Epica fans patiently waiting for the Dutch symphonic metal band’s new album have undoubtedly been stoked to finally get it into their hands this week. But it turns out the first pressing has a glitch with the final track — it is missing vocals, an obviously unintentionally oversight — and the group are making up for the error by offering a free download of the finished version of “Serenade Of Self-Destruction”.
As the group says to fans on their website: “We’re very happy that our new album Requiem For The Indifferent is out as a result of 2.5 years of passionate and hard work. However, as you may have noticed, ‘Serenade Of Self-Destruction,’ the last song of the album, is missing some vocals. Somehow the instrumental version of the song ended up on the master of the full album and this didn’t get noticed before the actual release. Everybody involved in making and producing the album has given everything to get the best possible result so we can’t blame anyone for this. We know that this is a mistake which wasn’t made on purpose. As we don’t want to disappoint any of our beloved fans, we are trying everything in our power to solve this issue.”
Of course, there is a bright side to this, they add: “Everybody who gets the current CD will have a unique first pressing, which might end up being a collector’s item. We wish you a great time listening to our album and we hope to see you all on the road!”
Once in awhile mistakes like this do happen with certain releases. The first pressing of the reissue of Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry album back in 2009 lacked the remastering it was supposed to have had. That error was also fixed quickly.
Epica will headline the ProgPower XIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia on September 14th.