Within Temptation - Hydra


7.2 | 262 votes |
Release date: 31 January 2014
Style: Symphonic metal

Owners:

205 have it
16 want it


01. Let Us Burn
02. Dangerous [featuring Howard Jones]
03. And We Run [feat. Xzibit]
04. Paradise (What About Us?) [feat. Tarja Turunen]
05. Edge Of The World
06. Silver Moonlight
07. Covered By Roses
08. Dog Days
09. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching [feat. Dave Pirner]
11. Radioactive [Imagine Dragons cover] [iTunes bonus]
12. Summertime Sadness [Lana del Ray cover] [iTunes bonus]
13. Let Her Go [Passenger cover] [iTunes bonus]
14. Dirty Dancer [Enrique Iglesias cover] [iTunes bonus]
15. And We Run [evolution track / audio commentary] [iTunes bonus]
16. Silver Moonlight [evolution track / audio commentary] [iTunes bonus]
17. Covered By Roses [evolution track / audio commentary] [iTunes bonus]
18. Tell Me Why [evolution track / audio commentary] [iTunes bonus]
+ Paradise (What About Us?) [feat. Tarja Turunen] [video] [iTunes premium bonus]

Line-up
Sharon den Adel - vocals
Martinus "Martijn" Spierenburg - keyboards, orchestration
Robert Westerholt - guitars
Rudolf "Ruud" Adrianus Jolie - guitars
Mike Coolen - drums
Jeroen van Veen - bass
Stefan Helleblad - guitars

Additional musicians:
Tarja Turunen - vocals
Howard Jones - vocals
Alvin Nathaniel "Xzibit" Joiner - vocals
David Anthony "Dave" Pirner - vocals
Daniel Gibson - additional programming
Frank van Essen - violin, viola
Jonas Pap - cello

Additional info
Produced by Daniel Gibson and Robert Westerholt.

Staff review by
R Lewis
Rating:
8.4
Welcome the New Year with class - welcome the New Year with Within Temptation.

They tested a path of 80's rock and pop influences in 2011, but The Unforgiving brought them conflicting responses. 2014 signals a return to the heavier and more symphonic style we had the pleasure to listen to some years ago, but the soul of the last record hasn't been totally trashed, since the new album Hydra blends tradition and experimentation.

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published 09.01.2014 | Comments (40)

Staff review by
Ag Fox
Rating:
6.2
Most people have heard of the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Seems like Within Temptation are familiar with it too, as they've mostly stuck to their guns with the winning formula of 80's pop-influenced symphonic rock over soaring female vocals as per their previous album The Unforgiving, while trying to push the envelope a bit by featuring high profile performers in their latest album Hydra.

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published 12.04.2014 | Comments (11)

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09.11.2013 - 08:39
Rating: 6
Azarath
Xzibit's reaction when he found out he's appearing on this album:




Apparently he is as stunned as the rest of us.
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09.11.2013 - 08:42
Rating: 8
lingus99
Love the band and really looking forward to this, BUT can't help feeling that it is looking a little lazy. A 10 track album and the rest filled with song already available on the Q album and some pointless commentry tracks.

This has taken a little fire out of my anticipation.:noidea:
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10.11.2013 - 17:16
Rating: 7
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Naaaaah, Xzibit?! God, it is happening.
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10.11.2013 - 17:18
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
What the hell they're doing ! Lana del Ray, Enrique Iglesias and Xzibit ?! someone shut down this band,
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11.11.2013 - 03:05
Rating: 5
derelictdame
Oh god, this is not looking good...
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14.11.2013 - 10:49
Rating: 6
The Melting Snow
Disappointed already.
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27.11.2013 - 21:49
Rating: 8
E†han1994
^For Pete's sake, why do you guys have to be so cynical?
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20.12.2013 - 17:56
Migtanteot
This is the same feeling when I saw the title of David Guetta´s cover Titanium, "damn!" - I said - "what the hell with this guys!".But then I heard it and quite enjoyed it.

I wish these covers are at least this way.
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24.12.2013 - 17:55
Rating: 10
bonequeen
Written by lingus99 on 09.11.2013 at 08:42

Love the band and really looking forward to this, BUT can't help feeling that it is looking a little lazy. A 10 track album and the rest filled with song already available on the Q album and some pointless commentry tracks.

This has taken a little fire out of my anticipation.:noidea:


I couldn't agree more with you. Exactly my thoughts.
At first I was like "18 songs! Cool!" and then "waaait a sec...". Hope it's worth it though, I really like the feat with Tarja.
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30.12.2013 - 07:54
Rating: 2
hidden_ninja
Seems to me like they are going mainstream as much as possible.

The video for: Within Temptation - Dangerous ft. Howard Jones
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10.01.2014 - 03:53
Saiyanity
The Xzibit feature is a pretty odd choice, but I am a fan of Xzibit's work so that should be interesting. I don't normally listen to these guys but I'll be checking that song out for sure.
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17.01.2014 - 04:21
Rating: 8
Dark Forever
Ruído Sonoro
*sigh* Everybody criticizing the album without even listening to it. Yes, only 10 songs, but in a total of 50 minutes, how can that be short and "lazy"? And what's the problem with including a hip hop star? Of course you're not gonna like the album, you already hate if before it comes out :/
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17.01.2014 - 10:18
Rating: 7
annodomini
After first listen I just can confirm my previous opinion that WT is a band which you can't compare in time. All of their albums are very different and very well written and played in it's own way. "Hydra" is no exception. Amazing combination of "The Unforgiving" and "The silent force" with lots of new elements. The sound is still heavy, despite some poppy arrangement here and there. We have even growls in "Silver moonlight", which bring us back to Mother earth times.

And then we have Xzibit. The biggest mystery and discussions topic in all pre release period. And what a song it is!!! One of the best WT have ever written, where Xzibit not only don't ruin the song, but even make it much better and fit it perfectly. There will definitely be an argument stating that Xzibit is just in sake of popularity and mainstream audience, but that's wrong. If that would be the case, then rap part would be somewhere in the songs middle and very short, just so it be there. But it's not the case. "And we run" and Xzibit flows naturally. If you delete rap part, the song will loose it's spirit. It's another proof of WT capability of writing different songs equally great.

Actually all songs with guests are amazing, and thats a stone to all those, who was winning that there are only 10 songs, and 4 of them with guest singers.

So all in all it is amazing record. WT did it again!
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18.01.2014 - 01:27
Rating: 7
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by annodomini on 17.01.2014 at 10:18

There will definitely be an argument stating that Xzibit is just in sake of popularity and mainstream audience, but that's wrong. If that would be the case, then rap part would be somewhere in the songs middle and very short, just so it be there. But it's not the case. "And we run" and Xzibit flows naturally. If you delete rap part, the song will loose it's spirit. It's another proof of WT capability of writing different songs equally great.


That still doesn't explain why they called a personality like Xzibit.
Ok, let's suppose that comes from a purely artistic stand and they honestly intended for a rap section in one of their songs... why not call another rapper? Maybe someone from their home country or another artist that somehow shares common ground with their music style. I don't believe that the thought of the controversy this would cause has NEVER crossed their minds.
Then again, if they admire Xzibit for whatever reason (or the other way around) and they really wanted to collaborate in a song, of course there's no problem with that. But I'd find that weird.
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18.01.2014 - 10:04
Rating: 7
annodomini
Written by Unhealer on 18.01.2014 at 01:27

Written by annodomini on 17.01.2014 at 10:18

There will definitely be an argument stating that Xzibit is just in sake of popularity and mainstream audience, but that's wrong. If that would be the case, then rap part would be somewhere in the songs middle and very short, just so it be there. But it's not the case. "And we run" and Xzibit flows naturally. If you delete rap part, the song will loose it's spirit. It's another proof of WT capability of writing different songs equally great.


That still doesn't explain why they called a personality like Xzibit.
Ok, let's suppose that comes from a purely artistic stand and they honestly intended for a rap section in one of their songs... why not call another rapper? Maybe someone from their home country or another artist that somehow shares common ground with their music style. I don't believe that the thought of the controversy this would cause has NEVER crossed their minds.
Then again, if they admire Xzibit for whatever reason (or the other way around) and they really wanted to collaborate in a song, of course there's no problem with that. But I'd find that weird.


Well of course they could have asked someone else, but if you decide that you song need to have a raper, why not to call a famous one? I don't see a problem here.
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19.01.2014 - 17:02
Rating: 7
annodomini
So after 3 days of endless listening, here are the best songs to me from most to least enjoyable. At least, at the moment.

1. And we run. 2. Covered by roses. 3. Dangerous. 4. Whole world i watching. 5. Silver moonlight. 6.Tell me why. 7. And we run. 8. Let us burn. 9. Paradise, 10. Edge of the world.
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20.01.2014 - 16:24
Rating: 7
schlakt
Written by annodomini on 19.01.2014 at 17:02

So after 3 days of endless listening, here are the best songs to me from most to least enjoyable. At least, at the moment.

1. And we run. 2. Covered by roses. 3. Dangerous. 4. Whole world i watching. 5. Silver moonlight. 6.Tell me why. 7. And we run. 8. Let us burn. 9. Paradise, 10. Edge of the world.


you put "and we run" as number 1 and number 7!
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20.01.2014 - 20:47
Rating: 7
annodomini
Written by schlakt on 20.01.2014 at 16:24

Written by annodomini on 19.01.2014 at 17:02

So after 3 days of endless listening, here are the best songs to me from most to least enjoyable. At least, at the moment.

1. And we run. 2. Covered by roses. 3. Dangerous. 4. Whole world i watching. 5. Silver moonlight. 6.Tell me why. 7. And we run. 8. Let us burn. 9. Paradise, 10. Edge of the world.


you put "and we run" as number 1 and number 7!


Yep, my mistake. Nr. 7 is "Dog days"
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22.01.2014 - 19:23
Rating: 7
schlakt
Incredible album, im not even through it yet and im stunned!
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28.01.2014 - 17:56
Rating: 2
Kamil
I can honestly say, that band from phenomenal "Mother Earth" is officially dead
What the hell happened to them?
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28.01.2014 - 20:39
Fearmeister
Account deleted
I listened to 'And We Run'.........

People seriously like this stuff?
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28.01.2014 - 21:03
Rating: 8
Dark Forever
Ruído Sonoro
Written by Guest on 28.01.2014 at 20:39

I listened to 'And We Run'.........

People seriously like this stuff?


Probably one of my favourite tracks on the album and I'm not even into rap, it takes a lot for me to bear it, let alone like it.
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Taste the DARK...
... and you'll live FOREVER!
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28.01.2014 - 21:08
Rating: 2
Kamil
Written by Guest on 28.01.2014 at 20:39

I listened to 'And We Run'.........

People seriously like this stuff?

It looks like

We can only ask ourselves, what is happening with their taste or rather mind
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28.01.2014 - 21:36
Fearmeister
Account deleted
Written by Dark Forever on 28.01.2014 at 21:03

Probably one of my favourite tracks on the album and I'm not even into rap, it takes a lot for me to bear it, let alone like it.


Even if you ignore the rap section (which I feel is totally out of place and awkward), the song does not have much going for it. A simple and uninteresting piano chord, an synth orchestra section that tries to create an 'epic' feeling with minimal effort, a vocalist that does little to distinguish herself from the thousands of other pop artists, and the guitars and drums (the, you know, metal parts) are so pointless that you can take them out of the song and no one will probably notice.
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29.01.2014 - 14:24
Rating: 7
annodomini
Written by Kamil on 28.01.2014 at 21:08

Written by Guest on 28.01.2014 at 20:39

I listened to 'And We Run'.........

People seriously like this stuff?

It looks like

We can only ask ourselves, what is happening with their taste or rather mind


Oh c'mon. Yes it's ultra accessible nad catchy and pretty simple, but it sounds awesome if you look at it alone. ust leave WT's past behind and look at this album as a newcomers. Still amazing songwriting, performance, etc. Thereąs everything ok with our minds, but I am tired of starting another "open-minded" discussion.
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29.01.2014 - 18:49
Rating: 2
Kamil
Written by annodomini on 29.01.2014 at 14:24

Written by Kamil on 28.01.2014 at 21:08

Written by Guest on 28.01.2014 at 20:39

I listened to 'And We Run'.........

People seriously like this stuff?

It looks like

We can only ask ourselves, what is happening with their taste or rather mind


Oh c'mon. Yes it's ultra accessible nad catchy and pretty simple, but it sounds awesome if you look at it alone. ust leave WT's past behind and look at this album as a newcomers. Still amazing songwriting, performance, etc. Thereąs everything ok with our minds, but I am tired of starting another "open-minded" discussion.


Sorry dude, but I can not agree with you and I can not accept a situation when metal band is making music on level similiar to disgraceful behaviors of so called artists like Miley Cyrus.
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29.01.2014 - 20:00
Rating: 6
The Melting Snow
The first 3 songs are heartbreakingly bad
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29.01.2014 - 20:05
Rating: 6
The Melting Snow
And what was the point of featuring Tarja on a song when all she does is sing in a typical pop-ish way?

She doesn't add anything to the song. adding her seems like just a publicity stunt.
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30.01.2014 - 02:03
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by The Melting Snow on 29.01.2014 at 20:05
She doesn't add anything to the song. adding her seems like just a publicity stunt.

That entire tracklist looks like a publicity stunt.
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30.01.2014 - 02:28
Uldreth
Written by Kamil on 29.01.2014 at 18:49



Sorry dude, but I can not agree with you and I can not accept a situation when metal band is making music on level similiar to disgraceful behaviors of so called artists like Miley Cyrus.

I don't see Sharon twerking around like Miley did.

I don't get what people are so fussed about. WT has been pretty pop-like for quite a long time and to be fair, Sharon would make a great pop singer. I see no problems with it.
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