Within Temptation
The Silent Force



by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
July 14th, 2006 | 55 replies

Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

This is a gothic metal band from the Netherlands and this band is called "Within Temptation". This is their latest album and it is called "The Silent Force", the band is known for their stand-out singer Sharon Den Adel who sings like an angel in my own opinion. The band plays atmospheric gothic metal, in previous albums there has be two different vocal styles, Sharon's angelic singing and guitarist Robert Westerholt's doom/death growling. This album only has the beautiful voice of Sharon though.

The cast in this band is six members so we will begin with my favorite member Sharon Den Adel, a great singer who can sing like an angel. Her voice is crystal clear, sing doesn't sing any opera based vocals as Tarja Turunen (former singer of Nightwish). Her voice may seem a bit low and/or quiet in some songs, she do sing quite high in some of the songs but there are moments when you think that she could use more of her potential. Robert Westerholt and Ruud Jolie is the two guitarists in this band, there is nothing special about them because there is not much sound from the guitars, there are no fast shredding or riffing in the songs and no guitar soloing, just basic power-chords most of part.

The bass player is Jeroen van Veen, his bass is also pretty poor because you can almost not hear anything from the bass. This may be a bad comparison but there is not the same base-frequence as other metal bands has like "Overkill" for example, they use very much bass in there material. Martijn Spierenburg is responsible for the keyboards which is one of the instruments that is very hearable. You can hear piano notes in basically every song, there are very melodic but some times you get bored because there is just to much keyboards. And the final member is the drummer, one of the most important member in a band in my opinion. This is nothing advanced about Stephen van Haestregt's drumming, most times there is heavy beats and easy drumming, there is nothing like other metal drummers amazing work (which sometimes may seem inhumanly fast to others).

So now we are done with the members of the band, now to the songs so keep on reading if you want to know more about this album. The album starts with "Intro", it starts with an atmospheric intro with opera chanting along with some 'light' drumwork, it stops and Sharon sings some beautiful tunes and then it stops. "See Who I Am" starts with a dramatic intro, up-rising guitars and heavy drumbeats along with background chanting. The song has the same structure throughout the whole time, great vocals that really touches you. A song that you actually here all instruments, a quite catchy song. "Jillian I'd Give My Heart" also starts with a dramatic intro, almost like the previous track. This song has also a quite simple structure, lot of great singing, powerful guitars, heavy drumming and chanting. "Stand My Ground" has been played on different music channels like MTV (not so sure though). This song is very catchy and powerful, the song slows down after the intro, the song gets heavy again and it feels quite atmospheric. The vocals are good but I think that Sharon could've given some more force in her vocals.

"Pale" starts with flutes and violins I think, the singing touhes you once more along with piano notes. This song is a bit boring in my ears, there is not a powerful song, she sings like its was a powerful song but there is basically just drums and keyboards in this song, it feels a bit pale. "Forsaken" begins with singing, the song rises with the instruments kicks in plus the background chanting. The song feels a bit apocalyptic and dramatic but not much, not a good song though. "Angels" starts with what I think is keyboard effects, Sharon starts to sing and song finally gets serious. The song is a bit heavy and pretty catchy in the chorus, but the verse is a bit boring when the crew slows down and the singing wants the most attention. "Memories" starts first with violins and later piano notes, this ballad is wonderful, the vocals are great and the song pattern is sligthly catchy, one of the albums greatest songs in my opinion.

"Aquarius" starts with some 'sad' violins and later the heaviness kicks in. The song gets a bit dramatic to its sound, the vocals here is good but not great, the song is a bit hard to endure because of the chunky guitars. "It's The Fear" also starts with some pianno notes and then the chanting and heaviness starts to play. This song feels similar to the previous songs, the song is not so catchy but the chorus is really great but unfortunatly the song isen't. The last track is "Somewhere", the song starts with wailing from Sharon that really touches you, she sings great in this song but the vocals is a bit low in this song. The song by the way is not a great one, it sounds like an intro that repeats itself, the only thing is that the musical part is the thing that builds up with the time.

So, now you when you have read this I will begin with the things I liked and disliked. Don't worry, just kidding, this is the end of the line in my review. I thought that this album was great, Sharon is a really great singer. I thought that Tarja from "Nightwish" had a beautiful singing voice but Sharon out-classes her by hundreds in my opinion, Sharon sings like an angel but the only thing that I didn't like about her was the times when she sang so low which becams a bit boring. It was also a bit boring musically because there was not much of all the instruments, the keyboards and drumming made the songs sound boring and was not so interesting to hear. But there are songs that you want to listen through many times before you get tired of them. This album is recommended to gothic and power-metal fans and to those who like beautiful and skilled singing. Any corrections are welcome and I hope that this review was helpful and enjoying.

+ These vocals are very touching, Sharon does sing like an angel, crystal clear singing
+ The material is very melodic, catchy and relaxing
+ People who like atmospheric music would enjoy this
+ A good choice of music when you want to find some peace and calmness

- The material can be boring after a while because of the dominating keyboards and drumming
- Sharon sings sometimes to low when she would give her best

-- Stand My Ground
-- Jillian I'd Give My Heart
-- Memories
-- Somewhere

The overall album rating for this beautiful album will be: 4/5

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Brain Dead
July 14th 2006


This is an alright review. Jesus, Dethtrasher, slow down with those run-on sentences. When you say the intros to the songs are dramatic, what makes them so? Also, there are quite a few spelling mistakes. I'm pretty sure "frums" and "hearable" aren't words. The content is pretty good, and you show quite a bit of musical knowledge. But you need to tone up the spelling and grammar.This Message Edited On 07.14.06

July 14th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry about the spelling, but the problem is that there is no correction-function in my Word-program and sorry about the 'run-ons' but thanks though.

July 14th 2006


Your reviews have gotten so much better since you stopped doing track-by-tracks. Keep it up.

July 14th 2006


Nice review. I havn't heard this band yet but they sound a lot liek Tristania.

July 15th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I start to regret that I have done so many TBT's now, but many thanks though.

Yes, this band is considered to sound similar to quite a few other bands that plays this kind of music.

July 15th 2006


Album Rating: 1.0

Man, I wanted to do this one...oh well.

This may be, quite possibly, the single worst album on the face of the Earth. The band has no originality whatsoever, and takes elements from every gothic metal band with female vocals ever and dumbs it down to the point where a complete retard could pick out the faults in their music. This may be the biggest blight on humanity musically that the world has seen.

The only two songs worth getting ANY mention here are Stand My Ground and Jane Doe. The former is the album's single, and while it follows the exact same patterns as the rest of the songs on this album, for some reason it stands out for me. The chorus has Shannon actually doing some interesting vocal work, and the orchestra is a nice touch here, and not an excuse to cover up the bland music. The instruments are as simple as on the rest of the album, but this song has something that makes it decent.

Jane Doe isn't even ON the normal version. It's on some special version as a bonus track, and it gets mention because it's a bit different. There's actually an acoustic guitar in it (shock!) and some male vocals, sung and growled, I believe from last listen. It's not that bad of a song, and it's much different.

Otherwise, avoid this like a Bob Saget comedy performance. It's BAAAAAD.

July 15th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I disagree with you... But I respect your opinion!

south_of_heaven 11
July 15th 2006


Otherwise, avoid this like a Bob Saget comedy performance

Touche my friend, touche.

October 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

well Shattered_Future looks like you did your own little review right there! wat was it you said..."This may be, quite possibly, the single worst album on the face of the Earth" and This may be the biggest blight on humanity musically that the world has seen."...You have obviously never heard of Daniel O Donnel!!

still, everyones entitled to there opinion.

October 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 2.0

This album really is quite boring overall, but it's not *THAT* bad imo.

August 6th 2007


Yeah, the album is just 'ok', but it lacks originality and God, it's boring! You can listen to it once but the second time is a no-no-no. The songs sound too alike IMO.

January 3rd 2009


Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, but I disagree with most your flattering description.

Although Sharon does sing so very beautiful, I do not think this album did her vocals the justice they deserve.

Your review was heartfelt though and I strongly admire that - well done! I can't even write reviews so maybe you can aid me! This Message Edited On 01.04.09

January 3rd 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

Memories is probaly my favorite W.T song ever. See Who I Am is great also.

May 4th 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

Album is good, screw all naysayers. Memories is brutally moving, See Who I Am rocks hard and yeah...

May 4th 2009


Album Rating: 2.5

Jillian is excellent

March 14th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

I continue to weap like a fairy to this record.

October 27th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

Music is pretty average, but I love her vocals.

April 17th 2011


Album Rating: 5.0

It is a classic! If I were to choose one album of theirs to take with me for holidays it would be this one.

February 26th 2013


The band's best album

July 10th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

well all within temptation records are sort of hovering there below greatness, being thoroughly enjoyable but also repetitive and not really mind expanding. this is no exception, but the songs are less memorable for me, especially the first half is kinda boring...

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