EPICA – Requiem for the Indifferent

EPICA:
 REQUIEM FOR THE INDIFFERENT
(2012, NUCLEAR BLAST)
            Hail Metal Warriors!! THE KIBITZER here once again to bring the music to the masses and spread the word about Metal as much as I can! This time I’m reviewing Epica’s latest release, Requiem for The Indifferent. I’ve been meaning to review this new opus of theirs, so here it is! This is a concept album about how mankind is facing the challenges in today’s society with the constant tension and turmoil between different religions, cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge global economic crisis just looming over our heads. It’s also about the unification of the earth’s population and how we will all need each other to overcome these problems. All I can say is that it is an elegant piece of tapestry. Labeling this band as a “Goth Metal” band would be unfair. They are just so much more than that. I mean, they really got my attention with this new release! Epica has proven that not only can they bust out the heavy artillery, but their music can be elegant and beautiful too. Simone Simons’ voice solidifies the band roster and takes them to different places in the universe time and time again with every one of their releases.
  The second track, “Karma” is a real heavy hitter but it also exhibits their other strengths. There were some blast beats that caught me by surprise too, but they didn’t stray too far from the main focus of the song. A great display of form and functionality. Another track that I really like a lot is “Serenade of Self-Destruction”. It has the feel of a musical score for a motion picture and that’s great!
  Epica is a multifaceted unit and is well versed in the symphonic and operatic arts. The bonus track, “Twin Flames” at the end of the CD is really poignant and tugs at the strings of the heart. I don’t really say something like that very often, but that song is really special to me.
               Well, I can go on and on about how much I love this CD, but to sum it up, this is really a must have CD! You won’t be disappointed. I give this “Requiem for The Indifferent” 5 out of 5 stars.
  Wow, so far, there has been some really great material from a lot of cool releases this year that I’ve been giving perfect ratings on! The most that I’ve ever given at one time if I may add! Then again, that’s just my opinion. Regardless, don’t let the theatrics of Epica fool you. They can play! This is THE KIBITZER signing off and until next time……. RAGE!!!
       Tracks
Karma
Monopoly on Truth
Storm The Sorrow
Delirium
Internal Warfare
Requiem For The Indifferent
Anima
Guilty Demeanor
Deep Water Horizon
Stay The Course
Deter The Tyrant
Avalanche
Serenade Of Self-Destruction
        Bonus Track: Twin Flames
–        THE KIBITZER
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