Within Temptation – Mother Earth (2000) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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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 Y2K 2nd full studio album Mother Earth of the Dutch band Within Temptation is an astonishing piece of work. 

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

Good thing, that!

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Anette Olzon – Shine (2014) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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I always find it interesting how these fabled, tough and usually black-haired front chicks of Gothic and Symphonic Metal outfits embark on a solo career. And suddenly the style is totally different.

Just check the stuff out Anneke van Giersbergen did after her departure from The Gathering. And it is not only the hair color that changes.

So, after her somewhat unconventional and forced departure from Nighwish – to say the least – Anette Olzon was looking for a new calling and identity in music for a considerable amount of time. Evil tongues were [...] Click to raid more!