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Symphonic metal pioneers Within Temptation has released a teaser video revealing the title of the band's upcoming new full length LP "Hydra." The album is set for release on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. Preorders for the album can be made over here.
The Hydra, a mythological serpent creature from ancient Greece, couldn’t be killed. When one of its many heads was cut off, two more grew in its place…
“It’s like us – undefinable!” laughs Robert. “What’s more, ‘Hydra’ is a perfect title for our new album, because like the monster itself, the record represents the many different sides of our music.”
Within Temptation collaborated with several special guests on ‘Hydra’: Tarja Turunen, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and metalcore hero Howard Jones, formerly of Killswitch Engage as well as US hip-hop icon Xzibit.
Robert: “Xzibit is amazing. ‘And We Run’ song is about how you’ve got to live your life now. He’s rapping at full force on this song, it’s really heavy.” Sharon adds: “Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we’ve never had before! It’s a new cross-over and we love it!” As for the mighty Tarja, Sharon recalls: “The way she delivers those high melody lines left us all speechless. We had a great time, and the fans responded beyond our expectations.”
One of the album’s heaviest tracks, ‘Dangerous’ was recorded with the former Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, whose epic vocals are a perfect fit for Sharon’s. “I always loved Howard’s voice,” she says. “He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though – it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”
‘Hydra’ goes from strength to strength with ‘Whole World Is Watching’, featuring Soul Asylum’s singer Dave Pirner. “When we wrote ‘Whole World Is Watching’, Dave was at the very top of our list. He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be.“ More...
Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has posted the video for the band's new single, "Paradise (What About Us?)," featuring Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. You can watch the video below or on YouTube.
The extended single/EP is now available in Europe and will be released in North America on October 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders can be made through iTunes. Here is the track list:
1. Paradise (What About Us?)
2. Let Us Burn (Demo Version)
3. Silver Moonlight (Demo Version)
4. Dog Days (Demo Version)
Dutch act Within Temptation announced that the band's upcoming new single/EP "Paradise (What About Us?)" will also see a guest appearance by former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. The extended single will be available on September 27th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders through iTunes can be made at this location.
The track list for the EP is:
1. Paradise (What About Us?)
2. Let Us Burn (Demo Version)
3. Silver Moonlight (Demo Version)
4. Dog Days (Demo Version) More...
Within Temptation will release its new single "Paradise (What About Us?)" as an EP on September 27th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via Nuclear Blast. The EP will also contain three demo versions of new tracks to appear on the upcoming full length.
The announcement reads: "'Paradise (What About Us?)' will be released as an EP, containing four new songs.
"In addition to 'Paradise (What About Us?),' the EP will contain demo versions of three brand new songs: 'Let Us Burn,' 'Silver Moonlight' and 'Dog Days.'
"By releasing these demos we want to invite you in our home studio and show how we capture song ideas at an early stage of creating a new album. These demo versions are far from their final sound on the album, but will give you a hint of what we’re working on. It will be fascinating to hear how the end result will sound like, once the album is released.
"We hope to make the waiting time for the new album a little shorter and sweeter with this release. It’s so exciting to share the different stages of our music with you. Stay tuned for more important news on the EP."
Check out the previously released teaser of "Paradise (What About Us?)" here: More...
Within Temptation recently signed to Nuclear Blast for the release of a new album. The band has announced a music video and single are coming soon for "Paradise (What About Us?)" and a teaser trailer can now be found below.
Arguably the pioneers of the symphonic female fronted metal scene, Dutch act Within Temptation has signed on with Nuclear Blast Records for North America. The band is currently working on the follow up to the 2011 release "The Unforgiving," which is scheduled for an late 2013 drop. A teaser for the new single can be heard over at this location.
"There are very few bands out there today who continually deliver on such a high and consistent level as Within Temptation,” states Nuclear Blast Entertainment President Monte Conner. "That is why they have such an incredibly loyal worldwide fan base. I am thrilled they chose NBE as their U.S. partner. Their fans are in for a real treat come later this year!"
Equally excited is Within Temptation’s vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt, who comment: "We were looking for a partnership with a passionate and artist-minded company. Monte Conner, Markus Staiger [label owner], and the people at Nuclear Blast exactly fit this profile."
More information on the new album is expected soon. More...
Within Temptation has posted a trailer for an upcoming single and music video, which can be found below, and the band also comments:
"Check out the first sneak peek of the new album! We are very excited to share this first taste of the new album with you! In last week’s newsletter, Robert told you you are going to hear a little bit of the new album today, and here it is! The first single and music video are coming soon. Check out the trailer, below."
Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.
Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:
Friday, June 28th:
Heaven Shall Burn
All That Remains
Veil of Maya
Love and Death
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...
Dutch symphonic act Within Temptation announced that the support act for the band's 2014 European tour in support of the yet untitled new release will be Dutch symphonic act Delain. The tour brings together the Westerholt brothers, Martijn of Delain and Robert of Within Temptation. Martiijn was an original member of Within Temptation, having played with the band on the first two releases "Enter" and "Mother Earth." He left the band due to illness shortly after the release of "Mother Earth" in 2000 and went on to form Delain in 2002.
Over the last couple of years, Robert had retired from touring with Within Temptation, though active on the studio release and composition front, so there is no indication yet as to whether the special occasion will reunite the brothers on stage.
Confirmed dates of the tour, along with a trailer, can be found over at this location.
Within Temptation announced the first salvo of dates for an upcoming world tour in 2014. The Dutch metal act has confirmed the following dates and presented a teaser trailer (shown below):
January 16, 2014 | LYON | RADIANT
January 17, 2014 | PARIS | ZENITH
January 20, 2014 | TOULOUSE | LE BIKINI
January 21, 2014 | NANTES | ZENITH
January 22, 2014 | LILLE | AERONEF
January 24, 2014 | BIRMINGHAM | ACADEMY
January 25, 2014 | LONDON | WEMBLEY ARENA
January 27, 2014 | MANCHESTER | APOLLO
January 28, 2014 | GLASGOW | ACADEMY
January 29, 2014 | NEWCASTLE | ACADEMY
January 31, 2014 | ERFURT | THUERINGENHALLE
February 1, 2014 | BERLIN | COLUMBIAHALLE
February 2, 2014 | HAMBURG | SPORTHALLE
February 3, 2014 | COLOGNE | PALADIUM
February 5, 2014 | LUDWIGSBURG | ARENA
February 6, 2014 | FRANKFURT | JARHUNDERTHALLE
February 7, 2014 | MUNICH | TONHALLE
February 11, 2014 | ANTWERP | LOTTO ARENA
February 14, 2014 | AMSTERDAM | HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL More...
Within Temptation has posted a video blog chronicling the band's time on the South American "The Unforgiving" tour. Check out the footage below, and the band also commented:
"We are getting ready for our show at the Zwarte Cross, tonight. Until then, we're taking you back to Mexico with a new video from the Unforgiving Tour Vlog! Have a great weekend!"
This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:
"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!
"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."
The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...
The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:
"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!
"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"
Within Temptation has posted a preview clip online for the video report from The Unforgiving South American tour. Check out the video below, and the band also commented:
"As we’ve mentioned before, we are going to show you a recap of The Unforgiving South America Tour that we did in February. Sit back and get ready... well almost… Today we show you a preview and we will post the complete report soon. Enjoy!"
The 2012 edition of the Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available here. The organizers of the festival have now announced the following bands being added to the bill:
Born from pain
Night in gales
While she sleeps
The festival's lineup is now as follows: More...
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:
"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.
"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...
Within Temptation has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming "Sanctuary" tour:
"A few months ago we announced a new tour for the Dutch Theaters. Slowly we started to reveal some of the details about what you can expect. Tomorrow is premiere night… time to fit the puzzle together by giving you some last details about the show. Don’t worry there is much more that we didn’t told you yet ;-) . Within Temptation’s theater tour 2012 is called: Sanctuary.
"When you visit a theater, you can always sense a sort of magic – there’s a very special feeling floating in the air, something out of the ordinary. Maybe it’s the history of the building you’re in, or imagining all the different shows that took place there, and the visitors who felt the joy, the tension and the mystery of what they were about to see.
"Whether we go to the theater as visitors or perform there ourselves, with Within Temptation we always have that special feeling. This is why every few years we work hard to create a new show to perform in the theaters. Another reason - in addition to the magical and intimate ambiance the theaters offer - is that this is also the perfect environment to experiment creatively with our music and our show. This gives us the unique opportunity to approach and do things differently than we would on a ‘normal’ stage. This is most definitely the case for our new 2012 theater show.
"A lot of things you’ll see in our show will be new and quite different from what you’ve seen from us before. More...
The finalized lineup for Hellfest 2012 has been announced. The festival will run from June 15-17, 2012 in Clisson France. Mainstage headliners are as follows:
Guns N Roses
Blue Oyster Cult
Other headline acts for the various stages include:
June 15: King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth
June 16: Machine Head, Entombed, Behemoth, Saint Vitus
June 17: Lamb of God, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Biohazard More...
Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the 17th episode of a behind the scenes vlog series from the band's current tour for the LP "The Unforgiving." In this video vocalist Sharon den Adel takes you on a tour of Germany.
Check out the video here:
Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the sixteenth episode of a behind the scenes vlog series from the band's current tour for the LP "The Unforgiving." In this video the band shows its acoustic side.
Check out the video here: