After having to endure pompous bands
like Nightwish in the symphonic goth
genre, Within Temptation is a relief.
Not that they don’t put out
their share of "Long-hair-blowing-in-the-wind-on-a-stormy-gloomy-heath-oh-we-are-so-pale-and-have-a-female-vocalist-and-like-to-listen-to-Wagner"
kind of quasi dramatic metal. No,
that they do. But while Nightwish
take their semi-opera music a bit
too far, Within Temptation stay with
both feet on the ground and put in
some extra melodies and atmosphere
instead. Within Temptation’s
Sharon den Adel might not be as schooled
a singer as Nigthwish’s Tarja
Turunen either, but does instead have
a better grasp of the English language
and, frankly, a more pleasant voice.
Somewhere in the music of Within Temptation
there is also a hint of Celtic harmonies,
which is always nice.