Unforgiving

Unforgiving

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by Within Temptation
     
 

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In the mostly male-dominated world of heavy metal, it's always refreshing to see more women getting involved in the genre. Such is the case with Dutch melodic metallists Within Temptation. Led by singer Sharon den Adel, the group issued their fifth studio album overall in 2011, The Unforgiving.See more details below

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In the mostly male-dominated world of heavy metal, it's always refreshing to see more women getting involved in the genre. Such is the case with Dutch melodic metallists Within Temptation. Led by singer Sharon den Adel, the group issued their fifth studio album overall in 2011, The Unforgiving. As with their previous efforts, Within Temptation specialize in what is known as symphonic metal, but to their credit, it doesn't come off bombastic or overwrought (like many other similarly styled bands who tend to lean more toward the prog metal side of things). The key to avoiding this trap is letting the songwriting rule supreme, as opposed to merely focusing on showing off your chops, and Within Temptation do just that. Case in point, the lead-off single "Faster," which manages to contain elements of hard rock, but also seems like it could easily cross over onto the pop charts (thanks to a hook-heavy chorus). Elsewhere, melody is equal to metal, as evidenced by "Shot in the Dark," "Where Is the Edge," and "Stairway to the Skies." And it turns out there is a reason why The Unforgiving comes off as sounding cinematic: the group issued a series of short films (and even a comic book), in which the tunes from the album provide the soundtrack. A concept album that doesn't get weighed down by the story line is a rarity, but it is something that Within Temptation succeed at with The Unforgiving.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861791728
catalogNumber:
179172
Rank:
29554

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Performance Credits

Within Temptation   Primary Artist
Sharon den Adel   Vocals,Group Member
Stefan Helleblad   Guitar
Ruud Jolie   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Robert Westerholt   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Jeroen van Veen   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Martijn Spierenburg   Keyboards,Group Member
Dawn Mastin   Vocals
Nicka Hellenberg   Drums

Technical Credits

Ted Jensen   Mastering
Scott Sokol   Booking
Sharon den Adel   Composer
Stefan Helleblad   Producer,Engineer
Robert Westerholt   Composer
Stefan Blonk   Management
Franck Van Der Heijden   Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Joris Wolff   Engineer
Martijn Spierenburg   Composer,Programming
Daniel Gibson   Composer,Producer
Juno Jimmink   Engineer
Paul Bolton   Booking
Martijn Swier   Management
Frank Stroebele   Management
Erwin Sjoerdsma   Booking
Linda Kuijpers   Management
Raymond Rijnaars   Management
Wesley Van Os   Management

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