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Chad Bowar from About Heavy Metal recently conducted an interview with WITHIN TEMPTATION vocalist Sharon den Adel. Here are some extracts from the conversation:
Chad Bowar: What has the response been in the United States to "The Heart Of Everything"?
Sharon den Adel: "We toured in the U.S. a few months ago and we didn't know what to expect when we went over there. We were a support act for LACUNA COIL. A lot of people came to see us even though we only played for 45 minutes. People came from Atlanta to Louisville, which is a really long drive. I was really amazed that so many people came to see us and already knew the music. It was really cool. A lot of them got to know us through MySpace. I think in Europe we underestimate MySpace. It's a lot bigger in the U.S. than here. That's how a lot of people got in contact with us. We were very surprised."
Chad Bowar: Every WITHIN TEMPTATION album has a different vibe and theme. How would you describe "The Heart Of Everything"?
Sharon den Adel: "We have been inspired by movies and books and, of course, our personal lives. It's about what an individual finds important in life. You have to make choices. It's about the journey toward those choices. If you were to ask me what's important in my life, I would say family, my health, that type of thing. But this is not to tell people what is good in my life, but to ask questions and search for what is good in life. That's why Lady Justice is on the album cover, weighing choices and hopefully making the right choices."
Chad Bowar: You signed with Roadrunner Records. Was the fact that your albums will now be released in the United States part of that decision?
Sharon den Adel: "We have been around for some time and have been doing quite well in Europe. That is why America started noticing us, and that's why we got the deal with Roadrunner. They noticed us and thought we might be a good band for them to release in America. That's the way it happened. It was nice coming to America. It's such a different culture. It's another exciting journey."
Chad Bowar: You're coming back to the U.S. for a tour later this fall.
Sharon den Adel: "We wanted to come back to America to play a headline show. We had so many good reactions after we played there and were approached by the promoter to come back."
Chad Bowar: Have you had any formal vocal training?
Sharon den Adel: "No. But I think I did it the way people do when they are trained. I practiced every day. I was singing three or four hours every day. I grew up with parents who loved music and there was always music in our house. When I heard a song I liked I would rehearse until I could sing it the same way it was supposed to be. It was a challenge for me to be able to sing the songs I really liked. I trained myself that way."
Florida-based prog-metallers KAMELOT have issued the following update:
"Kamelot will be playing next October 8th, 2007 at Le Zenith in Paris (France) with WITHIN TEMPTATION. Tickets now on sale at FNAC.
Kamelot recently announced, "For those of you going to the August 30th show in Denver, Colorado, Casey Grillo will be having a very rare appearance at Pitt's Drum Shop in Colorado Springs.
Here are the details from their website:
Casey Grillo Drum Clinic
Pitt's Drum Shop
Wednesday, August 29th, 7:00 PM
3556 N. Academy Blvd
(Pitt's Drum Shop new location!)
Behind Bennigans, next to A Taste of Philly
Tickets are $10.00. Purchase at Pitt's current store location (901 N. Union), or at the new location after August 2nd. For more information call 719-475-2291."
Within Temptation's "The Heart of Everything" sold 7,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 106 on The Billboard 200 chart. The Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band's first U.S. release for Roadrunner Records, "The Heart of Everything" has also topped the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
In contrast, Slayer's much-hyped re-release of the "Christ Illusion" album has failed to make a dent, having shifted a little over 2,300 copies since being reissued on July 24 through Columbia Records. This brings the total number of "Christ Illusion" copies sold in the U.S. to approximately 172,000.
Slayer's "Christ Illusion" reissue contains the previously unreleased cut "The Final Six", as well as an alternate version of "Black Serenade". It also boasts a bonus DVD called "Slayer on Tour '07" which includes the "Eyes of the Insane" video; a live rendition of the band's 1988 LP track "South of Heaven" that was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, on last year's "Unholy Alliance" run; and a behind-the-scenes, five-minute documentary-style montage of footage shot earlier this year when the band performed in Florida and Australia.
The following dates have been released for WITHIN TEMPTATION’s upcoming headlining North American tour:
September 5 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
September 7 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
September 8 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
September 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore at TLA
September 11 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre
September 12 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
September 14 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
September 15 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 16 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
September 18 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
September 21 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
September 22 - Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
September 23 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Dutch goth metallers Within Temptation will return to the UK in November for a four date tour this autumn.
Dates are as follows:
27 London, Brixton Academy
28 Birmingham, Academy
29 Manchester, Academy
30 Glasgow, Barrowland
Tickets are onsale now from www.aloud.com priced £16.00 (£17.50 London).
Dutch female fronted rock act, Within Temptation, are using the video of their new single "Frozen" to raise public awareness for one of the last remaining taboos in our society: abuse within the family
Sharon den Adel, singer of the band: "We decided to raise this topic because it's still not discussed enough in public. The victims of abuse suffer their whole life from it. The dark figure of abuse is extremely high especially if the abuser is a member of the family which is often the case. Abused children don't dare to disclose their abuser as they obviously have been threatened by this person and in addition they feel guilty accusing a family member.
Since becoming parents we became much more aware of the subject. If you only think for one second this could happen to your own child, you start losing your mind. We learned when writing the lyrics to "Frozen" and then later filming the video how difficult it is to talk openly about this subject.
When the "Frozen" video was shown for the first time on the video internet platform, YouTube, it was viewed by more than 50,000 people within a few days thus becoming one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube. That showed us how important it was for many people that we made a video about this subject.
In the period our video set (the turn from 19th to 20th Century) the Mother saw no other way out for her and her child than to poison her husband. For this she went to jail. That's of course not what we would suggest to anyone today. The only way, however, to stop abuse, is to break the silence and talk about it.
That's why we decided to support Child Helpline International with the income for the "Frozen" single we will receive from our record company.
Child Helpline International (CHI) is a global network of child helplines and works in 150 countries around the world. CHI aims to help establish child helplines in countries that do not offer these valuable services and strengthen those helplines already in existence.
Around 100 child helplines receive 10 million calls a year from children and young people in need. The calls, text messages or web contacts made to the helplines cover many different issues including, physical or sexual abuse, violence, drug use, bullying, relationship issues, but a caller sometimes contacts a helpline because they just need someone to talk to...someone to listen.
CHI works with child helplines in all regions of the world from Africa to Asia, through Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Wherever children and young people are in need of care and protection, child helplines endeavor to bring them comfort through listening to their concerns, referring them to the appropriate services or in some cases directly intervening to bring children or young people to safety.
CHI believes, no child should be left alone.
WITHIN TEMPTATION's video for the song "Frozen" has been posted at YouTube. According to a posting on the group's web site, the clip's storyline is based on events that take place at the turn of the 20th century, dealing with a pretty heavy subject: violence and abuse within a family.
Commented the band: "We decided to raise this subject because it is still a very shocking issue in our society today. It is a subject that we feel is not discussed in public enough. The victims of abuse suffer their whole life and the dark figure of abuse is extremely high, for the reason that in the majority of the cases it happens within the very close family circle. The victims sometimes feel guilty when they would accuse a close relative and fear revenge as they were obviously threatened by the abuser." More...
The LACUNA COIL MySpace page has been updated with a video in which singer Cristina Scabbia discusses the band's forthcoming "The Hottest Chicks in Metal" U.S. tour. In the three-minute video Cristina talks about how the tour came together, the other bands on the bill (WITHIN TEMPTATION and THE GATHERING), and LACUNA COIL's setlist for their first U.S. headlining tour in support of "Karmacode". You can view the video at this location.
LiveDaily.com reports: For Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, it is not difficult to be a female hard-rock singer in a male-dominated world. She counts on professionalism and respect to earn fans.
"As long as you believe in yourself, you can always do it," said Scabbia, who shares vocal duties in the Milan, Italy-based band with male Andrea Ferro.
"I always thought if you give respect to people, you always get the same respect back. Of course, if you are expecting to be just the female in the band and then it's easy to make it just because of that---you are wrong. You're absolutely wrong. You have to be able to do your job. You have to be able to have balls. But I don't think it's a question of being a woman or a man. It's a question of having the right attitude."
Lacuna Coil, which currently is in the midst of the Jagermeister Music Tour with Stone Sour, is one of the few European hard-rock bands to cross the ocean and make a name for itself. It broke into the US market thanks to a 2004 spot on the Ozzfest tour supporting "Comalies" and a 2006 position opening for Rob Zombie. Scabbia chalks up her band's success to the fact that it is "offering something different from the other bands."
"Our music is not the typical music you listen to every day," she said. We always could care less about cliches and music. But we always try to be inspired by different things, and we created something that's absolutely different--we have two singers, a male and female, but we don't use the voices as the beauty and the beast. We have aggressive parts, but a lot of melody in the music. I think that made the difference. We're successful, too, probably because of the relationship with the fans, as well. We always like to interact with them, which we always thought was really important."
Other European hard rock bands haven't been so fortunate because of the high cost to bring a tour to the United States, she explained.
"There's an ocean in between, so it's really expensive to come here and to bring a lot of stuff, to have a decent [stage show], and it's a question of budget and a question of time, as well. If you want to tour properly in the US, you need a lot of time. It's not like you come here, play for a week and then it's done. You have to be able to touch every territory, touch different clubs--A clubs, B clubs, festivals, as well. It's basically a question of time, organization and budget."
After the Jagermeister tour wraps up, Lacuna Coil will begin a headlining tour in support of its latest album "Karmacode." The first single, "Our Truth," was featured on the soundtrack for the movie "Underworld: Evolution."
"Karmacode" closes with a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence."
"It actually happened because we were thinking about covering a song especially for the live shows," Scabbia said. "We just wanted a very famous song that everybody could sing during shows. We tried different songs, but we just found out 'Enjoy the Silence' was absolutely perfect for our style, but it wasn't meant to be a [Lacuna Coil] single; it was just meant to be a famous song that people could sing during the show. But then people liked it so much that we had to release it as a single because people wanted it."
By the end of this year or the beginning of 2008, Lacuna Coil will return to the studio to record the follow-up to 2006's "Karmacode," which the band co-produced with Waldemar Sorychta. The group has begun penning new material, but it doesn't have complete songs.
"But we're collecting new ideas, keeping everything together and practicing a little bit," Scabbia said.
Here are the latest Lacuna Coil tour dates: More...
Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band WITHIN TEMPTATION has been confirmed for the Artmania Festival, set to take place June 15-17 in Sibiu, Romania. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
MY DYING BRIDE
Check out a poster for the event at Metalfan.ro.
Within Temptation hits the US shores very soon and RoadRunner UK is offering the band's hit single "The Howling" as a free mp3 download. You can get it here. The Howling was taken off of Within Temptation's latest effort, The Heart of Everything.
KYLESA have unveiled the band's new music video for the track "Hollow Severer" of the critically-appraised album 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth.' Featuring live performance footage, psychedelic imagery and claymation-style animation, the video was filmed earlier this spring in New York with director Dave Brodsky (The Acacia Strain, God Forbid, Gwar) and My Good Eye. The "Hollow Severer" video can be viewed on YouTube.com. A contest giving fans a chance to win vinyl and t-shirts from KYLESA has also been launched to coincide with the video's release. You can read the rules and apply here.
Currently finishing dates across the US with Genghis Tron, KYLESA will also hook up with Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation in late May and early June for a handful of west coast dates to continue supporting 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth.'
KYLESA on tour with Genghis Tron: More...
Italian news blog Musica Metal has posted four short video clips (including a full song) of WITHIN TEMPTATION's concert that was held Thursday night (March 29) in Milan. The sold-out performance lasted 100 minutes and featured a setlist of 18 songs. Watch the video footage at this location.
Within Temptation have confirmed the track list for their new album, The Heart of Everything, which will be coming out later this year via Roadrunner.
1. The Howling
2. What Have You Done (feat. Life of Agony's Keith Caputo)
4. The Heart of Everything
5. All I Need
6. Our Solemn Hour
7. Hand of Sorrow
8. The Cross
9. Final Destination
11. The Truth Beneath the Rose
12. Stand My Ground *
* The album's U.S. version will also contain "Stand My Ground," from tha band's The Silent Force album, which is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming werewolf flick: Blood & Chocolate.
Symphonic metal ensemble Within Temptation have unveiled their new CD title and cover.
"The Heart of Everything" is the title of the Dutch sextet's fourthcoming studio album and the first single will be titled "What Have You Done" and features a duet with Keith Caputo of LIFE OF AGONY.
Roadrunner Records has announced a U.S. license arrangement for "rock powerhouse" WITHIN TEMPTATION. One of The Netherlands' biggest selling bands is hard at work recording their first album for Roadrunner USA, due out in 2007.
WITHIN TEMPTATION was formed in The Netherlands in 1996 by Robert Westerholt (guitars) and Sharon den Adel (vocals) and is rounded out by Jeroen Van Veen (bass), Stephen van Haestregt (drums), Martijn Spierenburg (keyboards) and Ruud Jolie (guitar). Stated the band, "We are very excited to work with Roadrunner Records in the United States. Roadrunner has already done a tremendous job for us in the UK, Japan and Australia, and we look forward to expanding this to the United States." More...
Within Temptation will be filming the video for their upcoming single 'What Have You Done' in London next week and are looking for Within Temptation fans to be in the video! If live near or you are able to be in London on WEDNESDAY 13th DECEMBER and would like to be in the crowd for a performance section of the video, then get down to KOKO in CAMDEN!!!!! You will need to be there from 11am until 6pm, and it is advised you bring yourself a packed lunch (as these things can tend to drag on a lil and stop and start- such is the nature of the ole vid shoot!) and something (non alcoholic!) to drink. When you arrive, you will be asked to sign what is known as a release form- this is just to say you attended voluntarily and you are happy for your mug to be in the vid and on the telly! So, if you are up for it, head on down!
Koko is located on Camden High Street, number 1a, London, NW1. Easiest way to get there is to get on the Northern Line on the Underground and get off at Mornington Crescent and Koko is just over the road! Here is a handy map.
WITHIN TEMPTATION has completed the songwriting process for its new album, tentatively due early next year. "Some songs have been recorded and the rest is going to be done the next month," frontwoman Sharon den Adel writes on the group's web site.
In other news, Sharon has posted a report on the band's recent appearance at the Dutch Applepop Festival. You can read it at this location.
WITHIN TEMPTATION has been nominated in the "Best Rock Act" category at the TMF Awards, the Dutch equivalent of the MTV Awards. The band's latest album, "The Silent Force", was certified platinum Holland for sales in excess of 80,000 copies.
Sharon den Adel and WITHIN TEMPTATION guitarist Robert Westerholt welcomed their first child, a daughter by the name of Luna, on December 7, 2005.
The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.
Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.
Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.
The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...
As the anticipation surrounding the release of the LACUNA COIL album, “Karmacode”, continues to build, Century Media has posted a stream of the disc’s stunning first single, “Our Truth,” to tide over the masses until “Karmacode” is released on April 3rd 2006. Go here to listen to it.
Lacuna Coil will officially release the “Our Truth” on March 6th 2006 on Century Media in Europe (UK March 13th 2006). The single will be available in different formats including the track ‘Without A Reason’ which is as exclusive to the single as the “Our Truth” radio-mix and the Jack Dangers remix. The accompanying video for "Our Truth" was directed by Fort Awesome, a brand-new directorial duo whose individual credits include Queens of the Stone Age, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Chevelle and more. More...