Review: Within Temptation – The Unforgiving

Rated:

3/5

On their new, fifth album, symphonic metal vets Within Temptation benefit from taking a few risks. From a folky take on the ballad “Lost” to frontwoman Sharon den Adel’s raw, Korn-esque vocals on “Murder,” the group retains the enormous, romantic string sections they’re known best for, but with a twist. “Faster,” for instance, incorporates dance beats that would sound more familiar on a Madonna record than in a metal song. The group’s experimentation peters out, though, as they occasionally revert to boring, radio-friendly hard rock. The “In the Middle of the Night,” for instance, begins with a Papa Roach–esque riff and has a chorus that sounds like one from a hair-metal hit, and the guitar solo on “A Demon’s Fate” is as uninspired as the Phantom of the Opera rip-off chords that close the song. If one thing saves these lesser tracks, it’s den Adel’s overall spectacular vocal performance. With an infinitely talented voice, the singer belts passionately on songs like “Lost,” where she sounds eerily similar to the late Ronnie James Dio, just with a lot more estrogen. While her vocals alone are unlikely to gain Within Temptation too many new listeners, fans who have stuck with the band throughout their career will likely forgive The Unforgiving‘s occasional missteps. CODY THOMAS


  • Loureiro Fabio

     The new album sucks. I’m really disappointed with WT… Too commercial, lots of pop crappy beats and it seems they lost that great atmosphere from The Heart Of Everything, in my opinion their masterpiece. That’s what you get from setting high standarts, it’s hard to come up with something better…

  • andreea

    this album is crap. yeah, the lyrics are great but kinda meaningless.there’s no good song on this album, buy “iron” maybe, it is preety good. just good not a masterpiece like enter or the dance or ice queen or mother earth. She no longer sings as a soprano, and all the songs from the great unforigiving are all the same. while i was listening to those song, i actually started to cry.

  • andreea

    but*

  • Dan

    The album is amazing, they have really experimented and tried new things and shown they are not a one trick pony. The heavier songs like murder and demon’s fate are amazing while the more acoustic songs like lost and stairway to the skies is emotional. The orchestra and background vocals on in the middle of the night are breath taking one of the best albums they have done in a long time, this is the real Within Temptation the same breath taking music that we heard on Mother Earth.

  • Dan

    The album is amazing, they have really experimented and tried new things and shown they are not a one trick pony. The heavier songs like murder and demon’s fate are amazing while the more acoustic songs like lost and stairway to the skies is emotional. The orchestra and background vocals on in the middle of the night are breath taking one of the best albums they have done in a long time, this is the real Within Temptation the same breath taking music that we heard on Mother Earth.

  • http://twitter.com/cristhian_aec cristhian estelita

    The album is amazing

  • http://twitter.com/cristhian_aec cristhian estelita

    The album is amazing

  • JC

    WITHIN TEMPTATION ROCKS!!!