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Within Temptation

29 Jul

saw a note recently that Sharon den Adel described their band as symphonic rock :: which i don’t mind altho for me they stay in either gothic metal or symphonic metal.

musical genres are by necessity rather elastic and her soaring vocals and often sweet melodies over chunky rhythms stays closer to metal than rock :: the problem for me is the bands you line up alongside in the rock category – mostly male fronted and often more commercial than musical.

so Within Temptation stay within my classification



27 Jul

beginning in 1996 in Finland, the band had 9 years of rising fame, in large part due to the vocals of Tarja Turunen :: Nightwish are considered a major force in the growth of symphonic metal and have been flying the flag really well.

their albums Oceanborn (1998) and Wishmaster (2000) put them on the world stage and by 2004 they were regulars on MTV in the States, with Wish I Had an Angel gaining lots of attention from three film soundtracks.

ripples across the metal ocean were spread wide when vocalist Tarja Turunen was asked to leave the band, but you probably already know all that.

the next major event in the band’s history was May 2007 when Anette Olzon from Sweden (formerly in Alyson Avenue) was revealed as Turunen’s replacement :: the new album with Anette is Dark Passion Play.