"Requiem For The Indifferent", the fifth full-length album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, sold 4,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 104 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Design Your Universe", opened with 2,100 units to land 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" has registered the following first-week chart positions:
A CD-release party for "Requiem For The Indifferent" was held last Friday night (March 16) at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. EPICA played the new album in its entirety, along with some older tracks, during the more-than-two-hour event. Pyrotechnics and special show elements were added as well.
Fan-filmed video footage of the entire 013 concert can be seen in two parts below.
"Requiem For The Indifferent" was 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.
A video for "Storm The Sorrow" was filmed last month and it "will show the band in a way you have never seen before," according to a press release.
"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)
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!"