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Within Temptation's Unforgiving

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  1. ratanda

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    To me The Gathering and Theater of Tragedy were the pioneer bands with their releases in the early/mid nineties, and Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, Tristania, etc coming out with their debut albums a few years later. But then again, I guess coming first doesn't always mean being pioneers, and the sound and style of those early bands didn't carry the mainstream appeal of the later bands, nor, come to think of it, did it shift in such a way either (The Gathering going towards ambient rock, and ToT going towards softer goth and then industrial).
     
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    Photino Decay Quantum Superposition

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    I'd rather listen to her collab with Armin Van Buuren than listen to Faster, but it's ok... HOWEVER, the promo video has some background music which sounds pretty damn EPIC! :headbang:
     
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    hoodaman Is it live or is it Dave?

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    that's a good one too if you're into vocal electronica/trance.
     
  4. AMBR

    AMBR Metal Grandma

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    Hmmm, trying to think about that. Well, there are some songs that are similar in structure and feeling on both albums, but the songs on The Unforgiven seem to follow a pattern. No, they don't all sound the same, but most of them are structured like this:

    Start with an intro, Sharon singing some haunting lyrics

    Verses with more riffs but heavily weighted in vocals

    Fuller sounding chorus with atmospheric and sometimes symphonic elements.

    All of the melodies are different, interesting and pretty catchy. Nearly all the songs are fast paced. But there is definitely a theme.

    You might say that songs like "Frozen" and "The Howling" off of The Heart of Everything are similar, but then there are songs like "Our Darkest Hour" which is quite different. So, to try and answer your question, some songs on the two albums are the same, but there are more unique songs on the former album. This latest one is definitely a concept.
     
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    You make some good points. While I like all of these bands, it also gets to me that Nightwish and WT pioneered female fronted metal, yet Evanescence took off, at least here in America. WT has been pretty on top of things in the US, or at least more so than Nightwish, so maybe they can get the same kind of exposure and status as well.
     
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    Thanks for the overview of the CD. That's how I felt about listening to Angras Fireworks album, which took a more so rock aim. I grew to love it over time.
     
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    Good points as well.
     
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    KingsGene God of Thunder

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    via www.melodicrock.com :

    "The new album of Within Temptation entered the rock charts of i tunes at number one today in the U.S. and the U.K. The album was released in 48 countries and is ranking in the top 5 in many major markets with further number ones in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. The band's concept album “The Unforgiving” is based on the story line of a comic series written by Steven O'Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48) and illustrated by Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness, X-Men). The Album comes with a DVD featuring 3 short films introducing the main characters of “The Unforgiving” which are impersonated by actors.
    Within Temptation is The Netherlands biggest musical export since a number of years selling in excess of 3 million CD and DVDs, receiving numerous platinum and gold awards; MTV Awards and many others. The band has performed sold out world tours and played the biggest festivals such as Roskilde (DK), Download (U.K.), Rock am Ring (Ger), Loud Park (Jap). As of August 2011 the band will return to the European festival circuit. September the 10th will be the start date for “The Unforgiving” world tour in New York."
     
  9. BenMech

    BenMech student of the d'eh

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    You're pretty much right. Adaher's post you quote is revisionist history bullshit :popcorn: :wave: chopping the 90s (and probably 80s and 70s and the 1960s) out of it.

    So, nobody remembers Skunk Anansie with their singer Skin?
    Sure, we can push female fronted rock to the frickin Doowop/Phil Spector/Motown era if we wanted to stretch it. Then we get into Jinx Dawson's Coven . .and so on and so forth.

    WT were always scenester clones. If we compared them to any band of the 90s, they'd be . . Candlebox. Maybe if we were nice, they'd be Stone Temple Pilots, except STP wrote songs worth remembering.
     
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    My understanding is the band that started it all was The 3rd And The Mortal. At least, that was what I heard was The Gathering's biggest influence.

    I take issue with Lacuna Coil being a follower, since they came out around the same time as The Gathering's Mandylion.
     
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    I finally picked up a copy of this cd.....I think this is an absolutely stunning album. These are incredibly powerful and catchy tunes, and I feel Within Temptation is really poised to dominate with this release. Outstanding music from an outstanding band!
     
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    I'm in agreement with Comic Book Dude...I love it! In my opinion, Within Temptation can't do any wrong! I feel like it has elements from their past releases as well as a new twist. For example, the song, The Last Dance, sounds like it could fit very well on the Mother Earth cd. :worship:

    ~Brian~
     
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    Definitely agree on the high praise for this disc. The entire first half is instantly memorable, and the second half continues the more symphonic direction of the last couple CDs. Definitely a departure from their previous material, but in a very positive way.

    The song "Hard" has been stuck with me all day. Great galloping drumbeat on that one....
     
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    spag I am a leaf on the wind

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    Going to have to listen to it again. I didn't really dig it on the first play, but maybe it'll get better. Hope anyway.
     
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    I used to believe that Evanescence deserved the greater glory solely on the strength of the precedent and the songwriting quality of "Fallen" (2003), nevermind what came after that. After hearing The Unforgiving (awkward title and all), I have to award the prize to WT. Only Delain comes close today.
     
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    This album beats anything Evanescence ever tried to do. This album had it all and very few female fronted bands have come close to the perfection of this album.

    This new song isn't the old style, but i am digging it for what it is. pop music. i wasn't going to pick up the album, but i just might now.
     
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    To be honest, I preferred "The Silent Force" over this album, tho the title track is awesome.
     
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    I did as well.

    ~Brian~
     
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    VenomGA At War With Stan

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    I prefer The Heart of Everything over all of their other albums
     
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    KingsGene God of Thunder

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    I must say that I know nothing of this band except for the numerous mentions here, but I always pretty much avoided them thinking they were just another symphonic female fronted thing a la Epica / Delain / Lacuna Coil. That said, I had heard great things mentioned about this CD over at the MelodicRock.com boards and thought I would DL it from eMusic as I was just looking for something different.

    Wow, this is really an incredible album, even after just one listen. While it may almost fall in the "easy listening" category, it is just that....easy to listen to and enjoy. And the production is top notch....just huge sound.
     

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