Roadrunner Records’ Within Temptation is currently in the studio finalizing long awaited fifth studio album, The Unforgiving. This is the band's first concept album, and is based on a comic book by writer Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48). The release, set for March, 2011, will coincide with the band’s European tour.
Within Temptation guitarist Robert Westerholt comments, "On this album, we've taken a totally different approach. Each song on 'CThe Unforgiving' was written along Steven's narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflected in the characters of our songs. The concept pushed us and gave us inspiration to come up with a new approach to our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.
Renowned for their visual presentation, Within Temptation have asked Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness and X-men) to draw the characters and scenery for The Unforgiving.
Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation's stunning vocalist, continues, "We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, to take it further and broaden our horizon. Next to the concept of the album, the songs are more diverse than ever before. It was the late 80’s when we started to read comic books, and that sound has certainly has left a mark on The Unforgiving.
The band has also redesigned its website, www.within-temptation.com. The new site will give fans the chance to discover clues about The Unforgiving, as well as uncover unreleased images from the album. The new homepage is a community for the Within Temptation family, and has been engineered to be fully interactive. Fans can become official ‘reporters’ for their country, writing news stories about Within Temptation or bout other lifestyle and entertainment topics. A very popular new section is WT TV, where the band will provide video updates, like the recent Fan Club Day footage, an event fans from around the world attended.
Within Temptation's symphonic rock, crowned by the crystalline voice of Sharon Den Adel, has brought the remarkable band a decade-long international career. The band has sold more than 3 million albums and DVDs world-wide, has attained Platinum status in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and Gold status in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Portugal, and Russia. Within Temptation has won a host of international awards, including a World Music Award, Golden God Award, and an MTV Europe Music Award. Numerous sold-out headline tours have seen Within Temptation through performances at major festivals like Loud Park (JP), Download (UK), Pinkpop (NL), Lowlands (NL), Rock Werchter (BE), Rock Am Ring (DE), Bilboa BBK Live (SP), Sweden Rock (SW), Ruisrock (FI), Aerodrome (AT), Gurtenfest (CH), Roskilde (DK) and many more