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Mother Earth
Within Temptation
Mother Earth
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Pop, Rock, Metal
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Mother Earth produced the bands first breakthrough #1 single with Ice Queen. The success pushed Mother Earth, which continued to climb in the Dutch album chart, ending the year at #3.


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All Artists: Within Temptation
Title: Mother Earth
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 8/5/2008
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Europe, Continental Europe
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016861796624, 016861796600, 766483480646


Product Description
Mother Earth produced the bands first breakthrough #1 single with
Ice Queen. The success pushed Mother Earth, which continued to
climb in the Dutch album chart, ending the year at #3.

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Just Bill | Grand Rapids, MI United States | 02/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Within Temptation started out as another Goth/symphonic metal band with an operatic female lead singer counterpointed by growling male vocals. Hardly original for the genre. But well done.Mother Earth (wisely) casts off the demonic male vocals and strives instead for superb melodic construction and songs that stick with you all day long.Sharon den Adel's voice reminds me of a cross between Tori Amos, Loreena McKennit, and -- believe it or not -- Sinnead O'Conner. With her own unique style mixed in with it. She soars, swoops, dives, and paints aural pictures that leave me breathless. Of the vocalists in this genre, den Adel's voice sounds a bit more "commericial." That's not a bad thing, though. Musically, there are some hard and fast moment on Mother Earth (way cool guitar riffs abound!), but there are also very tender vocal and piano songs that never stoop to being maudlin.Within Temptation has three albums out. This is their third and best. I hope their career lasts a good long time -- AND they make it to the States for a tour.I highly recommend Mother Earth."
Within Temptation ~ Mother Earth
Clarissa | Ontario, California | 05/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a big fan of melodic/symphonic metal but one thing I hate about the genre is how everyone starts sounding uncannily alike after awhile. The striking cover art is what initially drew me to Within Temptation but what I discovered was far more than just visual splendor. I was treated with a refreshing yet similar take that's unique yet familiar, if that makes any sense. They stand out somehow and aren't just another Nightwish clone, and yet they both coincide as equals when it comes to brilliance. Hailing from the Netherlands their music can best be described as Gothic folk rock. I know a lot of bands are labeled as such these days but few actually live up to the diverse title given them. Within Temptation's "Mother Earth" however does. The creative lyrics each tell an interesting story and are told, interweaved, with irresistibly hooking melodies. Sharon den Adel also has one of the most captivating voices I've ever heard. In a way she reminds me of Christina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil, but only because they both manage the ethereal with a flare of attitude so well. I become mesmerized every time I hear her sing and very few vocalists can give me chills like she can; especially on "Our Farewell" which is one of the saddest, heart-renchingly beautiful rock ballads in the history of music (IMO, anyway). It's about losing a loved one, wondering how you'll be able to move on without them, and then realizing they'll always be with you and that this isn't the end... Other favorites are "Ice Queen", "Caged", "Dark Wings", "Restless", and "Deceiver Of Fools", which reminds me of something you'd hear on a Lord of the Rings soundtrack... That is until the crushing guitars come in...

'Mother Earth' is my first but certainly not my last album from Within Temptation, and while their sound here is mostly Gothic folk rock, as I said before, the live tracks "Enter" and "The Dance" indicate a darker, rougher, less folksy sound on other endeavors.

There's a bonus DVD featured here too of the songs "Never-Ending Story", "Caged" and "Mother Earth" in concert, as well as the video for "Mother Earth" and a backstage glimpse into their 2003 European tour which is surely a pleasure to watch for fans both old and new of this incredibly gifted band. I must warn those who are buying this as an import, though, because the disc isn't formatted to work on all DVD players."
This is grand!
Wouko | Soest, Utrecht Netherlands | 05/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First I have to give comment to my fellow countryman's review. He or she says that there was nothing like this in Holland. And he/she is wrong. Long before Within Temptation there was The Gathering who were an example for WT. These days you have allso After Forever from these parts of the world. Anyways. I know Within Temptation from the start. The first time I saw them live was in 1997. About the album: This album is GRAND, there's no doubt about that. Sharon sings beautifully, as always and the music is more open for a broader public than the previous albums. This album which contains 'celtic', melodic (let's say Loreena McKennitt meets Dream Theater) gothicmetal could be appreciated by your mother.Mine did anyway. The band even has a big hit with the song Ice Queen here in Holland and allso in Belgium. Who could have predicted that!? You can put this cd on any time of day, and you'll still appreciate it. It's strong, full of emotions and it can bring tears to your eyes. You won't be sorry when you buy this one. And if you do buy it, and like it, buy their cd Enter and allso check The Gathering. I'm sure you'll like them as well.Slán"