I couldn’t get my hands on Within Temptation’s new album because my country sucks and my music store is stupid! The album came out today (January 31st) but they will only have it available Monday because that’s when they re-stock their stock!
I’m so pissed about it I could murder someone…
However, I managed to listen to it. I was freaking out, being honest with you, slightly scared of what would come out of it. Well, Hydra is definitely a Beast!
It’s clearly different from their previous albums but at the same time it does bring a bit of their original roots. It’s more Rock than actually Symphonic Gothic Metal but I think some fans will be pleased.
Actually, I think my sister is going to be slightly shocked with this album… don’t ask me why, I have this strange feeling I’ll have to defend the album. I might be wrong though!
And I say some fans because some of them are waiting for Within Temptation to go back to their Enter/The Dance/Mother Earth style. I, on the other hand, like when a band takes some risks and change their style slightly. They change, but they still are Within Temptation.
Plus, I think that a band that doesn’t take risks or change is boring! It’s like they don’t even try… but then again, there are bands and bands.
So, moving on…
Hydra is simply amazing. I was gaping at my laptop while listening to it the whole time. It’s an album that you first find it weird and strange and then absolutely love. Better, it’s an album that whether you love it or hate it… and I love it.
Let us praise Sharon’s vocals in the album. She definitely improves with each album, her voice sounding each time more beautiful (not to mention Sharon herself… she looks gorgeous! Well… she is gorgeous…).
The guitars are something I’ve always loved in every WT song. I don’t know why but whenever Ruud picks up his guitar and starts playing, I freak out. And, I have to admit that listening to him playing my favourite solos from The Unforgiving (Murder and Stairway to the Skies) live was pure ecstasy!
There’s an heavy edge to this album that isn’t present on The Unforgiving. There’s these (please, I’m no pro!) two heavy strings that make it more heavy than the previous albums. Definitely an highlight of it… absolutely amazing.
The orchestral madness I love about this band is still amazing. Of course that this album has more heavy guitars and drums but the violins and choirs are still there. I think Edge of the World and And We Run are the perfect example of how brilliant these guys are when composing rock songs alongside an orchestra.
And speaking of And We Run… that was the song I was really scared about because of its collaboration with Xzibit (for those who don’t know who he is… he’s a rapper!), which is a strange combination for me. I mean, WT and rap?! I could never picture it. However, the song came out as one of the best tracks in the album – no to mention the very first song labelled as explicit due to one simple swear in it. And I have to admit that the combination worked rather well.
I was already used to the Demos from Paradise (What About Us?) EP so, when I first heard Silver Moonlight and Dog Days, I was perplexed. It’s weird when you’re used to something and then that thing changes into something different… still good, but different.
Hydra really marks a change in Within Temptation’s career. It’s all you love about them from their previous works combined into one. A heavier, faster and riskier album but still as amazing as their other works.
And as a fan of Within Temptation since 2004 (WOW! 10 years already?!), I’m always in awe with their work!
So, in conclusion… here’s my reaction to the Beast: