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

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RockmusicRaider Review - Within Temptation - The Heart of Everything - Album CoverThe Heart of Everything is the first Within Temptation record I ever listened to and it hooked me 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..) created a worthy successor to
The Silent Force, which in itself is superb. I would however not necessarily call it better, but different enough to be very good as a standalone.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...