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The Unforgiving

Within Temptation

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In the mostly male-dominated world of heavy metal, it's always refreshing to see more women getting involved in the genre. Such is the case with Dutch melodic metallists Within Temptation. Led by singer Sharon den Adel, the group issued their fifth studio album overall in 2011, The Unforgiving. As with their previous efforts, Within Temptation specialize in what is known as symphonic metal, but to their credit, it doesn't come off bombastic or overwrought (like many other similarly styled bands who tend to lean more toward the prog metal side of things). The key to avoiding this trap is letting the songwriting rule supreme, as opposed to merely focusing on showing off your chops, and Within Temptation do just that. Case in point, the lead-off single "Faster," which manages to contain elements of hard rock, but also seems like it could easily cross over onto the pop charts (thanks to a hook-heavy chorus). Elsewhere, melody is equal to metal, as evidenced by "Shot in the Dark," "Where Is the Edge," and "Stairway to the Skies." And it turns out there is a reason why The Unforgiving comes off as sounding cinematic: the group issued a series of short films (and even a comic book), in which the tunes from the album provide the soundtrack. A concept album that doesn't get weighed down by the story line is a rarity, but it is something that Within Temptation succeed at with The Unforgiving.

Customer Reviews

Weer een topper!

Onze Nederlandse vrienden hebben weer een topalbum klaargestoomd! Het is allemaal lekker up tempo!

Superbe !

C'est pour moi le plus bel album de WT, tout particulièrement "in the middle of the night" et "faster".
Je ne m'en lasse pas.
A écouter sans modération !

eindelijk nog is goede muziek

Goede rock,een madam met een power stem.Dit is eindelijk nog is een veramdeming naast al die justin Bieber,Idool andere zever van dat level.
Goed album, keep it On

Biography

Formed: 1996 in The Netherlands

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Goth metal stars Within Temptation marry the guitar-driven force of hard rock with the sweep and grandeur of symphonic music, and the results have made them one of the most popular bands ever in the Netherlands. Within Temptation were formed in 1996 by guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, who are partners on stage and off. Within Temptation's early material caught the attention of the Dutch label DSFA, which signed the group to a record deal; the band's first album, Enter, was...
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The Unforgiving, Within Temptation
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  • 10,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 25 March 2011

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