The Unforgiving

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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: 3/29/2011
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861791728
  • Catalog Number: 179172
  • Sales rank: 9,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why Not Me (0:34)
  2. 2 Shot In the Dark (5:02)
  3. 3 In the Middle of the Night (5:11)
  4. 4 Faster (4:23)
  5. 5 Fire and Ice (3:57)
  6. 6 Iron (5:40)
  7. 7 Where is the Edge (3:59)
  8. 8 Sinéad (4:23)
  9. 9 Lost (5:14)
  10. 10 Murder (4:16)
  11. 11 A Demon's Fate (5:30)
  12. 12 Stairway To the Skies (5:32)
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Album Credits

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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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    If you like Evanescence you will like this band. Sharon has an amazing voice. I saw them live recently and they were great. Any of their cd's are great but my favorite is The Heart of Everything.

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