Within Temp­ta­tion

Hy­dra

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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.

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