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Release date: 25 March 2011
Style: Symphonic metal

Rating:

7.6 | 369 votes

Owners:

330 have it
80 want it


Disc I
01. Why Not Me
02. Shot In The Dark
03. In The Middle Of The Night
04. Faster
05. Fire And Ice
06. Iron
07. Where Is The Edge
08. Sinéad
09. Lost
10. Murder
11. A Demon's Fate
12. Stairway To The Skies
13. I Don't Wanna [bonus]
14. The Last Dance [bonus]
15. Empty Eyes [bonus]

Disc II [special edition bonus DVD]
+ Movies & Music
    1 - Faster
    2 - Sinéad
    3 - Shot In The Dark
    4 - The Making Of…
    5 - Where Is The Edge
    6 - Utopia [featuring Chris Jones]
+ The Unforgiving: The Prequel
+ Credits & Facebook Fans

Review
Lyrics (15)


Line-up
Sharon den Adel - vocals
Martinus "Martijn" Spierenburg - keyboards
Robert Westerholt - guitars
Rudolf "Ruud" Adrianus Jolie - guitar
Jeroen van Veen - bass

Session musicians
Nicka Hellenberg - drums
Stefan Helleblad - additional guitars
Dawn Mastin - spoken voices


Additional info
Based on a comic book series, written by Steven O'Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48)

Staff review by
Ag Fox

Rating:
8.6
In the blink of an eye, 4 years have passed since the not-so-critically-acclaimed The Heart Of Everything. Being lambasted for being sold out and radio oriented, it was also the metal album that drew my attention to the genre of music called heavy metal. Having moved on to other more obscure spectrums of the genre, it has been a couple of years since an album with the symphonic metal tag slapped on it came out that I can truly enjoy. With an album cover that seems to cater towards a much younger audience and an announcement about a concept album based on some comic series, I confess that my expectations couldn't have been lower.

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published 14.11.2011 | Comments (24)

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Irinel - 12.04.2011 at 14:48  
Rating: 6 A melodic album...nothing interesting
John Shock - 14.04.2011 at 02:33  
  Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!
Blasphemer1992 - 20.04.2011 at 14:42  
  This an example, how band can become commercial...
Zenzero - 21.04.2011 at 21:33  
Rating: 10
Written by John Shock on 14.04.2011 at 02:33

Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!

faster?? I'm sure you just knew it under the name of wicked game!
The_Warcult - 21.04.2011 at 21:51  
  The Unforgiving is a good album. Nothing really more than that.
dismaleuphony - 26.04.2011 at 11:18  
Rating: 10 Love the album, and also love the artwork. This the first album of the band I've enjoyed since their '98 EP this much. Absolutely looking forward to their US tour!
Vivi' - 26.04.2011 at 13:49  
Rating: 5 I like Michael Jackson - is he tr00? No. I don't like this album not because it's not tr00. And by the way, WT have never been a heavy sounding band.
John Shock - 02.05.2011 at 18:19  
 
Written by Zenzero on 21.04.2011 at 21:33

Written by John Shock on 14.04.2011 at 02:33

Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!

faster?? I'm sure you just knew it under the name of wicked game!

Why you telling that? I don't like songs just because they appear in games!! And still, i don't know what game your talking about! But now i'm asking you, is Unforgiving a good album??? Need a asnwer soon!
The Shape 1973 - 02.05.2011 at 18:49  
Rating: 9
Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 18:19

Written by Zenzero on 21.04.2011 at 21:33

Written by John Shock on 14.04.2011 at 02:33

Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!

faster?? I'm sure you just knew it under the name of wicked game!

Why you telling that? I don't like songs just because they appear in games!! And still, i don't know what game your talking about! But now i'm asking you, is Unforgiving a good album??? Need a asnwer soon!

Lot of people don't like it. It is far away from their early sound.

I do like it, its more pop rock than metal, but there are some really good songs on there.
John Shock - 02.05.2011 at 19:04  
 
Written by The Shape 1973 on 02.05.2011 at 18:49

Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 18:19

Written by Zenzero on 21.04.2011 at 21:33

Written by John Shock on 14.04.2011 at 02:33

Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!

faster?? I'm sure you just knew it under the name of wicked game!

Why you telling that? I don't like songs just because they appear in games!! And still, i don't know what game your talking about! But now i'm asking you, is Unforgiving a good album??? Need a asnwer soon!

Lot of people don't like it. It is far away from their early sound.

I do like it, its more pop rock than metal, but there are some really good songs on there.

What songs?
The Shape 1973 - 02.05.2011 at 20:13  
Rating: 9
Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 19:04

Written by The Shape 1973 on 02.05.2011 at 18:49

Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 18:19

Written by Zenzero on 21.04.2011 at 21:33

Written by John Shock on 14.04.2011 at 02:33

Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!

faster?? I'm sure you just knew it under the name of wicked game!

Why you telling that? I don't like songs just because they appear in games!! And still, i don't know what game your talking about! But now i'm asking you, is Unforgiving a good album??? Need a asnwer soon!

Lot of people don't like it. It is far away from their early sound.

I do like it, its more pop rock than metal, but there are some really good songs on there.

What songs?

I like pretty much all of the songs, but In The Middle Of The Night, Shot In The Dark and Iron are the best.
John Shock - 02.05.2011 at 21:08  
 
Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 19:04

Written by The Shape 1973 on 02.05.2011 at 18:49

Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 18:19

Written by Zenzero on 21.04.2011 at 21:33

Written by John Shock on 14.04.2011 at 02:33

Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!

faster?? I'm sure you just knew it under the name of wicked game!

Why you telling that? I don't like songs just because they appear in games!! And still, i don't know what game your talking about! But now i'm asking you, is Unforgiving a good album??? Need a asnwer soon!

Lot of people don't like it. It is far away from their early sound.

I do like it, its more pop rock than metal, but there are some really good songs on there.

What songs?

Thanks!!!
John Shock - 02.05.2011 at 21:13  
 
Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 21:08

Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 19:04

Written by The Shape 1973 on 02.05.2011 at 18:49

Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 18:19

Written by Zenzero on 21.04.2011 at 21:33

Written by John Shock on 14.04.2011 at 02:33

Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!

faster?? I'm sure you just knew it under the name of wicked game!

Why you telling that? I don't like songs just because they appear in games!! And still, i don't know what game your talking about! But now i'm asking you, is Unforgiving a good album??? Need a asnwer soon!

Lot of people don't like it. It is far away from their early sound.

I do like it, its more pop rock than metal, but there are some really good songs on there.

What songs?

Thanks!!!

Hey the name Shot in the Dark isn't a name of a song of Ozzy Osbourne??? funny...
Zenzero - 02.05.2011 at 23:18  
Rating: 10
Written by John Shock on 02.05.2011 at 18:19

Written by Zenzero on 21.04.2011 at 21:33

Written by John Shock on 14.04.2011 at 02:33

Men, i've heard then "faster" song and i must say...wow! Men love it! nothing more to say! Now i muts hear the entire album!

faster?? I'm sure you just knew it under the name of wicked game!

Why you telling that? I don't like songs just because they appear in games!! And still, i don't know what game your talking about! But now i'm asking you, is Unforgiving a good album??? Need a asnwer soon!

ehehehe you're misunderstanding me!!! listen to the song wicked game by HIM (it's a cover) and you'll understand what I mean!
Collin - 26.05.2011 at 12:43  
  Nice and catchy pop rock album. I don't even know why people are still looking for metal in Within Temptation. It's just pop rock with guitars mixed louder in than usual pop rock.
renai - 14.06.2011 at 11:50  
Rating: 8 Love this album, the song writing is good and the chorus is what a chorus should be. not bother by whether this is metal or not metal, the end result is entertaining. and the vocal is awesome!
Susan - 27.06.2011 at 21:39  
Rating: 9 I can't decide if this album is better than The Heart of Everything or not. It's just too different. I will say this though: it's certainly more streamlined. This is one hell of a consistent album.. possibly their most streamlined effort since Enter?

AND. There is something definitely bad ass about an old lady whispering about "the powers of hell" during a heavy track. There just is.
Risto - 27.06.2011 at 22:36  
  "Faster" is an OK song considering the chord progressions and melodies are almost exactly the same as in "Wicked Game" (by Chris Isaak, covered by H.I.M.)
Fat & Sassy! - 01.07.2011 at 00:42  
Rating: 5 NEVER AGAIN. D:
dragonfire1603 - 15.07.2011 at 00:44  
Rating: 6 I don't like. And that has nothing to do with them going more and more in the pop-rock direction, since I quite enjoy some pop-rock from time to time. The whole album just gets boring very fast.
I gave it 3 or 4 spins and I can't remember anything that stood out to me (besides the "faster and faster and faster and faster..." ). To me all the songs sound pretty much the same and it's all just a big blend of... boredom
peopeo - 16.09.2011 at 04:23  
  True metal??? comercial??? radio friendly???....its only music...who cares??? many bands still in the same sound and playing in live concerts the same songs again across the years.....are they musicians?? no...only a poor band without ideas....but many people calling this "true musicians"....guys....be free from prejudices...enjoy the music...its simple.
this album.....i really like it......more than the silent force
neonxaos - 21.10.2011 at 18:15  
Rating: 8 Feel good-metal!
neonxaos - 04.11.2011 at 01:03  
Rating: 8 I find myself liking this more and more. I don't think it's gonna be a lifelong romance, but it's definitely making me smile.
Shadows - 09.11.2011 at 16:37  
Rating: 7
Written by Blasphemer1992 on 20.04.2011 at 14:42

This an example, how band can become commercial...


yes, i agree. they really have become commercial and honestly, i'm a bit disappointed because of it. feels like they were doing it only for money, money and once again - money; as if they weren't really enjoying what they are doing. i might be wrong ofcourse, i don't know the real reason, but it's just how i see it.

as for the album - yeah well, i must admit i like some songs very much
Troy Killjoy - 09.11.2011 at 20:15  
 
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 01.07.2011 at 00:42
NEVER AGAIN. D:

Nickelback ftw.

PS BloodRayne sucked.
Wes - 15.03.2012 at 08:31  
Rating: 8 I love this album! The song writing is outstanding, and the vocals are so moving. I never thought I would listen to this type of music, or anything with female lead vocals for that matter.
Anastasia - 30.03.2012 at 21:12  
Rating: 5 Even worse than Epica's album.
Cuca Beludo - 09.06.2012 at 02:47  
  Just plain melodic pop/rock...
E†han1994 - 27.09.2012 at 12:21  
Rating: 10 "This is SO not metal!"

Well of course it's not metal! Within Temptation hasn't been metal since Mother Earth. They're Symphonic Rock! Their FaceBook and Twitter pages both list their genre as "Symphonic Rock", and their website refers to them as a "rock act". Lead singer Sharon even said in an interview "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band". So there you have it.

As for the album, I love it! The 1980s influence is very apparent, yet they still manage to sound fresh and new!
My favourite songs are "Faster", "Shot in the Dark", "Sinéad", "A Demon's Fate" and "Stairway to the Skies".
M C Vice - 20.11.2012 at 07:32  
Rating: 10 Does anyone else hear what sounds like Westerholt doing backing vocals in the chorus of Murder?
LeKiwi - 02.06.2014 at 06:57  
Rating: 5 "Shot In The Dark" is such cheese...but you gotta love dat chorus!

Edit: "Faster" is also such an awesome track - reminds me of HIM. The rest, however, is pretty much junk barring "Fire And Ice" and "Middle Of The Night"...

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