Rather less heavy than your average metal band, Within Temptation is a Dutch band that is best described as a cross between Theatre of Tragedy (Norway), The Gathering (Netherlands) and Orphanage (Netherlands). This time we have a soprano who really lets rip, as well as a grunt along the lines of old The Gathering. This was a purest case of love at first sting...I walked into the local record shop where it just happened to be playing, and I was sold. Hook, line and sinker.

Some of the songs on this album are true classics. I love this disc. If you like especially Theatre of Tragedy but you think Live Kristine never really lets herself go, Within Temptation is just the cure for you.



Written September 1997


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