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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Restless
  2. Enter
  3. Pearls of Light
  4. Deep Within
  5. Gatekeeper
  6. Grace
  7. Blooded [Instrumental]
  8. Candles


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • ASIN: B000UZ4EIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first track on this CD, "Restless," starts out with just a piano and Sharon den Adel's beautiful, clear voice. By the time the rest of the band has joined in at full crunch, just after the two-minute mark, you'll already be sold on this great band from the Netherlands. Comparisons to The Gathering, Theatre of Tragedy, etc. are unwarranted. Within Temptation don't sound like any other band. While they do fit the "Goth-Metal" mold very loosely, their sound is all their own. They have something of a spiritual, Celtic atmosphere to their sound that just doesn't sound like anyone else. Sharon den Adel's voice just soars. She does sound a bit like Kate Bush at times, but more operatic at other times. She trades vocals with a male "death" growler a few times on the CD, but it only increases the interest of the listener, as it is not an overwhelming presence. The only reason this release does not get 5 stars from me is that I have heard their second CD ("Mother Earth") and it is even better. So, this is a 4 only in comparison to their next release, otherwise it's an easy 5.
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Too bad more of this kind of music isn't appreciated by more people. I have seen people comparing Within Temptation to bands like Theatre of Tragedy, 3rd And The Mortal, and Orphanage, but the band has something else really unique going on.
The most dominating part of the whole sound of the band are the vocals of Sharon (who's on the cover of the album, the poster, the postcards and the sticker as well) who's clear vocals bring us through this enjoying ride. To top things off, the occasional death grunts bring the variation.
The music on the album is dominated by the keyboards of Martijn Westerholt who gets an amazing amount of bombast out of a piece of silicon. The doommetal foundation of the songs finishes off this album. If you are a fan of this stuff, I STONGLY urge you to pick up anything by Orphanage (see my review of "By Time Alone").
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By F. Lee on November 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is Within Temptation's debut that has finally been released in the U.S. It's not a bad album but very different from their later work. The songs are a bit darker, longer and more heavy and there's also a few tracks that feature male growling. But of course, the highlight here is Sharon Den Adel's beautiful angelic voice. My favorite tracks are Restless, Enter, Pearls of Light, and Candles. This is a good album but hopefully, Roadrunner will be smart and release both Mother Earth and The Silent Force in the U.S.
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First of all, I would not recommend buying this at Amazon for the ridiculous import price. Instead, purchase it theendrecords.com for only $13.00, as I did. It's a much safer buy for your wallet if you ask me.

Here we have it, the album that began the successful career of this platinum-selling Dutch band. I wouldn't rank this debut quite with Mother Earth, but it is a great buy for fans of the gothic sound. The quality that Enter possesses (which unfortunately later releases lack) is the fact that it stays true to its genre. Whereas Mother Earth has more of a symphonic rock sound, and the Silent Force has that of a pop-rock vibe, Enter can definitely qualify as a gothic record, no doubt. The lyrics mention such ideas as war, murder, and a damsel in distress who cannot cope with the ghost of a failed relationship. Sharon den Adel's soothing voice, which bears a sense of maturity despite her youthful appearance, is surprisingly less dominative here. Even more surprising, is the use of both male grunts and heavy guitars - two factors stripped of following releases. Some of the members of gothic-metal band Orphanage even make an appearance on certain tracks.

Enter kicks off with the charming single, "Restless". This is a very beautiful song, whose tenderness borders that of a ballad. There is a great solo towards the end that should not be overlooked. Following this is one of my personal favorite WT songs, the title track "Enter". Here we are given a taste of the heavier and darker side of this wonderful band. The chorus is stellar and unforgettable, offering lyrics as "give me your wings/to flee from my ivory tower" that can only be accompanied by justice with Sharon's sweet and gentle voice.
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By A Customer on August 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Similar to Theatre of Tragedy's first two releases, Within Temptation is both haunting and beautiful. Within Temptation is heavier than Theatre of Tragedy, but the music is wonderful when combined with keyboards and orchestration. Like they say on their website, "The goal that Within Temptation pursues is creating atmospheric music, by combining agressive metal with spherical female vocals and synthesizers. With their music Within Temptation tries to take their listeners on a journey to a fantasy world, where magic still exists." and they do a wonderful job! If you're a fan of melodic doom metal or atmospheric metal, this is a CD to check out!
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Where to begin? Within Temptation is one of my all time favorite groups. Mother Earth was my first album acquisition. (From Amazon).
Even my lady really digs it. (am I dating myself?) I HAD to get a video of a Within Temptation concert so I bought the "The Silent Force Tour " (from Amazon). It wouldn't play on my player so I purchased one that can convert PAL to NTSC. Worth every penny. Her stage performance is......!!!

I heard a track from Enter on Pandora and fortunately, I found a new copy (where else?) It cost a small fortune but, again, worth every penny.

Sharon den Adel...a voice both haunting and angelic, but always crystal clear with a pure bell-like quality and the Enter album gives full play to all of her superb vocal nuances. Every time she modulates or transitions instantly and perfectly from Opera voice to Symphonic Metal voice I run an emotional gamut somewhere between Oh My God! and Holy S***. If you are into this genre of Metallica you owe it to yourself to listen to a high quality recording of this album. I'm listening right now.

The recording quality of this disc is excellent. I am relatively new to this genre of music and I have a lot of catching up to do on the early recordings of such awesome groups as Nightwish, Epica, Sirenia, and Within Temptation.
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