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]
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.
The main weakness this album has for me is that the songwriting is just sub par for this band. The lyrics are shallower than ever before, the harsh vocals are used in greater abundance and when Simone sings she hardly uses her opera voice at all, although I must say her "rock" voice has really developed. Songs like "Guilty Demeanor", "Stay the Course" and "Deter the Tyrant" really underline the problem with some really forgettable melodies and boring choruses that don't capture the imagination at all. "Storm the Sorrow" and "Internal Warfare" are both solid songs with good melodies, but both share the same flaw, they're too slow.
Where did all of that energy that went into creating songs like "Unleashed" and "Semblance of Liberty" go?
The band seems to have let all of that energy go and are just really laid back on this album. "Deep Water Horizon" and "Avalanche" are also solid songs, but the problem there is that they take too long to develop and the first half of both songs is really boring. I'm not going to spend much time on "Delirium", but it's a boring ballad, I have come to enjoy it over many, many listens and it's better than "White Waters", but compared to "Tides of Time" or "Safeguard to Paradise" it's boring crap.
So, again, where did all that energy go?
It went into the first song and the last; "Monopoly on Truth" and "Serenade of Self Destruction" are the saving grace of this album, without them I would be rating this a lot lower. "Monopoly on Truth" ranks among Epica's greatest songs yet and is my personal favorite after "The Divine Conspiracy", the energy and spirit that went into making such a beautiful song seems to have drained them for the rest of the album. It has this really epic feeling and the section of the song around the 4:30-5:00 mark just really brings it to life and will drop your jaw, hopefully even if you're not an Epica fan. "Serenade of Self Destruction" is the epic of this album and a dramatic emotional masterpiece. The chorus of this song is one of the most beautiful things I have heard in music and it just really brings the band to life, Simone's voice is at its peak on this song and the chorus is one of those few times she uses her operatic voice and she uses it beautifully; honestly when I hear this song I want to weep at the sheer beauty of it.
All in all this is a definite step down from their last two albums, both of which were absolutely phenomenal; I do like that [band]Epica[/band tried some new things and it was a bit refreshing to be honest. I think with a little more energy and speed, this new style could very easily work and put their next album up with The Divine Conspiracy and Consign to Oblivion, although I highly doubt it'll surpass Design Your Universe, but hey, I would love to be proven wrong.
|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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