Release Date: March 28th, 2011
Label: Roadrunner Records
Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation‘s fifth album, ‘The Unforgiving’, is a concept album based upon a series of short films and graphic novels written by Steve O’Connell. The story differs slightly as the characters are portrayed in different ways in the songs, films and graphic novels. After a short orchestral introduction, in which we hear from one of the main characters in the novels, the vengeful Mother Maiden, the first track proper ‘A Shot In The Dark’ is a fitting way to open the album, capturing the dark mood of the storyline before exploding into the first of many towering choruses that appear on this record, and shows off Sharon Den Adel‘s incredible, powerful voice.