Within Temptation are currently in the studio finalising their long awaited fifth studio album with producer Daniel Gibson. Titled ‘The Unforgiving‘, this is the band’s first concept album and is based on a comic book story written by script writer Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne, Dark 48).
Roadrunner Records will release the album in March 2011 to coincide with the band’s European tour, including a dazzling show at London’s Brixton Academy on March 30.
Within Temptation guitarist Robert Westerholt comments, “On this album, we’ve taken a totally different approach. Each song on ‘The Unforgiving‘ was written along Steven‘s narrative. The main characters of the comic reflect the characters of our songs. The concept pushed us; it gave us inspiration to come up with a new approach to our sound. The result is we’ve written our best songs yet.”
Renowned for their visual presentation, Within Temptation have asked Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness, and X-Men) to draw the characters and scenery of ‘The Unforgiving‘.
Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation‘s vocalist, continues, “We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album, we felt the time was right to take a stride in our creative development, to broaden our horizons. Aside of the whole concept on this album, the songs go in more different directions than ever before. The late ’80’s, when we first started to read comic books, has certainly also left its mark on the sound of our new album.”
As a starting point for the new album, Within Temptation have re-launched their website www.within-temptation.com. The site will be the prime source for their worldwide fanbase to discover clues about and the first images for ‘The Unforgiving‘. The character of the new homepage is unique, having more in common with a news channel or a community than a static band website. One of the chief functions of the re-launched site is to be fully interactive with the band’s fans – they can become official reporters for their country, writing news stories in relation to Within Temptation but also about other lifestyle or entertainment topics. A very popular new section is WT TV, where the band updates their fans through filmed interviews or documentaries, such as the recent Fan Club Day footage which fans from around the world attended.
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