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The Unforgiving

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2011 album from the Dutch Metal outfit. The Unforgiving is the band's most diverse album to date, a dazzling tour-de-force of state-of-the-art Hard Rock, gleaming Pop melodies, razor-sharp arrangements, and powerful, shadow-shrouded atmospheres. The Unforgiving is quite unlike any previous Within Temptation album. Every one of its 12 tracks boasts a huge, instantly memorable melody, and yet there is enormous diversity and versatility on display here, as the band move skillfully from the instant thrills of the anthemic "Shot In The Dark", the blissfully metallic "In The Middle Of The Night", and the soaring menace of first single "Faster," through to the epic bombast of Iron," the exhilarating drama of "Where Is The Edge" and the irresistible disco thump of "Sin‚ad."

1. Why Not Me
2. Shot in the Dark
3. In the Middle of the Night
4. Faster
5. Fire and Ice
6. Iron
7. Where Is the Edge
8. Sinéad
9. Lost
10. Murder
11. A Demon's Fate
12. Stairway to the Skies

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B004E2XAHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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165 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Jack on March 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Well after two live releases called Black Symphony (CD/DVD) and An Acoustic Night at the Theatre, Within Temptation has returned with their fifth studio album (and first studio album since 2007's The Heart of Everything) with their very first concept album, based off of a comic book being released under the same name, available from Within Temptation's website. Fans who were initially worried about the band changing their style too much to fit within the storyline of a comic book (myself included) needed not worry. This new album does indeed contain some new, dare I say "improvements" over their former material, particularly in the realm of the guitar leads, in which almost every song has some kind of guitar solo. But the classic bombastic sound with the choirs and orchestras are all still there as well, only being built upon more as a foundation instead of being a focal point. Sadly, their clueless record label, Roadrunner Records (who has done an abysmal job promoting this band in America thus far) has chosen one of the album's weakest tracks, "Faster" (which has a similar structure to "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaac in the verses) to be the debut single, while there are several other songs which would have made far better choices to represent the whole sound of the album.

Perhaps the standout track for me is "Shot In The Dark".
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By MusicLover on March 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
1."Why Not Me"- It's a just a short introduction and not a song. Mother Maiden introduces the listener to the album and the story ahead.

2."Shot In the Dark" The first track of the album is a nice introduction to the sort of music to expect through the rest of the album. It's a rock song through and through and harkens back to the 80's sound the band talked about being influenced from for this album. Sharon sings in her more medium register, which she carries through the rest of the album. About three minutes into the song is a nice, slower bridge before a beautiful guitar riff, really allowing Ruud to show-off his skills.

3."In The Middle of the Night" The second song of the album takes their sound in a different direction. Beginning with heavy guitar, this song will sound amazing live. Sharon's vocals are superb and I love how she is always trying something new with her voice. The story continues here through the concept and I think it is clear that there is excitement in the story now. It has a catchy and beautiful chorus and is probably one of their heavier tracks. At point 2:58, there is a beautiful guitar riff and sound that makes the song unique. Definitely one of my favorite tracks.

4."Faster" Being their lead single, you've probably heard it before. Faster is a wonderful rock track and carries on the story. Reminiscent of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," it has that 80's inspiration Sharon spoke of. Overall and good and fun track that pushes along the story of Sinéad

5."Fire and Ice" The album slows down here for a beautiful ballad. The song starts of slow, and at about 1:49 picks-up more as Sharon continues her beautiful singing.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Zephyr on March 29, 2011
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Within Temptation definitely took their time making a new CD and I can easily say that this is one of their most solid releases up to date. Somehow they have matured in their sound and managed to produce a five star album with absolutely no filler songs, strong lyrics and wonderful music. With this album the band seems to have taken a turn towards a more hard rock sound as opposed to an ethereal sound that was evident in their "Mother Earth" and "Silent Force" releases. "The Unforgiving" is closer in similarity to "The Heart of Everything". Sharon's vocals have gone from angelic, to a darker more angry and emotion filled. For this CD the vocals are a perfect fit and really add to the atmosphere of the release. Meanwhile as a personal preference I am in no way a fan of comic books in general which was the intended theme for "The Unforgiving", the lyrics in the songs can be a perfect fit for any sort of situation and can be interpreted in different ways depending on the individual listening to them. Speaking of lyrics, I really feel this release has the strongest written lyrics out of any of their albums. It can be easily heard that they are no beginners in the symphonic metal genre and possibly produced the best album of 2011 leaving Sirenia behind.

Choosing "Faster" as the stand out single for their release may not be in their best interest I feel, because it seems like the weakest track on their album. Any number of their songs such as "Shot in the Dark" or "Lost" would have showcased their talents to a higher degree. Meanwhile I have mentioned there are no filler songs, Within Temptation has the two best slower paced songs on this album titled, "Fire and Ice" and "Lost".
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