocals. But you also have to endure the average done-to-death stuff that keep appearing throughout your lengthy listen.
The main problem with Requiem for the Indifferent is its lack of courage, songs like "Monopoly on Truth" or the brilliant "Serenade of Self-Destruction" can make for a nice experience but nothing on this record will surprise anyone already familiar with Epica. Also a few songs can be considered as highlights and the rest, not terrible in any way, but they are also nothing special. At the risk of sounding like a Simone fanboy I'm starting to think that not only is she just a beautiful front woman for this band, but she's the only one that is getting the job done; if not for her work this album could be labeled as an average release. (Also the band's lyrics keep getting better.)
I hope for their next album that they step up their songwriting and try something completely new, but to conclude this review: Epica continues to satisfy me with this record but it's nowhere near what I really wish to hear from this band.
|So I've finally marshaled my thoughts on Requiem for the Indifferent. I love Epica, they are my third favorite band, but when I heard this album I didn't fanboy out, I just sat there in confusion unsure of what to think. What's really different about this album is that's it's not as inherently catchy as their previous material, it's slower as well and a lot more progressive. Ultimately this album really doesn't stack up to the rest of their discography and especially not Design Your Universe which is literally one song away from being perfect; they clearly decided to experiment with this album which I have no problem with, but in music one must be careful with experimentation because while in this case it's not completely disastrous it could have been so much worse. In some cases that experimentation on this album works well and it was somewhat refreshing.
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