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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B006ZT47O0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
14. Twin Flames (N. American Exclusive Song)

Editorial Reviews

2012 album from the Dutch Symphonic Metal band. Says the band: "This title refers to the end of an era. Mankind can no longer stick their head in the sand for the things that are happening around us. We are facing many challenges. There is an enormous tension between different religions and cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge financial crisis, which is getting out of control. More than ever we will need each other to overcome these problems. As we are all connected; the universe, earth, nature, animals and human beings, this period in time will be the prelude to the end for those who still don't want to, or simply won't see it. A Requiem for the Indifferent but also a possibility for a new beginning with great new chances!"

Customer Reviews

If you like Epica's other albums, you'll love this one.
Daniel Ashkar
There is nothing catchy about any of the songs and truly, the only one I like so far is "Storm the Sorrow" and even that one I don't really like, just tolerate.
Zephyr
It's not that it is bad music, it is just the fact that it seems as if Epica did not try their absolute hardest on this release.
Laneth

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By philippe deroin on March 13, 2012
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Epica's 2012 recipe: take their career-defining 2009 masterpiece Design Your Universe, keep the same line-up and the same producer (Sascha Paeth) cross-pollinate with side projects, infuse with current events and voilà: Requiem for the Indifferent.

It was unavoidable that RTFI, Epica's fifth studio album (sixth if you count Score: An Epic Journey), would had some difficulty topping their previous release that installed them squarely at the top of the new symphonic metal wave. But it is pretty close. And considering how intricate Epica's productions have become, it might be just as good once it becomes more familiar. What is obvious is that Epica has hit their stride: DYU was the album that marked the maturation of their style and they are now building their canon. Hopefully, they will be able to sustain the pace.

It is always tempting to criticize Epica for their bombast or for Mark Jansen's polymath pronouncements on all sorts of current events. When Design Your Universe was telling us that we could indeed shape our own lives, Requiem For The Indifferent goes one step further, telling us that we have no excuse for sitting out the challenges of our times. The album name apparently went through several changes (Requiem for Indifference, Serenade of Self-Destruction) but the concept remains the same. Hence the title track but also Deep Water Horizon, Deter the Tyrant or Internal Warfare. It merges the financial crisis, the Arab Spring, the Utøya massacre and other dramas of the age.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Zephyr on March 13, 2012
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Epica has most indefinitely set the bar with their release of Design Your Universe in 2009. While it was possibly one of their most solid releases up to date, they also managed to make Requiem for the Indifferent sound bad in comparison. This unfortunately is an album that you will either love or hate. There seems to be quite a bit of debate on the metal forums whether or not they are great or just okay since we are all fans. I have listened to Epica for years and have all of their albums and I truly hate to say it, but this is possibly their worst release. The strange thing is it's not the music that's bad. The music they wrote for Requiem happens to be very reminiscent of Divine Conspiracy.

So, what makes this album not that great? The excessive growling for one. While I know that Mark just loves adding them in, it really doesn't work with at least 80% of the songs on this album. I hardly remember what Simone was singing because I was too absorbed by the growling. This approach to music really worked well on every album they have released and even grew on me, except for this one. Why is that? I think because it was simply misplaced in most of the songs or unnecessary. Growling should be making a statement and not taking over the song.

The second reason this release is remotely weak is because I just can't get into any of the songs. While a twist and turn in a song is good, these ones have too many for my taste. There is nothing catchy about any of the songs and truly, the only one I like so far is "Storm the Sorrow" and even that one I don't really like, just tolerate. I usually love EVERY song Epica writes, even the heavy ones that later grew on me. The songs on Requiem just have nothing catchy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By neasden oz on May 23, 2012
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After the (mostly) magisterial opus, "Design Your Universe", it was difficult to imagine a topper.
This is a competent enough offering, but I would have given four and a half for "Design..", and three and a half for this.
It is almost as though Marc and Simone and the lads had deliberately not trodden their previous paths.

There is less attention to form, though all is played admirably well.
There are still the Cookie Monster vocals, without which we could well do.

Ms Simon's vocals are often strained, and I disagree with those who say she is singing a little lower in her range. I believe that she is singing too much at the top end, with less dynamism, less drama and sometimes loses her previously extraordinary control.

A couple of tracks seem to begin in a "Tides of Time" style, only to drift into some soppiness or abject boredom...as though it was too hard to have another go at such a sublimely magnificent song.

It was too much to hope for anything near as good as its predecessor, but many bands, later deified, had had the same problem.

I look forward to a change in direction and some sparkle and enthusiasm with their next effort.

So, if you know little of Symphonic Metal, it might be a reasonable intro, but if given a choice of Epica works, go for "Design.." or even the the three before that
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derick on March 13, 2012
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Its not often that a band can sound familiar, yet bring something new to the table. This album sounds like Epica, yet they've stretched themselves in new ways. Ways that work, to the point where you go back to listen to their old material to see if they've been doing it all along and you just never noticed. Its also nice to see such talent as Simone, who I already consider to be unparalleled, finding new ways to challenge herself. You think you've heard it all? not yet...

Some bands release albums of such caliber that they never reach that pinnacle again. Take Metallica for example. They have several albums that would make any list of greatest metal albums of all time, but Master of Puppets stands alone as perhaps the greatest metal album of all time. This was early in their career, and they've yet to reach that pinnacle since. Though this album is a bit later in their timeline, Epica may have just released their Master of Puppets, if you will, with Requiem for the Indifferent.

The only thing I found disappointing in this album is the lack of a Roy Khan/Simone Simons duet...
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