Within Temptation - _Enter_
(DSFA Records, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (
Having only been around a little more than a year, the sextet known as Within Temptation have done wonders in such a short span of time. The band recorded two demos (_Enter_ and an untitled one) before signing to DSFA where the band re-recorded and fixed up material from those previous efforts to form their DSFA debut, _Enter_. The music of Within Temptation can best be described as melodic, slow metal, very similar to labelmates Orphanage or Century Media's The Gathering. While angelic female vocals (by the superb Sharon den Adel) accompanied by a powerful showing of synthesizers dominate this release, the band also brings into the fold heavy guitars and the rough death growls of singer Robert Westerholt. And what a great combination are den Adel's soothing harmonies and the vicious grunts of Westerholt that go hand in hand throughout the release. The music is memorable and deserves to be mentioned as it truly showcases the band's ability to capture a triumphant sound that band's rarely can reach. No doubt this is one band you will want to watch grow with experience.
(article published 5/13/1997)
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