EPICA- New Album Requiem For The Indifferent

Epica – Requiem for the Indifferent
Nuclear Blast, 2012

 

Apesar de não ser um Grande fã de  Symphonic Metal, não podemos

falar que  Epica não tem seu  valor como uma das grandes bandas deste estilo,

segue  a materia sobre o novo album.

 

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Como um dos álbuns mais elaborados e magnífico da banda, hoje temos tão aguardada Epica de “Requiem for a Indifferent.”O album com   71 minutos de música em 13 faixas, esta versão é de longe o lançamento mais  ambicioso da banda até agora . Enquanto a abordagem tradicional de metal gótico / sinfônico, Epica consegue incorporar elementos progressistas em seu som já excelente, e acabar com um lançamento tão complexo e  longo.

Imediatamente após a introdução de abertura típico, “monopólio da verdade” transmite o som Epica em excelêntes  riffs  com  energia, atmosferas em torno de teclado voz de Simone. Esta canção é exatamente o que todos nós esperamos de Epica e proporciona uma abertura muito sólida para esta versão. “Storm the Sorrow” nos vocais de Simone para direções diferentes e com as seções do coro, que soa muito dinâmico e bem trabalhada. Você pode começar por perceber saber que alguns dos padrões de bateria / guitarra são um pouco diferentes e mais progressista que, antes de soar.

Após o interlúdio “Anima”, “Comportamento Guilty” dá outro sólido música coral “tradicional Epica”, com arranjos exuberantes e vocais quentes. A próxima “balada-esque ‘track é” Deepwater Horizon “e sua abordagem muito dramático. A linha de guitarra batendo baixo é um toque agradável ea forma como a música é muito bem os progressos alcançados. Os dabbles banda com muitos elementos atmosféricos nesta canção, e isso muito bem acrescenta um pouco mais de emoções para esta faixa, especialmente quando combinadas

Em geral, “Requiem for a indiferent” é sem dúvida um  álbum  EXCELENTE. Este lançamento mostra que a banda não está em conformidade com o seu som  . A  banda por não tentar expandir o seu próprio som e soltando um monte de álbuns que soam todos iguais. Todos os instrumentos são perfeitamente desenhado para fazer esta versão quase perfeita, e tudo com a sua produção muito rica soa num passe de mágica. Se você é um fã da banda, este lançamento vai ser desfrutado por você depois de alguns escutadas, e uma vez que afundar-se  nele , você vai descobrir a abundância de pequenos detalhes que farão você se divertir ainda mais.

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As one of the band’s most elaborate and grandiose albums, today we have Epica’s highly awaited “Requiem for the Indifferent”.  Packing in around 71 minutes of music in 13 tracks, this release is by far the band’s most musically ambitious release to date. While marinating their traditional Gothic/Symphonic Metal approach, Epica manages to incorporate Progressive elements into their already excellent sound, and end up with a release that is as complex as it is long.

In a similar fashion to MaYaN’s “Quarterpast”, this release requires more than a few spins before it really starts to sink in and you will start to enjoy it. While we think it is great that a band is making an effort in growing as musicians and making their sound a bit more complex, this might also alienate some fans that just like plain bombastic songs they can cheer/headbang to. “Requiem for the Indifferent” is not all very complex, but it feels like much more of an effort has to be put to it to be really enjoyed.

Immediately after the typical opening intro, “Monopoly of Truth” delivers the quintessential Epica sound with power riffs, tight drums and keyboard atmospheres surrounding Simone’s vocals. This song is exactly what we all expect from Epica and delivers a very solid opening for this release. “Storm the Sorrow” pushes Simone’s vocals to different directions and with the choir sections, it sounds very dynamic and well crafted. You might start noticing by know that some of the drum/guitar patterns are a bit different and more progressive sounding that before.

If you like emotional ‘power ballads’, “Delirium” is THE song for you. Simone’s vocals are angelic, the backing vocal tracks are just outstanding and the overall mood of the song is very beautiful. The first song that feels weird and it took more than a few listens to sink in was the title-track “Requiem for the Indifferent”. In this song the weird ethnic sounds and stop-and-go approach made it hard to follow (as an Epica song) at first but after a while its contrasting aggression grows on you.

After the interlude “Anima”, “Guilty Demeanor” gives another solid ‘traditional Epica’ song with lush choir arrangements and warm vocals. The next ‘ballad-esque’ track is “Deep Water Horizon” and its very dramatic approach. The pounding bass guitar line is a nice touch and the way the song progress is very nicely achieved. The band dabbles with many atmospheric elements in this song, and this nicely adds a bit more of emotions to this track, especially when paired with Mark’s growls.

“Deter the Tyrant” and “Stay the Course” are other tracks that feature some nice progressive elements thrown into the mix with the signature Epica sound. We particularly like the clean guitars and elaborate drum patterns of “Deter the Tyrant”. Fully exploiting Simone’s vocals, the band delivers the very somber “Avalanche”. This song nicely shifts from a full-on ballad to a stop-and-go track with lush choir arrangements. On the closer “Serenade of Self-Destruction” the band very effectively delivers an almost 10 minute track with lush vocals and excellent progressive elements. The instrumentation of this song is excellent and shows the band really having fun with what they are doing.

In general “Requiem for the Indifferent” is without a doubt an EXCELLENT Epica album. This release shows that the band is not conforming to their already successful sound and they are still pushing the envelope. We give props to the band for trying to expand their own sound and not releasing a bunch of albums that all sound the same. All instruments are perfectly designed to make this release near perfect, and with its very rich production everything sounds just magically. If you are a fan of the band, this release will be fully enjoyed by you after a few listens, and once it sinks, you will discover plenty of little details that will make you enjoy it even more.

listening

  1. Karma
  2. Monopoly on Truth
  3. Storm the Sorrow
  4. Delirium
  5. Internal Warfare
  6. Requiem for the Indifferent
  7. Anima
  8. Guilty Demeanor
  9. Deep Water Horizon
  10. Stay the Course
  11. Deter the Tyrant
  12. Avalanche
  13. Serenade of Self-Destruction

Line-up:

  • Simone Simons – Vocals
  • Mark Jansen – Guitars, Vocals
  • Isaac Delahaye – Guitars
  • Coen Janssen – Synths, Piano
  • Yves Huts – Bass
  • Ariën van Weesenbeek – Drums

http://www.epica.nl

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