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  1. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Well, TU is sounds perfectly cohesive to me. I actually think the singles improve the flow of the album, giving variation while still maintaining the feel of the production. There's heavy songs, poppy songs, ballads, but they all have that Unforgiving sound to me. I'd agree it's the most cohesive WT album, but I actually none o their albums suffers that much on that department. Even Hydra, yes, it's diverse and has a bit of a compilation vibe, but, as said, that was the intention and it works to me. It's not something that really body and doesn't feel overtly done. I can still see why someone would put Tell Me Why and Covered by Roses on the same album (two very good songs on my book, by the way).
  2. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Oh, yeah. Absolutely legendary. I watch that one A LOT. That's proof Sharon is a force of nature. One of my favorite live performances of any band. Also a great perfomance and nice callback to that Mother Earth-era dress. You simply can't go wrong with Sharon sing The Promise live. Also awesome that you went to Elements!
  3. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Edit: I was scrolling and quoted the wrong post. I don't think I can quote properly on this post or delete it. I'm writing a new post. Mods, feel free to delete this one. LOL
  4. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    About TU not being as good as THOE: wrong, and I'm also getting tired of repeating that. Guess we'll have to lay this whole argument to rest. LOL About Aquarius: yeah. Lovely song. Amazing performance. Sharon's live performances are a treasure. I'd love to see them playing this song on a new tour. That said I must say their setlists will never be enough unless they start doing 3 hour shows. I certainly wouldn't complain about that. I was happy enough to witness the revelation that is The Promise live. Sharon even got the lyrics right that time. Well, she did sing the second verse of Angels instead of the first, but you win some and you lose some. LOL This is the show I went (and no, the recording's not mine, but it's pretty good and clean for something captured on a smartphone): I am obviously biased, but honestly one of the best performances of that song I've ever seen.
  5. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Well, I did say Forsaken is the heaviest song on TSF and Aquarius is not far behind. Both are on the heavier side of WT. Stand My Ground is heavy, but it's also very catchy, with a sing-along chorus. It's not much different from something like Dangerous (or even Paradise), and I'd argue Dangerous sounds heavier to me. TSF is full of catchy, easy on the ears tracks, like the already mentioned Stand My Ground, Angels, Memories and Somewhere (all songs I like very much, mind you). Again, it's perfectly ok if you prefer TSF to THOE, TU and Hydra, but I just never understood the notion that TSF is much heavier than any of those albums. Picking a heavy track from each album, I wouldn't say Forsaken is heavier than Hand of Sorrow, In the Middle of the Night or Tell Me Why. That's all I meant.
  6. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Yeah, I'd say TSF is their poppiest album. The singles are basically pop songs with heavy guitars and/or orchestration behind them (and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, I think all of them are great). I'd say the heaviest song on it is Forsaken and there's quite a few tracks on both TU and Hydra that are heavier than that. In the Middle of the Night and Tell Me Why certainly are. I mean, TSF is great and a very important album not only for WT, but for the genre (I'd say it's one of the most influential/copied symphonic metal albums) and I totally get those who didn't like what band did since then, but let's not pretend TSF is this obscure, evil, non-mainstream monster. I already said a lot about the whole THOE vs TU, but since it keeps coming around, I might give a little bit more thought to it as well. I agree with the notion that TU sounds like an 80's metal album. I'd actually say it sounds like the leap 80's metal could have taken but never did. Songs like In the Middle of the Night, Iron and A Demon's Fate sound quite a bit like 80's british metal, but, at the same time, bring so many new elements to the table. But it's not only 80's heavy metal, 80's pop, pop rock, glam rock and hard rock clearly played a part in songs like Faster, Sinéad and Shot in the Dark, which I also love. I really think it's a very special and unique album. THOE I'd say is a lot more conventional, but also quite masterful at what it's supposed to do. Tracks like Our Solemn Hour, Hand of Sorrow and The Truth Beneath the Rose are quintessential symphonic metal. It's just that, when comparing them, THOE feels like a great symphonic metal album and TU feels like an unicorn.
  7. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Yeah, I'd say the new album is looking similar to Hydra in terms of release dates, but I think one thing that can delay or speed up the release of the album itself is whether we'll get an EP or not. If we do, I expect a January realese (or early February) just like Hydra, but, if not, I can still see a November/December release. That is, if the video is coming this September or October, but it sure looks like it is. Epica is my second favorite symphonic metal band and I'm very happy with The Holographic Principle, the title-track being one of my favorite songs from them. But yeah, I can kinda see where you're coming from. Their sound hasn't really changed a lot lately. THP is as similar as you can get from The Quantum Enigma and both are very direct continuations of what Design Your Universe had established (Requiem from the Indiffirent was a minor detour, but I guess almost everybody considers it the worst album of the 4, and I agree with that, even if I love Serenade of Self-Destruction). THP worked for me because it was an even more polished version of TQE, but I too feel it's time for them to shake things up a bit. Since we're in the WT thread, I might as well make a brief comparison. I'm not trying to stir things up or anything and I love both bands, even if I'm a bit biased towards WT, but, the funny things is, even when Epica is clearly a lot proggier than WT, WT feels more experimental and unpredictable just because of how diverse they are, how many influences they mash up. Epica could use some of that. By the way, I've always wanted to hear some of collaboration between the two bands or at least just Sharon and Simone, but I don't know how likely that is. I've never seen anyone from WT mentioning Epica. About the other way around, there's this interview where Simone is asked about WT and she starts talking about Nightwish and how they're not a direct influence (which is doubtful, anyway) before being corrected and proceeding to say she likes their new album (which Isaac indicates to dislike), though it's certainly very different from what Epica was doing, but it's never clear if she's talking about The Unforgiving or Dark Passion Play. I've also seen an interview where Coen, while not directly saing something negative, states that they're "true metal", as opposed to Within Temptation and Evanescence. So it feels to me there's this slight animosity from at least one of the parts, which seems dumb, if you ask me. As much as I admire them, Epica seems a wee bit obsessed in proving they're truly heavy and gaining "metal cred", even to their own detriment when it can hamper their creative process. Have you people seen anything more where one of the two mentions the other? It seems oddly quiet from the two biggest dutch symphonic metal bands when it comes to acknowledging each other.
  8. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Hey, that looks really cool! And yeah, I guess now we can say with some certainty that "banner(s)" it is. Sharon looks cool and different from all the of their other videos. Nice. Does anybody know if they're done shooting already? Anyway, now we know it shouldn't take that long for something.
  9. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    LOL. Don't know why I wrote that, but I must say, THOU had a nice flow to it.
  10. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    It was a follow-up to a post that asked people to write their favorite WT song in the comments. Memories got the most amount of likes. It would be absolutely hilarious if someone had written "Raise", and even more so if it had gotten the most amount of likes. About the THOE x TU thing, I already made clear TU is my favorite WT album, but I do love THOE, too. I wouldn't say their songs fit perfectly on one another, mainly because the production on TU aims for a very specific sound, but they don't sound so far apart, either. THOE brought that more modernized sound that TU turned up to eleven. Of course, TU is much more guitar driven and THOE is more dependant on the orchestrations, but these two elements play huge parts on both albums. I've got to agree with Magnus that, they're not any more dissimilar than any other two WT albums released in sequence. If their productions were a bit closer, I could put something like A Demon's Fate, In the Middle of the Night or Iron between The Heart of Everything and Hand of Sorrow without blinking. Also, are we pretending that Faster, Sinéad and Shot in the Dark aren't much better songs than What Have You Done? Yeah, I'm being a bit tongue-in-cheek here LOL, but to me they're such great, quirky, well composed and executed songs that stuck in your head while What Have You Done (and dare I say even All I Need, too), while a perfectly good song, is way more generic and sounds like a first draft of the type of single they would perfect later on. If I'm being too hard on THOE (which is not what I'm trying to do and I really love this album), I'll leave saying that the one-two-three punch of Our Solemn Hour, The Heart of Everything and Hand of Sorrow is legendary. Edit: To not decontextualize the Magnus' response, I, for some reason, had written THOU instead of THOE in all but one instance on the above text. LOL
  11. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Really curious if they'll address this supposed leak this coming week. It's only getting stranger as times passes by. The fact that it probably isn't mastered yet makes the upload even wierder. Well, I believe there's 3 possibilities for what's happening: 1) It's an intentional leak to test the goodwill from hardcore fans and, at the same time, a very soft viral marketing attempt; 2) It's either a mistake or an unhappy employee's work and they are ignoring it because they know once it's leaked, it's leaked forever and only a very specific group of individuals will know it's out there, anyway; 3) They are completely taken over by the tasks of finishing the album and planning the releases and the tour and don't even know it leaked yet. LOL I guess we'll have to wait, but something's bound to happen this week, I would imagine. As for the song itself, I agree it has a lot from THOE in it and a bit from TSF, but I'd say it's a mix of their last 4 albums with a harder edge. The guitar solo is reminiscent of The Unforgiving and Hydra, but goes even a bit beyond what they're used to do and I appreciate date. The TSF/Mother Earth-ish vocals at the end also point to good things. Maybe this album will have some of the kinks of their earlier works. And let's keep perspective here: this is most probably their new single, which points to very heavy album. Now, I don't think heaviness equals quality and actually love many of their poppier works (I find Faster, Sinéad and Let Us Burn brilliant, for example), but it does keep me excited to spice things up a bit and shows Sharon really meant what she said in all those interviews. Now that I think about it, it's probably their heaviest single since, what, Restless? LOL It's at least as heavy as The Howling and I'd argue it's heavier. Dangerous is heavier than most people remember too, but it's balanced by how upbeat it is. So yeah, great news for anybody expecting something more on the metal side. Let's hope there's at least one song as fierce as In the Middle of the Night and I'll be over the (silver) moon.
  12. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    So, I'm listening to this thing a lot and, well, I wonder if anybody can figure the lyrics. I got a considerable amount of it, like "Blood for freedom", "You're pushing me to the corner / Don't fight with me", "Wake up, I'm defying you / Seeing right through you / Once I believed in you / Wake up, feel what's coming / Deep within me alone" and so on, but the chorus is driving me a bit insane. I can get most of it, but there's something I can't make out to save my life: "So raise your burn/burner/banner(?) an fight to/you all / Break the silence, no remorse / Won't die within (or maybe it's with me) / Raise your burn/burner/banner(?), won't you come? / Fight the venom, the good die young / Won't die within". So, anybody else trying to figure it out? What are your bets on this one? Burn, burner, banner, none of the above? Maybe that "your" is not even a "your". Maybe it's "raise unbanned". WT going for that sweet internet flavor. I guess I'll just leave now. LOL Edit: that "rhapsody" verse is also toying with me.
  13. CK Spider

    Halestorm

    Yeah, I'd say this is easily their strongest work. Their first album is cool and all, but this one seems way more sure of itself. About The Strange Case Of... and Into the WIldlife, I find them good albums overall, but suffering from a few mediocre tracks (The Strange Case Of... being the worst offender, with great songs like Love Bites, I Miss the Misery and Daughters of Darkness, but having SO many forgettable ones). I don't know, I feel many hard rock bands keep trying to repeat the same old sound and style without trying to bring anything new or special to the table. I think it's fair to say one of their biggest influences (or maybe their biggest) is Guns n' Roses and it's like they try and try to mimic Appetite for Destruction and fail to recapture what made that album special in the first place. On the other hand, they ignore everything else with a little more nuance, like Use Your Illusion I & II, often resulting in fairly generic and unispired albums. To me, despite being one of the stronger contemporary hard rock bands, Halestorm has sometimes been a victim of this syndrome. I can't say they did something really creative here, but the songwriting seems top-notch this time. If you're gonna stay within the boundaries of what is expected from hard rock bands, you might as well have some with it and bring your A game. Happy to see/hear they did that. Since they were released, I really liked Black Vultures and Do Not Disturb (I also quite like Uncomfortable, but I'd say it's the weakest of the 3) and now I'd call at least Conflicted, Killing Ourselves to Live, Painkiller and Vicious Great tracks (possibly Buzz as well). Also, there's not one track that sounds less than good to me. So yeah, happy for them. Wouldn't call this album a masterpiece or anything, but a very solid step into the right direction. Will be listening to it a lot.
  14. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Wow, just heard it now and I really like it. The dueling guitars solo is great, Sharon vocals are on fire and the whole duet seems like a better version of What Have You Done. It sure classifies as heavy to me and gives me major Empty Eyes vibes, which I find one of their most underrated songs (that song and I Don't Wanna should never be B-sides). Hype intensifies.
  15. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    I too am eager to see/hear whatever I can and would love if they shared more about the new album, but I don't think this secrecy is particularly strange. Arctic Monkeys just dropped an album with close to no promotion and, tipically, the bigger the band, the bigger the promotional push. So yeah, it can be done and I feel it's more a choice to catch us off guard and concentrate the promotional push near the release than anything else. Besides that, they did share a few things from the recording process. I believe it was april or sometime near that when they shared some photos of the recording of the first song and now Stefan strongly implied something was up, possibly a video shooting, which is also why I don't think it will take long before we get something, even if it's just a single.