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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Goth / Artist: Within Temptation / Audio CD released 2005-08-29 at Roadrunner

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      21.07.2011 19:59
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      SUPER SYMPHONIC ROCK!

      INTRODUCTION

      Since being introduced to this band by my daughter last year I have been captivated by the hauntingly beautiful, though at times loud, offerings of this band. The Silent Force is the third studio album produced by Within Temptation and they have recently released a fifth. I have four of the albums and listen to them all but this is the one that I am drawn to at this time - the main attraction being track number 5 Pale. I did not expect to develop such a liking for this band when I first heard Sharon's somewhat operatic voice reaching high notes from my daughters bedroom - initially I would rather her have turned the volume down - but as I heard a particular song (Mother Earth - which is on the second album) I found that I was developing an appreciation for the style of music and vocal range that Sharon possesses. Without further a do I loaded the compact discs onto my MP3 player and since then I have listened regularly and become a fan. I have two DVDs of previous tours one of them being The Silent Force and the other Black Symphony - both magnificent the latter being awarded 5 Kerrang Stars and described as the best show on earth.

      LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO WITHIN TEMPTATION

      The Dutch band are fronted by the lovely and beautiful Sharon den Adel who along with guitarist Robert Westerholt formed the rock/metal band back in 1996 and other members are Jeroen van Veen (who assisted the formation), Ruud Adrianus Jolie, Martijn Spierenburg and Mike Coolen. Original drummer Stephen Van Haestregt departed in 2010. The band produce symphonic rock and boy does this appeal to me - it is impressive! If you want to find out more about the band members and particulars I shall now direct you to their informative website at : http://www.within-temptation.com Certainly worth a visit if you are tempted!

      AN ALBUM THAT LEAVES ME SPEECHLESS - IS THAT WHY IT IS CALLED 'THE SILENT FORCE' I WONDER?

      With an atmospheric rather classical intro the music begins - the effect that this opening track has is spine tingling especially when Sharon's voice begins with an angelic and note perfect performance. That is it for me I am stopped in my tracks quite literally as I have to absorb every ounce of this arresting beginning. I anticipate something special with the incredible build up that this opener achieves. I feel really tranquil and calm whilst awaiting the next song.

      And with a dramatic rock and operatic launch I am not disappointed. All calms down to allow Sharon to employ her vocals with which she achieves astounding high notes. I am captivated by the whole arrangement of sound which contrasts beautifully. In particular I like the sound of the rhythmic drum beat which I enjoy a bit of a dance to. Later into the song I am mesmorized by a gorgeous, angelic, vocal performance by Sharon and the sound of wolves howling in the distance - this is an exciting track and is called SEE WHO I AM.

      JILLIAN (I'd give my heart to you) is next and with a pulsating light drumming beat and distant trumpeting it then plunges into an exhilarating opening with operatic voices and loud varied instrumental accompaniment - an orchestra. Once again I am hooked and enjoy the progress of the harmony which allows Sharon to become the prominent sound when she begins her strong and powerful vocal. This track has such wonderful twists and turns in the music I just cannot get bored - it is masterfully crafted. When the music tones down for a section of background - haunting, chanting and then Sharon's prominent and clear voice I anticipate an exciting build up and I am not disappointed. The music and voices intensify to a stunning climax - it induces spine shivering and is superb!

      I am just recovering from the previous feast for the ears when the next track begins - slow and quiet but with a sense of something big is coming soon and that intuitive thought was spot on because next up is STAND MY GROUND and boy is this a song if ever there was one! Drums, guitar and chanting angelic voices open this one. Then a subdued section of vocals from Sharon culminate in a powerful and dramatic chorus. This track rocks loudly and is really addictive. Then it catches you off guard and magically transports all sound into a lullaby type celestial treat that is followed by an outstanding rock symphony led by the eminent and varied vocals of the leading lady - Sharon. Stunning!

      So I mentioned earlier that a rather special song repeatedly attracts me to this album - well we have arrived at that song and so I introduce you to PALE. This song induces a euphoric state within me and brings me to a complete halt! That is not an exaggeration. I fill up with tears and I cannot tell you why - I find the lyrics and the voice in combination with the almost Celtic type instrumental evoke strong emotion. Powerful stuff this one for me and it has to be my favorite Within Temptation track. It begins with a pan pipe style introduction and is accompanied by background haunting sounds, a violin and Sharon's beautiful voice. That the pain that I feel slowly fades away, it will be alright . Goodbye, have to make it right . The melody floats along with a quieter ballad style instrumental from the orchestra which really suits the mood of this song. The vocals are slow and clear, tone is mostly high notes. There is build up to a blissful climax which sends tickles all over my body and fills my eyes with tears - why does it do this? I am not focusing on the words. It reminds me of the ending of a really emotive film and then the accompanying sound is played and it causes you to cry. Totally bewitching - I am awestruck.

      FORESAKEN comes next and the band treat the listener to a symphonic rock treat! As I like big orchestra, dramatic, movie type pieces and also love rock music I am delighted to continue my journey with The Silent Force. This song begins quietly and builds up as it progresses into a dramatic and theatrical type finale. I enjoy the fast drumming beat that pulsates within the song - impressive. Sharon's lead is superb and her vocal ability shines through - I am never disappointed with her effort, she really appears to give her all. It is impressive how all of this sound is combined to create a spellbinding - although incredibly loud - rock harmony!

      Once again I am held captive by the intro of the next song. ANGELS is atmospheric and contains a beautiful angelic vocal by Sharon. Almost a ballad, though this one does still contain build up and ends up loud. That is what I enjoy about this band though - they really know how to set the scene with the lyrics and the sound. They then take you on an odyssey of magical and mystical quality - this song would not be out of place as a movie piece you took my heart, deceived me right from the start, this world may have failed you, it does not give a reason why. Stunning!

      MEMORIES begins with gorgeous, rich violins and then a whispered voice says memories. Off goes Sharon with a spine tingling and note perfect vocal. I am awestruck by the capability of this girl as her voice dances, effortlessly, through an impressive range of notes. I am totally relaxed listening to her, she reaches the highest notes with ease - at the same time that the symphony reaches a breathtaking climax. Darling you know I will love you till the end of time along with the sound of a harp blended meticulously with the rock stuff I feel like I am in heaven! This is very cleverly produced and for me extremely enjoyable - a treat!

      What can possibly be produced to entertain me next? Violins, orchestra fused with the rock sound of the band and a deeper tone from Sharon to begin with. Dramatic almost rippling sounds created by the drummer which really catch my attention - I enjoy a good throbbing drum beat, gets you bopping! Then it comes - the wonderful chorus that is AQUARIUS! I find this a really impressive alliance between the band and orchestra - it is fascinating listening to all of the individual instruments and the sound that is created is strong and loud though at the same time makes me feel serene. Aquarius offers a fabulous amount of musical and vocal creativity and is an uplifting banquet of musical synthesis. Just when you think you have experienced the finale of the song you are treated to another wonderful sound sensation - I think this is genius!

      The symphonic rock fusion continues with a very likeable track called IT'S THE FEAR. Lots of lovely effects and great musical drama is contained in this number with Sharon treating us to more of her vocal talents. I enjoy the twinkly piano intro to this one and once again could imagine this song being used in a movie or Vampire Diaries. So many elements of this song offer a style that would suit the drama of the TV series. Fear of the dark is growing inside of me. Love the guitar strumming in this one!

      Tingly time again! What are they doing to me! A haunting intro with quiet chanting - tingly! Then a scrumptious vocal by Sharon that is accompanied by the orchestra with the main sound that I notice being the violins - very emotive. Thumping and throbbing single drumbeat joins the ensemble and things get bolder and slightly louder - I am in my element now! This is just divine and incredibly uplifting and I am bordering on euphoric when I play this on my MP3 player - floating on air with a smile on my face. A beautiful ballad SOMEWHERE is simply stunning. Not much rock going on in this one but it really does not matter as it is just so enchanting. I'll find you somewhere, I'll keep on trying until my dying day , wherever you are I won't stop searching. I'm welling up now - such a softy!

      As I dry my eyes the next song begins to play and I am thinking it is another ballad until the intro ends and the strong rock beat is cranked up. Joined by the orchestra but the rock element firmly in the forefront on this one. I like it, it is edgy and Sharon is deeper vocally - love the guitar solos too! I'm rocking to this one! Is it going to end in a dramatic way? I am not bothered either way as the song is flowing nicely and is enjoyable - having fun rocking. A lovely piano section calms the mood midway which is sublime and fits the song well, no grand finale on this one - quite the opposite but it works well with a quieter almost solo piano and Sharon completing her vocal. This is DESTROYED.

      Oh I very much like the next one! But I know what is coming up and boy is it impressive! This band just don't know when to stop! JANE DOE begins with an acoustic guitar, the sound of that guitar has an effect on me - I connect with it and have to give it my full attention as it is delicious! Then wham! Fantastic drum and dramatic orchestra! Loud male vocal that I would describe as 'gruff' but I love it as it contrasts with Sharon's higher feminine range. The music speeds up and along with it my heart rate as this is exhilarating! The guy comes in periodically and adds a interesting twist to the song. This is the last song on this epic album and I think that it is a fantastic ending - I feel entirely satisfied when I have listened to this track. My hunger for a musical feast is satisfied. Ahhh happy times!

      SILENT BITES

      COMPACT DISC - available from Amazon and all good music stores online and instore.
      PRICE - at time of reviewing available from Amazon at £6.99
      TRACK LIST TOTAL - 13 songs (this one has extra songs).
      RECOMMEND?

      This album would appeal to a wide range of people. If you are open to trying something different then give this a whirl - it does grow on you as you appreciate the symphonic style of rock. This works! Sharon rocks! The production is clear as a bell and the listener is treated to a magical, meaty, musical feast! The Compact Disc is high quality and presented in a protective jewel case, the inlay has simple but effective artwork and as expected the songs are listed on the back of the case.

      DISCOGRAPHY

      Enter 1997
      Mother Earth 2000
      The Silent Force 2004
      The Heart of Everything 2007
      The Unforgiving 2011

      THAT'S THE SILENT FORCE

      Thanks for reading and hopefully you have found it interesting and enjoyable. Also published on CIAO under my username.

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        22.01.2011 20:47
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        Within Temptation get 3rd time lucky.

        ~Within Temptation~

        Sharon den Adel - Vocals (Founding member)
        Robert Westerholt - Rhythm guitar (Founding member)
        Jeroen van Veen - Bass guitar (Founding Member)
        Ruud Adrianus Jolie - Lead guitar (Joined in 2001)
        Martijn Spierenburg - Keyboards (Joined in 2001)
        Stephen van Haestregt - Drums (Joined in 2002 and left in 2010)

        Within Temptation are a five-piece band from The Netherlands founded in 1996 that work in diverse genres. They started their career with Gothic metal material like Enter and The Dance EP. Their next album had much more celtic vibes to it whilst nowadays they like to add choirs, orchestras and sometimes rock and pop to their music. They like to work in a bit of everything when it comes to music, so I think labelling them would be a bit of an issue. The most common genres they are thrown into are symphonic metal/rock and gothic rock/metal. I'm quite surprised that not many people have labelled it as Celtic metal as the Celtic influences are quite strong in Mother Earth and The Silent Force.

        A lot of people like the peaceful, soft and powerfully sweet tone in Sharon's voice. It gives off a rather pleasant neo-classical tone. Some people might be annoyed because it may be a bit too high-pitched for their eyes. She also has quite a witchy side which I like as shown in Enter, Mother Earth and the Heart Of Everything. She doesn't show that witchy side on this album much and it mostly shows the calmer tone to her voice. Overall I really love Sharon's voice. I think the rest of the musicians are pretty good as well.

        ~The Silent Force~

        The Silent Force is the third album they offer. It was released originally in The Netherlands on November 15th 2004 and the following year in the UK on August 29th. It went gold in some countries within it's first week and number one in it's native country. I quite like the design content on this one. The use of sparkling orbs makes it look a bit mysterious and special. The CD leaflet contains lyrics, credits, thank you notes and it folds out and shows a nice mini poster. It's quite dark but the skin looks very tanned and it makes it look vibrant. What I quite like about this album is the uses of orchestras, choirs and chimes on this. I think the lyrics and vocals also assist the strong production.

        The atmosphere in the album is fantastic. It's very easy to listen to and some of the songs I think are quite easy to relate to. I think Memories, Stand My Ground, Angels, Pale and Aquarius are the stand out tracks because of the Celtic tranquillity added in the songs. Some of the songs have a powerful impact, while others have a rather peaceful vibe to them. I think there's quite a unique mixture. One of my concerns though is that they often use the choir and orchestra formula a bit too much, but I could tell that they were trying to create something unique, mysterious and epic. I would recommend it because I personally think it is a classic album.

        ~Intro~ (4/5)

        The album opens with a track called intro. It's often tagged as an instrumental, so there's no lyrics written. It's not exactly a pure instrumental track though. I heard a lot of choir chantings and Sharon's voice. To me it sounds like she's repeating the word adore, but since there's no instruments and is often called an instrumental, I'm left to assume that the lyrics are gibberish. The track flows very quickly to the next track. The gibberish added a nice mystery to it.

        ~See Who I Am~ (4/5)
        "See who I am, break through the surface."

        The track starts with very dramatic drumming over use of heavy orchestras and choir chanting. What I like about the track is how it sounds both brutal and gentle at the same time. I don't think Sharon sounds very strong on this track though and she sounds a little too raspy. It's still a nice track , but I think it could have been a lot better.

        ~Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)~ (4/5)
        "I'd give my heart, I'd give my soul. I'd turn it back, it's my fault. Your destiny is forlorn."

        Much more dramatic then the previous track. I really liked this track because Sharon portrayed the lyrics. A lot of classical influences in this song.

        ~Stand My Ground~ (5/5)
        "Though this might just be the ending of the life I held so dear, but I won't run, there's no turning back from here!"

        The pace is very mixed on this one. I think this is one of the best tracks of the album because everything it is equally on a good standard. I think it's a very uplifting track that shows a lot of courage and I can understand why it's one of the most popular tracks of the album.

        ~Pale~(5/5)
        "The world seems not the same, though I know nothing has changed."

        The pace is much more slower compared to the previous tracks. It's quite emotional and has a very strong winter atmosphere and I quite like because I find it one of the more peaceful tracks on the album. I love the song.

        ~Forsaken~ (3/5)
        "We're the last of our kind!"

        The pace sounds very lost in this track, there's plenty of mood swings in this songs. I like how calm Sharon sounds, although it make the song dramatic as it easily could have been. Sharon sounds a bit too soft on this track.

        ~Angels~ (5/5)
        "Sparkling angel ... Couldn't see your dark intentions, your feelings for me."

        It was this song that introduced me to the band. I like the way it goes on about angels and deceit. It has a mixture of a lot of elements that they're most known for. It's very dramatic and leaves a very good impact.

        ~Memories~ (5/5)
        "All of my memories keep you near. The silent whispers, silent tears..."

        I think this track is meant to be a tear jerker, but it can also be a little bit happy as well. It's a very peaceful and slow paced track. I think the lyrics are very thoughtful and Sharon sounds very beautiful on this track. I think it's one of their best songs. I really like the use of violins at the start of the song.

        ~Aquarius~ (5/5)
        "I need you Aquarius! Enchanted I will have to stay."

        A very classic track for me. It starts off as a slow eerie track then kicks in with the powerful instrument. I think it's the first time I noticed the guitars here because the use of orchestras and choirs always stood out. I found the track really refreshing because I got to hear all the instruments playing.

        ~It's The Fear~ (4/5)
        "Hold down your head now. Just let me pass by. Don't feed my fear, if you don't want it out."

        I never really got to notice this track much because I spent a lot of time having Memories, Angels and Stand My Ground on repeat. I think this track is very pleasant. I think it's a very slow paced and has a traditional rock vibe to the song.Has the potential to be really catchy.

        ~Somewhere~ (5/5)
        "Almost hope you're in heaven, so no one can hurt your soul."

        A very calm and soothing ballad. Has a lot of the same elements of Memories, Pale and Forsaken. I really enjoyed this track and I think it's very beautiful and tranquil. My only problem with the track is that it lacks originality, but it has a lot of identity.

        ~Destroyed~ (5/5)
        "I did my best to please you, but my best was never good enough."

        A very decent bonus track. Sharon sounds very mature and the guitar riffs and loose keys from the keyboard sound very dominant on here which is quite refreshing. The sound starts with a very peaceful keyboard solo then kicks in with the rest and it turns dark. The piano sounds very vibrant. It's quite a strange track for me, I think it's one you have to listen to more than once to fully understand it. A lot of dutch fans on youtube claim they were very disappointed that it was not included on their version of the album.

        ~Jane Doe~ (5/5)
        "No matter how many stones you put inside, she always keeps on floating in your mind."

        The second bonus track that closes the album. I like how fast paced it is and how the mixture of instruments add to the energetic atmosphere. I think it's an underrated song from the band. I think the lyrics are very vivid and I think the track has been done with a lot of effort. The track also surprised me because I heard some growls in the background. The reason it surprised me because I saw an interview with the lead singer, saying that they didn't want to use those kind of vocals because they thought people used it as a gimmick. I still think it's a lovely track. I think some people might think it has a bit too much though.

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          07.10.2008 13:21
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          A good buy for Within Temptation fans!

          Only recently considering myself a hardcore Within Temptation fan, I set out to retrieve this CD which was missing from my collection. Having only previously heard two of the 13 songs on the album, I wasn't sure what to expect.

          First of all - I was much more impressed with 'The Heart of Everything', their 2007 album which delivered a constant high quality in its songs, along with a few outstanding gems such as 'The Cross' and 'Forgiven'. The Silent Force, out of the 13 tracks listed in my opinion only has five songs that would merit buying the album:

          Track 1/Intro - Truly epic, truly powerful, a haunting opening to the CD which pulls right at the heartstrings. A short but lovely piece of music!

          See Who I Am - Upbeat and slightly aggressive, sounds a little alien compared to the other tracks. However, there's a lot of power here, I imagine it's brilliant live!

          Forsaken - Melancholy and slow in points, this is a wonderful song which almost reaches 'Memories' in terms of quality.

          Angels - I've heard this track many times before, but I still love it. Caters well to escapism, it's given me much inspiration!

          Memories - My favourite track on the CD, can't get enough of it! A lot of care and emotion went into this song, and Sharon delivers it beautifully.

          I was very disappointed with the tracks 'Aquarius' and 'It's The Fear'. Though the other 8 tracks not listed in my top five were average-sounding and unimpressive, those two took the prize for being my least favourite. Of course some will disagree, but to me they lack charm and impact, things that 'The Heart of Everything' is brimming with!

          Overall, if you're a Within Temptation fan, I highly recommend this album - but if you have the choice between this one and 'The Heart of Everything', I'd say go for the latter, depending on what exactly you're looking for in this band.

          Thanks for reading~!

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            One of the finest neo-classical metal bands today!!!

            Within Temptation- A review by Addy

            Within Temptation are a Neo-classical metal band hailing from the Netherlands. They formed in 1996 and currently have four albums to their repertoire. To describe them in a way that most can relate to is that their musical style is similar to bands like Evanescence, Nightwish and Lunatica but Within Temptation is much better.

            THE BAND
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            Sharon den Adel - vocals
            Robert Westerholt - guitar
            Ruud Adrianus Jolie - guitar
            Jeroen van Veen - bass
            Martijn Spierenburg - keyboards
            Stephen van Haestregt - drums

            Discography
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            Enter
            Mother Earth
            The Silent Force
            The Heart of Everything

            The DVD is from the Silent Force tour. The lead singers voice is beautifully, classically trained and is a real pleasure to listen to, man she can really sing. The music is impressive ranging from ballad types to heavier, grungier stuff, much of which is very melodic. Often during the concert there is a lot of visual spectacles with drummers coming on and people in weird and wondrous costumes, as well as guest singers for duets.
            Above is mentioned one of the concerts on DVD 1 but you will be pleased to know that for your cash you get more than one concert, from the concerts performed on the 2005 tour. The three concerts that you get on the DVD are as follows.
            Concert from Java Island in Amsterdam

            "Deceiver of Fools"
            "Stand My Ground"
            "Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)"
            "It's the Fear"
            "Forsaken"
            "Angels"
            "Towards The End"
            "Memories"
            "Intro"
            "See Who I Am"
            "Aquarius"
            "Pale"
            "Jane Doe"
            "Caged"
            "Mother Earth"
            "Candles"
            "The Other Half (Of Me)"
            "Ice Queen"

            Concert from Live 05, Helsinki, Finland, 2005

            "Memories"
            "Angels"
            "Stand My Ground"

            Concert from Werchter, Belgium, 2005

            "Ice Queen"
            "See Who I Am"
            "Stand My Ground"

            In addition to this the DVD has a feature where you can utilise subtitles with the song lyrics {very peachy} Great fun for singing along with the band. Not only that but you also get on DVD 1, you get an additional 3 music videos which are:

            Stand My Ground,
            Memories,
            and my personal favourite Angels.

            These are classy videos of three fantastic tracks. The music concerts alone give you a total of 165 minutes of footage. Have no fear the concerts are very well recorded and the quality is most excellent both visually and vocally. Both the Silent Force album and some of the tracks have won awards, such as the Edison award. Additional to this the song Stand My Ground was used in a recent film released, on Werewolves called Blood and Chocolates. This movie isd available to rent, at any decent rental store. The ablum also gained Within Temptation, The Dutch Export Prize.

            Then there is DVD 2. 182 minutes of special features, totally cram packed. This includes backstage to the concerts footage, A making of showing the making of the album, as well as the making of the three music videos on DVD 1. There is bloopers footage, photo gallery, a Java Island concert special, Interviews with the band.

            As far as music DVD's go I could not complain I have bought many music DVD's with far less material for my cash, you tend to feel you really get your moneys worth with this DVD. Within Temptation recently released the awesome brand new album, The Heart of Everything, and are still going very strong.

            Thanks for reading/rating, Addy

            © June 2008

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 Intro
            2 See Who I Am
            3 Jillian
            4 Stand My Ground
            5 Pale
            6 Forsaken
            7 Angels
            8 Memories
            9 Aquarius
            10 It’s The Fear
            11 Somewhere
            12 Destroyed (UK Bonus Track)
            13 Jane Doe (UK Bonus Track)