Within Temptation Tour – HYDRA
Within Temptation have been rocking the world with their Hydra World Tour since February 20, 2014. They are currently on the last leg of their four continent tour. They’re currently performing in Europe with their last stop being in Montreal, Canada on August 9, 2015. Check the tour dates, venues and where to purchase tickets on the Within Temptation official site.
The concerts have been noted for their great musical diversity. From “Our Solemn Hour” which draws from a speech by Winston Churchill to melodramatic romanticism in “Summertime Sadness.” Sharon Den Adel’s vocal ability has in particular drawn a lot of admiration and praise. Stage pyrotechnics and the bands interaction with the public have also been seen as a plus.
Their current world tour is in support of their Hydra album which has been well-received by the critics. It has been described as fast and heavy while being earthly and modern. Full of synths, airy guitars, excellent backing vocals and harmonies
The album contains guest appearances by singer Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), metal vocalist Tarja Turunen, alternative rock singer Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) and rapper Xzibit.
Concerning the name of the album, guitarist Robert Westerholt said, “Hydra is a perfect title for our new album, because like the monster itself, the record represents the many different sides of our music.” He has gone on further to say that they wanted to venture into a more musically challenging zone implementing new elements and influences while at the same time drawing from the well of their early metal roots and influences.
One of the new elements Westerholt was referring to was no doubt introducing rap verses into one of their tracks called, “And We Run.” Xzibit was allowed to do his parts the way he wanted to give the music an authentic rapper vibe.
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Brief Bio: Within Temptation
Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.
The release of their debut album ‘Enter‘ in 1997 gave them a prominent place in the Dutch underground scene.
In 2001, their single “Ice Queen” from their album ‘Mother Earth’ rocketed to No. 2 on the Dutch charts.
Their next albums ‘The Silent Force‘ (2004) and The Heart of Everything (2007) reigned supreme on the Dutch charts.
They followed this up with a live DVD and CD, Black Symphony, in 2008. It was recorded with the Metropole Orchestra.
In 2009, they released another live album entitled, ‘An Acoustic Night at the Theatre.’
Their fifth album, ‘The Unforgiving,’ was released in 2011. A comic book series and a series of short films including ‘Mother Maiden’ were also released. Over 3 million copies of the album were sold worldwide.
Their sixth studio album, Hydra, came out on January 22, 2014. It featured guest appearances by singers Tarja Turunen, Howard Jones, Dave Pirner and rapper Xzibit.
On November 2014, they released a live album entitled, ‘Let Us Burn – Elements & Hydra Live in Concert.” It is available on 2-disc DVD, 2-disc CD, 2-disc Blue-ray and as a digital album. It features two performances. The first is part of the band’s 15th anniversary concert at the Sportpaleis, entitled Elements. The second is the band’s performance at the Heineken Music Hall during the Hydra World Tour.
Within Temptation has sold over 30 million CDs and DVDs worldwide. They are now the Netherlands’ biggest selling musical export rocking the stages internationally. Their worldwide touring audience is estimated at 500,000. They have won 30 gold and platinum awards over the last 17 years.
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