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Epica - Requiem For The Indifferent Review

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Epica - Requiem For The Indifferent

Epica - Requiem For The Indifferent

Nuclear Blast Records
Requiem For The Indifferent is the fifth studio album (amid numerous singles, EPs and instrumental projects) from Dutch symphonic metallers Epica. Talented and sophisticated, they have inspired an entire generation of imitators. Epica's sophisticated classical instrumentation, Simone Simons' rich, supple mezzo-soprano voice and sumptuous gothic aesthetic place them well above most of their peers

Requiem For The Indifferent is definitely a transitional album for the band. Epica seem to be in the process of expanding their musical range, adding new elements to their performance vocabulary and pushing their skills further than the have before. The guitar work is much more experimental that it has been in the past, with nimbler and more playful riffing.

They also make more time changes, sudden jumps and shifts in tempo, and atmospheric passages than Epica have employed before. While the band have certainly not abandoned the death metal aspect of their sound, but have traded in that steady brutality for something more playful and, at times, weird.

Simone Simons also employs new and more various vocal techniques. To her operatic, soaring arias and sweet clean singing she has now added more aggressive, passionate passages as well as whispered, breathy lines. Her range is even more dramatic now, and when combined with Mark Jansen's screams and death growls, gives Requiem For The Indifferent a new level of vocal depth.

Highlights of the album include the great ballad “Delerium” and the more aggressive, power-chord-driven “Stay The Course.” Epica have not made a carbon copy of their previous work, while retaining all of their primary strengths. With Requiem For The Indifferent we are seeing the next evolution in their sound while losing none of the richness that has gained them fans.

(released March 13, 2012 on Nuclear Blast Records)

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