Black Symphony [2 CD]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Seasoned purveyors of arena rock for the socially disengaged, Holland's Within Temptation have been carrying the symphonic goth metal torch far longer than contemporaries like Epica, Leaves Eyes, and Evanescence. That experience shines through the manufactured gloom on Black Symphony, a live CD/DVD recorded at Rotterdam's Ahoy Arena with a 60-piece orchestra, 20-voice classical choir, circus performers, and enough pyrotechnics to knock the Moon out of orbit. Like any orchestral metal outfit worth its salt, the band kicks things off with an ELO-meets-The Lord of the Rings-inspired "Ouverture" that seamlessly runs into the group's 2005 hit, "Jillian I'd Give My ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Seasoned purveyors of arena rock for the socially disengaged, Holland's Within Temptation have been carrying the symphonic goth metal torch far longer than contemporaries like Epica, Leaves Eyes, and Evanescence. That experience shines through the manufactured gloom on Black Symphony, a live CD/DVD recorded at Rotterdam's Ahoy Arena with a 60-piece orchestra, 20-voice classical choir, circus performers, and enough pyrotechnics to knock the Moon out of orbit. Like any orchestral metal outfit worth its salt, the band kicks things off with an ELO-meets-The Lord of the Rings-inspired "Ouverture" that seamlessly runs into the group's 2005 hit, "Jillian I'd Give My Heart," before descending into a set that relies almost entirely on material from 2007's Heart of Everything. It's as big, ballsy, theatrical, and overly melodramatic as one would expect Life of Agony's Keith Caputo reprises his studio role on the delightfully over the top "What Have You Done", but it's executed perfectly, as evidenced by the 10,000 screaming fans who were lucky enough to sell the show out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861790820
  • Catalog Number: 179082
  • Sales rank: 11,184

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ouverture - Within Temptation (7:43)
  2. 2 Jillian (I'd Give My Heart) - Within Temptation (4:39)
  3. 3 The Howling - Within Temptation (6:30)
  4. 4 Stand My Ground - Within Temptation (4:32)
  5. 5 The Cross - Within Temptation (4:58)
  6. 6 What Have You Done - Within Temptation (5:21)
  7. 7 Hand Of Sorrow - Within Temptation (5:42)
  8. 8 Forgiven - Within Temptation (4:52)
  9. 9 Somewhere - Within Temptation (4:15)
  10. 10 Our Solemn Hour - Within Temptation (5:15)
  11. 11 Frozen - Within Temptation (4:26)
  12. 12 Angels - Within Temptation (4:01)
  13. 13 Mother Earth - Within Temptation (6:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ouverture - Within Temptation
  2. 2 Jillian (I'd Give My Heart) - Within Temptation
  3. 3 The Howling - Within Temptation
  4. 4 Stand My Ground - Within Temptation
  5. 5 The Cross - Within Temptation
  6. 6 What Have You Done - Within Temptation
  7. 7 Hand Of Sorrow - Within Temptation
  8. 8 The Heart Of Everything - Within Temptation
  9. 9 Forgiven - Within Temptation
  10. 10 Somewhere - Within Temptation
  11. 11 The Swan Song - Within Temptation
  12. 12 Memories - Within Temptation
  13. 13 Our Solemn Hour - Within Temptation
  14. 14 The Other Half (Of Me) - George Oosthoek
  15. 15 Frozen - Within Temptation
  16. 16 The Promise - Within Temptation
  17. 17 Angels - Within Temptation
  18. 18 Mother Earth - Within Temptation
  19. 19 The Truth Beneath The Rose - Within Temptation
  20. 20 Deceiver Of Fools - Within Temptation
  21. 21 All I Need - Within Temptation
  22. 22 Ice Queen - Within Temptation
  23. 23 Backstage Report - Within Temptation
  24. 24 Documentary - Within Temptation
  25. 25 Countdown Black Symphony - Within Temptation
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Metropole Orchestra Primary Artist
Keith Caputo Guest Appearance
Anneke van Giersbergen Guest Appearance
Stephen Van Haestregt Drums, Group Member
Sharon den Adel Vocals, Group Member
Ruud Jolie Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Robert Westerholt Electric Guitar, Group Member
George Oosthoek Guest Appearance
Jeroen van Veen Bass Guitar, Group Member
Pa'dam Vocals
Jules Buckley Conductor
Martijn Spierenburg Keyboards
Technical Credits
Darcy Proper Mastering
Within Temptation Audio Production
Ronald Trijber Engineer
Galaxy Studios Audio Production
Colette Melsen Audio Production
Mandy Kuster Audio Production
Wouter Strobbe Audio Production
Ralph Broos Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Big Sound!

    Within Temptation, had always wanted to perform with a live choir and orchestra. They made the most of it when they got their chance. Very big sound with a visual performance to match. Durning the song, Angels, performers in 12ft tall angel costumes walk out on stage and lift their wings. It has to be seen to be believed. The perfect blend of metal guitar and symphony music. It's a tragedy that they don't have a broader musical following than just the goth teens of Europe. By far my favorite live DVD.

    The DVD trailer can be previewed on Youtube.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent!!

    Excellent! Perfect cover, perfecting everything!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Absolutely unbelievable

    By far, the best sounding live concert DVD/CD I have ever heard. Incredible mix of the Ahoy symphony, choir, and of course Within Temptation themselves. And since this recording is of only one concert, there were no editing tricks to smooth any problems out. What you see is what they got. I was doubly impressed when noticing that even some the 'special effects' they use in some songs (like a roll of thunder, Sharon providing her own backing vocals) were all done live, nothing recorded and dubbed over. (Only Sir Churchill's speech was recorded.) Only knock on it would be that I wish the CD was longer (or double) to capture more of this incredible concert.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Within Temptation

    The lead singer has the most incredible voice, similar to Amy Lee but the music is less noise and more melody, my favorite cd and it never leaves my cd player in my car, listen to it so much even my kids know the words to some of the songs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Loved It

    Within Temptation is one of my favorite bands anyway, and to see them play a show like this was amazing, the Orchestra was outstanding as were they guest vocalists. Definitely one of my favorite albums!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Freaking Awesome

    Fan of Within Temptation? Buy this album. This two disk set includes a live performance DVD of the Black Symphony concert including the Metropole Orchestra. Includes WT hits including Angels, Stand My Ground, Frozen, The Howling, and many more. For all fans of Symphonic, and/or Gothic music worldwide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool!!! They are the best!!!

    I absolutely loved this cd/dvd. The music was great, the band was great. I will probably never see them live but this was a great way in seeing them in concert

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