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Mother Earth

Within Temptation

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Album Review

The rise of goth/prog metal seemed to reach a peak at the turn of the century, with an endless supply of bands offering their own spin on the subgenre. Only a handful of these bands seem to have anything interesting or unique to offer, namely Lacuna Coil, Lana Lane, the Gathering, and After Forever, among selected others. With the release of Mother Earth, there was little doubt that the cream of the crop had indeed risen to the top. They refined their approach to feature lead vocalist Sharon den Adel and dumped the growling death metal-style vocals that typify this form of music. The single "Ice Queen" reached number one in both the Netherlands and Belgium and the album itself went gold. Another single, "Our Farewell," was also released to moderate success. Their music features Celtic and folk influences that contribute to a mature and confident sound that their contemporaries seem to struggle with. Den Adel has that elusive and intangible presence that a great band needs to have from their leader, especially on the live stage. A landmark release that set new standards for creativity, musicianship, and taste — not just for goth/prog metal, but for any style of music. This was easily one of the best releases of 2001.

Customer Reviews

PLEASE LISTEN-This is a Good Album

I know many people are freaking out because of the "weirness/nerdiness/lameness" of this album. I strongly disagree! Firstly I have to say that when I first listened this this album it was not my favorite, in fact I hated it. I thought that the songs were pointless and very different from their other albums. But then I listened to the songs more and I realized that I liked most of them. This album is more of a operetic (can't spell...sorry) album. It is not like the other two on i-tunes and I know many of you will not like it. But what you have to realize is that some of the songs on this album are very good, even if the lyrics seem pointless. I have one question for people out there who don't like this album...did you ever think about a deeper meaning to the lyrics? What if the meaning isn't just right on the surface? Look into it, read them, and if you still can't find anything then feel free to hate this album all you want. Just give it a chance. My Personal Favorites: Mother Earth Deceiver of Fools Dark Wings Ice Queen Also, they don't even have all of the songs from the original album on here so wait a while for those to come out and see what you think then. Just please realize that this album is GOOD! :-D


This is most likely Within Temptations best album. My favorite songs on this album are Our Farewell, The Promise, Cage, Dark Wings, and Deciever of Fools. This is a fantastic album and I'm very glad to see it here on itunes (even though I alreadly own it...)

Old CD, but new to iTunes

I was shocked when I saw what I thought was a new Within Temptation album. However this CD is kinda old, but new to iTunes. Its really good and if your only looking to pick up one song I would suggest Ice Queen, I don't know why but it has always been a favorite of mine.


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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Mother Earth, Within Temptation
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Death Metal/Black Metal, Alternative, Goth Rock
  • Released: Aug 21, 2001

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