'The Silent Force' was a big
commercial success for Within Temptation, and thankfully they
haven't just made a spin off of that album. The approach and
deliverance is darker, harder than and not as polished as the
Some of you might know the
album opener "The Howling" from the Online game 'The Chronicles of
Spellborn', and it's quite a simplistic song for Within
Temptation standards and a good beginning to the album. First
single "What Have You Done" is the one song that I feel doesn't fit
the mould with the rest of the songs. Sharon den Adel and Keith
Caputo (Life of Agony) is sharing the vocal duties and this more
modern sounding song show a new side of the band, one that doesn't
go that well with rest.
With those things out the
way, they return to more basic tunes; power metal songs with a
symphonic edge, catchy choruses, huge soundscapes and stylish
orchestrated parts. This album might not be as bombastic as their
previous one; the songs are simpler and not as epic and grandiose,
simply put: 'The Heart of Everything' is a more mature release.
The performance from Sharon
den Adel on this album should catapult her straight into the Top 3
of female metal vocalists - she does hold one of those spots with me
already! She proves once and for all that she can handle every task
put in front of her; just listen to one of the 2 great ballads "All
I Need" and "Forgiven" and hear her sing with a lot of emotion. On
the rest she hits every single note, and delivers an outstanding
performance throughout the entire album.
'The Heart of Everything'
never reaches quite the same heights as 'The Silent Force' did, but
this is still a awesome symphonic metal album. And "Our Solemn Hour"
is in my humble opinion of the finest moments from Within
A very strong album from one
of Holland's premier metal bands, one that surely will please many
fans as much as it pleases me...