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The Unforgiving [VINYL]

Within Temptation Vinyl
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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
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B004LR5JYA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgiving? Nothing to forgive! 28 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was the WT album waiting to happen. Moving slowly from the roots and sound of their first album to the more commercial vibe of Heart of Everything, it was only a matter of time before WT embraced an even more commercial sound. And that they do, but have tempered it with some of, perhaps even the most heaviest songs to date. A real album of light and shade.

After a 34 second 'scene setter' the band launch into Shot in the dark - a stripped back electronic backing to Sharon's soothing voice that rips into the first of many jewel encustrusted hooks. Each song has a hook the size of...er...Holland, that sticks into your mind and drags you along.

After a commercial American sounding start we return to a more European sound for the blistering Middle of the Night. Those of you who have heard the samples and sneak previews of the album will not be prepared for one of the heaviest songs WT have attempted. A few minutes in, and the orchestra and choir gallop in taking the songs to new levels of the grandiose style they do so well. The drumming sounds straight out of Dream Theater or Dragon Force.

Onto Faster, and one of the most commercial songs they have done, but what a chorus. Sharon begs for 'faster and faster' before a monumental chorus that will have the crowd bouncing to a frenzy in concert. Exhilerating stuff.

The band get their breath back for fire and ice, the lighter waving ballad on the album. Gentle strings lead into a soothing verse before yet another gem of a chorus. In other bands hands, sweet and sickly. WT make it emotional and powerful. Feel the hairs on your neck rise.

A heavy guitar riff leads us into the furious romp that is Iron, surely a great title as it is WT's most 'metallic' song to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unforgiving - Unrelenting 13 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It begins with a short spoken vocal and then launches straight into an album of anthems that would blow any set of speakers at maximum. Every track is good and there are no shortfalls, no letdowns as there have been with the band they are repeatedly compared to, Evanescence. Whereas Evanescence have struggled to hit the heights of fallen, Within Temptation continually improves and how this is only worth so little when the quality is so high, I have no idea. Sharon den Adel uses her full vocal range to awesome effect and is supported by a band who seem to hit their stride effortlessly with each new release. They are not a one act wonder but a complete unit and each is given their chance to shine as they range from the softer Fire and Ice to Shot in The Dark and Sinead. I can't fault it. If you love the type of anthemic rock most at home in the cinemas then grab this and you will NOT be disappointed. Possibly too commercial for some WT fans but that's the direction they're choosing and I, for one, love it. Each album improves on the last and each one if full of barnstorming rock music that is at home in the home, the car or the stadiums they fill all over the world. How they aren't a smash hit in the UK, I have no idea. Call them goth rockers, metallers, fantasy rockers or whatever you will. I just know I love the sound that is best enjoyed at it the loudest you can get it.
Do I recommend it? Dumb question! If you love the band you'll love this. If you love loud, unapologetic rock music then you won't be disappointed in anything here and you'll want to discover their earlier releases. It's been on since I received it from Amazon and I know my daughter will want this too. There is no better rock band working today who sound so good either on their own or utilizing an orchestra. Emotional, proudly wearing it's heart on a sleeve, get this into your collection and you'll be glad you spent so little on so much!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Female fronted goth rock... that sounds good! 31 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Let's be honest, the Female Fronted Goth Rock offering of the last few years have been mostly sub-standard derivative affairs that play on the stereotypes.

Lacuna Coil lost their way with Shallow Life
Tapping The Veins second album (Another Day Down) disappointed.
And Evanescence's new album (Evanescence) is best described as a tepid affair.

So what does Within Temptation do? They knock it out the park.

This is a band who are absolutely going for it. Building on The Heart of Everything and The Silent Force without rehashing old ground, The Unforgiving is a full on rollercoaster giving full range to Sharon Del Adels vocal talents, with the music providing a rich texture in support.

Stand out tracks are Shot In The Dark and Lost, and the album as a whole meshes and binds well. One star knocked off for Fire And Ice; sentimental meh.

Excellent effort, and a good attempt to save a genre that was in danger of becoming its own caricature. I look forward to more from this lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album for 2012 by a mile 21 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, what can I add to Mr N A Davis's review? Great review.

I can add that this album is by far and away the best album I have heard in 2012. Every track is fantastic and so well written it is beyond my understanding why this band are not better known.

The keyboards through all the tracks are woven into the music and really enhance each song. The ambience of the album is set from the opening narration to the very end track. The excellent Stairway to the Skies.

It is rare to encounter an album so well put together in every way.

Some of the stand out tracks for me are Shot in the Dark, Faster, Iron & Sinead. That being said, I will happily go to my grave knowing that I have heard each and every track on this album... It is quite simply brilliant.

If you only get one album this year as they say... Make it this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album.
Published 2 days ago by Oldcodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Rock wave
I wasn't too enamoured with this album upon first, second, and third listens. I liked "Faster", but that was the reason I bought the album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CrazyJools
5.0 out of 5 stars The unforgiving
I love this band and this is their best album to date. Delivered in excellent condition and on time. If you like WT you will love this
Published 2 months ago by W. F. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album
Still the best thing WT have released a wonderful album which in my personal opinion may never be bettered. Buy it now
Published 2 months ago by Adrian Hextall
2.0 out of 5 stars they changed the music they used to play
nowadays WT plays disco music. or is it techno?
it is really sad to witness such a strange change in styles.
Published 3 months ago by DORIN TATAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy's Review
I first came across Within Temptation whilst listening to the radio one night in 2012, and I became a fan instantly, so. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andy Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
Her voice is enthralling, from the first track I was hooked. The music is compelling and once played you must play it again & again. Love it.
Published 4 months ago by Perci
2.0 out of 5 stars A major let down...
One of the comments posted in response to the one star review "defends" this album with "I think that the fact that out of 38 reviews 32 give it 5 stars says a lot". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aerion
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Really good album with great tracks. A little different form their previous albums with a more heavy metal feel to it, but still has orchestral elements to it that makes the album... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Neil Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Symphoncic Metal goes Pop!
I love this album. It shows a significant move away from their symphonic metal roots, but in this case it really works. It's brilliant. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sid
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