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, after the band officially assembled about a year earlier. The band formed 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. But – alas – I can’t. I can write loads of annoying words about music I find and send them around the world, though. So, here goes.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 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...