Jan 12, 2009

Centerfield Maz's Rock DVD of the Year- "Black Symphony" by Within Temptation

WITHIN TEMPTATION are an phenomenal symphonic metal band from Holland. The band is fronted by the beautiful Sharon Den Adel, a mezzo soprano vocalist/ songwriter/ composer. Her performances are cinematic & epic with an incredible range of vocal styles. The musicians are a six piece rock band fronted by Robert Westerholt.

They have been around since humble beginnings in 1996 redefining the genre they represent. They have sold over 2 million CDs & DVDs word wide. They are Hollands most successful musical export ever and are quickly becoming known around the world as one of the best bands on the planet. Their latest album "The Heart of Everything" is just a perfect 10 in my opinion, released in July of 2007, it is their 1st official US release. It hit the top 10 in Europe, Holland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Japan, Austria, the Czech Rep., Portugal, & Spain.

They supported the Italian metal band Lacuna Coil (fronted by the beautiful Christina Scabbia) on a US Tour in 2007 & did some headlining of their own in US small venues. Hopefully this band will catch on here and be able to put on an epic concert at large arenas, like the Black Symphony concert. I highly recommend checking them out to any one interested in some fresh new good epic Rock & Roll.

This CD/DVD concert was recorded at the 10,000 seat Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Holland in the Netherlands. Within Temptation are accompanied by The Metropole Orchestra, the Pa'dam Choir, and special guests: Keith Caputo (Life of Agony) George Oosthoek (Orphanage), & Anneke van Giersbergen (Agua de Annique). It is an incredible mix of hard rock, heavy metal, symphony, classical, choirs & chants, fronted by the sensational voice of Sharon Den Adel.

I picked it up a Barnes & Nobles Music store in the Paisades Mall, it was the only copy they had & I managed to find it scattered among the shelves. It's tough to find only a hand ful of places in Manhattan have it from what I saw. You can get it on line. Check it out!!!!!

The set list of the US DVD version is :
"Ouverture" -"Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)" -"The Howling" -"Stand My Ground" -"The Cross" -"What Have You Done" (with Keith Caputo) -"Hand of Sorrow" -"The Heart of Everything" "Forgiven"- "Somewhere" (with Anneke van Giersbergen) "The Swan Song" -"Memories"- "Our Solemn Hour" -"The Other Half (of Me)" (with George Oosthoek) -"Frozen"- "The Promise" -"Angels" -"Mother Earth"- "The Truth Beneath the Rose"- "Deceiver of Fools" "All I Need" -"Ice Queen"



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