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WITHIN TEMPTATION: ‘Covered By Roses’ Performance Clip From ‘Let Us Burn – Elements & Hydra Live In Concert’

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Dutch symphonic rock band WITHIN TEMPTATION will release a new live DVD/Blu-ray/2CD, “Let Us Burn – Elements & Hydra Live In Concert, on November 14. The set features two of WITHIN TEMPTATION‘s most-talked-about arena shows ever. The two dates are 2012’s resplendent 15th birthday “Elements” concert and the final night of the “Hydra” European arena tour at Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall in May 2014.

The “Covered By Roses” performance clip, which was recorded live at the Heineken Music Hall in May 2014, showcases a mix of both shows and shows off WITHIN TEMPTATION fierce live reputation.

When it comes to the live experience, WITHIN TEMPTATION‘s status is of a league extraordinaire. These two performances showcase every nuance of their fierce reputation plus stunning imagery and special FX, including even giant fire-breathing dragons!

In November 2012, WITHIN TEMPTATION challenged themselves to create one of their most impressive arena shows ever, to celebrate the band’s 15th birthday. The result was the one-off symphonic “Elements” show, held at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. A dazzling event with 15,000 fans, the band’s dream came to life. Newly inspired, the group went forth to write their critically acclaimed sixth studio album, “Hydra”.

In early 2014, WITHIN TEMPTATION unleashed “Hydra”. This monster record claimed more than 10 European Top-10 chart positions, a No. 2 position in the iTunes World Charts, and the band’s highest U.S. Billboard Top-20 chart position to date. The album success was followed by a 33-date European arena tour, selling out noted venues like Wembley Arena in London, Le Zenith in Paris, and the legendary Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam (twice).

Over 15,000 fans joined the “Elements” show celebrations and more than 120,000 fans witnessed the “Hydra” beast on stage in Europe, but WITHIN TEMPTATION is far from done. The “Hydra” world tour recently stopped in North America. With South America and Japan still to come, more than half a million fans will have seen WITHIN TEMPTATION by the end of this year.

WITHIN TEMPTATION is renowned for releasing impressive live DVDs. Previous release, the best-selling “Black Symphony” DVD, helped make them one of the most popular bands in their genre. At their recent Awards show in Berlin, Metal Hammer Germany presented WITHIN TEMPTATION with the prestigious “Best Live Band” award. The new DVD underlines this title.

“Let Us Burn – Elements & Hydra Live In Concert” will be released in four formats — DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, 2CD, and digital album. The DVD and Blu-ray contain 34 live audio visual tracks in HD, mixed in 5.1 Dolby Surround. The 2CD and digital album comprise 32 live audio tracks. The two shows have a running time total of approximately 170 minutes.

“Covered by Roses” was recorded live at the Heineken Music Hall, May 2014, the video showcases a mix of both shows and shows off Within Temptation fierce live reputation.

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Pre-Order “Let Us Burn” here http://www.within-temptation.com/orde

Release dates:
UK release Nov 17th pre-order here http://amzn.to/10uuQ8a
USA release Nov 24th pre-order here http://bit.ly/1wwYZQN
JPN release Nov 12th pre-order here http://amzn.to/1x7gf0G

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WITHIN TEMPTATION To Tour North America This Fall

Within Temptation
Within Temptation

Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION have announced a 12-date North American tour. Opening all shows on the trek, which will kick off in late Se

ptember, will be Swedish/Danish power/ melodic metallers AMARANTHE.
WITHIN TEMPTATION lead vocalist Sharon den Adel states about the upcoming shows: “It’s a great feeling that after so many years we are back with a coast-to-coast tour.

“The reception of our latest album, ‘Hydra’, has been overwhelming and we cannot wait to unleash the dragon overseas.

“Be sure that this time we’ll bring our biggest and best North American live show so far.”
Tickets for WITHIN TEMPTATION tour dates will go on sale April 4, with an added bonus, according to den Adel.

“To reward our most loyal fans, we’re designing a specially made art poster for those who buy their ticket before April 30th, 2014,” she says. “It is strictly limited, will be signed by the band, and will not be offered for sale. So make sure you get your tickets before April 30th!”

Fans can pick up their lithograph at the merchandise table by showing the date of purchase on their concert ticket.

WITHIN TEMPTATION‘s headlining North American “Hydra World Tour” dates are:

Sep. 25 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Sep. 26 – Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 28 – Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
Sep. 30 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 01 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
Oct. 02 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
Oct. 03 – The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Oct. 05 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Oct. 07 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Oct. 09 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 10 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Oct. 11 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

“Hydra” sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s previous CD, “Unforgiving”, opened with 12,000 unit

s back in March 2011 to land at No. 50.

“Hydra” was released in North America on February 4 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the new U.S. partnership between Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger and former Roadrunner Records A&R chief Monte Conner. The album was made available in several luxury formats. The cover artwork was created by Romano Molenaar (“X-Men”, “Batman”, “The Unforgiving”).

The digital premium album, complete with digi-booklet, was made available on iTunes and includes 18 audio tracks and a music video. The digital premium album features bonus “Evolution Versions” of four new songs, which contain audio commentary from guitarist Rob

ert Westerholt and singer Sharon Den Adel and give you unique access to the development of the songs, their lyrical inspiration and the sound of the initial demos and vocals.

In a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, WITHIN TEMPTATION vocalist Sharon Den Adel stated about the songwriting process for

Hydra”“: “A lot of bands were inspired by the ’80s at the time we were writing ‘The Unforgiving’ album. There was a lot of music based on the ’80s coming out and it had a lot of ’80s flavors. With this new album, even though we’re only a few years further up the road, you can feel that music has changed again. Music is not inspired on the ’80s, but more like there are different influences in the music again. Music’s always organic, and you feel things are changing comfortably.”

She added: “When people asked us after ‘The Unforgiving’, ‘Are you gonna make another ‘Unforgiving’ album?” we said, ‘Of course.’ Because we were really full of it in a positive way. We really like the album a lot and still do like it a lot but we really feel there’s an ’80s feel to the songs. When we started writing this album, again we felt like we were already knowing we were gonna go a different direction also.”
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Big News from OTEP

We will let the tweet from January 20, 2104 speak for itself, but it would appear that OTEP has decided that retirement wasn’t for her. We think this is great news and look forward to whatever OTEP brings to us.

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OTEP HYDRA Released January 22, 2013
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Otep Shamaya

Yes we know the tweet was from January 20, 2014. But it few  under our radar and thought it was worth repeating.

WITHIN TEMPTATION: Teaser For ‘Whole World Is Watching’ Video Featuring SOUL ASYLUM’s DAVE PIRNER

Within Temptation World is Watching
Within Temptation World is Watching

A teaser for “Whole World Is Watching”, the new video from Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION, can be seen below. The full clip will make its online debut next week.

“Whole World Is Watching”, the third single from WITHIN TEMPTATION‘s new album, “Hydra”, features a guest appearance by SOUL ASYLUM frontman Dave Pirner. It is a power ballad about facing and conquering your fears.

“When we wrote ‘Whole World Is Watching’, Dave was at the very top of our list,” said WITHIN TEMPTATION singer Sharon Den Adel. “He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be.”

“Hydra” will be released on January 31. The album will be available in several luxury formats. The cover artwork was created by Romano Molenaar (“X-Men”, “Batman”, “The Unforgiving”).

Pre-order “Hydra” via iTunes now, and you will instantly receive the first two singles: “Dangerous”, featuring a guest appearance by former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones and “Paradise (What About Us?)” featuring ex-NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.

The digital premium album, complete with digi-booklet, will be available on iTunes and includes 18 audio tracks and a music video. The digital premium album features bonus “Evolution Versions” of four new songs, which contain audio commentary from guitarist Robert Westerholt and Sharon and give you unique access to the development of the songs, their lyrical inspiration and the sound of the initial demos and vocals.

“Hydra” digital premium album track listing:

01. Let Us Burn
02. Dangerous (feat. Howard Jones)
03. And We Run (feat. Xzibit
04. Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja)
05. Edge Of The World
06. Silver Moonlight
07. Covered By Roses
08. Dog Days
09. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching (feat. Dave Pirner)
11. Radioactive (originally performed by IMAGINE DRAGONS)
12. Summertime Sadness (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
13. Let Her Go (originally performed by PASSENGER)
14. Dirty Dancer (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
15. And We Run (evolution track)
16. Silver Moonlight (evolution track)
17. Covered By Roses (evolution track)
18. Tell Me Why (evolution track)
19. Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja) music video (exclusive to iTunes premium version)

Aside from the digital premium version, “Hydra” will also be released in a deluxe box set including exclusive items many of you have been asking for, for a long time:

“Hydra” deluxe box set

* “Hydra” 18-track album including bonus tracks in the form of a media book with a hot foil print cover, featuring a 100-page booklet consisting of unique photos
* Double gatefold black vinyl version of the album including bonus tracks
* Instrumental version of the entire album
* Songbook with sheet music of the songs of the album
* “Hydra” guitar pick
* Packaged in an especially designed LP-sized box

In a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Sharon stated about the songwriting process for “Hydra”“: “A lot of bands were inspired by the ’80s at the time we were writing ‘The Unforgiving’ album. There was a lot of music based on the ’80s coming out and it had a lot of ’80s flavors. With this new album, even though we’re only a few years further up the road, you can feel that music has changed again. Music is not inspired on the ’80s, but more like there are different influences in the music again. Music’s always organic, and you feel things are changing comfortably.”

She added: “When people asked us after ‘The Unforgiving’, ‘Are you gonna make another ‘Unforgiving’ album?” we said, ‘Of course.’ Because we were really full of it in a positive way. We really like the album a lot and still do like it a lot but we really feel there’s an ’80s feel to the songs. When we started writing this album, again we felt like we were already knowing we were gonna go a different direction also.”

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HUNTRESS Singer Gets ‘Brutal Case Of Food Poisoning’

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Bad Food Poisoning?

Singer Jill Janus of the Los Angeles-based, occult-themed traditional heavy metal band HUNTRESS has posted the following message on the group’s Facebook page:

“My beloved Hamburg [Germany], tonight for the very first time got a brutal case of food poisoning. I suspect a lamb chop.

“I display my humility and honesty for your viewing. (See photo)

“This is the reality of tour life. And those socks!

“Will someone help me out and get this sick bitch some decent socks?

“I’m out of mind (duh) but need you.

“The fans who came to see HUNTRESS tonight [as the support act for LAMB OF GOD], please know how much I LOVE YOU. I might barf all night, but I’m thinking of you inside my porcelain throne.

“Anyone who attended the show at the Rock Cafe tonight, e-mail me at info@huntresskills.com and I will write you a personal note + send you a HUNTRESS patch.

“Now, back to the puke party.”

HUNTRESS‘ sophomore album, “Starbound Beast”, was released on June 28, 2013 in Europe and on July 2, 2013 in North America via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE). The cover artwork for the effort was once again created by Vance Kelly (THE SWORD, GRAVEYARD, HIGH ON FIRE, PENTAGRAM, ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DEATH ANGEL), who previously worked on the group’s debut album, 2012’s “Spell Eater”.
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WITHIN TEMPTATION: ‘Hydra’ Listening Party Scheduled For Los Angeles

Within Temptation
Within Temptation

Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION will celebrate the February 4 North American release of their new album, “Hydra”, with a special listening party at The Joint, 8771 Pico Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Jannuary 24 at 9 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, will be attended by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarists Robert Westerholt and Ruud Jolie of WITHIN TEMPTATION.

Fans are invited to attend and meet Sharon, Robert, and Ruud, listen to “Hydra” in its entirety, and take home a Nuclear Blast grab bag.

“Hydra” will be available in several luxury formats. The cover artwork was created by Romano Molenaar (“X-Men”, “Batman”, “The Unforgiving”), and can be seen below.

Pre-order “Hydra” via iTunes now, and you will instantly receive the first two singles: “Dangerous”, featuring a guest appearance by former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones and “Paradise (What About Us?)” featuring ex-NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen.

The digital premium album, complete with digi-booklet, will be available on iTunes and includes 18 audio tracks and a music video. The digital premium album features bonus “Evolution Versions” of four new songs, which contain audio commentary from guitarist Robert Westerholt and Sharon and give you unique access to the development of the songs, their lyrical inspiration and the sound of the initial demos and vocals.

“Hydra” digital premium album track listing:

01. Let Us Burn
02. Dangerous (feat. Howard Jones)
03. And We Run (feat. Xzibit
04. Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja)
05. Edge Of The World
06. Silver Moonlight
07. Covered By Roses
08. Dog Days
09. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching (feat. Dave Pirner)
11. Radioactive (originally performed by IMAGINE DRAGONS)
12. Summertime Sadness (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
13. Let Her Go (originally performed by PASSENGER)
14. Dirty Dancer (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
15. And We Run (evolution track)
16. Silver Moonlight (evolution track)
17. Covered By Roses (evolution track)
18. Tell Me Why (evolution track)
19. Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja) music video (exclusive to iTunes premium version)

Aside from the digital premium version, “Hydra” will also be released in a deluxe box set including exclusive items many of you have been asking for, for a long time:

“Hydra” deluxe box set

* “Hydra” 18-track album including bonus tracks in the form of a media book with a hot foil print cover, featuring a 100-page booklet consisting of unique photos
* Double gatefold black vinyl version of the album including bonus tracks
* Instrumental version of the entire album
* Songbook with sheet music of the songs of the album
* “Hydra” guitar pick
* Packaged in an especially designed LP-sized box

In a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Sharon stated about the songwriting process for “Hydra”“: “A lot of bands were inspired by the ’80s at the time we were writing ‘The Unforgiving’ album. There was a lot of music based on the ’80s coming out and it had a lot of ’80s flavors. With this new album, even though we’re only a few years further up the road, you can feel that music has changed again. Music is not inspired on the ’80s, but more like there are different influences in the music again. Music’s always organic, and you feel things are changing comfortably.”

She added: “When people asked us after ‘The Unforgiving’, ‘Are you gonna make another ‘Unforgiving’ album?” we said, ‘Of course.’ Because we were really full of it in a positive way. We really like the album a lot and still do like it a lot but we really feel there’s an ’80s feel to the songs. When we started writing this album, again we felt like we were already knowing we were gonna go a different direction also.”


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OTEP

Otep Shamaya
Otep Shamaya

Otep originally was a four-piece nu metal band that began in Los Angeles, California in early 2000. They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had even signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed a brief part of their live performance. They have since played Ozzfest several times. To date the band has released five full length albums, and two EP’s.

In 2007, after the dismal performance of The Ascension, Otep was officially dropped from Capitol Records.

In 2009 Otep signed with Victory Records. Their 2009 album, Smash the Control Machine, was to include a reunion with former members Mark “Moke” Bistany on drums and Rob Patterson on guitar. The album also featured Koichi Fukuda on piano, and Emilie Autumn on violin. The band appeared with 2Cents, Five Finger Death Punch & Shadows Fall on the ‘Shock & Raw Tour’ of North America in the fall of 2009.

On September 30, 2010, Jay McGuire left the band.

In 2011, Otep toured as a supporting act, along with Earth Crisis, for Cavalera Conspiracy.

Discography:

  • 2001 – Jihad (EP)
  • 2002 – Sevas Tra
  • 2004 – House of Secrets
  • 2007 – The Ascension
  • 2009 – Smash The Control Machine
  • 2011 – Atavist

Former members

  • Jason “eViL j” McGuire – bass (2000–2010)
  • Rob Patterson – guitars (2001–2004)
  • Mark “Moke” Bistany – drums (2001–2004, 2009)
  • Brian Wolff – drums (2006–2008)

Touring musicians

Guitars
  • Lee Rios – touring guitars (2004)
  • Scotty CH – touring guitars (2005)
  • Aaron Nordstrom – touring guitars (2007–2008)
  • Steven Barbola – touring guitars (2008–2010)
  • Ari Mihalopoulos – touring guitars (2010–present)
Drums
  • Scott Coogan – touring drums (2003)
  • Doug Pellerin – touring drums (2004–2005)
  • Dave Gentry – touring drums (2008–2010)
  • Chase Brickenden – touring drums (2010)