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Drama queen and kings,
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This review is from: Hydra [Double CD + Media Book (100 page booklet)] (Audio CD)
They say that the album format is dead,clearly no one told within temptation that,as Hydra is a fully immersive,dramatic experiance. The first track opens with wind like sounds before seguing into an Iron Maidenesque intro,adding layer upon layer of sound,before finally adding the vocals.It is to the producers credit,that Sharon den Adel can be heard without ever shouting.Layers are seamleslly peeled back to create drama/power and a sense of dynammics that always serve the song.A great start with the same production values carried through out.Other highlights include- AND WE RUN-,which features rapper Xzibit,who's portentious spoken word add yet more drama to the song,again the band and Sharon's vocalsvare layered over the top to great effect,a real crowd pleaser for sure.
PARADISE-featuring TARJA is something most fans have been waiting for and doesn't disappoint,with it's orchestral opening, powerful guitar play,and best of all excellent vocal harmonies,on yet another heavy but melodic track.