This 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.
This new album is a cool one - following 'Mother Earth' in spirit, if not in sound - albeit a bit softer and more ... mainstream (?)!
Within Temptation have crafted a great 3rd album with 'The Silent Force' that will hook you right from the beginning.
A little less metal and more rocky, though, there is almost no track on this production that is NOT good.