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Within Temptation

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Now with...ahem..."respect"...to the makers of "Friday", THIS IS MUSIC!

Some bands are content with sticking with their guns and continuing making the same style of music. If it works, great, but only a band like Within Temptation can go out on a limb and redefine their sound and identity and pull it off to perfection. This is not to say they stopped doing what they do best; far from it. They've taken their style and polished it to create an epic sound, appropriate considering the album is based off a new comic book series (which is never a bad idea). Their boundary-busting style comes clearest with sure hits like "Sinéad" and "A Demon's Fate", yet there are also songs like "Where Is the Edge" and "Stairway to the Skies" to remind you that they are still very much the same Within Temptation we've come to know and love. In short, if you're bored with the same old music that brought us "Friday" go out and get some relief with "The Unforgiving". I promise you won't regret it.

I love Within Temptation...

...and I say their music is good all the way. Who agrees?

Song by song...

"Why Not Me" (Not Rated) Really good intro to the whole album, you hear Mother Maiden speaking with strings in the background. The only reason it is not rated is because it is only 34 seconds long. "Shot In the Dark" (5/5) A neither fast nor slow song, "Shot In the Dark" manages to show the new WT sound without throwing too much at the listener. You can really hear the guitar in this song, which I thorougly enjoy, while Sharon kinda hangs out in her low, to mid-high range. The lyrics tell a great story, and WT spins it so you can easily enjoy it. "In the Middle of the Night" (5/5) This is for sure going to be one of the most popular songs on the whole album. It starts of with guitars that stay with Sharon for almost the whole song, and her low, deep voice fits the song perfectly. The chorus is quite catchy, and I think everyone will find themselves singing/headbanging right along with Sharon and the guys. The standout point though, is for sure the guitars. You can really tell that the band made it a point to make the guitars a bigger part of their album, and I for one, am really glad that they did. "Faster" (4/5) Okay, the single. I must admit, while it is a decent/good song, I felt that it was kinda out of place on the album. After listening to "In the Middle of the Night" you go straight in to a much more mainstreamish sound, and it was a little disorienting for me. You can really hear the 80s vibe that they were talking about in this song, and yet there is still a small part that is WT. For those worried that "Faster" is what they are now doing, let me clear this up: IT DOES NOT REPRESENT THE ALBUM AS A WHOLE, NOT BY FAR. "Fire and Ice" (5/5) This song has a really great intro with a piano and some violin strings. It is the first actual 'slow' song on the album, and I don't think fans will be disappointed. The lyrics are especially touching, and Sharon sings it beautifully, while going from her softer and higher voice to her deeper one. It shows her range excellently, and the song is just beautiful. "Iron" (5/5) Starting off with guitars, this song promises to be harder and faster then the two previous, and it does just that. During the middle of the song, Mother Maiden intervenes and gives her two cents worth, which makes that song that much better in my opinion, and afterwards the guitars hit hard. It definitely stands out as one of the better ones on the album as a whole. "Where is the Edge" (4/5) Another single off the album, "Where is the Edge" is oddly reminiscent of their previous album, The Heart of Everything (which if you don't own, go buy it now!) However, it was nice to hear that they can still generate the vibe that I fell in love with (I was introduced to the band through THOE.) The only thing to say about it is that it is a good/strong WT song. "Sinead" (?/5) Okay, I admit that I was a little confused by this song. It starts of with an almost, (dare I say?) dance like vibe, with a repeated beat in the background. But then, it was like the band changed their mind one minute into the song, and came sweeping in with guitars and some good orchestrals. It is definitely one of the bands more uplifting songs, and this was what kinda confused more than anything. I thought that the characters were supposed to be "unforgiving" murder hunters, and when the song started saying that things were going to "turn around", I was like 'what?' "Lost" (4/5) Another one of the slower songs on the album "Lost" starts off with an electric acoustic to set the mood (much like Jane Doe, or All I Need). One thing that I really enjoyed while listening to this song, was the orchestrals in the background. WT has definitely stepped it up a notch in composing their orchestral parts in songs, which is a good thing. However, the reason that it only recives a 4 is because I felt that the guitar solo (the acoustic one) in the last minute and a half, was a little out of place in the song. It has an almost spanish flare, which was cool to hear for sure, but a little puzzling. "Murder" (5/5) Starting off with a great intro, Sharon comes in with a very deep, sultry, and murderous voice. I really thought that she was really going to go out and kill someone (not really, but I really enjoyed hearing her sing in her deeper register). The song is a great combination of hard guitars with some good chorals and orchestrals. The one thing that surprised me was that there is a slight hint of male vocals in the background during the chorus, which reminded me of their early, early days (Enter). "A Demon's Fate" (4.5/5) Starting off with another repeating beat, much like Sinead, this song fooled me. I thought I was going to be confused again, but WT came through for me 20 or so seconds into the song. The song is really strong and has good guitars and orchestrals (I honestly cannot stress how good these orchestrals have become). "Stairway to the Skies" (5/5) This song starts off with Sharon singling with a piano, and she actually goes into her upper register for some of her singing here, which was a pleasant and welcome surprise. The song itself was a wonderful mixture of Sharon's voice with some good drums in the background. It was a great close to the album, and does not disappoint. "I Don't Wanna" (4/5) I don't really have anything to say about this song, besides that it is a good and strong WT song. "The Last Dance" (3.5/5) Okay don't hate me for the ranking, but this is simply a personal preference. The song very much reminded me of their Mother Earth Album, which I'm not a HUGE fan of, but it is still a good album, and this song was just okay. This was the only song on the whole album where I was like, "when is it going to be over?" Mother Earth fans will definitely relish in this song I'm sure, but I would preview it first before you decide whether or not you want it. "Empty Eyes" (5/5) This song was reminiscent of 'Blue Eyes', another song from the THOE. I really enjoyed it, and that's all there was to it.

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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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Mar 28, 2011

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