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Hydra [VINYL] [Import]

Within Temptation Vinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 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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  • Vinyl (11 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00I072QH0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Musically Brilliant, truly awful sound quality 17 May 2014
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
I'm not usually a big fan of Within Temptation as a rule, but musically this album is utterly brilliant.

Sadly it's been utterly ruined by the most awful sound quality I've ever heard on a studio CD.

The bass is muddy and distorted on every single track, the overall sound is confused and utterly unclear. There's a confusion and muddiness that's unmatched anywhere else in my CD collection.

I'm actually tempted to buy the vinyl in the hope it escaped the hell of compression that is this CD. (I really wish Amazon would keep reviews for different formats distinct).

Was it mixed by Spinal Tap? Everything turned up to 11?
Was the sound engineer stone deaf?
They wanted to make the final shot of the loudness wars?

Whatever, they should have been fired for total incompetence.

If you want to listen to this album on poor quality equipment in really noisy surroundings, you'll probably love it. For everyone else, there's a brilliant album that's been utterly ruined by the production.

It only deserves 1 as I'm disappointed every single time I hear a track from it. Musically though, it's a 5 star album.

It's frustrating as I want to love it, and listen to it a lot, but I end up skipping most tracks. This is an album that deserves a quality remix asap.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sounds like a cheap old cassette recording 13 Feb 2014
By Lesley
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
great songs on this album.all the duets work well.big shame about the sound quality.a bit of a let down.seems rushed
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21 of 25 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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10 of 12 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A most excellent album! Very happy I got to see them at Wembley Arena too, so smiles all round :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
New band for me this year V good
Published 2 days ago by Richard Rawlings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album absolutly well worth waiting for not a single track on thier that i dont like
Published 7 days ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic album
Published 9 days ago by Peter Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars WT Rock!!!
LOVE THIS ALBUM!!! WT ROCK!!!! Had this from the moment it was released. Seen them live twice (Unforgiving tour and Hydra tour) Cannot find fault with this band! All phenomenal. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jade0392
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely important musical journey!
Fantastic, Outstanding, I really love it. Beautifully produced and WOW the duets on this CD are brilliant. Also - the only rap song I love! Cheers WT - you've done it again!
Published 13 days ago by Aelia Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb addition
An awesome album. Nice to see that within temptation are still the best at this genre of music
Published 19 days ago by marston
5.0 out of 5 stars Hydra
I love WT and this is definitely how to present an album. Loved it from first listen, but it still gets better every time.
Published 1 month ago by W. F. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff
I have followed this band ever since I saw them at Dubai Desert Rock in 2006 (I think?). This is there best album yet, I know there is much debate about what there music should be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Simon Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The skill of the musicians and the passion they have for their music is obvious.
I Love this album, there isn't a track on it I don't like.
Published 1 month ago by ismee
5.0 out of 5 stars Crackin' Album
Just flawless, one of Within Temptation's finest works. The booklet is great too, great onstage and behind the scenes shots.
Published 1 month ago by Nicola C
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