Dutch symphonic rock band Within Temptation has released a music video for “Whole World Is Watching You”, which features Soul Asylum vocalist Dave Pirner. The video was directed by ubiquitous rock/metal music video director Patric Ullaeus and mixes performance footage of the band atop a skyscraper with the story of man who learns to walk again after being paralyzed. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album Hydra, which comes out next Tuesday via Nuclear Blast Records (iTunes).
Let me just get this out right away: this song is terrible. It’s incredibly generic and it feels like a serious backslide for the band. Within Temptation used to rock…hard. Even when they did more laid back songs they had this dynamic scope that this track is sorely lacking. READ MORE
Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has released an official music video for their new single “Dangerous”, which comes from their upcoming album Hydra. The song features ex-Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones. The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Evergrey) and features extreme wingsuit flyer Jokke Sommer.
Vocalist Sharon Den Adel comments, “I always loved Howard’s voice. He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though — it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”
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Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation have unveiled tons of details about their upcoming sixth studio album Hydra, which will be released in early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album will feature guest appearances from ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen, rapper Xzibit, and Soul Asylum singer Dave Pirner.
Asked to describe Xzibit’s performance on the song “And We Run”, guitarist Robert Westerholt states, “Xzibit is amazing. This song is about how you’ve got to live your life now. He’s rapping at full force on this song. It’s really heavy.” Singer Sharon den Adel adds, “Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we’ve never had before! It’s a new cross-over and we love it!”
Sharon comments on the appearance by Turunen, saying, “The way she delivers those high melody lines left us all speechless. We had a great time, and the fans responded beyond our expectations.”
Den Adel adds more about Jones’s appearance on “Dangerous”: “I always loved Howard’s voice. He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though – it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”
“Whole World Is Watching” features Soul Asylum’s singer Dave Pirner. The band comments, “When we wrote ‘Whole World Is Watching,’ Dave was at the very top of our list. He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be.”
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Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has released a video for the title track of their upcoming EP Paradise (What About Us?), which features ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. Within Temptation singer Sharon den Adel comments, “Tarja was our instant favorite partner for this! When we listened to the demo version of ‘Paradise,’ it was clear that her classical voice would fit perfectly.” Head on below to watch the video.
You can pre-order the EP, which comes out digitally in N. America October 1st, here. READ MORE
Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptataion has announced the details surrounding their upcoming EP Paradise (What About Us?), which will feature four brand new songs. Arriving on September 27th (world) and October 1st (N. America), the EP will feature the title track as well as demo versions of three new songs: “Let Us Burn”, “Silver Moonlight”, and “Dog Days”.
The band states via their website, “By releasing these demos we want to invite you in our home studio and show how we capture song ideas at an early stage of creating a new album. These demo versions are far from their final sound on the album, but will give you a hint of what we’re working on. It will be fascinating to hear how the end result will sound like, once the album is released.
We hope to make the waiting time for the new album a little shorter and sweeter with this release. It’s so exciting to share the different stages of our music with you.”
Head below for a short teaser of a new song/video. READ MORE
Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation have released a short video teaser for a new song/video, which you can watch below. The 21-second clip shows brief scenes from the upcoming video, including parts shot in a forest as well as performance footage shot in a rusty, grungy basement. The new album and song are as-of-yet untitled, but we’ll be keeping a close eye to let you know.
The band is gearing up to release the follow up to 2011′s The Unforgiving (review) and states that the new video will be released “soon”. READ MORE
Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has released a cover of One Republic‘s “Apologize”, the first of many covers they will be releasing to celebrate their 15th anniversary leading up to their Nov. 13th concert at Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium. You can listen to the song below.
While I’m not a fan of the original song (especially Timberlake‘s version and that dreadful “Eee-yeah, eee-yeah”), I could find myself enjoying this on occasion.
Don’t forget to check out our review of Within Temptation’s The Unforgiving here. READ MORE
I love me some metal. But what you might not know about me is that I also love kicking back to classical and chant every once in a while. So when I hear that the two are mixing, I get a little antsy in my pantsy, know what I mean? Such is the case with Gregorian, who are releasing The Dark Side Of The Chant, an album tomorrow that has them covering bands such as Evanescence, AC/DC, Unheilig, and more. Their cover of Hell’s Bells didn’t really do much for me but I’m really interested to hear Madonna‘s Frozen and Depeche Mode‘s Stripped.
Check out a video after the jump that features sound clips and interviews with several of the members.
Within Temptation have just released their latest album, ‘The Unforgiving‘ (review here), and Bloody-Disgusting is bringing you an exclusive stream of the track ‘Murder‘. This track is one of my favorites and has a deliciously dark atmosphere. Check it out after the jump!
Within Temptation is one of those love ‘em or hate ‘em bands. In terms of technicality, they aren’t doing anything that hasn’t been done before. However, they have amassed a rather rabid following, thanks to two aspects: 1) Sharon Den Adel’s astonishing voice and 2) the accessibility of their music. This is symphonic metal that could, and probably should be on the same level, if not bigger, than Evanescence was at their peak. Now with ‘The Unforgiving’, their fifth studio album, Within Temptation is back after four years. This album is based on a comic book that was written by Steven O’Connell (Bloodrayne). Is it a welcome return? Check after the jump for the answer.
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. READ MORE
Since the break-up of symphonic metal band After Forever, fans have been eagerly awaiting the new Floor Jansen project, ReVamp. Possessing one of the strongest voices in the genre, Floor’s classical training allows her vocals to soar from low growls to operatic heavenly heights. But in order to take full advantage of this voice, you need a band that can back it up. So the question begs, does the self-titled debut release from ReVamp measure up? Check after the jump to find out!
‘Betray, Justice, Revenge’ is the second album from Finnish symphonic folk metal band Kivimetsan Druidi, following Shadowheart, which came out approximately a year and a half ago. If you’ve never heard of them, the six-piece band can easily be compared to pre-Anette Nightwish (Leeni-Maria Hovila has a very operatic style of singing, similar to Tarja Turunen mixed with some of the eccentricities of Kate Bush). There is a lot of symphonic passages and folk melodies as well as a mixture of clean female vocals mixed in with heavier male growls.
The breadth of this album is quite diverse relatively speaking but is standard fare when listening to such bands as Within Temptation, Eluveitie, etc… The production is also very solid but sounds a little dry. In general, considering the amount of instrumentation going on, it’s pretty incredible that music was pretty much without any muddiness.