Mother Earth [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Robert Taylor
The rise of goth/prog metal seemed to reach a peak at the turn of the century, with an endless supply of bands offering their own spin on the subgenre. Only a handful of these bands seem to have anything interesting or unique to offer, namely Lacuna Coil, Lana Lane, the Gathering, and After Forever, among selected others. With the release of Mother Earth, there was little doubt that the cream of the crop had indeed risen to the top. They refined their approach to feature lead vocalist Sharon den Adel and dumped the growling death metal-style vocals that typify this form of music. The single "Ice Queen" reached number one in both the Netherlands and Belgium and the album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert Taylor
The rise of goth/prog metal seemed to reach a peak at the turn of the century, with an endless supply of bands offering their own spin on the subgenre. Only a handful of these bands seem to have anything interesting or unique to offer, namely Lacuna Coil, Lana Lane, the Gathering, and After Forever, among selected others. With the release of Mother Earth, there was little doubt that the cream of the crop had indeed risen to the top. They refined their approach to feature lead vocalist Sharon den Adel and dumped the growling death metal-style vocals that typify this form of music. The single "Ice Queen" reached number one in both the Netherlands and Belgium and the album itself went gold. Another single, "Our Farewell," was also released to moderate success. Their music features Celtic and folk influences that contribute to a mature and confident sound that their contemporaries seem to struggle with. Den Adel has that elusive and intangible presence that a great band needs to have from their leader, especially on the live stage. A landmark release that set new standards for creativity, musicianship, and taste -- not just for goth/prog metal, but for any style of music. This was easily one of the best releases of 2001. [Super Sonic's 2003 edition included new cover art and one bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/30/2003
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 828765193528
  • Catalog Number: 651935
  • Sales rank: 32,837

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mother Earth (5:30)
  2. 2 Ice Queen (5:18)
  3. 3 Our Farewell (5:16)
  4. 4 Caged (5:47)
  5. 5 The Promise (8:00)
  6. 6 Never-Ending Story (4:02)
  7. 7 Deceiver of Fools (7:35)
  8. 8 Intro (1:06)
  9. 9 Dark Wings (4:15)
  10. 10 In Perfect Harmony (6:57)
  11. 11 Restless (4:41)
  12. 12 Bittersweet (3:20)
  13. 13 Enter (6:38)
  14. 14 The Dance (7:26)
  15. 15 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Within Temptation Primary Artist
René Merkelbach Keyboards
Stephen Van Haestregt Drums, Group Member
Hans Cassa Choir, Chorus
Caspar DeJonge Choir, Chorus
Sharon den Adel Vocals, Group Member
Ruud Jolie Guitar, Group Member
Robert Westerholt Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Oscar Holleman Producer, Engineer, Mastering
René Merkelbach Orchestral Arrangements
Stephen Van Haestregt Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Personal Favorite---BUT...,

    ...THIS SEMI IS COPY PROTECTED. To get around the copy protection don't install the utility program. It won't play in Media Player, but you can use other programs to do everything. This is very similar to Nightwish's Century Child. The band weaves numerous classical chord structures throughout the disc. The band is very talented and they really do push the limits here. The selections range from Ice Queen to In Perfect Harmony which almost sounds like Kenny Loggins' Return To Pooh Corner. Personally, I don't care for the last 2 bonus cuts, but otherwise this is a very compelling release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was so moved and touched by This cd.truely lovely.

    I Love This band.within temptation. mother earth. is powerful and and just Like all there cd's The Best Music Ever.Divine and Heavenly Take's you To another World.a must cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Within Temptation in Mother Earth

    when first listen to this it reminded me a bit of Lacuna Coil and Evanescence. Tracks I recommend 1. Mother Earth 8. Intro 14. The Dance Overall the rest of the songs are also good too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic album, poor release

    This album is one of the most origional and superb in the music industry today. However, I feel honor bound to let you know that this particular release is copy protected with the BMG copy control. This will not only be incompatible with many computers, but will also not work in select car and home systems as well. This is the problem that I have experienced with my home stereo.

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