Personnel: Simone Simons (vocals); Amanda Somerville (alto, background vocals); Tanja Eisl (alto); Previn Moore (tenor); Isaac Delahaye (guitars); Coen Janssen (piano, synthesizer); Yves Huts (bass guitar); Ari‰n Van Weesenbeek (drums).
Audio Mixer: Sascha Paeth.
Recording information: CFJ Studios, Oss, The Netherlands (09/2011-11/2011); The Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany (09/2011-11/2011); The Huts Studio, Antwerp, Belgium (09/2011-11/2011).
Editors: Simon Oberender; Olaf Reitmeier.
Translators: Gjalt Lucassen; Jaap Toorenaar.
Arrangers: Amanda Somerville; Epica; Miro; Sascha Paeth.
Requiem for the Indifferent, the fifth outing from the Dutch progressive metal outfit, 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. Like fellow neo-classical rockers Leaves' Eyes and Lacuna Coil, Epica sport a frontwoman with an impressive set of pipes, and mezzo-soprano Simone Simons' operatic vocals ride front and center on standout cuts like "Delirium" and "Storm the Sorrow," while lengthy narratives like the title cut and "Serenade of Self-Destruction" dutifully showcase the band's technical mastery of the genre. ~ James Christopher Monger