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  1. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

    I'm tentatively ranking the songs to keep up with the thread, but it'll probably change a lot, except for the top 2. I at least like all of them, honestly. Even Mercy Mirror is growing on me quite a bit - and, as pointed out, that song has some solid lyrics. Trophy Hunter Supernova Raise Your Banner Endless War The Reckoning Mad World Firelight Holy Ground In Vain Mercy Mirror I'm torn if I like this album or Hydra more. It's mostly even for me. Resist probably has higher highs, though - but Let Us Burn, Covered By Roses, Silver Moonlight and Tell Me Why are not that far of from the top Resist songs, either. Glad it's all around very solid for me. I'm positive this is gonna be my most listened album of the year.
  2. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

  3. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

    So yeah, this almost confirms Supernova as my favorite from this album as of now. Loved the live version and, again, loving this snippet from the album version. Solid lyrics, too. I'm glad it's the next single. The 3 unheard songs sound great aswell. Trophy Hunter sounds like one the heaviest, like I predicted. Mad World does remind me a bit of Sinéad, as some people had described. That's great. At first, I didn't like Sinéad, but now it's one of my favorite songs. Overall, it does sound very commercial, but again, Hydra sounds very commercial and The Silent Force does, too. Looking forward to it. I find hard to believe the band is ever going to come up with something as amazing as The Unforgiving for me, but, so far, I'm really digging it.
  4. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

    OK, so what I understand is Hydra wasn't the leap forward they expected, a path they could follow. I can see that. It's a very diverse album that's more a statement on the everchanging nature of the band's sound than a clear direction that could pave the way for future albums. Makes sense. It's just that there really is that interview from earlier this year in which Sharon says Hydra is the album she's most proud of. But now I see both statements aren't really excludent. Case closed. Looking at those song descriptions from Metal Hammer - it's from Metal Hammer, right? -, it's funny that Supernova sounds like the one I'd have the biggest chance to dislike, but, after actually listening to it, it's one of my favorites so far - maybe even my favorite. It goes to show how describing a song can be tricky. I should know better: I'm a massive Guns N' Roses fan and we need to hold on to every tiny leak that comes by to enjoy the experience of listening new material. So, we kept hearing about this epic track called The General which was recorded for Chinese Democracy and how it was supposed to sound, a tremendous tease for a song we maybe would never actually hear. So, two minutes of it leaked (very poor quality, but enough to actually understand what was going on) and it was such a different experience than just reading about it and obsessing over it. It kinda had the atmosphere I expected, but it was faster (no pun intended) and angrier. I digress. Anyway, back at WT, alongside Trophy Hunter, I'm also very curious about Firelight. Not that I trust song descriptions, but dark folk-pop ballad sounds promising to me.
  5. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

    What exactly was said about Hydra? I'm pretty sure I read an interview around the release of My Indigo where Sharon said Hydra was still her favorite WT album, because she loved its fast-tempo nature. I'm inclined to believe she meant the band didn't know what direction to pursue after Hydra, but not that she dislikes that album in any way. I myself think it's a great album, on par with, say, TSF. Silver Moonlight, Let Us Burn, Covered by Roses and Tell Me Why, in particular, I think are some of the best WT songs there is (also, that seems like a very unpopular opinion, but I really enjoy Dangerous). But anyway, I just don't think Sharon disliking Hydra is anything more than a misunderstanding. Also, yes, I say that Forgiven perfomance and it's very sad - but also kind of cute. Almost sure it's about her father, and I hope she's better now. It's just a very hard song to sing when you've lost someone. Thinking of it, maybe Forgiven is being played precisely in homage to her father. I think it's very possible that's the case, actually.
  6. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

    I believe they'll sound a bit heavier on the album, as the guitars sound quite muted by the crowd and the sound quality. I can hear there's supposed to be some heavy guitar parts on both Endless War and Supernova that suffer a lot from the recording we got. Mercy Mirror is what it is, almost a ballad I'd say. Not my favorite, but, at the same time it's catchy and I'm beginning to like it more and more. I know couldn't get into Sinéad for quite some time and now I love it. I feel Resist overall is not gonna be so dissimilar to The Unforgiving, just with a more electronic twist, which is great by me.
  7. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

  8. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

    That setlist. HOLY ****. I want it. Now.
  9. CK Spider

    Within Temptation II

    I love The Howling as a song, but I can't even compare that video to this one. This one has an actual budget and good directing. It's miles ahead technically. Artistically, I also find The Howling as generic as they come, while The Reckoning, even if it's nothing groundbreaking, has a much more pleasing and thought-out aesthetic. To each their own, but it's miles ahead for me. Best WT clip, followed by Paradise. The videos from The Unforgiving are not too shabby, either.
  10. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    So, you people are telling me it will leak circa Saturday? Good.
  11. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Yep. No problem, man. It's just opinions, after all. It's not your fault you've got the wrong one.
  12. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Heard the song yesterday, but didn't have the time comment. I loved it. Ok, maybe I'm just a WT shill. But really, it sounds like something new while totally sounding like a WT song. It reminds me a lot of Murder and Blue Eyes, for that matter. The electronic elements add some nice texture without being overdone, at least for my taste (I do like rock bands with some electronic/industrial elements, like Muse and some tracks by Nine Inch Nails, while also very much enjoying Trip Hop, so it's not a surprise). Feels like a great live track, too. Digging the aesthetic of new album. The song titles sound cool enough for me. Though, more importantly, I think I've cracked the code for what's the best WT album. It's very simple, actually: it's always the antepenultimate album they release (and the worst is always the latest). So yeah, a few years ago it was TSF, but now it's firmly THOE. And I'm to announce that December 14th, The Unforgiving, my favorite WT album, will finally be viewed as their best one.
  13. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Play new songs before they are released on an album? Guns N' Roses did that for, like, 7 years.
  14. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    Oh, sure. I don't just buy what they say, but their hypothesis of there being some legal dispute over the name sounded in the realm of possibility (though I'd still say it's unlikely). Yeah, it's probably a stunt, but, at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if they temporarily start calling themselves RT just to promote the album in a Ziggy Stardust kind of way, though still legally being WT. That sounds possible to me. Also very curious if those lyrics are real. The chorus seems like it would be sung with the same melody of the pre-chorus, but some parts of it don't really fit to me. The "red tears" stuff, I have no idea how it's supposed to sound. Could just be fake, anyway, but I'm really curious and hyped.
  15. CK Spider

    Within Temptation

    I was, too. But they keep calling themselves RT in the secret group. Like, they posted the rules of the group and said we should only talk about RT related stuff, and not other bands. Also, we shouldn't compare band members from different eras of RT (that one is the most telling to me). I mean, it surely could be a gimmick, but it makes me considerably less sure. The fact that WT still shows on many other places, however, is a strong counterpoint.