This is going to be a really short review:
Stop reading my blog and go buy this album.
Seriously, it’s that amazing.
If you don’t love this album by the time you hit the fourth track, then go to your doctor and have your ears checked.
I thought Within Temptation had peaked with The Heart of Everything and the live Black Symphony Albums. Turns out I was completely wrong.
I liked The Unforgiving, but felt that the story overtook the music. Later on, I even went through the trouble to have a copy of the Q-Music sessions sent to the USA. On that album they did a number of cover tunes, and you can hear how some of the music they covered has influenced their progression as a band in Hydra.
In this album there are a mix of different styles from metal, to rap-mix, to ballad and they all seem to work! I suppose that is the reason for naming the album ‘Hydra’ – a mythical creature with many heads. Four of the ten tracks are collaborations and each one brings a new twist to the Within Temptation sound. I never thought I’d appreciate rap mixed in with my Symphonic Metal – but they pulled it off and it works great!
If you haven’t managed to obtain a copy of the Q-Music Sessions, then be sure to buy the deluxe version of Hydra (Link Above). It contains four of the cover tunes from the Q-Music Sessions.
Hopefully, they will announce a tour of the United States sometime soon.
Now, if you will excuse me I’m going to post this hastily-written blog post and get back to rocking out to this frakin’ amazing album!