9.3.12

Epica Requiem for the Indifferent 2012

Epica - Requiem for the Indifferent Review
Resensi Album Requiem for the Indifferent oleh Epica (di bawah)

It's been a great first quarter for fans of symphonic metal, up to March 2012 we already given Xandria and Amberian Dawn, and now Epica released their 5th album “Requiem for Indifferent” on 9th March. The album had been prepared since February 2011 so it’s a year in process to produce this yet another epic Epica album.

Overall the album emphasized even more to orchestration and choirs. Karma overtured the album followed by Monopoly On Truth. This song had been released periodically on Youtube previously. Lyrics on the song immediately surround the crisis and conflict of human races, religions and financial, its album overall theme. In its seven minutes , Monopoly On Truth sees Epica experimenting between metal and orchestration, and near the end sees guitar solos we all waiting for to qualified it into progressive metal label.

This open the next 70 minutes of symphonic metal. Storm the Sorrow is typical Epica with great Simone vocal on frontline. Delirium is a as soon as on the third track as a mellow ballad song, but the a capella intro is notable. Then jump to Requiem for the Indifferent, started with exotic intro, the album title song is an eight minutes epic requiem. Its blended metal with Minor Asia folk tunes. Deep Water Horizon is another moment where Simone enjoy her singing with acoustic guitar but briefly the composition went into a wild headbanging scenes.

Requiem for Indifferent is yet another up to standard female fronted symphonic/gothic metal album. Compare to Nightwish who gone far into movie like score music or Xandria's power sopranic voice. This Epica remained faithful to what Symphonic Gothic Metal , solely emphasized their strength on song composition and intense orchestration.

Producer Sascha Paeth together with Epica founder Mark Jansen help build this great album. Not much differed from previous album Design Your Universe, only that the lyrical theme and feel now much “universe” and “indifferent”.  Great album here.

notice on song Serenade Of Self-Destruction production error:
The first pressing edition of the album are missing vocals on track Serenade Of Self-Destruction. Epica and Nuclear Blast have distributing the correct version of the song, it is free download, the link are here  , you'll need email address to obtain the code.

Metal Harem Class: ******** eight stars out of ten

Epica Requiem for the Indifferent 2012

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
Line-up
Mark Jansen - vocals, guitar
Simone Simons - vocals
Coen Janssen - keyboards
Isaac Delahaye - guitar
Ariƫn Van Weesenbeek - drums
Yves "Yvel" Huts - bass

Sekedar informasi pengantar, awal tahun 2012 menyaksikan grup Xandria dan Amberian Dawn dengan gagah meluncurkan dua album Symphonic Metal yang ber-vokalis cewek. Keduanya tampil gemilang dengan Xandria secara mengejutkan berganti style dengan lebih bernuansa opera. Di bulan Maret 2012 ini, Epica akhirnya turut serta meluncurkan album ke-limanya dengan judul Requiem for the Indifferent. Menurut informasi album ini sudah dipersiapkan sejak awal 2011 dan diproduseri oleh pemusik kawakan Sasha Paeth. Di album ini Epica lebih mengentalkan lagi nuansa orkestra-nya dan bermain komposisi yang kompleks. (by metalharem.blogspot.com)

Di intro pembukaan Karma, kita dihadirkan overture pembuka yang cukup serius, lengkap dengan paduan suara dan soprano. Kemudian masuk ke tembang pertama, Monopoly On Truth yang cadas di mana Simone Simon bersahutan duet dengan vokal 'growling' yang dinyanyikan oleh Mark Jansen, gitaris mereka. Melody Monopoly On Truth cukup kentara untuk diingat, lagipula lagu ini secara berkala sudah dirilis Epica di Youtube untuk membantu promosi. Storm of Sorrow adalah lagu yang enak untuk dinikmati, melodious dan sangat tipikal Epica, di mana melodi lagu gaya bersahut-sahutan oleh Simone. Delirium hadir sebagai tembang ballad, intro acapela nya cukup menarik dan membuat album ini lebih variatif. Selanjutnya Requiem for the Indifferent adalah komposisi delapan menitan yang cukup kompleks, lengkap dengan nuansa exotic, scale dan feel percussion dari Timur. Untuk yang mau menguji kemantapan vokal Simone, lagu Deep Water Horizon patut disimak di mana Simone bernyanyi diiringi gitar akustik. (by metalharem.blogspot.com)

Secara umum, ini adalah album yang cukup lengkap untuk dinikmati. Tidak terlalu straight forward, lurus lurus metal, tapi banyak komposisi musikal yang lebih mendalam. Seperti biasa peranan gitar di sini lebih sebagai pengiring, jadi jangan mengharapkan solo gitar menyayat di Epica. Komposisi dan fungsi orkestra adalah kunci album ini. Asyiknya vokal Simone berpadu dengan suara death metal Mark, dan Symphony Metal Epica adalah yang perlu untuk disimak di album Requiem for the Indifferent ini. Album inipun siap meladeni tantangan grup-grup sejenis seperti dari Xandria dan Amberian Dawn yang lebih dulu mencuri start di awal tahun 2012. Di tahun 2013 Epica melakukan tour ke Indonesia dalam program Requiem for the East mereka, mereka bisa disapa di festival Hammersonic, Jakarta 2013. (2013, metalharem.blogspot.com)






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