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
A special MEGADETH VIP ring featuring the band’s mascot, Vic Rattlehead,will be a part of the special Ultimate VIP package during the group’s U.S. tour.
The Ultimate VIP Packages for MEGADETH’s U.S. tour include a Dave Mustaine Peace Sells VMNT Dean Guitar, concert ticket, meet-and-greet with the band, MEGADETH VIP Ring, signed copy of “Super Collider”, VIP laminate, commemorative VIP ticket, priority check-in, pre-show party, prizes and more.
MEGADETH’s tour with FEAR FACTORY and NONPOINT kicks off on November 23 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
For more information, visit Megadeth.com.
MEGADETH’s latest album, “Super Collider”, has sold around 70,000 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).
In a recent interview with The Rock Pit, Mustaine stated about the current lineup of MEGADETH: “I think if you ask any of us, they will all tell you this is their favorite period and the great thing is with Chris Broderick (guitar) being around for a while it’s pretty significant with him. and Shawn Drover (drums) has been around longer — he’s seen more — but when we got David Ellefson (bass) coming back in and he’s saying this is the best that he’s ever seen it and he’s the one that’s seen some pretty big successes among us in MEGADETH so for him to say that just shows you that things are on the rise for MEGADETH again. I’m totally excited.”
In addition to closing this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, British rock ‘n’ roll legends MOTÖRHEAD will receive the most prestigious award of the night itself — The Golden God!
The Golden God award celebrates and recognizes those who have significantly contributed, shaped and inspired the world of rock and metal — and few in Metal Hammer’s world fit that description more thanLemmy and the boys. They remain a true institution in British music history and follow in the footsteps of previous Golden God winners such asIRON MAIDEN, MARILYN MANSON and ROB ZOMBIE.
Alexander Milas, editor of Metal Hammer, said: “The first, the biggest, and the best — the Metal Hammer Golden Gods are the ultimate celebration of all things heavy. It’s a chance for us to hoist beers with the great and good of the metal community as well as the most important VIPs around — our readers. Part gig, part awards, and all metal, there’s simply no other event like it, and with the almighty MOTÖRHEAD closing proceedings, this one’s set to be the loudest ever. Horns up!”