Within Temptation Announce Fifth Studio Album As The Unforgiving

Within Temptation, one of my favorite female fronted bands, has announced ‘The Unforgiving’ as their long awaited fifth studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for a March 2011 release. The album is going to be a concept album based on a comic book by writer Steven O’Connell (Bloodrayne, Dark 48). The band has redesigned their website to offer clues and images in anticipation of this release.

Also well known for their amazing live visual show, Within Temptation have commissioned Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness, X-Men) to create characters and scenery for ‘The Unforgiving’.

Guitarist Robin Westerholt comments: “On this album, we’ve taken a totally different approach. Each song on “The Unforgiving” was written along Steven’s narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflected in our songs. The concept pushed us and gave us the inspiration to come up with a new approach to our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.”

Vocalist Sharon Den Adel adds in: “We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album, we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, to take it further and broaden our horizon. Because of the concept, the songs are more diverse than ever before. It was the late 80’s when we started to read comic books, and that sound has certainly has left a mark on The Unforgiving.”

Check after the jump for a sample comic page.

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