Within Temptation – The Unforgiving (2011) – Review

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Within-Temptation-The-Unforgiving-2011OK, I get it! Nothing is ever easy and change is a constant, as there is no such thing as a steady state in physical music creation. And it needs some courage to do the change-over that these guys have done. Like in radical and absolute. Nothing much left of Metal and Gothic or Symphonic, whilst there are some attempts to get back on track.

The 2011 album ‘The Unforgiving‘ from Within Temptation is a totally new direction from what was before. Some of my co-reviewers compared the record to ‘Nightwish‘, but there is no Nightwish ingenuity in there, folks. To me it sounds like a mix between ‘Delain‘ and ‘Fleetwood Mac‘.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – Mother Earth (2000) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - Mother Earth - Album CoverKind of changing direction, but still following the vein of its predecessor ‘Enter‘, the year 2000 creation and 2nd full studio album ‘Mother Earth‘ of the Dutch band ‘Within Temptation‘ is an astonishing piece of work. Actually, the first release was in The Netherlands and then, following in the rest of Europe as of 2001.

Perhaps a bit too much in a hazy, tree hugger kind of style, but still very varied, with a few extremely good tracks in them. They called their new style ‘Celtic’ – Grrmph! – whatever in hell this might mean. And very importantly, they got rid of the Death Grunts that really were never very good with them.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – Enter (1997) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - Enter - Album CoverAs I am in the ‘Within Temptation‘ groove, let’s stay there for a while. It would be a pity not to review the very first record ‘Enter‘ they did back in 1997, just after the band officially assembled about a year earlier. This one was created just after the departure of Sharon den Adel from her usual work routine as a fashion designer, I kid you not. Smart girl, that – she apparently still designs her own outfits. I wish I could do that as well.

So, now they take off with this decidedly very high quality production. I am awed, I must say.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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

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RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - The Heart of Everything - Album Cover‘The Heart of Everything’ is the first WT record I ever listened to and I got hooked right away. The slightly subdued symphonic Gothic Metal sound and diversity of the tracks immediately got my full attention. Very dark, brooding sections changing with light and airy stuff coming right out of some sphere, you name it. Sometimes this sounds like some computer game soundtrack of sorts – like in somewhat overdone, if you get my drift.

The Dutch band ‘Within Temptation‘ (I could not believe they were from the lowlands at that time..  LOL) have with this new album created a worthy successor to ‘The Silent Force, which is in itself superb.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Within Temptation – The Silent Force (2004) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - The Silent Force - Album CoverThe album ‘The Silent Force’ is a cool one – following ‘Mother Earthin spirit, if not in sound – albeit 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, so partly true).

But then, death grunts have not sold a lot of records lately in the Gothic and Symphonic arena and the style they are deploying IS varied and DOES change in the course of the album – really remarkable.Got hooked? Raid this some more...