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Hydra [Double Cd + Double Lp + Instrumental Cd + Songbook + Guitar Pick] [Box set]

Within Temptation Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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Within Temptation have come a long way in the last ten years. From their humble beginnings, the Dutch band have now sold over 1.2 million CDs and DVDs world-wide, making them not only Holland’s biggest selling musical export but also one of the fastest growing new rock acts internationally. Formed in 1996 around the nucleus of guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, ... Read more in Amazon's Within Temptation Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Dramatico Entertainment
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Let Us Burn
2. Dangerous (Feat. Howard Jones)
3. And We Run (Feat. Xzibit)
4. Paradise (What About Us?) (Feat. Tarja)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Radioactive
2. Summertime Sadness
3. Let Her Go
4. Dirty Dancer
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Let Us Burn
2. Dangerous (Feat. Howard Jones)
3. And We Run (Feat. Xzibit)
4. Paradise (What About Us?) (Feat. Tarja)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Radioactive
2. Summertime Sadness
3. Let Her Go
4. Dirty Dancer
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Let Us Burn (Instrumental)
2. Dangerous (Instrumental)
3. And We Run (Instrumental)
4. Paradise (What About Us?) (Instrumental)
See all 10 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

Within Temptation’s most powerful and groundbreaking album ever includes special guest performances from operatic metal diva Tarja Turunen, us hip-hop icon Xzibit, acclaimed singer-songwriter Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) and metalcore legend Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage). Luxury box set version of ‘Hydra’. This contains a CD-sized, 18-track Media book, including a 100-page booklet with unique photos and an embossed cover, and a double gatefold black vinyl version of the album with all 18 tracks above. There’s also an instrumental version of the whole of ‘Hydra’, as requested by fans, guitar picks and a songbook with all the sheet music from the album. All these elements come securely packaged in a beautifully-designed, LP-sized box

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Fine On My Stereo! 3 Mar 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
There's a lot of comments on this about the sound quality being poor. Whilst I will accept that it isn't perfect - it isn't as bad as some people are making out. I listen to most of my music in the car and in the gym - and this album gets no complaints from me. Maybe if you're listening really loudly on a state of the art system then you might encounter problems, I don't know. For those who may have complained about the sound quality of Metallica's Death Magnetic - this album sounds a lot better than that when the volume is up.

With that rubbish out of the way, I will say that this is the first WT album I have purchased. My opinion, therefore, is not tainted by previous releases and I cannot - and will not - compare it to older albums that may or not be widely regarded as the band's best.

This album has opened the door for me in terms of wanting to hear more from WT, so in my case, I would say that is a success.

At least 7 out of the 10 songs on here are nothing short of fantastic. Melodic, operatic, heavy and beautiful all at the same time.

Let me tell you how this whole thing played out for me. I saw the album advertised and thought I'd give it a listen to see what I thought. I haven't ever been tempted by WT before but for some reason this was different. Perhaps it's because I've recently started listening to similar band (Nightwish), perhaps it was just the cover, maybe it was an accumulation of a lot of things - but when I first heard 'Let Us Burn' I knew that I was going to buy the album. Fantastic from start to finish, this track really grabbed my attention and my imagination.

The addition of Xzibit has got some fans' knickers in a twist - but why? It's one song on one album, and to me, it sounds great.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world is watching... 3 Feb 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I've been on a Within Temptation rampage in the first few days. Not least because I've been downloading pretty much everything I own as MP3s. That meant all of Within Temptation's back catalog - it also meant I had the great honour of listening to everything they've ever done from the beginning. The journey has been immense and so has the wait for Hydra.

Hydra is the culmination of a journey that has taken over a decade to realise. We had a glimpse of Hydra back in the fall of 2013 with 'Paradise' - at a time when the album should have been released. The beauty of digital downloads is that when the release date ticks over into being active, you can get it straight away. It's been a long time coming but it's here now and I'm happy, really happy!

It's like the Within Temptation I always thought they we're have finally shown themselves, and they're not afraid to do exactly what is right for them. Whereas 'The Forgiving' may have been an album where they flexed their concept mainstream muscles, 'Hydra' deserves to finally propel them fully into the realm of being a household name.

The previous album could be forgiven for sounding a little samey but there's none of that here, instead we find a diverse mix of songs that should satisfy most fans and probably gain a few million more.

'Edge of the World' is a sweeping piece of music that makes you wanna raise your hands and shout out to the heavens - truly magnificent. The aforementioned 'Paradise' is a powerhouse of metal and operatic vocals with a chorus that sounds evidently plucked from the eighties, and there's nothing wrong with that!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What has happened here!? 13 Feb 2014
By Bobcat
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I give this album three stars as I love the vocals, and the songs are good in general, but the recording/production quality is very poor.

If you play it at medium volume on an average system the album flows on in the background and the tunes are quite catchy, maybe you won't notice any problem. But play it through decent headphones however and it is a fuzzy mess, with hi-hats filling the crunching sound about half a beat out of sync behind the main beat, which sounds really annoying.

Collectively it is such a poor job. Is it over compressed? I have CD's from 25 years ago that were recorded/mixed better than this. I tried some to compare afterwards as I actually thought my system was on its way out, but the old albums are sharp and clear, whereas Hydra is just a mess of sound that is annoying to the ears/brain for some reason; I just cannot play it through, and I skip a lot of tracks half way. So frustrating. There are even some volume changes between the tracks - they don't seem normalised or volume matched properly.

Sharon den Adel's vocal poke through here and there to at least recover some merit, especially on the absolutely beautiful track 'Edge of the World'. But there are too many guest vocals as well. Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage) is passable, but Tarja (ex Nightwish) and Xzibit - Really?

I will be seeing the band on tour shortly in the UK as I am such a big fan and supporter of them, since mother Earth (2000), but as a minimum they need someone else to record/mix/produce their next album. Good songs, lyrics, concepts, and lead vocals ruined by the way it has been thrown together.

Incidentally, I bought the double CD and booklet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland
I was really looking forward to this album, but I am sad to say that I was disappointed. I tried it again after waiting a couple of months after my last listen, but I can't escape... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Hittowl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album
Another great album. They get better and better with every album. I would certainly recommend this album to any Within Temptation fan
Published 1 day ago by MR STEVEN REBAIRO
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but no "The Unforgiving", sorry!
Having found Within Temptation in 2011 via the single "Faster" on Planet Rock, bought "The Unforgiving" and saw them live in Manchester in that year. Read more
Published 2 days ago by bfd/paul
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent purchase for fans or newbies to this band
Brilliant follow up to `The Unforgiven` but if you are expecting more of the same (as I was lol) then prepare to have your mind blown. Read more
Published 10 days ago by john lydiate
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album (the ONE CD version)
I don't see what all the fuss is about over the reproduction/sound. Admittedly I'm not playing it on a Bang & Olufsen system, but it sounds perfectly fine to me, and that's all... Read more
Published 11 days ago by ExiledTownFan
2.0 out of 5 stars Ohnooooooooo
Ive tried and tried to get into this non stop in the car etc.....but not one track moves me. Silent force sent shivers down my spine and moved me. Read more
Published 12 days ago by M. C. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
WT and Tarja DREAM TEAM pity she is not a full member of the band. Some people are complaining about quality of the recording my opinion is that they have gone for a rawer sound... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Within Temptation in Top Form
Another great album from Within Temptation, it's up to the buyer to decide whether to go for the standard cd or splash out and go big by buying the whole package. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mark Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars A Dismal Failure - Ignore it.
I've been a fan of Within Temptation for a long time and seen them a few times also. I've enjoyed seeing their musical progression and enjoyed their fantastic music. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Pete The Heep
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to form!
Excellent new album from the Dutch rockers and back to something more like their original sound after 'Unforgiven', with an amazing collaboration with Tarja Turunen on 'Paradise... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Superscribes
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