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Release date: 25 March 2011
Style: Symphonic metal

Rating:

7.6 | 372 votes

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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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Thehowling - 14.02.2010 at 16:11  
  I want it
Apocalyp7ica - 15.12.2010 at 19:47  
  I hope this is going to be heavy.
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 15.12.2010 at 21:59  
Rating: 6 Judging by the first song, it won't/
GT - 06.01.2011 at 13:37  
  Damn that cover art is bad
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 06.01.2011 at 14:24  
Rating: 6 Looks like a cover of a cheap PS One game.
Blasphemer1992 - 06.01.2011 at 21:34  
  They are sounding like pop-rock now, what a shit:( !
No coments about a cover...
Blasphemer1992 - 21.01.2011 at 12:03  
  I only like their first two albums "Enter" and "The Dance (EP)". It's a pitty that everything become commercial !
Blasphemer1992 - 21.01.2011 at 12:05  
 
Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 06.01.2011 at 14:24

Looks like a cover of a cheap PS One game.


Exactly !
Cassian - 31.01.2011 at 08:47  
  Hell no to the cover.

Anyway, I've just listened to Faster, and quite enjoy it indeed. A bit more modern rock style, I hope this album will turn out acceptable.
metalmarketing - 05.02.2011 at 10:15  
  I've reviewed this fantastic release @ http://metalmarketing.blogspot.com & http://bit.ly/eHs4uv

Greets,

Nathan
ErnilEnNaur - 06.02.2011 at 01:09  
  This is probably gonna suck even more than The Heart Of Everything. And I am not sure that's possible.
Grimm - 06.02.2011 at 10:58  
Rating: 1 Damn, "Faster" was horrible. So commercial! It didn't sound like metal at all, more like pop-rock. Ugh...they were my second favourite band. How disappointing
Tish - 13.02.2011 at 12:36  
Rating: 8 My opinion is that you shouldn't judge the band by it's cover...ppl change, they grow like everything else on this planet and the same happens with bands they change, they grow and especially they change because of the ppl meaning the fans or just the ppl who listen to their music...commercial they've become because you know them and what's so wrong with changes, even if the changes are good or bad you should appreciate one thing that the band still exists and still makes music for their fans. I don't know, but me, i just don't wanna judge anyone until i know for sure that what i see or what i'm listening to is really good even if its changed into a commercial song or album. \m/
jijibu - 28.02.2011 at 00:32  
  It's softer, but it's still Within Temptation. nice vocals, nice melody. I think, it's not bad as Tristanias 'Rubicon'...
annodomini - 15.03.2011 at 09:50  
Rating: 9 No, it is much worse than Rubicon! Complete Lacuna Coil syndrome. Though I must mention that I adore Rubicon, so after first to listens The Unforgivenn is not so bad, but it is absolute change of events. If I have to judge the album as a an evolution of WT than I would rate it 6, but if a separate album, not connected to band's previous works, I would probably give it an 8 (Though the lyrics are truly awful).
HateSpark - 17.03.2011 at 10:58  
  Good to listen , but I guess it becomes boring too soon ... I give it one week
Permafrost - 17.03.2011 at 22:58  
Rating: 10 Wow, wow, wow. What a great album again from WT. Iron is my favorite track untill now. Maybe it's all a bit poppier but who cares when it is done this way. Sharon RULES!!!!!!!!!!!
Susan - 17.03.2011 at 23:03  
Rating: 9 Just ordered this
Metal_4Ever - 17.03.2011 at 23:53  
Rating: 10 Sharon is the best vocalist i'd eva seen
lingus99 - 20.03.2011 at 13:11  
Rating: 9 Play dot com in the UK have a stream of the full album running. Will need to set a proxy server to hear it but that's not too difficult with Google.

I was really worried about this whole comic tie in thing, but am glad to say my worries were unfounded. When I had a listen yesterday I was instantly hooked and, IMO, I think you are looking at their best album so far.
The Shape 1973 - 20.03.2011 at 14:08  
Rating: 9 This is not metal anymore, not even rock really.

But I like what I have heard so far, it is not as bad as THOE, which I didn't like much as she was trying to sound like Avril Latrine. Far closer to TSF, my fav WT album.

Wasn't expecting to get this, but am tempted now. Think I may be turning in to a girl.
Keitaro333 - 21.03.2011 at 18:41  
Rating: 8 When that electronic kick started at the beginning i was like..... wat ...
I'll give it a listen but it doesnt sound very promising. Then again, thats pretty much what i was expecting.
Elodie Artour - 22.03.2011 at 01:51  
 
Written by The Shape 1973 on 20.03.2011 at 14:08

This is not metal anymore, not even rock really.

But I like what I have heard so far, it is not as bad as THOE, which I didn't like much as she was trying to sound like Avril Latrine. Far closer to TSF, my fav WT album.

Wasn't expecting to get this, but am tempted now. Think I may be turning in to a girl.

Haha, don't be so embarrassed.

"The Unforgiving" sort of met my expectations (being all "modern Pop-rock" and commercial) but honestly, I expected it to be worse. For the time being, I've only liked 2-3 songs on it and I definitely prefer "The Heart Of Everything" but I'll give the new album a few other tries and we shall see.

I found some of the orchestrations and choir parts on "The Unforgiving" pretty good. In addition, Sharon's voice slays! (As it usually does.) I'm not quite sure if this new record reminds me of "The Silent Force" (which also is my favourite WT album) and I don't think so, either, but it may have some elements from it...

P.S.: Weak lyrics indeed.
Angel_Lament - 25.03.2011 at 17:01  
Rating: 10
Written by The Shape 1973 on 20.03.2011 at 14:08

This is not metal anymore, not even rock really.

But I like what I have heard so far, it is not as bad as THOE, which I didn't like much as she was trying to sound like Avril Latrine. Far closer to TSF, my fav WT album.

Wasn't expecting to get this, but am tempted now. Think I may be turning in to a girl.


well, actually this album combines Pop-rock, with alternative rock and a bit of symphonic metal(being the least), I mean that every song has a different style....Still the album is very beautiful imo, and I was expecting the worst for it, but like you, Now Im not..!!
mariano - 25.03.2011 at 17:51  
Rating: 6
Written by Elodie Artour on 22.03.2011 at 01:51

I'm not quite sure if this new record reminds me of "The Silent Force" (which also is my favourite WT album) and I don't think so, either, but it may have some elements from it...

Now that you mention "The Silent Force" I might give it a chance... that's still my favourite WT album too.
Enemy of Reality - 25.03.2011 at 21:32  
Rating: 3 This album is so bad, i can't find words to describe it. I used to love WT.
SceneryOfLoss - 25.03.2011 at 22:23  
Rating: 8 And yeah, the artwork sucks x_x
Blasphemer1992 - 25.03.2011 at 23:05  
  OMG ! what a commercial album !!
Cassian - 26.03.2011 at 07:44  
  I learnt something... I should never judge something by its appearance, specifically an album artwork. Becausee this album is pleasing! I love it.

Or maybe I'm too commercal already LOL
Jeeers - 26.03.2011 at 14:32  
Rating: 4 Total garbage! This album is SO bad, it's unbelievable!
Lady Margoth - 26.03.2011 at 14:42  
Rating: 6 Omfg. it doesn't sound like Within Temptation anymore. where is their force, their originality?
they have lost their special sound and atmosphere. it sounds like the rest of similar and boring female fronted metal bands...
Dark†SymphonY - 26.03.2011 at 20:15  
Rating: 7 I have mixed feeling with The Unforgiving. I like a some of the songs and the short films weren't bad. Though their new official videos are just awful. I would have rated it a 6 but now ive listened to the album im giving it a 7.
D.a.n - 27.03.2011 at 23:11  
 
Written by Jeeers on 26.03.2011 at 14:32

Total garbage! This album is SO bad, it's unbelievable!


Well, it is definitely miles from "tr00 metul" (and in fact it is cheesy, poppish and mainstream as hell) -- but that does not make it bad, if you want to hear my two eurocents.

Anyone who thought a new WT album (a comic-based concept album, mind you!) would be like their Gothic roots and Dance is very naïve (or blind and totally stupid) indeed...

The bottom line? Poppish symphonic rock for those days when you don't feel like listening to brutal death, black, doom or prog and want to enjoy some straightforward music and well-delivered female vocals.
Ag Fox - 28.03.2011 at 01:41  
Rating: 9
Written by The Shape 1973 on 20.03.2011 at 14:08

This is not metal anymore, not even rock really.

But I like what I have heard so far, it is not as bad as THOE, which I didn't like much as she was trying to sound like Avril Latrine. Far closer to TSF, my fav WT album.

Wasn't expecting to get this, but am tempted now. Think I may be turning in to a girl.
On my first listen. I love this album =P *looks in trousers* Yep... still a guy =P
Malaghost - 28.03.2011 at 15:17  
Rating: 9 For me very nice suprise... I was expecting something bad, but was really pleased. Really good album.
The Shape 1973 - 28.03.2011 at 16:35  
Rating: 9
Written by Ag Fox on 28.03.2011 at 01:41

Written by The Shape 1973 on 20.03.2011 at 14:08

This is not metal anymore, not even rock really.

But I like what I have heard so far, it is not as bad as THOE, which I didn't like much as she was trying to sound like Avril Latrine. Far closer to TSF, my fav WT album.

Wasn't expecting to get this, but am tempted now. Think I may be turning in to a girl.
On my first listen. I love this album =P *looks in trousers* Yep... still a guy =P

Just got it delivered, three tracks in and I'm definitely a man now.

Better than the samples sounded. Can understand why people don't like it, as it has gone radio friendly. But I don't care as it still sounds great. I know how much you like the previous album, but this is a return to form for me.
Diablos - 28.03.2011 at 19:54  
  Such a shame...I miss the first album(their best by far) where they were pure metal. After that album they have always been somewhere between rock and metal, but I'm sad to see that they have now taken the step into rock/pop. This album may be what kills my interest in this band.
Angel_Lament - 28.03.2011 at 22:35  
Rating: 10
Written by D.a.n on 27.03.2011 at 23:11


Well, it is definitely miles from "tr00 metul" (and in fact it is cheesy, poppish and mainstream as hell) -- but that does not make it bad, if you want to hear my two eurocents.

Anyone who thought a new WT album (a comic-based concept album, mind you!) would be like their Gothic roots and Dance is very naïve (or blind and totally stupid) indeed...

The bottom line? Poppish symphonic rock for those days when you don't feel like listening to brutal death, black, doom or prog and want to enjoy some straightforward music and well-delivered female vocals.


Actually these are my very own thoughts...thnx
If they wanna do commercial stuff, they are free as long as the songs are good, I mean that Commercial stuff doesnt mean shitty stuff like a lot of people clearly think...
this whining started since the days of "The Silent Force", this band has Already & clearly changed their style long time ago...
Jeeers - 29.03.2011 at 00:29  
Rating: 4
Written by Angel_Lament on 28.03.2011 at 22:35

Written by D.a.n on 27.03.2011 at 23:11


Well, it is definitely miles from "tr00 metul" (and in fact it is cheesy, poppish and mainstream as hell) -- but that does not make it bad, if you want to hear my two eurocents.

Anyone who thought a new WT album (a comic-based concept album, mind you!) would be like their Gothic roots and Dance is very naïve (or blind and totally stupid) indeed...

The bottom line? Poppish symphonic rock for those days when you don't feel like listening to brutal death, black, doom or prog and want to enjoy some straightforward music and well-delivered female vocals.


Actually these are my very own thoughts...thnx
If they wanna do commercial stuff, they are free as long as the songs are good, I mean that Commercial stuff doesnt mean shitty stuff like a lot of people clearly think...
this whining started since the days of "The Silent Force", this band has Already & clearly changed their style long time ago...


Well this time it does mean "shitty stuff", don't get me wrong I can listen to good pop, but this is garbage - uninspired, bland and without any good catchy melodies that "good pop" is about....
Actually I wasn't expecting anything for my liking when I started to listen to this album, so I'm not "disappointed" or "whining" about anything, but the album sounded much worse than I thought...
Enemy of Reality - 29.03.2011 at 02:08  
Rating: 3 When i first listened to "What Have You Done" from "The Heart of Everything", i thought, "ok, i hope they don't turn this way"...and they did!

Even The Slent Force (btw my favourite WT album) and The Heart of Everything had strong choruses, a lot of keys, orquestral sections, and both were already modern gothic metal albums in opposite to the symphonic gothic metal of their early albums.

But on this one they managed to remove absolutely EVERYTHING i loved on them:

-Dynamic vocals, not the growls, but all the amazing varied parts Sharon did. Now it's just that strong and boring tune.
-Heaviness and orquestrations. They now sound modern rock with ocasional d-tuned guitars adding false weight to the songs.
-Great and strong drumming. I dunno if that's why their last drummer quit, but the drumming on this album is so boring and crappy, it hurts.

Ah! And "Faster" vaguely reminds "Wicked Games" from Chris Isaak. Not the pre-chorus (the repeated "faster, faster"), of course, but the rest of song.

This modern rock crap just isn't for me, plus it comes from a band that i used to love. Another sell out.
Angel_Lament - 29.03.2011 at 04:02  
Rating: 10
Written by Jeeers on 29.03.2011 at 00:29

Written by Angel_Lament on 28.03.2011 at 22:35

Written by D.a.n on 27.03.2011 at 23:11


Well, it is definitely miles from "tr00 metul" (and in fact it is cheesy, poppish and mainstream as hell) -- but that does not make it bad, if you want to hear my two eurocents.

Anyone who thought a new WT album (a comic-based concept album, mind you!) would be like their Gothic roots and Dance is very naïve (or blind and totally stupid) indeed...

The bottom line? Poppish symphonic rock for those days when you don't feel like listening to brutal death, black, doom or prog and want to enjoy some straightforward music and well-delivered female vocals.


Actually these are my very own thoughts...thnx
If they wanna do commercial stuff, they are free as long as the songs are good, I mean that Commercial stuff doesnt mean shitty stuff like a lot of people clearly think...
this whining started since the days of "The Silent Force", this band has Already & clearly changed their style long time ago...


Well this time it does mean "shitty stuff", don't get me wrong I can listen to good pop, but this is garbage - uninspired, bland and without any good catchy melodies that "good pop" is about....
Actually I wasn't expecting anything for my liking when I started to listen to this album, so I'm not "disappointed" or "whining" about anything, but the album sounded much worse than I thought...


ok, fair enough, in the end everyone has a taste and opinion of him/her self...
and btw, I meant with these words people who cant listen to anything but metal...
Lady Margoth - 29.03.2011 at 13:12  
Rating: 6
Written by Enemy of Reality on 29.03.2011 at 02:08

When i first listened to "What Have You Done" from "The Heart of Everything", i thought, "ok, i hope they don't turn this way"...and they did!

Even The Slent Force (btw my favourite WT album) and The Heart of Everything had strong choruses, a lot of keys, orquestral sections, and both were already modern gothic metal albums in opposite to the symphonic gothic metal of their early albums.

But on this one they managed to remove absolutely EVERYTHING i loved on them:

-Dynamic vocals, not the growls, but all the amazing varied parts Sharon did. Now it's just that strong and boring tune.
-Heaviness and orquestrations. They now sound modern rock with ocasional d-tuned guitars adding false weight to the songs.
-Great and strong drumming. I dunno if that's why their last drummer quit, but the drumming on this album is so boring and crappy, it hurts.

Ah! And "Faster" vaguely reminds "Wicked Games" from Chris Isaak. Not the pre-chorus (the repeated "faster, faster"), of course, but the rest of song.

This modern rock crap just isn't for me, plus it comes from a band that i used to love. Another sell out.


You are completely right.
Exactly my thoughts!
mariano - 29.03.2011 at 15:27  
Rating: 6
Written by Enemy of Reality on 29.03.2011 at 02:08

Ah! And "Faster" vaguely reminds "Wicked Games" from Chris Isaak. Not the pre-chorus (the repeated "faster, faster"), of course, but the rest of song.

Actually, you may find it even more similar to HIM's cover -it's almost like WT was "inspired" by this version of the song
ksl - 29.03.2011 at 17:58  
Rating: 9 No doubt - this is a pure pop. So what? It's very good
max5892 - 01.04.2011 at 17:42  
  Not very metal, but amazing nonetheless They're still amazing songwriters!
Behdad K - 01.04.2011 at 23:41  
  I didn't find anything special with this album.
All the songs were similar, with different intros!

I liked their earlier albums more.
Grimm - 04.04.2011 at 21:58  
Rating: 1 So disappointing. It was only better than my expectations because I managed to like one song, and I expected to not like any of them. I found that all the songs started to sound the same, and they were all very radio-friendly. Ugh.
Joey Filth - 05.04.2011 at 16:07  
Rating: 8 Doesn't have the same heavy feel of previous albums, but top marks for excellent songwriting. Very catchy stuff with great melodic hooks.
versusthesiren - 06.04.2011 at 00:39  
 
Written by D.a.n on 27.03.2011 at 23:11

Well, it is definitely miles from "tr00 metul" (and in fact it is cheesy, poppish and mainstream as hell) -- but that does not make it bad, if you want to hear my two eurocents.

Anyone who thought a new WT album (a comic-based concept album, mind you!) would be like their Gothic roots and Dance is very naïve (or blind and totally stupid) indeed...

The bottom line? Poppish symphonic rock for those days when you don't feel like listening to brutal death, black, doom or prog and want to enjoy some straightforward music and well-delivered female vocals.


Nailed it.

Yeah, it's commercial and radio-friendly, but weren't they upfront about that? Who's surprised, really? From the beginning they said, "This is going to have '80s influences." Honestly, I was only a casual WT fan at best - I like a handful of songs from THoE, think TSF is boring as hell, and still need to listen to ME (though I like what I've heard from it so far) - but I love this, and I really wasn't expecting to. The choruses are strong, and Sharon sounds fantastic. My only problem is that the album seems to lose steam after the first half. Still, I will definitely be picking this up.
Irinel - 12.04.2011 at 14:48  
  A melodic album...nothing interesting

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