Black Symphony CD+DVD
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2008 two disc (CD + DVD) set. including a bonus DVD. Within Temptation is a six piece female fronted Rock band hailing from Holland. They are a huge international success with over 2 million albums sold worldwide. Within Temptation's most ambitious staging to date, Black Symphony was a unique concert at Rotterdam's Ahoy Arena on February 7, 2008 sold out months in advance. Within Temptation performed to 10,000 fans with the 60-piece Metropole Orchestra and a 20-voice classical choir, as well as on-stage stilt performers, costume changes, and an array of stunning pyrotechnic and lighting effects. The colossal production extended to Europe's largest video screen reaching across the entire width of the stage,and 14 full HD cameras. 26 tracks total.
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Perfroming to a huge sell out crowd alongside Black Symphony orchestra,on a spectacular stage set!Video screens,pyro and the orchestra bathed in swathes of light.Entering in long red cape and matching corset the beautiful Sharon Den Adel commands the stage,like a fairytale Princess:angelic of voice and mesmerizing beauty.
The orchestra adds a suitable air of majesty to an already sublime sound,strings,stirring the heart. Sharon's vocals are crystal clear,every note perfect(I saw them live so I know its not overdubbed).Her stage presence is all smiles and bounding enthusiasm-coming across as extremely likeable.She gyrates and gestures like a water nymph,the music turning her one way then the other.Backed by a solid band led by her partner Robert Westerholt,Within Temptations music is best suited to indoor halls in the dark.Powerful storytelling,catchy and engaging.Atmospheric and emotional filled.
The DVD itself is one of the best productions I've seen,picture and sound are perfect,every nuance of sound is there.Over 2 hours of rock!!
The camera edits are just long enough,not frantic MTV style jumps,allowing the performance to breathe.
Accompanied by the guest vocalists, who sang on the group's 3 duets, to sing their respective songs is a nice touch.Highlight being on "Somewhere" with Anneke Van Giersbergen.Tow angelic voices meet with emotional results.
ALl their best songs are here,from latest single "Forgiven" (a heartbreaking beautiful song which should be a No.1)which shows Sharon's vocal beauty alone with a piano,filmed in black & white,back to an early song "Mother Earth".Read more ›
And it's superb - in general, when a rock band gets together with an orchestra, the result is at best incongruous and at worst embarassing, but Within Temptation's music is designed to sound like this - the addition of a real orchestra and choir just fills out the sound to the way it is quite clear the band always wanted to sound. I was never 100% convinced by Within Temptation before watching this - they seemed to be slightly copying other bands in the genre, like Nightwish - but this CD and DVD has made a believer out of me. This is the definitive symphonic metal band, giving the definitive symphonic metal performance.
The show looks and sounds superb, with both band and orchestra on top form and clearly having the time of their lives. The video captures what it must have been like to be there, with only a slight overuse of unnecessary effects from time to time to spoil things. The 5.1 sound mix is stunning, with excellent use of the surround channels for the haunting Gregorian chants of the choir. If you buy the deluxe package, you get the full show on DVD and CD,plus a bonus disc of a second (orchestra-less) concert and a bunch of documentaries (generally in Dutch, but with English subtitles).
If you are a WT fan, you need this in your collection. If not, but the idea of symphonic metal sounds appealing, this is a very good way to try it out. Thoroughly recommended.
This show accentuates their particular style, with Frozen, Deceiver of Fools and All I Need specifically benefitting from the Symphonia. While WT are an outstanding 'rock' band, I actually think they are better at the softer ballad type songs. There's an awesome 'sit down accoustic' section in the middle of the show; Forgiven, Somewhere; The Swan Song and Memories. 'All I Need' could easily have been tagged onto the end of this section to bring the show back to the 'rock' level though they do this admirably with the Solemn Hour and The Other Half of Me, one of the few songs I can handle containing grunting (one musical style I can't get into).
As with previous WT DVD releases this is phenomenal value for money. The 'Mother Earth' DVD had around three hours worth, excluding audio CDs; 'The Silent Force' DVD came in with five hours, 'Black Symphony' has nearly six hours!
I can accept a previous reviewer's comment that the documentary on the extras is in Dutch but with respect, they are a Dutch band, why would they not speak their native tongue, given a lot of WT DVD extras are of a home video camcorder style.
My only dissappointment, and this purely personal, is they didn't include 'Our Farewell' a song I want played at my funeral (I digress!).
If you are into WT or have the slightest inclination towards goth pop rock (whatever), this is superb.
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Love this album, great music with the added bonus of one of the best female vocalists working with a full orchestra and choir. Heady stuff.Published 11 months ago by Druid