Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION will release their sixth studio album, “Hydra”, on January 31, 2014. The album will be available in several luxury formats. The cover artwork was created by 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.
“Dangerous” will be available on iTunes Europe starting December 20. The song’s official video is available below.
The Hydra, a mythological serpent creature from ancient Greece, couldn’t be killed. When one of its many heads was cut off, two more grew in its place…
“It’s like us – undefinable!” laughs WITHIN TEMPTATION guitarist and songwriter Robert Westerholt. “What’s more, ‘Hydra’ is a perfect title for our new album, because like the monster itself, the record represents the many different sides of our music.”
WITHIN TEMPTATION collaborated with several other special guests on “Hydra”: Dave Pirner of SOUL ASYLUM and U.S. hip-hop icon Xzibit.
Says Robert: “Xzibit is amazing.
“‘And We Run’ song is about how you’ve got to live your life now. He’s rapping at full force on this song, it’s really heavy.” Singer Sharon Den Adel adds: “Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we’ve never had before! It’s a new cross-over and we love it!” As for the mighty Tarja, Sharon recalls: “The way she delivers those high melody lines left us all speechless. We had a great time, and the fans responded beyond our expectations.”
One of the album’s heaviest tracks, “Dangerous”, was recorded with the former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones, whose epic vocals are a perfect fit for Sharon‘s.
“I always loved Howard‘s voice,” she says. “He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though — it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”
“Hydra” goes from strength to strength with “Whole World Is Watching”, featuring SOUL ASYLUM singer Dave Pirner.
“When we wrote ‘Whole World Is Watching’, Dave was at the very top of our list. He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be.”
Right now, “Hydra” can be pre-ordered in two luxury formats: the digital premium version and a deluxe box set including extra “Hydra” products.
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 Robert 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
According to Tri-County Sun Times, former OBITUARY, SIX FEET UNDERand MASSACRE guitarist Allen West was arrested at the end of March in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida for methamphetamine production and possession.
After the musician called 911 to report that two males broke into his house, “[responding] deputies met with the property owner Allen West in a wooded area next to the residence,” the web site reports. “Allen Weststated that two male subjects forcibly entered his house by kicking in the front door at which time he fled out the rear and hid in the woods.
In a brand new interview with the Detroit Metro Times, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was asked why he thinks critics have been harsh on the band’s new CD, “Super Collider”, while fans seem to “love the new album.” Mustaine replied: “Critics have to listen to a whole bunch of records and don’t really have time to live with them like they used to when we were younger. They’ll listen to a record once. If it grabs them, they’ll say something about it. If it doesn’t, they’ll say something else about it. If somebody has said something good about it before, journalists nowadays can be impressed by a mob mentality. They’ll jump on the bandwagon instead of being an individual and having their own opinions. There’s also that psychosis where, if a guy doesn’t like a person and he listens to the record, then it can be a masterpiece and they’ll say it sucks. I know there have been a lot of misconceptions about me over the years and my autobiography cleared a lot of that up, but not everybody’s read it.”
Speaking to Ultimate-Guitar.com, Mustaine stated about “Super Collider”: “There are gonna be people who are gonna take exception with the record because they’re people that wanna hear ‘Black Friday’ the rest of their lives. And I feel for them, man. I know the first time I heard AC/DC versus what they put out now, it’s a different time. I think that’s the whole thing about if you’re really a fan of the band, you grow with them or you stop being a fan. I always loved early AC/DC and I totally respect older AC/DC, but I was weaned on Bon Scott.”
In a separate interview with KNAC.COM, Mustaine said: “I didn’t want to make the same record over and over. I like to explore and take chances and push the limits to try something different.
“So many people think a band should always sound the same, but I don’t want to do that. It can be a challenge to work out something new, and I think we have done that.”
He continued: “I’m not the kind of musician that won’t allow myself to grow. If I hadn’t taken some risks, there would be no MEGADETH. Some fans want you to make the same song and sound the same all the time, but that is just not me.”
“Super Collider” has sold around 72,000 copies in the United States since its June 4 release. The CD arrived in stores via Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).