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I have a story to tell you all dear Readers, one that I feel the need to share if only to highlight my own stupidity. You’ll understand by the end of this blog, and perhaps you can relate to some of what I have to say, perhaps not. You’ll most certainly wonder how I can be so… blind.

As many of you may know my favourite band is call EPICA. And, as their namesake suggests, they are pretty epic. Their music is nothing like I have ever heard before and I very much doubt that anything will compare. Sometimes when listening to music you fall in and out with bands, certain CDs are more favourable than others and the cycle continues. All of my Epica songs are on my iPod, which is usually playing either in my room when I’m knitting or reading, or the CDs are playing in the car [much to the annoyance, I am sure, of all who happen to be a passenger with me…].

There are currently 5 studio albums, 1 purely instrumental album, a live album, and most recently a live Blu-Ray with accompanying CD as well. So plently to choose from, and with a new album lined up for release this spring, I am still very much in love with this. For those of you who like to have neat labels for everything the closest, but not exclusive, label for Epica is “symphonic metal”. But it’s so much more than that.

What I want to talk about in this blog is specifically about their fifth studio album “Requiem for the Indifferent” which is definitely a favourite album alongside “The Divine Conspiracy”. When “Requiem” was released there was a problem with the pressing of the CD and for some reason the last track some of the vocals [most of them, actually] were missing. Epica announced on their website about this and offered a free download of the song to replace it. At the time I didn’t think I had been affected by it as there were some vocals – the choir sections – and that was that.

Ladies and gentlemen this album was released a little less than two years ago. Can you see where this is going yet?

When I watched the Blu-Ray for the first time I casually dismissed the song as sounding different as it was live. Then I dug out the lyric book as I realised I didn’t know the words. Then didn’t think anymore of it until one morning a couple of days ago when I was driving to see my boyfriend and I actually was listening out for the lyrics. And then there weren’t any to listen too.

It’s taken me a long time to realise this. Every time I have listened to this song I have obviously just tuned out the music – whether it’s because I was engrossed in my own thoughts, my knitting, my driving – that a whole song has been incomplete for that amount of time. It’s just silly, don’t you think?

Frustratingly, every time I hear the CD version it’s going to annoy me that there aren’t any lyrics/singing, and more so because I didn’t pick up on it sooner.

I did buy a replacement CD for my car as the version that’s in the car is signed by the band, but annoyingly even though it’s a difference version, it’s got the same problem!

But that is by the by, I have since claimed my free copy of the track, and then also brought it as well because I couldn’t rename it on my computer so that it would file properly in my iTunes library because I am a little OCD about things like that.

It’s an awesome song though – and now ceases to be unstuck from head… here, have a listen!

Kialtho

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