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Review: Within Temptation - Paradise (What About Us?)
Within Temptation
Paradise (What About Us?)

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 21:09
Tracks: 4
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: December 1, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Paradise (What About Us?)

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

I'm an acknowledged fan of Symphonic/Gothic Metal so when the opportunity arose to check out the new EP from The Netherlands' Within Temptation, I jumped at it. The fact that the title track, "Paradise (What About Us?)" features guest vocals from Tarja Turunen was just the cherry on top. The four songs on this EP are all scheduled to be included on the band's sixth album and include a radio edit and three demo versions. Demo or not, the music is smooth, melodic Gothic Metal with the beautiful vocals of Sharon den Adel center stage and just a few harsh male vocals here and there. Musically, the songs are spot-on examples of this style; grand melodies, hooky choruses, sweeping keyboards and sparkling solos abound. But they are almost too spot-on and because they are SO typical of the style, they are actually rather bland, as in you've truly heard this before many times. I would never dream of missing an opportunity to hear Tarja getting back to the music that made her famous, but her vocals are low in the mix and even they can't raise "Paradise (What About Us?)" much above OK.

Maybe their demo nature explains why the songs on Paradise (What About Us?) aren't really killer and when they are released on the band's next full-length, things will be different. Until then, unless you are a Tarja fan and need everything she participates in, you can safely skip this EP and wait for them to show up on a future album.

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