This is certainly a departure from the dreamy, dramatic symphonic soundscapes of Mother Earth and the Silent Force, and even the more metal “The Heart of Everything”. Though still soundly rooted in symphonic layers, “The Unforgiving” offers many tracks that are quite different from familiar Within Temptation style.
Pounding, energetic tracks like “Shot in the Dark”, contrast with eighties pop dance beats only partially veiled by the guitars. This is not to say that it’s a bad sound. It isn’t. Sharon den Adel’s classical alto is as fierce and bright as ever. And every groovy track will make you want to dance, or at least perk you up if you’re stuck behind a desk.
I have to say, though, that my favorite track on this release is “Where is the Edge”, which is big, dramatic, eerie, in other words, pure Within Temptation. “Faster” reminds me strongly of Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game” and “Shot in the Dark” is a great track for a daydream.