Named after a mythical beast that grew two heads when one was cut off, this new album is considered by Within Temptation to be something of a rebirth. Certainly they have always looked for new ways to expand their music, and following up their last album The Unforgiving, was no easy task. So a new approach made the most sense. Last year they released Paradise ( What About Us), an EP that featured rock diva Tarja Turunen on the title track, along with demos of three other songs. The collaboration proved inspirational and all four tracks appear here but with the demos now fully formulated. Other guest artists appear too: US rapper Xzibit on And We Run, Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum on Whole World Is Watching, and Howard Jones, the former singer with Killswitch Engage, joins Sharon den Adel to sing Dangerous. This is brilliant and operatic. Death metal has never sounded better, or more musical. It is available in various formats, including a double CD with eight extra tracks, a vinyl release, an 18-track download version, and a luxury box set with a 100-page booklet. Over the top? Absolutely! But deservedly so we say.