All in all Hydra is no satisfactory experience.
The record somehow gorges with club-tailored, almost cinematic pieces that seem ready to be inserted into some pseudo fantasy clip or movie. A thing that presents itself in a pristine white robe with lots of rosy sub-colors in it. Yet, it isn’t so, far from it.
Within Temptation also somehow checked their former creativity in at the door and took comfort in guest performances to a degree not seen before. Gone are the stellar times of The Silent Force. And all that in polished, bite-sized pieces of politically correct flow-shaped sounds made for the vile mainstream.
This is a real pity, as I really liked their quirky way of leading through their very varied former records. But in truth, this downward spiral already started with The Unforgiving.
I would not rate Hydra above four stars anywhere. It is just not getting me juiced up enough to be excited.
Go and get it:
– – Get it from Amazon!