Power of Metal.dk Review

Within Temptation
Style: Heavy Rock
Release date: 31 January, 2014
Playing time: 49:37

If you have taken the journey with Within Temptation all the way back from "Enter" in 1997 to this new album, then you will have been following a band moving forward and evolving a lot over the years. Indications of them turning their back on the gothic and symphonic influences they've mastered in the past were pretty evident on their last album "The Unforgiving" from 2011 and on this new album "Hydra" they have come out as a full-blown rock band.

The album features some very prominent and versatile guest vocalists: Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish), Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) and American rapper Xzibit, and they do all add something special to this cool album, but they are all only playing second fiddle to Sharon den Adel. Already seen as one of the premier female metal vocalist she just adds to her well-established position and her performance is one that leaves me in awe.

I am sure fans of their early albums will miss the dark and gloomy aspect in their music, and critics might say they are selling out! I disagree; this is a very good rock album with hints of metal, with an outstanding vocal performance. "Hydra" is a perfectly balanced and produced album, which surely will have its critics, but it's honest and it rocks!

A bold move, but I like it...

01. Let Us Burn
02. Dangerous (Feat. Howard Jones)
03. As We Run (Feat. Xzibit)
04. Paradise (What About Us?) (Feat. Tarja)
05. Edge of the World
06. Silver Moonlight
07. Covered by Roses
08. Dog Days
09. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching (Feat. Dave Pirner)
Label: BMG
Distribution: Rough Trade
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 22 February, 2014
Website: www.within-temptation.com