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Friday, 4 April 2014

Musical Friday: It's The Fear

Dear friends,

Today I shall present to you a band dear to my heart. I have started listening to them somewhere in my first year of University when one of my best friends back then introduced me to the lovely voice of Sharon den Adel - the lead vocalist of the band. I always put her and Tarja Turunen - ex female lead for Nightwish - in the same loving box of women with remarcable vocal talents. They make my heart melt and I would listen to them forever and ever! Now the band that Sharon is part of is named Within Temptation.
Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal/rock band founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. Their music is described as symphonic metal, although their earlier material, such as Enter, was gothic metal.In an interview, den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences.In a later interview with 3VOOR12, den Adel stated that "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band ... we are in my opinion no gothic band".
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After the release of their first album Enter, the band became prominent in the Dutch underground scene. It was not until 2001 that they became known to the general public, with the single "Ice Queen" from the album Mother Earth, which reached No. 2 on the Dutch charts. Since then, the band won the Conamus Exportprijs four years in a row. Their next albums The Silent Force and The Heart of Everything debuted at No. 1 on the Dutch charts. In 2008, they released a live DVD and CD, Black Symphony, recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. This collection was followed in 2009 with An Acoustic Night at the Theatre.

The band's fifth studio album The Unforgiving, was released in March 2011, alongside both a comic book series and a series of short films that together encompass a story. The first single, "Faster", was released on January 21, and the first short film, Mother Maiden, was released on January 31. The band has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. On 13 November 2012, they celebrated their 15th year birthday with a huge live event, called Elements, at the Sportpaleis, Antwerpen.
Their sixth studio album, Hydra, was released on January 22, 2014 in Japan, January 31, 2014 in Europe, and February 4, 2014 in the United States. The album features guest appearances from Tarja Turunen, who appears in the lead single "Paradise (What About Us?)", Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and American rapper Xzibit.

It's The Fear - Within Temptation

It waits for the day, I will let it out
To give it a reason, to give it its might

[Pre-chorus:]
I fear who I am becoming,
I feel that I am losing the struggle within
I can no longer restrain it,
My strength, it is fading
I have to give in

[Chorus:]
It's the fear,
The fear of the dark
It's growing inside of me
They won, they will come to life
Have to save,
Save my beloved,
There is no escaping
Because my fate is horror and doom

Hold down your head now,
Just let me pass by
Don't feed my fear,
If you don't want it out

[Pre-chorus]

[Chorus]

Long ago, it came to me and ever since that day,
Infected with it's rage
But it ends today

[Chorus]

P.S. This is one of the tunes that recently I have been listening to a lot, while going to work. While the lyrics are sad and push you down they have a whole different effect on me - they make me walk faster and stronger, with a purpose... hey! but I guess that is me! Everyone feels a song differently. Bottom line, I wish I would be able to see them live one day... Call it part of my Bucket List :) 

Yours truly,
The LadyBug That Loves Within Temptation