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Release date: 9 March 2012
Style: Symphonic metal

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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. Avalanche
13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction
14. Nostalgia [bonus]
15. Twin Flames [bonus]

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (15)


Additional info
Epica Choir:
Linda Janssen & Laura Macri - Soprano
Amanda Somerville & Tanja Eisl - Alto
Previn Moore - Tenor
Christoph Drescher - Bass
Simon Oberender - Additional Gregorian voice on "Internal Warfare"

Produced by Sascha Paeth & Epica
Recorded at the Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany between September and November 2011
Bass Guitar recorded at The Huts Studio in Antwerp, Belgium
Piano and Key-solo recorded at CFJ Studios in Oss, The Netherlands
Engineering by Miro
Mixed at The Gate Studio & The Pathway Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany, November and December 2011
Mastered at The Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany, December 2011
All music arranged by Epica, Sascha Paeth, Miro and Amanda Somerville
Orchestral arranged by Miro
Vocal lines co-written by Sascha Paeth

Lyrics co-written by Amanda Somerville

Intro riff and verse "Internal Warfare" co-written by Frank Schiphorst and Jack Driessen & midpart "Deep Water Horizon" co-written by Jack Driessen

Latin translation by Gjalt Lucassen & Jaap Toorenaar

Bonus tracks:
14. Deter the Tyrant (Grunt version)(Unreleased)

Digital Version:
14. Nostalgia (03:26)
15. Twin Flames (Regular Version) (04:47)
+ Digital Booklet

Digipack:
14. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version) (05:02)
15. Nostalgia (03:26)

North America
14. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version) (05:02)

European & Japan:
14. Nostalgia (03:26)

Other versions from the album:
The standard edition features the 13 tracks
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 contains an A2-sized poster
The mailorder edition, limited to 500 copies, contains a wooden box, which includes limited digipak, exclusive instrumental CD as bonus, artwork postcards and certificate.
The American edition features 13 tracks + the bonus track Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version)
Instrumental 2 LP version (released by Nuclear Blast on 01 June 2012)

IMPORTANT!
On a first version of the album, the song Serenade of Self-Destruction misses Mark's and Simone's vocals.
In apology Nuclear Blast released a free vocal version of "Serenade of Self-Destruction".
It is available for CD owners here:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/data/bands/epica/releases/track-download.html

Guest review by
PocketMetal

Rating:
8.0
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.

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published 11.06.2012 | Comments (12)

Guest review by
IanYeara

Rating:
7.0
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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published 23.09.2013 | Comments (12)

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JosephKobti - 11.05.2011 at 17:38  
Rating: 6 Hope it won't be like the last album
Sleeping Dragon - 27.06.2011 at 03:29  
  Epica is an unusual example of a band that has gotten better with age (to me, if a band changes much over time, it is usually for the worse)... If they proceed in this direction, I can't wait to see how this album will turn out.

The best thing about their last album was that it sounded... huge. Much better in that dimension that The Divine Conspiracy (which was still very excellent).
Zender 1.8 - 04.09.2011 at 14:32  
  Simone Is Getting old :S :S
Abattoir - 08.09.2011 at 18:28  
 
Written by Zender 1.8 on 04.09.2011 at 14:32

Simone Is Getting old :S :S

Well who doesn't

Btw, I think you don't have to worry about her age for quite a while
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 09.09.2011 at 01:17  
Rating: 6 Simone ain't getting old, she's getting experienced
Sleeping Dragon - 18.09.2011 at 03:23  
 
Written by Zender 1.8 on 04.09.2011 at 14:32

Simone Is Getting old :S :S


You know she's only 26, right? :p

If any hot metal frontwomen are getting old, it's Sharon den Adel and Cristina Scabbia, both to hit 40 soon... Not that I necessarily mind...
Zender 1.8 - 18.09.2011 at 12:30  
 
Written by Sleeping Dragon on 18.09.2011 at 03:23

Written by Zender 1.8 on 04.09.2011 at 14:32

Simone Is Getting old :S :S


You know she's only 26, right? :p

If any hot metal frontwomen are getting old, it's Sharon den Adel and Cristina Scabbia, both to hit 40 soon... Not that I necessarily mind...



you are totally correct.... i this Simone is Getting Old Cause i watch UNLEASHED Music Video All The Time....
Look At Her Face ....and Compare it with other music videos....and you will see what i mean!!
\m/
Snakull - 02.11.2011 at 15:32  
Rating: 10 I can't wait for this album !
Promonex - 19.11.2011 at 15:24  
Rating: 7 Whoever hasn't seen Doro or Liv Kristine live yet, hasn't gazed into the face of age yet.
ErnilEnNaur - 02.12.2011 at 13:18  
  The first ever ErnilEnNaur sucky album prediction: This album will be the least acclaimed Epica album on MS since The Score. It will be criticized for repeating the same old ideas lyrically and for going to strange new places musically, but falling flat on it's face when it comes to realizing those ideas. Simone will be great as always.

Time will tell.
KING*OF*DARKNESS - 07.01.2012 at 17:02  
  STORM THE SORROW released on yotube
4look4rd - 13.01.2012 at 22:12  
  Epica is one of those bands that I can't imagine releasing a bad album. But then again I thought the same thing about Evergrey and Kamelot and they eventually fell from grace too. I do not have high expectations for this album but I also don't think I will be disappointed.
AlexisCroze - 05.03.2012 at 17:40  
  Ok : the album is bad. Bad production (guitars are down-mixed, totally drowned on the background), Simone is quite often out of tune ("Monopoly on Truth", "Infernal Warfare", "Deter the Tyrant" for example), compositions are mediocre (trying to sound progressive but they're not able to be progressive AT ALL).
Very disappointing after DYU.
Fred - 06.03.2012 at 04:39  
Rating: 7 Album leaked overnight. Very decent songs and nice unexpected variety for a first listen.
Need to give it a few more spins, however doesn't feel like many songs will get me hooked.
Toe to toe with Xandria for the "2012 Best Symphonic Metal Award"?
Angel_Lament - 06.03.2012 at 14:34  
Rating: 8 Really weird album and hasn't to do with their style at all, production sounds weird too...need more listens though!
annodomini - 06.03.2012 at 16:19  
Rating: 8 Probably a big candidate to disappointment of the year ;// Album sounds like B sides compilation. And probably even Amberian dawn new one is better ;/ Actually, I am shocked.
Ap46 - 06.03.2012 at 17:27  
  Pretty pathetic this album... There's nothing complexity can do when your main singer sounds exactly the same in every single track. The best track is Guilty Demeanor, a 3 minute song, the "epic ones" that long more than 6 minutes are plain boring and uninspired. I feared that Mark was more excited about his other project MaYaN, leaving the best for that one. I was right... think now Epica is his side project. Nicely done.
annodomini - 06.03.2012 at 18:22  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 05.03.2012 at 17:40

Ok : the album is bad. Bad production (guitars are down-mixed, totally drowned on the background), Simone is quite often out of tune ("Monopoly on Truth", "Infernal Warfare", "Deter the Tyrant" for example), compositions are mediocre (trying to sound progressive but they're not able to be progressive AT ALL).
Very disappointing after DYU.


Well Simone actually isn't out of tune. The thing is that, they tried to make ultra progressive vocal lines, and they failed, because it was forced and unnatural. It reminds me of After Forever's 'Invisible Circles". But difference is that IC was actually a descent album. I couldn't say that Requiem is bad album, it's quite entertaining, but with such a high standarts, that Epica has reached and determined by themselves, in the last few albums, I expected much more.

Written by Ap46 on 06.03.2012 at 17:27

Pretty pathetic this album... There's nothing complexity can do when your main singer sounds exactly the same in every single track. The best track is Guilty Demeanor, a 3 minute song, the "epic ones" that long more than 6 minutes are plain boring and uninspired. I feared that Mark was more excited about his other project MaYaN, leaving the best for that one. I was right... think now Epica is his side project. Nicely done.


Well it's a matter of taste, because I found MaYan to be a very mediocore album. But yes, Mark will have to choose one, because after Requiem, they will feel the negative response of the fans.
AlexisCroze - 06.03.2012 at 18:28  
  They wanted distorsions on her vocal lines : they have, but the result isn't good. Simone is not able to sing her vocal lines (I just can't imagine the live acts ... I've seen them 2 times and it was both a disaster), seriously.
It's a real let-down after Design Your Universe but many people seems to love it because, I quote : "Epica can't fail, Epica is always amazing". True story.

Well, I used to like them before I went to their live shows and listened to RFTI.
Maybe the next one will be better, we'll see ;-)
Ap46 - 06.03.2012 at 19:03  
 
Written by annodomini on 06.03.2012 at 18:22

Well it's a matter of taste, because I found MaYan to be a very mediocore album. But yes, Mark will have to choose one, because after Requiem, they will feel the negative response of the fans.

You said it, I liked MaYaN, but i like Epica more. I'm afraid that if Mark has to choose he will continue with MaYaN, but i prefer that to wait till 2015 for Epica's next (probably mediocre) release.
annodomini - 06.03.2012 at 20:07  
Rating: 8
Written by Ap46 on 06.03.2012 at 19:03

Written by annodomini on 06.03.2012 at 18:22

Well it's a matter of taste, because I found MaYan to be a very mediocore album. But yes, Mark will have to choose one, because after Requiem, they will feel the negative response of the fans.

You said it, I liked MaYaN, but i like Epica more. I'm afraid that if Mark has to choose he will continue with MaYaN, but i prefer that to wait till 2015 for Epica's next (probably mediocre) release.


I really doubti it, that Mark would choose MaYan to Epica, cause money is important, and epica has a name and a huge fan base, so it would be foolish to get rid off of such a succesful project. But... It would not be the first time (After Forever)
swatata - 06.03.2012 at 20:35  
  I did not like the album too. Maybe only 3-4 songs caught my ear. The else is just strange and i dont like it. They tried to do something different but it failed.
Fred - 06.03.2012 at 22:24  
Rating: 7 Thought about giving the album a chance with a second listen, and it's enough: Simone's vocals are so boring and monotonous and choir is excessively used. Mark's growls are highly marked and the music is a bit progressive-oriented. It seems trying to change many things at once hasn't paid off at all.
|pyro| - 06.03.2012 at 22:43  
  This album iz amazing, really progressive and such. I like it.
Unhealer - 07.03.2012 at 14:56  
Rating: 8 Going for the 3rd listen and I can tell I love the album. Nice progressive approach.
"Water Deep Horizon" is the best track by far.

Did everybody also get "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" as a instrumental? Know that it isn't supposed to be so.
PocketMetal - 07.03.2012 at 15:33  
Rating: 9 Reading the comments here made me worried , but the album is fine ! I think I only dislike one song ( Guilty Demeanor ) but the rest of the album is awesome .

^Serenade is not instrumental , actually the vocal parts on that song make it the best song on this album for me .
8.5/10 from me .
Fallen_Angel - 07.03.2012 at 18:32  
Rating: 9 Album is great. End of story
annodomini - 08.03.2012 at 10:44  
Rating: 8
Written by PocketMetal on 07.03.2012 at 15:33

Reading the comments here made me worried , but the album is fine ! I think I only dislike one song ( Guilty Demeanor ) but the rest of the album is awesome .

^Serenade is not instrumental , actually the vocal parts on that song make it the best song on this album for me .
8.5/10 from me .


So you already got official cd? Cause while I have to listen to leaked versions, all of them contains Serenada as instrumental.
PocketMetal - 08.03.2012 at 13:21  
Rating: 9
Written by annodomini on 08.03.2012 at 10:44



So you already got official cd? Cause while I have to listen to leaked versions, all of them contains Serenada as instrumental.


no I guess I made a mistake , I meant the choir ... didn't know a song with choir can be considered an instrumental song , I really doubt there is another version for this song .
Abel - 08.03.2012 at 16:13  
Rating: 9 I just started to listen to it and yes... It's still Epica, altho, something about the drums sounds different, and it reminds me more to The Divine Conspiracy than Design your Universe for some reason... anyway we'll see...

and honestly ... Simone slowly but surely; it's getting better
Abel - 09.03.2012 at 00:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Unhealer on 07.03.2012 at 14:56

Going for the 3rd listen and I can tell I love the album. Nice progressive approach.
"Water Deep Horizon" is the best track by far.

Did everybody also get "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" as a instrumental? Know that it isn't supposed to be so.



how do you know "it isn't supposed to be so???" i got it instrumental, (and by that i mean the choir too; but none simone or yansem)
Unhealer - 09.03.2012 at 02:15  
Rating: 8
Written by Abel on 09.03.2012 at 00:08

how do you know "it isn't supposed to be so???" i got it instrumental, (and by that i mean the choir too; but none simone or yansem)


Check this review. The part where it describes "Serenade" says that there are growls and Simone solo vocals.
R'Vannith - 09.03.2012 at 05:59  
Rating: 6 Sounds very underwhelming after their last album. And progressive my foot, just because they manage to alter their sound enough to make some music distinguishable from the rest of their work doesn't make this progressive as such.
RhaegarTargaryen - 09.03.2012 at 12:22  
Rating: 9 Well, this one is a bit different to it's predecessors but I like it very much, "The Divine Conspiracy" will remain #1 Epica's masterpiece but I totally got hooked on this one... Simone's vocals are better than ever, and it's very symphonic-melodic.
mariano - 09.03.2012 at 15:42  
 
Written by Fred on 06.03.2012 at 04:39

Toe to toe with Xandria for the "2012 Best Symphonic Metal Award"?

I think Xandria is far ahead. There is plenty of flattery in the comments I've read on that album. The only thing being criticized is that it sounds exactly like the old Nightwish -which for most that is also a positive thing.

As for Requiem For The Indifferent, I see a lot of people still debating whether it's a piece of crap or it's just Ok.
ja-vi - 09.03.2012 at 16:05  
 
Written by Unhealer on 09.03.2012 at 02:15

Written by Abel on 09.03.2012 at 00:08

how do you know "it isn't supposed to be so???" i got it instrumental, (and by that i mean the choir too; but none simone or yansem)


Check this review. The part where it describes "Serenade" says that there are growls and Simone solo vocals.


Apparently the vocal tracks are missing from "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" (at least from the US version and the European digipack version).

There is some discussion about this going on in the official Epica forum. The following was taken from there:
"Got a mail from Nuclear Blast this morning - they confirm something is wrong and they're working on how to solve the problem."

It's rather interesting how this sort of thing is even possible...
Vonpire - 09.03.2012 at 16:21  
Rating: 9 O_o - Indeed, that's really weird.

Anyway, Upon first listen I liked it. Not as much as DYU but still very solid. And I believe it will grow on me upon further listens. I don't understand what (some) people are complaining about, but ok.
Unhealer - 09.03.2012 at 16:59  
Rating: 8
Written by ja-vi on 09.03.2012 at 16:05

Apparently the vocal tracks are missing from "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" (at least from the US version and the European digipack version).


Oh, I guessed it was a problem with the cd copies. Seriously, how does this even happen?
Abel - 09.03.2012 at 17:10  
Rating: 9
Written by ja-vi on 09.03.2012 at 16:05

Written by Unhealer on 09.03.2012 at 02:15

Written by Abel on 09.03.2012 at 00:08

how do you know "it isn't supposed to be so???" i got it instrumental, (and by that i mean the choir too; but none simone or yansem)


Check this review. The part where it describes "Serenade" says that there are growls and Simone solo vocals.


Apparently the vocal tracks are missing from "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" (at least from the US version and the European digipack version).

There is some discussion about this going on in the official Epica forum. The following was taken from there:
"Got a mail from Nuclear Blast this morning - they confirm something is wrong and they're working on how to solve the problem."

It's rather interesting how this sort of thing is even possible...





THIS NEVER HAPPENS... did they missed something or forget??? was this an UPS!!!????
annodomini - 09.03.2012 at 17:10  
Rating: 8
Written by Unhealer on 09.03.2012 at 16:59

Written by ja-vi on 09.03.2012 at 16:05

Apparently the vocal tracks are missing from "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" (at least from the US version and the European digipack version).


Oh, I guessed it was a problem with the cd copies. Seriously, how does this even happen?


Well then we could wait for an official apologize from epica. Well They overplayed with that kind of layer by layer thing
Abel - 09.03.2012 at 17:20  
Rating: 9
Written by Vonpire on 09.03.2012 at 16:21

O_o - Indeed, that's really weird.

Anyway, Upon first listen I liked it. Not as much as DYU but still very solid. And I believe it will grow on me upon further listens. I don't understand what (some) people are complaining about, but ok.



EXACTLY!!!... i listen to it just one time, it was ok (by ok i mean, it's still Epica)... like the first time i listen to The Divine Conspiracy, i really couldn't grasp it the first 2 times, but since i bought it i forced myself to keep listening to it further. in the end i loved it really. this album it's great. and I KNOW it will grow on me. i think people just need to give it more listenings and time. Design your Universe it's, for me, their masterpiece yet
Kamil - 09.03.2012 at 20:00  
Rating: 7 The best album since "Consing To Oblivion"
Unhealer - 09.03.2012 at 22:23  
Rating: 8 Finally the full version of "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" is uploaded. Outstanding track as I thought.

Now I can say the album is excellent. I don't know yet if I personally like it more than Design Your Universe, but I think most of us can agree that Epica becomes a better band each record they release.


Written by Kamil on 09.03.2012 at 20:00

The best album since "Consing To Oblivion"


This record actually reminded me to CTC! It has a similar vibe.
dantas - 10.03.2012 at 06:19  
Rating: 9 IMO, Consign to Oblivion still the very best Epica album of all time. But this one surprises me. It's diferent from the others, with less aggressivity and with a bit more eletronic background (as we see in "Storm the Sorrow), that added an element that we haven't seen since "Replica" in The Divine Conspiracy. The whole album is good, but I still prefer the last one, with all that power and inovation with aggressivity and the songs's weight. I saw great songs on the album, some very good like "Deep Water Horizon" - the album best song, the instrumental-only "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" and "Deter the Tyrant", the last with a disturbingly amazing coral. Hope the next album will be more like Design Your Universe than with this one.

And what I can say about the battle with Xandria for the Best Symphonic Album of 2012, Xandria continues as lead favorite.
Unhealer - 10.03.2012 at 23:43  
Rating: 8
Written by dantas on 10.03.2012 at 06:19

I saw great songs on the album, some very good like "Deep Water Horizon" - the album best song, the instrumental-only "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" and "Deter the Tyrant", the last with a disturbingly amazing coral.


Serenade is not really an instrumental. Check the comments above.
dantas - 11.03.2012 at 00:40  
Rating: 9
Written by Unhealer on 10.03.2012 at 23:43

Written by dantas on 10.03.2012 at 06:19

I saw great songs on the album, some very good like "Deep Water Horizon" - the album best song, the instrumental-only "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" and "Deter the Tyrant", the last with a disturbingly amazing coral.


Serenade is not really an instrumental. Check the comments above.


Until I check the full version, still instrumental for me.
Diablos - 11.03.2012 at 01:06  
  I have listened to it a few times now, and it sounds like a really solid album. I'm haoppy, since Nightwish and Within Temptation disappointed with their latest releases.
So far the songs i have noticed the most is the bonus track Nostalgia, and the song serenade of self-destruction. Wish they had named it Symphony of Self-Destruction. Would have been a fun tribute to the song Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth
BlankFile - 14.03.2012 at 17:45  
Rating: 8 Its a good and solid album with excellent performances by all the musicians. Not the best album of Epica, not at all, but still a good release.
The Shape 1973 - 14.03.2012 at 20:50  
Rating: 6
Written by mariano on 09.03.2012 at 15:42

Written by Fred on 06.03.2012 at 04:39

Toe to toe with Xandria for the "2012 Best Symphonic Metal Award"?

I think Xandria is far ahead. There is plenty of flattery in the comments I've read on that album. The only thing being criticized is that it sounds exactly like the old Nightwish -which for most that is also a positive thing.

As for Requiem For The Indifferent, I see a lot of people still debating whether it's a piece of crap or it's just Ok.

I agree. Xandria's new album blows this away.

For me the new Epica albums is all over the place. The previous album had the best song structure of all of their albums. This has no flow what so ever. You can see the influence of Mark's Mayan project as he growls FAR too much and ruins nearly every song. There is no stand out track for me so far. Hope its a grower, but I doubt it.
Wes - 15.03.2012 at 07:48  
Rating: 6 Well, her voice is absolutely beautiful. It didn't take long for me to go back to "The Unforgiving".

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