The first teaser for "Requiem For The Indifferent", the forthcoming fifth full-length album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, can be seen below.
Commented the band: "Here we are with the first official teaser. This time however we're doing it like no one has done before, by weekly releasing an extra layer of music, giving our fans a little more insight in the complexity and the different aspects of EPICA's music.
"As this is the first video in the series, you'll only hear Ariën's [van Weesenbeek] drums. However, the next seven weeks we will add layer by layer, and make the sample longer and longer. Through these videos we will also weekly release backstage pictures, pieces of the album artwork, tour updates, etc, to make the wait for the album just a little bit more bearable!"
"Requiem For The Indifferent" will be released on March 9 in Europe and four days later in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth.
"Requiem For The Indifferent" track listing:
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
North American bonus tracks:
14. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version)
The artwork for the CD was created by Stephan Heilemann and can be seen below.
EPICA debuted a brand new song, "Storm The Sorrow", during the band's headlining concert last on January 12 at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Regarding the "Requiem For The Indifferent" album title, the band previously said, "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!"
A CD-release party for the new EPICA album will be held on March 16 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands.
EPICA will play the new album in its entirety, along with some older tracks, during the more-than-two-hour eve
nt. Pyrotechnics and special show elements will be added as well.
EPICA's last album, "Design Your Universe", landed at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Requiem For The Indifferent" teaser #1:
"Storm The Sorrow" performance footage: