Rating:
6.0
Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything
12 March 2007


01. The Howling
02. What Have You Done [feat. Keith Caputo]
03. Frozen
04. Our Solemn Hour
05. The Heart Of Everything
06. Hand Of Sorrow
07. The Cross
08. Final Destination
09. All I Need
10. The Truth Beneath The Rose
11. Forgiven
12. The Last Time [bonus]
13. Sounds Of Freedom [bonus]
14. Blue Eyes [bonus]
15. What Have You Done [extended version] [bonus]


What have you done? What have you done guys to the beautiful music that you used to plays in the past? I'm still trying to find a good and honest answer but the only one that I found is market, marketing, money, whatever… "The Silent Force" was already a bit deceiving, at least at the first listening because with time (even if I will ever say that the little electronic beats there and there were a terrible mistake) it was ok and some of the songs were more than alright. But even if we have some better things (no more stupid beats) on "The Heart Of Everything", I'm still disappointed, the new album of Within Temptation is just an average album of Pop Metal perfectly build for MTV…

"The Heart Of Everything" is a bit deceiving for me and let me tell you why. First, it's simply hard to find amazing songs, real hits. Of course if you're not looking for something new and a bit deep, it should be ok but on the other hand I didn't find anything special on this release. The duo with Keith Kaputo is catchy that's right but this is also something extremely commercial, simply build to sell CDs in my opinion. I can even understand why the band chose this song to be the first single of the album because it's just extremely easy of access and yes EVERYBODY can listen to it. I can totally understand if the band wants to have a large audience, no problem but they will have to know that they're not playing anymore the music that they used to play and I hope that they can understand that their old fans can be a bit disappointed by this new musical orientation. Even the voice of Sharon is not so good this time. Maybe that some of you will not understand these words but I discovered Within Temptation with "Enter" and I hope that you can understand that it's a bit hard for people like me to follow the road of the new Within Temptation now.

But all is not bad of course. Personally I have nothing against Within Temptation and I didn't write this review to say only that the new album is a bad album because that's not right too. As an example, the orchestrations on "The Heart Of Everything" are really great and give something magic to the music of the band. Also, the fact that the album doesn't have any more this typical "American" trendy production that we had on the previous release is a great thing and some songs like "Our Solemn Hour" or "Hand Of Sorrow" with their really good melody are good examples that the band can still write good songs if they want (even if of course it will never be comparable to the ones on "Enter" or "Mother Earth"). Plus, we have real some big riffs sometime but it's not enough to save the release in my opinion. It will depend of your musical tastes actually. If you don't mind to listen to some sweet commercial Metal, it will be ok. If you hate such music, please go away as soon as possible.

The new Within Temptation is a new deception for me. I'm sure that some of you will like it a lot but for me, it's a bit too "sweet" and uninspired to be a good album. Where is the magical spirit that we were able to find on the old albums? I don't know but not on "The Heart Of Everything" for sure. It's not even possible to find good songs like "Jillian" or "See Who I Am". What have you done? That's the question yes… With "The Heart Of Everything" you only released an album formatted for the radio and TV and that's a bit sad. This is not the worst album ever but Within Temptation is able to do something better.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Within Temptation
Album: The Heart Of Everything


 


written by Jeff | 04.05.2007

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Epictemptation

Rating:
8.5
Behold Within Temptation, probably one of most popular symphonic metal bands out there. After Mother Earth was released many fans were surprised that the band changed the style of their music. But the album itself was one of the best of that year so its success basically covered up the fact that this band was heading towards a different pathway in metal (gothic/doom metal to symphonic/gothic metal). Then The Silent Force was released in 2004 and we all now knew that Within Temptation was not coming back to their original style for now. But behold their 4th studio album The Heart Of Everything and boy there were a lot of fans who were worried that this band was done (if they were not satisfied about (The Silent Force being more symphonic metal/rock).

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BlackHalo83

Rating:
8.7
After the miraculous fame of The Silent Force and the criticism that was attach to it, fans of the symphonic/gothic metal act Within Temptation didn't know what they could exactly expect from them. Leaving the common gothic/doom metal setting many bands were approaching in those day for a more orchestral theme, they created The Silent Force. Also if you haven't listened to the The Silent Force it was basically a show off or a brag on mezzo soprano powerhouse Sharon Den Adel. The Silent Force was not all dandy and perfect. But it did prove that Within Temptation was not just another passing by symphonic metal band. They were up there next to bands like Therion and Nightwish.

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Midrel - 09.03.2012 at 21:20  
While I agree somewhat with it, I must also say this has to be the worst review I've ever read.
LordHypnos - 04.10.2012 at 03:46  
I agree with 99% of what you've said... I'm not saying this to look like a "tr00" metalhead, I'm just saying what I feel
BlackHalo83 - 11.03.2013 at 04:05  
This is a good album, you are just puting your bias opinion up there. Just be open minded when you review it, also the band never wanted a larger audience, In a interview with the band I saw, Sharon and the members were not too happy with their style because "they did not want to be like all those other Gothic Metal bands" , they wanted to be special. Perhaps they were but just because the band change out their style doesn't necessarily mean they aimed for commercialism. I mean you can't blame them, blame the record company for "What Have You Done". Just like Nightwish with "Nemo". Why attack this band? I mean this album has so much creativity and shows Sharon's true potential. One of the worst reviews I've read so far from this website.
Azarath - 11.03.2013 at 20:46  
Written by BlackHalo83 on 11.03.2013 at 04:05

This is a good album, you are just puting your bias opinion up there. Just be open minded when you review it

A survival tip: don't use terms like "bias" or "lack of open mindedness" as a way of criticizing reviews you don't agree with. An unholy shitstorm may descend upon you.

Instead, learn to realize and live with the fact that people may hold different opinions. WT aren't exactly universally loved on Metal Storm.

Oh, and "Nemo" slaps "What Have You Done" silly.
BlackHalo83 - 11.03.2013 at 23:15  
Written by Azarath on 11.03.2013 at 20:46

Written by BlackHalo83 on 11.03.2013 at 04:05

This is a good album, you are just puting your bias opinion up there. Just be open minded when you review it

A survival tip: don't use terms like "bias" or "lack of open mindedness" as a way of criticizing reviews you don't agree with. An unholy shitstorm may descend upon you.

Instead, learn to realize and live with the fact that people may hold different opinions. WT aren't exactly universally loved on Metal Storm.

Oh, and "Nemo" slaps "What Have You Done" silly.

Trust me I don't say this whenever a review is against my opinion, its just I really didn't like the review due to the fact that he was not mainly talking about the music. It just drives me nuts when people review an album and don't discuss the music as their #1 priority. Reviews are opinions I get that. But I don't see why music isn't the #1 priority in reviews.

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