Album Review

Within Temptation - HydraWithin Temptation – Hydra

Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation are kicking 2014 off in style with the release of their sixth studio album ‘Hydra’, the album was originally due for release towards the end of 2013 with the band set to head out on tour in the UK in January in support of the album but due to work on the album taking longer than expected the release date moved back to the 3rd February and their UK tour also got moved back to April to give the fans chance to hear and remember the songs from ‘Hydra’ before seeing the band perform them on the live circuit.

Anyone that has followed Within Temptation over the years will know exactly how the band’s music has flowed and how they have gone through various different twists and turns through their career even going down the concept route with their 2011 album ‘Unforgiving’, well ‘Hydra’ see’s the band go more back to their routes and come out with a really lively sounding straight up rock n’ roll album which is full of surprises on the way such as the guest appearances from Howard Jones, Dave Pirner, Tarja and rapper Xzibit.

The album opens with ‘Let Us Burn’ and from the off the song proves to be quite epic with such amazing instrumental work but it is more the passionate vocals from Sharon den Adel which really brings the song to life as her vocals change throughout as she lets off more passion as the song progresses.

‘Dangerous’ sees the band team up with ex Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones and the vocals of Sharon Den Adel and Howard Jones work so well together even though they are both used two totally different styles of vocals and music yet hear Howard Jones really lay down some killer vocals whilst also keeping true to the melodic feel of Within Temptation, instrumentally the guitars and keyboards keep the song flowing in an truly upbeat way.

The weirdest moment of the album is ‘And We Run’ and it is mainly down to fact that ex Pimp My Ride host Xzibit is back in the rap saddle and has been drafted in to work alongside Within Temptation, on paper you wouldn’t think these artists would go together that well but oddly things work really well, in places the raps of Xzibit are slightly blown away by the epic instrumental work and Sharon Den Adel’s massive vocal range but when Xzibit get’s going towards the later part of the song his vocals really start to shine though.

‘Paradise (What about Us)’ is an epic song and see’s ex Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen team up with Within Temptation and I can see that this is a dream come true for fans of Nightwish, Within Temptation and Tarja in general and the great thing is having Tarja on the track makes Within Temptation sound even stronger as it is not every day that you hear two very similar sounding vocalists sing back and forth with each other, as the song progresses you will find yourself tapping along to the amazing drum work whilst also appreciating the jaw dropping guitar solo.

The later part of the album is very diverse sounding as you have the beautiful ballad ‘Edge Of The World’ where Sharon Den Adel really shows off with her vocals. This is followed up by the heavy ‘Silver Moonlight’ which really see’s the band lay down the metal with Robert Westerholt contributing with aggressive sounding vocals. Whilst ‘Tell Me Why’ see’s the brand crank up the volume again before things get melodic for the arena pleaser ‘The Whole World Is Watching which features Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner on guest vocals and is easily going to be the song which see’s a sea of fans rock out at live shows with their lighters in the air swaying from side to side.

‘Hydra’ has easily been worth the wait and despite the slight delay I bet the fans can’t wait to get their hands on this album and head down to the bands forthcoming live shows to rock out to such a great collection of songs, it is debatable but I feel that Within Temptation have created some of the best songs of their career within the album ‘Hydra.


Review by Trigger

 Band Members

Sharon den Adel
Robert Westerholt
Ruud Jolie
Stefan Helleblad
Jeroen Van Veen
Martijn Spierenburg
Mike Coolen
 Track Listing

1. Let Us Burn
2. Dangerous (featuring Howard Jones)
3. And we Run (featuring Xzibit)
4. Paradise (What About Us?) (featuring Tarja Turunen)
5. Edge of the World
6. Silver Moonlight
7. Covered by Roses
8. Dog Days
9. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching (featuring Dave Pirner)

 Band Related Links
Within Temptation Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?