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Within Temptation
The Heart of Everything

Company: Roadrunner
Release: 2007
Reviewer: JP
Rating: 4



There was a collective gasp in the world of gothic metal a couple years ago when thousands of fans caught news of vocalist Tarja Turunen leaving arguably the biggest band in the genre--Nightwish. You can find tons of bands playing power metal with symphonics, but only a handful were near the caliber of the aforementioned. Within Temptation obtained some international success with 2001's "Mother Earth" and the excellent single "Ice Queen", but have scored even bigger with "The Heart of Everything". Vocalist Sharon den Adel seems to have toned down the operatics for a more traditional delivery this time. She's a fairly high-pitched soprano, but THOE has commercial refinements on all levels for more mass appeal. "The Howling" is beautifully layered and "All I Need" is a lament with shoulder-to-cry-on 'hit single' all over it. Overall it's not heavy on the metal, but its production is stellar (as it needs to be) and if you hear a collective sigh on the wind, it's the pleasure of fans enjoying an hour of gorgeous orchestral metal.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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The Heart of EverythingWithin Temptation
2007
JP1/2/2008
The Silent ForceWithin Temptation
2004
MetalKnight12/6/2004


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