Within Temptation – Enter (1997) – Review

Last updated on 3 October 2020

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As I am in the Within Temptation groove, let’s stay there for a while. It would be a pity not to review their very first record Enter of 1997. And that, after the band officially assembled about a year earlier.

The band formed just after the departure of Sharon den Adel from her usual work routine as a fashion designer, I kid you not. That’s one smart girl with a creative streak. She apparently still designs her own outfits. I wish I could do that as well. But – alas – I [...] Click to raid more!

Within Temptation – The Heart of Everything (2007) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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The Heart of Everything is the first Within Temptation record I ever listened to, and it hooked me like a fish on a spike. The slightly subdued symphonic Gothic Metal sound and the diversity of the tracks were just irresistible.

And it’s those very dark, brooding sections that interchange with light and airy stuff coming right out of some ethereal sphere that got to me. To spice things up some more, sometimes Within Temptation sounds like some computer game soundtrack of sorts on The Heart of Everything. And this is what it is, essentially. … [...] Click to raid more!

Within Temptation – The Silent Force (2004) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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The album The Silent Force is a cool one, following Mother Earth in spirit, if not in sound. Albeit that the whole concoction comes across as a bit softer and more … mainstream.

Within Temptation have crafted a great 3rd studio album with The Silent Force that will hook you right from the beginning.

Some voices indicate that the metal is lacking (true), that Within Temptation has strayed from the true path of Gothic Rock to something more melodic (also true). And that they only did this to attract new fans (me, for example, [...] Click to raid more!

Within Temptation – Hydra (2014) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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Well, who would have thought that! From great beginnings, starting with Enter right up to The Heart of Everything, we have seen superb work from Within Temptation. Yet, somehow their performance started to decline with The Unforgiving. And unfortunately their 2014 record Hydra did not stop this decline.

Their tune is not necessarily bad, but nothing that really rocked me out of my chair. It is as if they descended into the mean mainstream, where the ratings dwell. Couple this with a glittery on-stage performance. And there, you have your venue … [...] Click to raid more!