DataReleased March 2011
N of discs 1
Edition date March 2011
Label Roadrunners Records
REVIEWER: RAYMOND "EVERYBODY LOVES RAY" COONEN
As owner of the last three albums and some DVD’s I’m proud that Within Temptation is one of the best gothic/symphonic rock/metal bands in the world and is from Dutch fabricate. The long awaited fifth studio album by Within Temptation is titled 'The Unforgiving'. This concept album is based on a comic book series, written by screenwriter Steve O'Connell (BloodRayne Dark & 48) and illustrated by Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness and X-men).
Singer Sharon den Adel: "For this album we took a completely different approach to work immediately because we want a new stage would put in our creative development. Each track on" The Unforgiving "was written based on the comic. The main characters embody the comic characters in the songs. The concept we were challenged our boundaries and it inspired to the sound from a different angle to approach. This resulted in an album with our best songs yet! "
For so far the background information. This Dutch phenomenon gives us a modern version of the classic Within Temptation sound. Some sound effects are added, no sounds that distract or disturb. Sharon Den Adel and her gang made with The Unforgiving a solid symphonic rock/metal album. If you already like the band, you can buy this cd blindfolded.
'The Unforgiving' includes typical Within Temptation tracks as 'Shot In The Dark', 'In The Middle Of The Night', 'A Demons Fate' and the first single and worldwide hit 'Faster'.
Coincidence or not but three of these four titles are the first three songs of the album. So we can talk about a strong opening.
After the single 'Faster' the tracking list shows 'Fire And Ice' which is a balladish song. A song filled with strings, piano and keyboards. The song 'Iron' could have been a Tobias Sammet's EdGuy or Avantasia creation. A killer track… maybe my favorite tune on the album. The song 'Where Is The Edge' was the first song the band official put on the internet as a teaser for this album. From the first note on the second single 'Sinead' sounds or has the vibe of LazyRocker.com Song of 2010 'Little Drops Of Heaven' from the Pretty Maids. Unbelievable good!!!
The song 'Lost' is the first real ballad of the album… and of course has all elements for a typical Within Temptation ballad. Personally I like the previous ballads 'Goodbye' and 'Memories' better, but I like this one as well. The album ends with 'Stairway To The Skies'… for me the first track what is written for completing the story. If I didn't know I never would have guessed this album is a concept album. Nevertheless with 'The Unforgiving' Within Temptation prooved once again that they are the best in their genre.
Sharon den Adel – Lead vocals
Robert Westerholt – Rhythm guitar, Grunts
Jeroen van Veen – Bass guitar
Ruud Adrianus Jolie – Lead guitar
Martijn Spierenburg – Keyboards
Nicka Hellenberg - Drums
Stefan Helleblad - Guitars
Dawn Mastin - Spoken words
Franck van der Heijden - Choir and orchestral arrangements
Produced by Daniel Gibson