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A hydra may be known for its many heads, but it's a monster at heart. This makes the mythical beast a great namesake for Within Temptation's sixth studio album: a ferocious, genre-spanning spectacle. Having pushed the limits of symphonic metal over the course its decade-plus career—2004's A Silent Force featured an 80-voice choir, while 2011's The Unforgiving accompanied a comic book and film series—the band continue to step up their game here, enlisting guests ranging from former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones to rapper Xzibit and Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, whose "Whole World Is Watching" does indeed sound like his former band. The single "Paradise (What About Us)" is signature Within Temptation, featuring soaring guitars, a string section, and the dueling pipes of vocalist Sharon Den Adel and Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen; they sound like a pair of valkyries fighting it out on the lip of a volcano. The bonus track version of Hydra features 8 additional tracks, including covers of songs originally performed by Lana Del Rey and Imagine Dragons, as well as audio commentary from band members den Adel and Robert Westerholt.

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I could have sworn i started listening to this with pants on...


US bands taking notice? European rock/metal is so much better than the crap played on the radio here.

Good except the rap

I have no idea why WT would feature a foul-mouthed rapper who makes the whole album look bad with the explicit warning. I also don’t like the growling on Silver Moonlight, but it’s better on the album than it was on the Paradise EP. For me, WT stands for opposite: Sharon’s high and clear, melodic voice, not some pointless rapping or growling. Other than that, the album is pretty good. I’ve listened to all the songs several times on iTunes First Play, so I’m pretty familiar with them. My favorites are “Covered by Roses” and “Tell Me Why,” and most of them are good songs. Overall it’s a good album with a few perplexing bad parts.


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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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Feb 04, 2014
  • Parental Advisory

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