Within Temptation - The Unforgiving


7.7 | 411 votes |
Release date: 25 March 2011
Style: Symphonic metal

Owners:

379 have it
75 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

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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02.05.2011 - 21:08
John Shock
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!!!
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02.05.2011 - 21:13
John Shock
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...
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02.05.2011 - 23:18
Rating: 10
Zenzero
Zenzero
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!
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Things will be ok in the end!
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26.05.2011 - 12:43
Deadsoulman
Lemmyng
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.
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14.06.2011 - 11:50
Rating: 8
renai
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!
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27.06.2011 - 21:39
Rating: 9
Susan
Smeghead
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.
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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27.06.2011 - 22:36
Risto
Wandering Midget
"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.)
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01.07.2011 - 00:42
Rating: 5
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
NEVER AGAIN. D:
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"Information is not knowledge
Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
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15.07.2011 - 00:44
Rating: 6
dragonfire1603
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
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16.09.2011 - 04:23
FELIX42
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
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21.10.2011 - 18:15
Rating: 8
neonxaos
Feel good-metal!
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04.11.2011 - 01:03
Rating: 8
neonxaos
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.
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09.11.2011 - 16:37
Rating: 7
Shadows
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
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"... i whisper i miss you
but all i hear
are fading echoes of my dream ..."
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09.11.2011 - 20:15
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 01.07.2011 at 00:42
NEVER AGAIN. D:

Nickelback ftw.

PS BloodRayne sucked.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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15.03.2012 - 08:31
Rating: 8
Wes
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.
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30.03.2012 - 21:12
Rating: 5
Anastasia
Even worse than Epica's album.
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09.06.2012 - 02:47
Cuca Beludo
Account deleted
Just plain melodic pop/rock...
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27.09.2012 - 12:21
Rating: 10
E†han1994
"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".
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20.11.2012 - 07:32
Rating: 10
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Does anyone else hear what sounds like Westerholt doing backing vocals in the chorus of Murder?
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Sharks 2016 Premiers. Please don't choke this year.
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
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02.06.2014 - 06:57
Rating: 5
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
"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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24.10.2015 - 17:20
Rating: 6
muhammed sonata
Disappointing ,the album lacks the symphony which is the best thing WT are known for ,if the songs were sung by a male vocalist it would be good but Sharon voice doesn't fit
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13.07.2017 - 15:26
Rating: 3
rashaverak
This album is some kind of pop rock, single Faster reminds me of Roxette's joy ride, real decline from what this band did before, I could pretty much listen to u2 if I want to listen to songs where one cannot be distinguished from another
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