Epica: Requiem For The Indifferent [2012]

Released March 9, 2012
Genre Progressive metal, symphonic metal, gothic metal
Length 72:55
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Sascha Paeth

Requiem for the Indifferent is the fifth album by Dutch symphonic metal band Epica. It was released on March 9, 2012, in Europe,[1] and on March 13, 2012 in the United States. It was the final album to feature original member Yves Huts on bass guitar.

Title

“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!”[2]

Reception

Response to Requiem for the Indifferent was positive. In one of the first reviews of the album, Rock Sins have praised Requiem for the Indifferent, calling it “A must for all fans of symphonic metal”.[11]

Metal Underground was very positive, and stated that “Epica pulls off yet another symphonic masterpiece that is as much “different” as it is “indifferent.”

The Metal Crypt was also positive and praised Simone‘s vocals, the choirs and the orchestration, and called the songs “uniformly excellent.”

Grande Rock added: “Once again, Epica proved why they are considered to be one of the leading forces in the symphonic metal scene.”[5]

Allmusic was less but still positive, giving the album a score of 3.5 stars out of 5, stating that the album “is a typically elaborate and ambitious affair, incorporating copious amounts of choral work and classical arrangements into the band’s neatly established blend of goth, progressive, power, and symphonic metal.”

Track listing

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. “Karma” Mark Jansen Mark Jansen, Coen Janssen, Simone Simons 1:32
2. “Monopoly on Truth” Jansen, Simons Isaac Delahaye, Jansen, Simons 7:11
3. Storm the Sorrow Simons Janssen, Simons 5:12
4. “Delirium” Simons Janssen, Delahaye, Simons 6:07
5. “Internal Warfare” (Dedicated to the victims of Anders Breivik) Simons Jansen, Delahaye, Janssen 5:12
6. “Requiem for the Indifferent” Jansen Jansen, Delahaye 8:34
7. “Anima” Jansen 1:24
8. “Guilty Demeanor” Jansen Jansen 3:22
9. “Deep Water Horizon” Simons Jansen, Delahaye, Janssen 6:32
10. “Stay the Course” Jansen Jansen, Delahaye, Simons 4:25
11. “Deter the Tyrant” Jansen Delahaye, Jansen 6:37
12. “Avalanche” Simons Jansen, Delahaye, Simons 6:52
13. “Serenade of Self-Destruction” Simons Jansen, Delahaye, Janssen 9:55
14. “Nostalgia” (European Bonus Track) Jansen Jansen 3:26
15. “Twin Flames” (Soundtrack Version; North American Bonus Track) Jansen Jansen 5:02
16. “Twin Flames” (Regular Version; iTunes/LP Bonus Track) Jansen Jansen 4:47
17. “Deter the Tyrant” (Grunt Version, so far unreleased track) Jansen Delahaye, Jansen 6:37

Lyrics

1. Karma

[Music by Mark Jansen, Coen Janssen, Simone Simons]
[Lyrics by Mark Jansen]

Dominus Sum Rerum Gestarum Mearum
Heresque Sum Rerum Omnium A Me Gestarum

Ortus Ex
Natus Ex
Meis Factis

Sum Coniunctus Cum Meis Gestis
Meis Gestis Sum Affirmatus

Tale Monacho Revolvendum est
Adiutus his vivo

2. Monopoly On Truth

[Music by Isaac Delahaye, Mark Jansen, Simone Simons]
[Lyrics by Mark Jansen, Simone Simons]

Nos docti, pensantes
Sed non semper veridici

At the Zenith of wisdom
No defying myself
Defying myself
To the point of reaction
You propose and I dispose

I see what you mean
It’s clear, what you say
The truth isn’t just a derivative of your views
Truth is a fiction of your views

These are my thoughts
No discussion
My righteous plan

Just think it over now
Another point of view
It’s time we realize our errs
Where it is leading to if nobody sees it
There’s never an absolute

Nos docti
Sed non semper veridici

I can be so enchanting
With words beset in gold
Beset in gold
Your senseless demanding
You propose and I dispose

I see what you mean
It’s clear, what you say
The truth isn’t just a derivative of your views
Truth is a fiction of your views

This is the way
No discussion
In my life

Just think it over now
Another point of view
It’s time we realize our errs
Where it is leading to if nobody sees it
There’s never an absolute

You’re in denial

Can we trust all the facts and believe that the fancied wise are just and needed?
Do we want to rely on the views of the righteous ones who are succeeding?
If you look all around and you see all the
Things that are not meant to be
Then you know it’s time to let them go

Your fury can no longer stand
This hauteur will come to an end
Looking for leftover friends is in vain
You’ll be alone again

No more refusal
Face it, slow down

It is time for renewal
And expect no miracles
Expect no miracles when you’re
In an endless fall
No regrets if you’re leaving
You’re a true deceiver
Accept the here and now
Or regret will end up…

Mask of justice, shield of menacing strength
Will not bend, only break

Can’t we respect, can’t we neglect
No respecting so neglecting
Those who are suffering in need of help?
Those who suffer, needing our help
You are the one I wouldn’t like to become
You are not one I would like to become
Not at all in the end

Hear our calling
Carry me slowly
In the depths of your life
Fear the thunder
Free me from barren fields
And grey thunder lies
Semblance Falling
Under that grand façade
The truth loves to hide

Can we trust all the facts
And believe that the fancied wise
Are just and needed?
Do we want to rely on the views
Of the righteous ones who are succeeding?
If you look all around and you see
All the things that are not meant to be
Then you know it’s time to let them go

Can we trust all the facts
And believe that the fancied wise
Are just and needed?
Do we want to rely on the views
Of the righteous ones who are succeeding?
If you look all around and you see
All the things that are not meant to be
Then you know it’s time to let them go
To let them go

Nos docti
Sed plus Scimus
Non spernentes
Quod dicunt alii

3. Storm The Sorrow

[Music by Coen Janssen, Simone Simons]
[Lyrics by Simone Simons]

Along the way I find myself
To be confined within me
No place for any other’s mind to interfere,
To grasp the meaning of it all
To overcome my limits
And dance away from any void and empty tones,

Just tell me why
Just tell me how
I can survive this time

Believe yourself and look away
From all that’s right within you
Leave all your worries at the door and drift away,
I’ve tried to peer into the core
But could not storm the sorrow
My hollow heart has bled me dry, left me to stray

Another time without a trace,
Condemn me now
Send me to hell
For I’m already failing

Intertwine the lines
That swim beneath the dark
Realize the pain we live in
Demonize the need we reel in, no
In my memories I’ll dig deep enough to know
Centuries of dreams unending
Another me that yielded tears when someone had betrayed

No time should ever go to waste
It’s not that complicated
You’re free to live your life at ease
No more restraints

No heed for shadows on your way
That try to steal your laughter
Your light will drive them all away
Be confident

Will I refrain?
Can I repent?
Will you be there?
Erase the page
For I’m alone and ailing

Intertwine the lines
That swim beneath the dark
Realize the pain we live in
Demonize the need we reel in, no
In my memories I’ll dig deep enough to know
Centuries of dreams unending
Another me that yielded tears when someone had betrayed

So, this is my life
And it can’t break me down
Go, I will decide
Who can come in and heal my disease
Burn it in flames
Kill it and maim
Why can’t you see that you need to be freed?

Intertwine the lines beneath the dark
Every bit of pain we’re feeling
Every other solemn life, no
In the memories you will find somehow
There used to be a dream unending
No more need to be alone

Intertwine the lines
That swim beneath the dark
Realize the pain we live in
Demonize the need we reel in, no
In my memories I’ll dig deep enough to know
Centuries of dreams unending
Another me that yielded tears when someone had betrayed
Someone had betrayed

4. Delirium

[Music by Coen Janssen, Isaac Delahaye, Simone Simons]
[Lyrics by Simone Simons]

Black was the night when I did surrender
I did give in to my weakening sight
Now that I’m empty my dreams once were many
Soul’s bitter cry to unleash the divine

When you think there’s no way out
And all you see collides
Hope will in the end chase all your fears away

Fighting the source was not recommended
Trails of a wish were the hope to survive
Skins full ablazing release crystal gazing
All of it led to a deeper demise

When you think there’s no way out
And no one comprehends
Hope will show your smile again

What I left behind
Another night
Of weary dreams, unravelling
What’s been left behind
Another time
Where days of late are far away
Far away

Losing my reasons,
No lies to believe in
Left the obscure to
The means of escape

Core has been shaken,
There is no more pain to break me
Time has commenced and I long to awake

When you think there’s no way out
Leave everything behind
You can live your life anew

What I left behind
Another night
Of weary dreams, unravelling
What’s been left behind
Another time
Where days of late are far away

Far away

Dark days behind me
Won’t ever break me now

All that I left behind
Another night
Of weary dreams, unravelling
What’s been left behind
Another time
Where days of late are far away

Far away

Just another night
In another time

5. Internal Warfare

[Music by Mark Jansen, Isaac Delahaye, Coen Janssen]
[Lyrics by Simone Simons]

Would anybody dare to know the answer?
Would anybody dare to face the truth?
We bide the time awaiting our answers
To our kind

We’re all in this apocalypse together
The horror we so feared can’t be undone
We all remove allegiance to disaster
Tragic crime

Life we used to know
Ends where silence comes to us forever
Night will soon bestow
Justice on a day that never ends

The piercing eyes of bullets’ shine run faster
Than peace and understanding can conceive
To use and to deceive to teach a lesson
Cross the line

Life we used to know
Ends where silence comes to us forever
Night will soon bestow
Justice on a day that never ends

I’m a true believer
A soldier with a gun
I shall swipe the earth clean
Won’t take long

Te Deplangemus – Haud Resistentes – A Te Vexati – Manebimus

I must trust my instinct
And act on his behalf
My ship is full with water
But won’t go down

Life we used to know
Ends where silence comes to us forever
Night will soon bestow
Justice on a day that never ends

Life we used to know
Ends where silence comes to us forever
Night will soon bestow
Justice on a day that never ends
Never ends

6. Requiem For The Indifferent

[Music by Mark Jansen, Isaac Delahaye]
[Lyrics by Mark Jansen]

When silence betrays

We’ve tried to find a reason
To go on and cross the line
Tell me
How can we justify the act
We’ve tried to look around and
Search for ways to shift the blame
The escape
From moral sense we drift away
When we can’t have it all
We want it all

With money segregating
The centers are degrading
The devastation
We feared we’d befall
But soon we’ll realize that
We can get reunited
This could apply to us all, after all
We’ll never find our peace of mind
If we don’t leave the past behind
Make up your mind

When silence betrays

We spilled the tears for wretches
And for human sacrifice
Look at them
We’ve pushed them through the tiny holes
Yet still we know we’re all responsible

With money segregating
The centers are degrading
The devastation
We feared we’d befall
But soon we’ll realize that
We can get reunited
This could apply to us all, after all
We’ll never find our peace of mind
If we won’t leave the past behind
Make up your mind

Counting down

The road to perdition
Driving fast and without vision

Parva notes circum te
Incorrupta nitidaque
Vide, gusta, senti, bibe
Formam ex eis captes

We’re failing we’re ailing
Collapse is now drawing nearer
Derailing, the end is nigh

Unravelled, dishevelled
The answer’s never been clearer
Unlevelled we’re standing by

When we finally find the reason to exist
We will be able to appreciate the fundamental gifts

Drown, bury, erase
All that is dividing us
Down, parry, negate
All that’s keeping us from growth
Feel the energy enclosed within us

Try to keep on searching for the meaning of our lives
Find the only values that can help us in our strife
Keep on searching and be ready when the tides are high

Try to find the philosopher deep within you
Trigger and motivate all that matters along your way
Seek and find the answers

With money segregating
The centers are degrading
The devastation
We feared we’d befall
But soon we’ll realize that
We can get reunited
This could apply to us all, after all
We’ll never find our peace of mind
If we won’t leave the past behind
Wake up your troubled mind

7. Anima

[Instrumental]

[Music by Mark Jansen]

8. Guilty Demeanor

[Music & lyrics by Mark Jansen]

Whenever stories are prescribed
That we could never obelise
Then how could anyone supply a doubt?

I take you at your word

But the tale could have a flaw
And if you find yourself in awe
Then you’ll only hunger for the truth

Veritas numquam vincitur ipsa
Ne quae dicuntur imprudenter credas

When I’m crucified, taunted and denied
I’ll stand strong, with my back against the wall

At times it seems so very hard
All that we learned we must discard
That everyone you’d ever trust
Has lied

Veritas numquam vincitur ipsa
Ne quae dicuntur imprudenter credas

When I’m crucified, taunted and denied
I’ll stand strong, with my back against the wall

When I’m crucified, haunted and defied
I belong to the few that died for all

You cannot question or defy
Or you’ll find out the hard way why
You’d better run before you walk alone

When I’m crucified, taunted and denied
I’ll stand strong, with my back against the wall

When I’m crucified, haunted and defied
I belong to the few that died for all

Veritas numquam vincitur ipsa
Ne quae dicuntur imprudenter credas
Sed tua teneas

9. Deep Water Horizon

[Music by Mark Jansen, Isaac Delahaye, Coen Janssen]
[Lyrics by Simone Simons]

We have to wait
For a dying day
Full of black decay
We’ll find a way
To become aware
Breathing tainted air
We change the lanes
In every second of our lives

Lost in our minds
We’ll taste the water’s brine
All for the silver shine
Can’t stay the same
Should end this bloody game
Bare in the venom rain
To fuel the greed to feed the hungered has it’s price

There’s the feeling once again
The day where black and white began
Await the ending of our everlasting violence
We’ve all been healing from the pain
From all the misery and constraint
We’re inhaling fumes again
So don’t deny it

Lies will unwind
The verity you’ll find
Upon the moor resigned
Primary gain
Comes with a thousand slain
All for the greater vain
Without the horror causing hazard, we’ll survive

There’s the feeling once again
The day where black and white began
Await the ending of our everlasting violence
We’ve all been healing from the pain
From all the misery and constraint
We’re inhaling fumes again
So don’t deny it

Whatever lies ahead
We will face tomorrow
When every all delusions end

All of this was foreseen
Give in
Have to break the chain of grief

You
Born to be free
You decide
All are free
Time to change
Nothing, nothing or all
The clock is racing on
The pace is very strong
Our borrowed time is gone
The dawn of sharing all our powers has arrived

There’s the feeling once again
The day where black and white began
Await the ending of our everlasting violence
We’ve all been healing from the pain
From all the misery and constraint
We’re inhaling fumes again
So don’t deny it

We’re all inhaling fumes again
And there the black and white will end

10. Stay The Course

[Music by Mark Jansen, Isaac Delahaye, Simone Simons]
[Lyrics by Mark Jansen]

Stay the course
Unregarded what the others think
Follow through your goals
Stay the course
Be impassive what all the others want
Go your own way

Stand focused, stay strong

Stay the course
And regardless what the critics say
Seek your golden road
Stay the course
Be hard and fast
Reach out, achieve your goals
Chase your own dreams

Stay faithful, prolong

Veils that cover the sacred treasures
That no one dares imbibe
Those proclaiming different views
Were long ago proscribed
I should warn you, it’s deadly to abide
Instead I taught you to bow and toe the line

Fear is what you breathe
Disagree
Guidance what you need
For all the chances you will never see
Trust in me

Notice the anomalies
Erase them from your memory

Fight dismay
Deny the disarray
Just keep them far away from you and fight
With all your might

Stay the course
Show no remorse
Terminate all that deters

Veils that cover the sacred treasures
That no one dares imbibe
Those proclaiming different views
Were long ago proscribed
I should warn you, it’s deadly to abide
Instead I taught you to bow and toe the line

I should warn you to never compromise
Instead I want you believing the disguise

11. Deter The Tyrant

[Music by Isaac Delahaye, Mark Jansen]
[Lyrics by Mark Jansen]

Shield the monocrat and
Better fulfill his needs and wield his sordid means
Thank you for all torture and maul
Which only keep it running

We condemn disruption
We should fight for liberation now
Liberate us now

Breed the egoist and
Give him then all he needs and feed his vicious greed
Thank you, we call for chaos
And leave us all alone, resigned

We condemn corruption
We should fight for abdication now
Abdicate us now

When an action bids retraction to begin
You will feel what it’s like to suffer for your sins
We will commence

Yield the ruffian then
Give him the gall that he needs and field his children now
For they’ll recall, once and for all
This farce is everlasting

We condemn suppression
We should fight this aberration now
Fight suppresion now

When an action bids retraction to begin
You will feel what it’s like to suffer for your sins
Temptation has destroyed so many brilliant minds
Fate pays the deviant with agony in kind

The lies you’ve spread
For blood you’ve shed
You’ll have to justify
Enslaved to reign
Heartless, insane
You’ll have to pay the price

Words fail now
The truth is hard to comprehend

Vile secrets were kept in the dark
Avoiding social unrest

Words fail now
The truth is hard to comprehend

Wild efforts to gag dissidents
Will ever fail in the end

We condemn aggression
We could find our destination now
Find it here somehow

When an action bids retraction to begin
You will feel what it’s like to suffer for your sins
Temptation has destroyed so many brilliant minds
Fate pays the deviant with agony in kind

We will commence
Your chance is now

12. Avalanche

[Music by Mark Jansen, Isaac Delahaye, Simone Simons]
[Lyrics by Simone Simons]

Feels like living in a dream
From which I cannot wake
Voices leading me astray
Cannot hide

Feels like I am growing weaker
I can’t deny
Whatever’s hurting me
Won’t leave me
Here at ease
And I can see your secrecy
Has gone away

In another time
You left me
For someone else
Who’d serve your every need
And set your
World apart
The strain is now
Unbearable,
Turned me to stone

For all the hardship in my way
Hold on, move on

Hear me!
Now hide your face while you carry on ’till the grief comes
Save your soul from the downfall

To give and take was not an option
You had to run and sweep it all away
Leave not a heart to mend
That day I cast so far behind, I’m moving on

For all the stones thrown in my face
Hold on, move on

See me!
Now hide your face while
You carry on ‘till the grief comes
Save your soul from the downfall

Feels like living in a dream from which I cannot wake
I don’t wanna hide
They are tearing me apart
You cannot pray for laughter
You cannot wake

Degenerate the love and hate
We should always ever keep in mind
Our tragedy’s not far behind
Kneeling in disaster

Through all the doubt I can’t allay
Hold on, move on
Now
As it was meant to be
Suffering’s a travesty

Obliterate our past mistakes
We should never lose sight or we’ll find
A travesty renewed in time
Chasing ever faster

Feels like living in a dream from which I cannot wake
I don’t wanna hide
They are tearing me apart
You cannot pray for laughter
I cannot decide
I cannot wake
I cannot pray

Feels like living in a dream
From which I cannot wake
Voices leading me astray
Cannot pray

13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction

[Music by Mark Jansen, Isaac Delahaye, Coen Janssen]
[Lyrics by Simone Simons]

Never could we see
What lies deeper
Seeming that our view
Can’t be changed
Deciding where to go
And believe in your disaster
Deleting a future untold

This is the final deceiver
This is the devil in me
Expecting deeds in the making
Will show no final relief

Ever would we dance
With the reaper
Seething in a monstrous cage
Ideas meant to placate
When meeting your disaster
Are only for a desperate fool

Destructive thoughts to mislead us
Can come from deep underground
Believing sources unbroken
Will tear the legion apart

Will we be forever free as we unchain our souls
From life forever
You are just a slave to the dust
Another time, where you and me will be freed
With one more last endeavour
You cannot escape your fate now

No

Try me, don’t deny me
Please embrace me in your peace
I want to fly into the bright
Would you please guide my last goodbye
Why won’t you lie with me, my light’s ending
On a night when I find, I’ll take my final flight

Now come and see divinity where night turns day
So far away from heaven
You will never earn my trust
Provoke the need, give word to deed,
And dive into another God-like atmosphere
You will never find your way out

No

Try me, don’t deny me
Please embrace me in your peace
I want to fly into the bright
Would you please guide my last goodbye
Why won’t you lie with me, my light’s ending
On a night when I find, I’ll take my final flight

I’d rather die
Than breathe in my shame
They’ll know my name
All hell in flames
For our faith
We proudly die
For it we would die
For our sovereign
All hell will arise
Hell will surely rise

We’ll serve our cause
In earning reward
Earning our reward
Collision of skies
The ocean wept dry
Every ocean dry

Another’s desperation flying through the emptiness
As my degradation throws me out of line

Try me, don’t deny me
Please embrace me in your peace
I want to fly into the bright
Would you please guide my last goodbye
Why won’t you lie with me, my light’s ending
On a night when I find, I’ll take my final flight

Take the final flight

14. Nostalgia

[European Bonus Track]

Dying slowly, all alone
Hope is gone, the seeds were sown
Another day without a touch
Another dawn with only dusk

But sometimes it rewinds me
To the bliss of languid dreams
To my precious memories
To the mysteries of all I’d never seen

Dying slowly day by day
And every colour fades to gray
I walk the walls of hell’s abyss
With every trail, I will persist

But sometimes it rewinds me
To the bliss of languid dreams
To my precious memories
To the mysteries of all I’d never seen

Why can’t you hear me?
Release me
I’m forgotten and buried

And sometimes it rewinds me to
The innocence that pulls me through

But sometimes it rewinds me
To the bliss of languid dreams
To my precious memories
To the mysteries of all I’d never seen

And sometimes it rewinds me
To the place where the fire’s burning
And sometimes I can daydream
That I’m free
But it’s just a reverie

15. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version)

[North American Bonus Track]

You’re eternal my love.
For me you’re all there ever was.
Every limit overcome.
As we are tangled we are one.

Words are left unsaid burning in my head.
Now I only wish I could hold you again.
Being there with you I feel at ease.
Being there with you is all I ever need,
My one belief,
We share a common energy.
I’ve flown a far beyond the sea,
To find the other side of me.
I’ve waited long and patiently,
To find the one to balance me.
To live without dubiety
This is my covenant to thee

Life feels empty, my love,
It pains me so to give you away.
Sentence untold never to unfold.
Now I only wish I could hold you again.
Being there with you I am whole again.
Being there with you is all I ever need,
My one belief,
We share a common energy.
I’ve flown a far beyond the sea,
To find the other side of me.
I’ve waited long and patiently,
To live without dubiety
This is my covenant to thee

My belief.
My one belief.

You’re all I need, my one belief.
The winds of time will carry me.
To live without dubiety
Don’t let this ever end

[Chorus:]
We flown a far beyond the sea,
To find each other finally.
We’ve waited long and patiently
To build a bridge between dualities

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