Within Temptation
The Silent Force


5.0
classic

Review

by pizzamachine USER (220 Reviews)
January 24th, 2019 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Within Temptation’s best album.

Within Temptation stand out in the symphonic metal genre. They may not be as heavy as some bands, but they more than make up for it with gorgeous melodies and tenacious vocals. Sharon is one of my favourite singers in metal, her voice control is astounding. Half of why The Silent Force is compelling is because of her soulful, heartfelt singing. She makes it looks easy as she hits hard notes, impressive considering the chorus of Jillian (I’d Give My Heart), which would be hard to sing for anyone. A large number of the lyrics revolve around a broken relationship, a relatable topic made believable by Sharon’s charming performance. It may be cheesy to say, but I wouldn’t want different lyrics, it would diminish the heart of the album.

The Silent Force never feels bloated or overly bombastic, it instead has beautiful melodies. The symphonic element is weaved seamlessly with guitar riffs (great riffs in my opinion), and vocals. The guitar is not the focus in the mix, it is mainly used to support the overall sound. Such a decision could be controversial, but the epic movie soundtrack feel throughout the album is the intent, and it is well founded. This is the crux of Within Temptation’s style, to have sparkling melodies complimented with a symphonic backing and one of the best singers you’ll find. It’s hard to skip such a pretty album, especially with a tear jerker like the song Pale. Disney, eat your heart out (I’m only kidding, don’t sue me).

Songs on the album have a similar song structure, and ultimately explode into a large, repeated chorus. There are enough variations on how they get to the chorus though, to keep it engaging. The melodies set each song apart, and the choruses are powerful enough to stick in the memory easily. Powerful and stunning, the album is a very enjoyable listen. It’s easily their best album, and also the best use of their orchestral elements. The songs are very well written and it never feels like instruments were jammed in for the sake of extra instruments. If the album is too samey or not aggressive enough for some, that’s one side of the coin, but if you like your melodies there’s not much unappealing here. In the symphonic metal genre, it’s difficult to beat the juggernaut that is The Silent Force.



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pizzamachine
January 24th 2019


14133 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Enough of me, what do you lovelies think of this album?

Trifolium
January 24th 2019


3988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the first album I ever bought so it's something dear to me. Always loved Sharon's voice, always will. Nice to see someone else love it so much!

DungeonBoy
January 24th 2019


5609 Comments


Never could get into this when I was younger cause I always felt the more poppy vocals were inferior to Floor's or Tarja's, but I should probably give this a spin

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Trifolium
January 24th 2019


3988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really poppy though! The Heart Of Everything is probably better.

Ocean of Noise
January 24th 2019


10529 Comments


These guys peaked with the debut. Their later stuff is still pretty good, though.

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Trifolium
January 24th 2019


3988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Debut is super cool agreed. A lot doomier and gothic-heavy.

"Welcoome to my hooome..."

pizzamachine
January 24th 2019


14133 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ DungeonBoy: Yeah I used to think these guys weren’t heavy enough, but then I grew up musically lol.

Sabrutin
January 24th 2019


5968 Comments


I only really vibe with the debut. Can you believe this band was "death doom" at some point? Crazy.

Don't hate the band though, I can get a kick out of The Unforgiving.

pizzamachine
January 24th 2019


14133 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There’s actually growls on a bonus track for this.

AgentDeathbat
January 24th 2019


9596 Comments


Good review, pos'd!
Need to check this out.

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EvoHavok
January 26th 2019


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed with the summary. This still rules.

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Sabrutin
January 26th 2019


5968 Comments


"There’s actually growls on a bonus track for this."
I didn't know that. You mean Jane Doe? It sounds like they were not sure about what path to take.

Trifolium
January 26th 2019


3988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup. There's also growls on Hydra, on Silver Moonlight. Very weird but I like them. Band just does what they want to do, they're really honest.

pizzamachine
February 1st 2019


14133 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jane Doe’s the one. Yup great band.

Groundking
February 1st 2019


1091 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this record. Good review pos. Jillian is their best song they've ever written

Lucman
February 9th 2019


2112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really loving this band at the moment. Gonna check this one out tonight.

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