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Within Temptation - The Unforgiving

7.8 | 463 votes |
Release date: 25 March 2011
Style: Symphonic metal


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Disc I
01. Why Not Me
02. Shot In The Dark
03. In The Middle Of The Night
04. Faster
05. Fire And Ice
06. Iron
07. Where Is The Edge
08. Sinéad
09. Lost
10. Murder
11. A Demon's Fate
12. Stairway To The Skies
13. I Don't Wanna [bonus]
14. The Last Dance [bonus]
15. Empty Eyes [bonus]

Disc II [special edition bonus DVD]
+ Movies & Music
    1 - Faster
    2 - Sinéad
    3 - Shot In The Dark
    4 - The Making Of…
    5 - Where Is The Edge
    6 - Utopia [featuring Chris Jones]
+ The Unforgiving: The Prequel
+ Credits & Facebook Fans

Sharon den Adel - vocals
Martinus "Martijn" Spierenburg - keyboards
Robert Westerholt - guitars
Rudolf "Ruud" Adrianus Jolie - guitar
Jeroen van Veen - bass

Session musicians
Nicka Hellenberg - drums
Stefan Helleblad - additional guitars
Dawn Mastin - spoken voices

Additional info
Based on a comic book series, written by Steven O'Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48)

Staff review by
Ag Fox
In the blink of an eye, 4 years have passed since the not-so-critically-acclaimed The Heart Of Everything. Being lambasted for being sold out and radio oriented, it was also the metal album that drew my attention to the genre of music called heavy metal. Having moved on to other more obscure spectrums of the genre, it has been a couple of years since an album with the symphonic metal tag slapped on it came out that I can truly enjoy. With an album cover that seems to cater towards a much younger audience and an announcement about a concept album based on some comic series, I confess that my expectations couldn't have been lower.

published 14.11.2011 | Comments (24)

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14.06.2011 - 11:50
Rating: 8

Love this album, the song writing is good and the chorus is what a chorus should be. not bother by whether this is metal or not metal, the end result is entertaining. and the vocal is awesome!
---- blog >>>
27.06.2011 - 21:39
Rating: 9
I can't decide if this album is better than The Heart of Everything or not. It's just too different. I will say this though: it's certainly more streamlined. This is one hell of a consistent album.. possibly their most streamlined effort since Enter?

AND. There is something definitely bad ass about an old lady whispering about "the powers of hell" during a heavy track. There just is.
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
27.06.2011 - 22:36
Wandering Midget
"Faster" is an OK song considering the chord progressions and melodies are almost exactly the same as in "Wicked Game" (by Chris Isaak, covered by H.I.M.)
01.07.2011 - 00:42
Rating: 5
Fat & Sassy!

15.07.2011 - 00:44
Rating: 6

I don't like. And that has nothing to do with them going more and more in the pop-rock direction, since I quite enjoy some pop-rock from time to time. The whole album just gets boring very fast.
I gave it 3 or 4 spins and I can't remember anything that stood out to me (besides the "faster and faster and faster and faster..." ). To me all the songs sound pretty much the same and it's all just a big blend of... boredom
16.09.2011 - 04:23
Rating: 10

True metal??? comercial??? radio friendly???....its only music...who cares??? many bands still in the same sound and playing in live concerts the same songs again across the years.....are they musicians?? no...only a poor band without ideas....but many people calling this "true musicians" free from prejudices...enjoy the music...its simple.
this album.....i really like it......more than the silent force
21.10.2011 - 18:15
Rating: 8

Feel good-metal!
04.11.2011 - 01:03
Rating: 8

I find myself liking this more and more. I don't think it's gonna be a lifelong romance, but it's definitely making me smile.
09.11.2011 - 16:37
Rating: 7

Written by Blasphemer1992 on 20.04.2011 at 14:42

This an example, how band can become commercial...

yes, i agree. they really have become commercial and honestly, i'm a bit disappointed because of it. feels like they were doing it only for money, money and once again - money; as if they weren't really enjoying what they are doing. i might be wrong ofcourse, i don't know the real reason, but it's just how i see it.

as for the album - yeah well, i must admit i like some songs very much
"... i whisper i miss you
but all i hear
are fading echoes of my dream ..."
09.11.2011 - 20:15
Troy Killjoy
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 01.07.2011 at 00:42

Nickelback ftw.

PS BloodRayne sucked.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
15.03.2012 - 08:31
Rating: 8

I love this album! The song writing is outstanding, and the vocals are so moving. I never thought I would listen to this type of music, or anything with female lead vocals for that matter.
30.03.2012 - 21:12
Rating: 5

Even worse than Epica's album.
09.06.2012 - 02:47
Cuca Beludo
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Just plain melodic pop/rock...
27.09.2012 - 12:21
Rating: 10

"This is SO not metal!"

Well of course it's not metal! Within Temptation hasn't been metal since Mother Earth. They're Symphonic Rock! Their FaceBook and Twitter pages both list their genre as "Symphonic Rock", and their website refers to them as a "rock act". Lead singer Sharon even said in an interview "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band". So there you have it.

As for the album, I love it! The 1980s influence is very apparent, yet they still manage to sound fresh and new!
My favourite songs are "Faster", "Shot in the Dark", "Sinéad", "A Demon's Fate" and "Stairway to the Skies".
20.11.2012 - 07:32
Rating: 10
M C Vice
Does anyone else hear what sounds like Westerholt doing backing vocals in the chorus of Murder?
"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
02.06.2014 - 06:57
Rating: 5
High Fist Prog
"Shot In The Dark" is such cheese...but you gotta love dat chorus!

Edit: "Faster" is also such an awesome track - reminds me of HIM. The rest, however, is pretty much junk barring "Fire And Ice" and "Middle Of The Night"...
24.10.2015 - 17:20
Rating: 6
muhammed sonata

Disappointing ,the album lacks the symphony which is the best thing WT are known for ,if the songs were sung by a male vocalist it would be good but Sharon voice doesn't fit
13.07.2017 - 15:26
Rating: 3

This album is some kind of pop rock, single Faster reminds me of Roxette's joy ride, real decline from what this band did before, I could pretty much listen to u2 if I want to listen to songs where one cannot be distinguished from another
10.03.2018 - 08:33
What's wrong with pop rock? Enjoyable album, just not metal, it doesn't mean it's bad.

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