Review of ‘Prison of Emotions’ by Julian’s Lullaby

Review by Ryan Murray | 4/2/2020

Julian’s Lullaby, a symphonic rock band from Athens, Greece, released their 2nd album “Prisoner of Emotions” in 2017. I had never heard of this band before, but really enjoyed listening to this album, especially the instrumentation.  

This band has a nice mix of symphonic rock, power rock, folk and even an ethereal sound at times. I really enjoy the arrangement of strings throughout these tracks! Lullaby’s vocals are very nice overall, and at times even more classical. Saddler’s vocals give me a vibe that mixes between Type O Negative and Iced Earth. Lullaby and Saddler really seem to compliment each other nicely.

Angel’s East

This opening track had a really nice intro which I really like a lot. I almost feel as though this intro belongs in a film score. The drums sort of remind me of the intro to Tarja’s “Victim of Ritual”, only slower. Mixed between drums, strings and synth, it builds a nice atmosphere before the guitars coming roaring in at 1:14. The power rock guitars throughout the song blend really nicely with the strings/synth.

There’s a really nice keyboard interlude at 3:34 and an awesome guitar solo at 3:52, both of which really add a lot to this track! The strings at the end of this interlude section are beautiful and really sound great before leading into another lead solo which is also great! 

Curse of Gods
Not my favorite song. This song brings it down just a bit tempo wise, but still has strong instrumentation throughout. This song sounds like it’s from an epic role playing video game battle scene. This song definitely gives off an Iced Earth vibe musically. 

Death Angel
The intro comes off as power rock, but then there is some tight double bass kicks with very ethereal sounding vocals from Lullaby. Her voice is light and airy at first, but of course kicks up as the track progresses.
I REALLY like the strings on this track. 

This song is a bit slower, and with that you get a bit more of a glimpse into these two singers’ emotions.

At 3:33 it backs down into an acoustic feel with strings and Lullaby’s voice really shines from here to the end.

Domino
This is probably one of my favorite tracks on the album! It starts with a really strong, epic string/synth intro. Then the drums join in followed by power guitars. Lullaby’s voice feels a bit more classical in this song, and has some moments of early Tarja vibes (from early Nightwish).  

I really enjoy the vocals on this track. Lullaby and Saddler  seem to really click together more so on this song. Not to say they don’t in other songs, but I really enjoy the vocals on this song a lot. 

Eyes of Gray
Time to bring it down a few notches. This song starts off with an acoustic guitar and strings. There are definitely some folk vibes/melodies here, and it’s a nice change! 

Lullaby’s vocals join in with some power chords on the guitar, but nothing too heavy. 

Saddler joins in at 1:40 as the track picks up a bit more, but just when you think it’s really gonna kick it up, it pulls back down again. I really like the dynamic that creates. 

Hanging Crown
So on this one, I have a hard time not hearing Lindsey Stirling with the string part during the intro. Then the guitars kick in which kicks this one up a notch. The bass is quite noticeable on this one too.
This song hears Saddler opening up and at 1:08 Lullaby joins in. The strings are really upbeat and uplifting throughout this entire track. There is also a lot of noticeable double bass on this one which sounds really cool with everything else going on.

A string solo kicks in at 2:53 with some chugging guitars in the background. Again, the violin playing really sounds like Lindsey Stirling at times and this is another time when it sounds like her.

Hell’s Door
Another one of my favorite tracks due to the middle of the song. This track starts off with a hard guitar riff and sees Saddler opening lyrically with Lullaby over him with very light and airy, non lyrical singing. Lullaby using a more classical sound again this time around and it suits this track nicely. Saddler sounds very Type O Negative like on this one.

At 2:33 everything backs down and we hear what almost sounds like a chariot trotting by, with a very ethereal sounding instrumental. Then Lullaby and Saddler have a bit of a duet with very laid back and light vocals. Guitars kick back in around 4:46.
 
Towards the end at 6:45 a sweet guitar solo comes in. The track begins to fade with a double bass kick and some pinch harmonics. 

Prisoner of Emotions
The title track has an intro that I really like. It starts off with the creaking of a door which builds right into a string tremolo and choir of non lyrical vocals. Drums and guitars join in with Lullaby’s ethereal non lyrical vocals, and then back out to leave just strings with keyboard. This song feels laid back overall, but with a lot of emotion. 

Then a surprise. At 4:45 the outro comes in the form of a hard guitar riff and an awesome guitar solo. 

Single Thought
I think this is my top favorite track on this album. This is another song that has some nice folk melodies. The acoustic guitar and strings really add to the nice and uplifting feel to this song. 
It starts out with a nice acoustic guitar in 6/8. Once the verse hits, we have a time change to 4/4. 

This song just sees Lullaby’s vocals with backing choir-like non lyrical vocals. Both sound really beautiful. The string parts throughout this whole song are simply beautiful. 

Starbringer
A strong, upbeat finish to a surprise of an album. Keys and guitars are the main part of the intro, with Saddler kicking off the verse, but Lullaby joins in shortly after.

The strings in the background throughout this track really add a different level to the music. There is a lot of double bass through this song as well which really pushes it along. 

A sweeping, in your face guitar solo comes in at 2:29 which kicks the song to a completely different level.

The song comes back down with keys and strings and Lullaby’s light voice to close it out.

Overall, this album really surprised me. On first listen of a few random tracks, I didn’t think I’d like it too much, but then I gave it a listen from beginning to end and it really surprised me. There’s actually a lot going on musically between the strings, keys, synth, and the rest of the band. As you listen to it more and more, you start to hear different levels of what is going on and it really was enjoyable. I’m always a sucker for strings, but not just random strings here and there. The string arrangements on this whole album, in my humble opinion, are VERY nicely, and none of it comes across as superfluous. 

I’d give this album a 4.0 out of 5.0 rating. If you haven’t heard it yet, please give “Prisoner of Emotions” a listen, you won’t be sorry!

You can follow the band on Facebook.

Interview with Melissa VanFleet

Interviewed by Jade | September 2019

First, thank you so much for interviewing with us. I absolutely love your EP. I’ve been looking for something like it for a long time. What was your inspiration for the EP itself? Did you go into writing it knowing what you wanted?

Thank you! I wrote the songs on Ode To The Dark over the course of two years without a specific collection in mind. I knew that writing was helping to get me through the dark mental place I was in dealing with OCD and anxiety. I thought they were biographical or based on other people’s stories I had heard but in actuality I was so deep in this dark place that I didn’t even realize until recently that the songs were about what I was going through mentally.

Where did you get the idea for the title track ‘Ode to the Dark?’ It’s a beautiful song and the name definitely fits the style and haunting feel.

I had the initial idea for the title of ‘Ode To The Dark’ while on the Wacken Full Metal Cruise II. I was inspired by stories I heard from fans aboard the ship about how metal was more than music to them and instead it was who they were. One of the stories affected me and I could strongly relate so I used inspiration from that for the lyrics. The song took me two years to finish.

What was your favorite song to work on?

I think my favorite song to record was ‘Marionette’ because I had to channel something very dark and evil. We turned off the lights while I was recording vocals and Marco [producer Coti-Zelati of Lacuna Coil] was laughing because he was talking to me through the glass but couldn’t see me since it was pitch black in the studio. That song is the heaviest in topic and tone for me and I had to go somewhere else in my mind to feel content with my performance.

Can we expect new music soon?

I’m constantly writing and recording new material for different projects, collaborations and to pitch to TV/Film.

What about a tour or a live date somewhere?

I miss touring and playing shows but lately I’ve been so inspired in the studio. I look forward to performing the new songs though!

I saw you in New York City with Lacuna Coilfor their 1.19 show. That seemed like such a big deal for you! And you were amazing. How did you feel about being able to perform with Cristina Scabbia?

It was a dream of an experience. I still can’t believe it was real. I have been a Lacuna Coil fan for over 15 years. During soundcheck when I heard Cristina’s voice come through my in-ears it hit me that I was on stage with one of my idols and I can’t even put into words how that felt!

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You have an absolutely beautiful voice. Do you take lessons?

I appreciate that! I am self-taught. I play everything by ear. I learned to sing with the help of a karaoke machine from my grandparents. While other seven-year-olds in the neighborhood were outside playing I was sitting behind a couch in my living room recording myself and then taking notes on what I liked and didn’t like about my voice. I took it very seriously!

I was looking at the song trailers on your website and they’re gorgeous. Do you think you’ll do something like that again in the future? (https://www.melissavanfleet.com/film)

Thanks! Definitely. I collaborated with GHOSTWOOD on the trailers and he is brilliant. He helped bring my vision to life. Ideas are endlessly circulating in my mind and I’m now in the beginning stages of storyboarding a full-length music video.

Take this opportunity to talk about something you wish you could talk about in an interview if only someone would ask the right questions. Future expectations, personal feelings about your work, what you would like fans to know about you and your music…absolutely anything you want. We want to give artists a platform to be heard!

I am a very private person but lately I’ve been opening up more about mental health. It isn’t always comfortable to talk about and sharing your story can make you feel vulnerable and exposed but it is so important. There is often a correlation between pain and dark music for both fans and artists. Knowing that others are going through something similar when I am at my lowest point usually makes me feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel and when people hear my lyrics I want them to know that they are not alone in their suffering.

Thank you so much for answering questions for us! I’m looking forward to what’s in store for you in the future. Ode to the Dark is just the beginning of something major – I can already tell!

Thank you! I appreciate your support!

Interview with Nicoletta Rosellini of Kalidia

Interviewed by Bridget Taylor
3/27/2019

Good day! Thanks for speaking with us, we can’t wait to get to know more about you!

Thank you so much for this interview, Bridget!

When looking into the meaning of Kalidia, it’s been said it’s a combination of Kali, a Hindu goddess, and Lidia, an ancient land. How deep is the band collectively into myths and history?

In both albums there are a lot of songs about those themes, like Orpheus and Amethyst are about Greek myths, Myth of Masada and Harbinger of Serenity are a mix of history and mythology, while Lotus is about the Egyptian mythology and symbolism. We’ve always been intrigued by those themes and we often got inspired by reading a myth book or travelling in Greece.

You got signed just last year to Inner Wound records. What differences have there been versus being unsigned?

A lot of difference. First of all, we don’t have to take care of all the distribution that was a little bit stressful to understand in the very beginning. Also, a label has more connections and business channels compared to a band. Inner Wound really helped us a lot with great distribution and promotion and with some advices that were useful to reach a wider audience. However, we do not regret the choice we did for the first album: at that time, it was the best choice for us to go independent. This helped us to get all the income and invest more on the second album.

A fan page (on Facebook) was recently started! How do you feel about the fan page?

We are really honored to see someone so dedicated as Eddie (the owner and moderator of the page), this means at least we have touched him deeply with our music. He’s really doing a huge work!

You’ve recently finished a couple shows and have more in the future in Europe and the UK. What can we do to bring you to the Americas and other places (street team?) For us who haven’t seen you live, what should we expect?

We’ve been asked so many times to play this or that country. Unfortunately, it’s not our choice, we play where we got offers. So, the only thing I can say is… ask your local promoters to book us and we’ll come! We really hope we can play in America because we have a great amount of listeners over there (considering our Spotify results!). We offer an energetic and fun show with lot of hadbanging and jumping moments!

Next year will be the 10th anniversary for Kalidia. Any special plans for this benchmark?

Actually, we’ve noticed this really recently. We haven’t discussed about this yet, but we’ll surely arrange something, maybe a special show? Who knows 😊

In Lies’ Device and The Frozen Throne, we have heard collaborations with others. Who has been your favourite to work with? Who would you guest with on their album, if you had the chance?

I would say David Bassin of Victorius but only because we were in the same studio working out the vocal lines together, while the other guests usually recorded their own parts in different studio. Well, I’d love to be featured in an Iron Maiden album….is that asking too much? 😛

What can we look forward to with the band, plans with music and tours? Will there be any cross action with Walk In Darkness (Nicoletta’s other band)? Does anyone else play in another band?

We still have some show in April and May, after that we will take a couple of months off to work on the new album (we’ve already written some stuff, time to work on it!) and then back to more shows in Fall (to be announced). No problems with Walk in Darkness because this is only a studio project (at least for now, ahah!). Among the other band members, only Dario is involved with another band called Ion of Chios, but they are doing just 1-2 shows per year, so no big stress.

Sum up the band for someone who has never heard of you in three words (and why you chose those words):

Melodic – this is our trademark, strong melodies all over our albums.

Bombastic – mainly the new album has those strong orchestrations that made the sound huge!

Power metal – you can still feel the classic power metal vibes.

On a lighter side, Italy is known for fashion and Nicoletta loves to accessorize. Is there a place you swear by for accessories? What’s your favourite item to wear?

I do love rings! I have 5 which I think are my trademark because I always wear them during every show or video/photoshoot! At the beginning, they were just rings made of steel, then I ordered them custom-made in silver and gold (so that they won’t change colour, ahah!).

If one was to come to Italy, for a festival or just a short vacation, what would be some places you’d recommend?

My region, Tuscany. Known for great food, wine and incredible landscapes. Also, in our hometown (Lucca), we have the biggest comicon in Europe (Lucca Comics and Games) and many famous metal bands usually play there (Lacuna Coil, Mago de Oz, Trick or Treat, Wind Rose and many more)

Where has been your favourite place been to visit, either for music or just enjoyment?

Greek islands, not only for the beautiful sea. It’s a place really full of mythology and history.

Thank you for taking time out to talk to us. We look forward to speaking again, and also to the time of seeing you across the seas! (Wishful thinking at this point, but it’ll happen!)

Thank you, it was a real pleasure! Keep on following your favorite musicians… rock on and hopefully see you on the road!

Kalidia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/KalidiaOfficial/

Interview with Lyria on ‘Immersion’

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Interview by Jessica Clingempeel & Bridget Taylor
3/6/2019

Crowdfunding and the likes have been a major source for many new bands nowadays. With the success it has given Lyria, do you feel that you will keep this as a way to record future records? Do you feel crowdfunding gives you a more intimate connection to your fans versus the usual ways?

Hello, thanks for the interview. Yes, absolutely! It is amazing to have our fans working together with us to make the releases possible. It sure strengthens our connection and we probably will keep this successful partnership. Just to give an example, one of the rewards of our first crowdfunding campaign was to choose a subject for a song of the second album. So, this is a really participative role.

What, if any, were the challenges with the album Immersion and how did this record differ with the first in terms of recordings?


There were many challenges. Just to cite one, Zig suffered with an anxiety crisis just in the beginning of the records. But, in the end, Immersion was easier to record than Catharsis. We were more connected, with a very good chemistry, and the songs were already very consistent before recording, being practically unchanged during the process.

Aline, is there anything in particular that inspires your compositions? Or are they sometimes just random things that pop into your mind and you want to get them down?

I write about things that I felt in some way, things that really touched me. It could be something that happened to me or someone close. Sometimes I also put some dose of mythology. The lyrics generally talk about facing problems, overcoming bad moments and also give pieces of advice. In relation to music, we have different influences that come from pop to trash metal. Sometimes we build something step by step, sometimes it just emerges. Once I woke up with a full song in my head and in the end it changed just a little.

Regarding the lyrics, Aline, you have mentioned that some of your songs, such as ‘Hard to Believe’ is about anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Is that something you or a loved one struggled through personally?

Yes, it is. Unfortunately, nowadays, many people are dealing with these problems. Maybe because of our way of life: we are always receiving so much information and dealing with so much stress. Sometimes it is important to slow down.

The lyrics to “Let Me Be Me” is a song almost everyone can relate to. Everyone has had to deal with some form of rejection or been given the impression that one must change their attitude or ways of thinking, dressing, etc. What advice would you give to someone who may be reading this interview that is currently struggling with some form of bullying because of who they are?

You are not the problem, they are. Haters generally project their insecurities onto others. Don’t feel ashamed and don’t let anyone say what you should do. Of course, sometimes people just want to help you, so you need to figure out if they are pointing something you could improve, or if they are just criticizing for nothing.  Be yourself  and don’t give up your dreams. Work hard to make your dreams come true.

Is there any one song from Immersion that was the hardest to compose and/or personal?

Every song is personal in some way. I believe the hardest one was “The Rain”. It was one of the first to be written, but the last one to be finalized. We really liked the song, but we were not 100% satisfied until we did the last changes.

You have some gig dates coming up soon, all in Brazil, will any more be added and other countries, maybe even the USA in the near future? Any countries in particular you wish to visit?

Yes, there are still a lot of gigs to be added. I would love to tour other countries and surely, USA is on the list! We plan to do this in the near future and we maybe will do a crowdfunding campaign to make it happen. I would like to visit every country and go where our fans are.

Every musician has their pre-and-post tour rituals when playing shows. What does each member do before and after a gig to prepare and unwind?
I think we will break this paradigm, we don’t have any rituals (laughs). Normally we have the Meet & Greets before playing. When we have more time, Rod likes to make some exercises before going to stage. After concerts, if it is possible, we like to go out and eat together.

If there was one band or musician you could pick to headline for, who would that be and why? What would be your ideal festival lineup?

Many bands that we like and are on the road for a very long time as Nightwish, Epica, Lacuna Coil and Evanescence, for example. It would be awesome to have a festival with all of them plus Lyria, Disturbed, Amaranthe, Delain, Santiano, Metallica, Of Mice & Men and so many others.

Social media has really helped musicians rise and get their name out there, especially international artists. How has it helped Lyria and do you think the band would be as known now if it were not for social media?

The social media was and still is crucial for Lyria. If there wasn’t for it, it wouldn’t be possible to reach our fans. So, we wouldn’t be known and probably wouldn’t recorded our albums.

If you had to choose one song from either album to introduce the band, which song would you choose and why?

At the moment, I would choose “Let me be me”. It is our latest single, it has a recent music video, it is a song that everybody can related to, and it has the potential to reach people that are not used to listen to metal. However, “Jester” is still our most famous song.

What genres do the members listen to that are different from Lyria and what were some of the influences that inspired the direction of Lyria in terms of sound?

We listen to many different genres like pop, electronic, Celtic music, Classical music and a lot of subgenres in rock and metal. I believe that we picked a dose of all of these influences to create our own formula.

How influenced is the band in regard to outside influences such as politics and/or religion when it comes to composing lyrics? What about instrumental composition and sound, for instance, does video game theatrics have a hand in the sound?

Normally we write more about feelings. People may have different interpretations about the lyrics. We love video games and movies, so, they can be also an influence.

Outside of music, what other hobbies do the members have?


I make jewelry and also like to cook (and eat (laughs)) and to pose and take photos. Thiago and Zig like to cook too. Rod loves video games and sports. All of us also like to spend our free time with our families.

Any last words for the readers?
Hope you like the interview! If you didn’t know Lyria yet, you can find us on:

► Spotify: http://bit.ly/lyriaspotify
► iTunes: http://bit.ly/lyriaitunes
► Amazon: http://bit.ly/lyriaamazon
► Deezer: http://bit.ly/lyriadeezer
► Google Play: http://bit.ly/lyriagoogleplay
► YouTube: www.youtube.com/lyriaband
► Official Merchandise: http://bit.ly/lyriamerch
► Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lyriaband
► Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lyriaband

Thanks also to our Lyria Army for all the support. We love you.

Review of Teshaleh’s ‘Born of Fire’ EP

Review by Bridget Taylor
2/18/2019

Today, we are reviewing magick combined with mead, as we review Teshaleh’s new (and first) EP, Born of Fire (released February 1st, 2019). Teshaleh consists of Lori Glimmer on Vocals, Vanessa Harris also on Vocals, Brett McCoy on Guitar, John Harford on Bagpipes, pfeifer and shawms (I know you’re desperately Googling now), Colin Parker on Violin, Chris Welborn on Bass, Dan Wise on Drums and Percussion, and Damien McCoy on Keyboards. Many talented musicians, sharing an eclectic stage together.. How will this adventure end?

We start with a dramatic set of strings on Ancient Brotherhood to kick off the EP. A strong eerie voice introduces the song and band, and we get into a gypsy-rock groove. The lyrics start the story as the music evolves throughout the tale. Overall, Ancient Brotherhood perfectly captures what you should expect from Teshalah.

The title track, Born of Fire, seduces you from beginning to end. A
pronounced instrumental that’s guaranteed to have you swaying and rock every second of the song.

In Taberna is the fastest-paced out of the songs, and definitely worth a
listen.. Or a few, to make sure you keep up with the chanting! This memorable diddy promises to stay in your head all day.

Nowhere Near Enough is definitely the jingle to that will catch anyone’s
ears, and leads on where In Taberna left off. It sounds to me a song to gather your friends to drink a pint over. The only downside? It’s the shortest song on the EP.

Finally, we finish up with Totentanz, which shows the complementary of
vocals to the music. A great finale to combine and wrap up the whole EP, the ladies express their strength through singing as the band thunders behind them. It nicely ends the EP on a definitive note.

All in all, Teshaleh delivers exciting journeys and smashing melodies on their first EP. A combination of chants and vocals amplified by the contributions of merriment and contributions of each individual instrument (Have you found out what shawms are yet?) will have you
jamming each song, toe tapping, and swashbuckling your way through your day.

To get the latest, follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teshalehband/)
or visit their website (www.teshaleh.com) to see where they
next embark on tour!

Within Temptation – Resist Review

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By Jade
2/11/2019

Dutch symphonic metal group Within Temptation are back with their seventh studio album, but word these days is that they no longer refer to themselves as ‘symphonic metal.’ RESIST takes their traditional habit of incorporating various genres into their music and multiplies it by a thousand in the form of a ten-track album. Not a long enough album for you? Surprise yourself. The content of the tracks may be enough to satisfy you the same way a longer album would, especially with songs upwards of nearly six minutes. Whereas listeners are right to expect metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal, RESIST offers up something we may or may not have noticed in their previous work: a focus on electronics and some underlying pop influences roughed up into an interesting presentation into the rock scene.

Opening this newer sound is THE RECKONING featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach. An interesting duet that could arguably be the strongest track of the album, depending on who you ask. The war-tone of the track features an almost trumpet-sounding overlay that sounds roughed up to fit in a traditional rock form, and the method just works. The blend of clear vocals from Sharon den Adel mixed with the darker tone from Shaddix is the highlight of this track, but there is much to love from the entirety.

ENDLESS WAR is immediately different, but the listener would have to pay close attention to pick up on one of the used instruments here: there is an underlying piano that can be heard in the outro, but upon a few listens and some straining, exists underneath the rest of the surprisingly smooth mainstream take.

RAISE YOUR BANNER featuring Anders Friden of IN FLAMES goes back to the established war-tone we started with in The Reckoning. If the concept of the album is to push back against the forces holding us down these days, this song captures that perfectly. We have a guitar solo in this one (which we lack on most, if not all other tracks) that very much pumps the energy into the concept. Sharon’s voice really brings home a sense of power and resistance that gives the album a great kick with RAISE YOUR BANNER, especially with her Mother-Earth style outro.

The ever-popular SUPERNOVA, which fans in Europe got a live taste of during their 2018 tour, hits square in the chest as one of the most powerful songs on the album. Even the instrumental is enough to reach up and slap you in the face, demanding you tell it the main genre it is reaching for and feeling rightly accomplished when you can’t. With Supernova, Within Temptation has taken different genres that one might cringe to hear together and blended into something that offers such a pleasant surprise that we’re sure even Within Temptation themselves are pleased. Based on fan reaction, it could even be the band’s most popular song on the album.

HOLY GROUND takes a different turn and brings the listener a sense of what ‘angry Sharon’ would sound like. While the chosen vocal style may not sit well with some, the lyrics and message make up a song that could very well be open to interpretation from the listener. A sense of electronics overlay this track with what sounds like a go-to formula for the chorus. All in all, 50/50 for who will like it and who won’t, but a powerful track nonetheless.

IN VAIN is arguably the most “pop” track on RESIST. It follows a very simple structure both musically and lyrically, full of repetitions of instruments that have the song blending into something generally unmemorable. The lyrics are predictable and simple, but sometimes simple is better. While it isn’t the strongest song on the album, it certainly isn’t the weakest, and could lend to some light listening when the listener isn’t looking for something too intense.

FIRELIGHT, a track too dark for Sharon den Adel’s solo album MY INDIGO, was roughed up and placed on RESIST. As a stand-alone track, it is beautiful and haunting and the lyrics lend to an interesting take on pain and life. Does it fit with RESIST and its concept? Some say it could, but if it were trying to be as bold-faced as the other tracks, the resounding answer would be no. The ‘dark pop’ tones are an interesting choice for the meaning of the song, however, and if a listener who may not like it tied to RESIST can separate it and treat it as a stand-alone or a B-Side to MY INDIGO, it may have a lot of potential to be great.

MAD WORLD can be considered another one of the most “pop” tracks on this album. In the reviewer’s opinion, it’s the weakest on the album, though I highly encourage everyone to give it a chance. Public consensus is that it actually isn’t and that it’s enjoyable. Like IN VAIN, it seems to follow a simple, repetitive formula, but consists of lyrics that aren’t all that memorable. You may or may not be humming it to yourself later. Another 50/50 on whether or not the listener will enjoy.

There are certainly hints to Sharon’s father’s passing on this album, but none highlight it more than MERCY MIRROR. A ballad of sorts, Sharon delivers lyrics of grief and loss, and it definitely hits home. A song everyone who has experienced some kind of loss can relate to, it has the potential to be the strongest in terms of genuine emotion. “It’s a wicked game life plays,” indeed.

Finally, TROPHY HUNTER comes to a pretty close tie with SUPERNOVA as being the strongest track on RESIST. It’s certainly the heaviest next to The Reckoning, especially with the guitars becoming audible once more in the beginning and the drums reminding us, “WE EXIST!” Paired with a memorable bridge and a fun chorus to sing, and Sharon den Adel’s voice soaring above and taking the listener hostage for the whole 5:51 song, it’s a winner that was definitely best saved for last. Ending on a heavy note to remind us who they are? A pretty Within Temptation thing to do.

The biggest argument with this record looks to be the lack of guitars and the muted drums. Metal fans may be disappointed, as this album explores many different genres and blends them together into one sound, and the songs themselves have the tendency of all sounding the same at times. Overall, however, if treated like the experiment Within Temptation meant it to be, it is a truly fun album to listen to in order to get your energy flowing. Its Top 20 chart rankings all over the world say that much!

 Rating: 3/5