November 7, 2014 Within Temptation & Amaranthe take over Terminal 5, NYC 10-10-14
It was back in early 2013 that Dutch Metal band Within Temptation announced their plans for a worldwide tour. Releasing their sixth studio album, Hydra, in the early part of 2014, the month long North American leg of the tour began on September 25th on the West Coast and concluded October 11th on the East Coast. Marking their return for the first time in three years, vocalist Sharon den Adel, in anticipation for the tour, stated, “It’s a great feeling that after so many years we are back with a coast to coast tour.” Indeed the feeling is mutual between fans and the band as ticket sales jump-started as soon as the dates were announced. Taking along Swedish Amaranthe, the tour dropped into New York City on Friday October 10th at Terminal 5 for an evening full of excitement.
Everyone piled in from the busy streets surrounding the venue early to make sure not to miss Amaranthe. Headlining their first tour on North American soil back in 2013, in support of their album Nexus, Amaranthe left quite an impression, making this another reunion welcomed with open arms. Set to release their second album in two years, Massive Addictive, Amaranthe brought a rush of enthusiasm to the stage as they began with dance-like song “Digital World.” Led by vocalist Henrik Englund and Elize Ryd, the mood was upbeat, heavy, and overall powerful. Mixing in older material such as “Hunger” and “1.000.000 Lightyears,” among “Invincible,” the marriage of Ryd, Englund, and Jake E’s voices with razor sharp guitar/key work of Olof Mörck was outstanding. Knowing exactly how to keep the crow moving, their wonderful mix of Pop and Metal melodies shined bright and tracks like “Afterlife ” and “Amaranthine” kept it coming. Witnessing the wave of praise coming from the floor and rafters of Terminal 5, the band professed their love for NYC and how happy they were to be back. Closing out their ten song set with “Call Out My Name,” latest single ” Drop Dead Cynical,” and crowd rousing “The Nexus,” Amaranthe pulled of a performance for the ages. Their latest album Massive Addictive is out now, showing the band’s further growth as they climb to leaders of international Metal.
With attendees from all corners of the globe gathering in the melting pot of NYC, it seemed a variety of countries were represented at Terminal 5 in support of Within Temptation’s return. With their last appearance in NYC back in September of 2011 being at Terminal 5, this time the crowd was equally as amped up with little room to move on all three levels of the venue. Always known as a band that defy stereotypes in the genre, Within Temptation exhibited their most daring album with Hydra, proving they are not afraid to expand their horizons to the full extent. As a band which has been around for nearly two decade,s that is an enduring quality fans have come to love and something North American audiences began to embrace in 2007 with the breakout album The Heart of Everything. Veterans to their craft, the cast led by den Adel (vocals), Jeroen van Veen (bass), Ruud Jolie (guitar), Martijn Spierenburg (keyboards), Mike Coolen (drums), and Stefan Helleblad (guitar) were ready to take the stage once again.
Building a buzz with an introduction video, the explosion shook the ground when “Paradise (What About Us?)” began. As the eloquently dressed den Adel took her place, singing affectionately, exuberant cheers came from the audience which seemed to bounce in unison. Wasting no time, they went into a slew of fan favorites such as “Faster,” “Let us Burn,” and “In the Middle of the Night.” Seeming to almost float about the stage, reaching out to fans, den Adel’s angelic voices sent shivers down the spines of spectators as the rest of the band filled the room with thick distorted guitar tones and symphonic styling. Taking the time to converse with their fans, Within Temptation shrunk the size of the room down to that of a intimate coffee house. With sincere personability, Within Temptation has not lost their touch with fans since their first trip to North America years ago when they would spend the entire night after their set hanging out with supporters. Speaking of peace and the conflicts in the world, den Adel spread her message of mutual respect and open communication having everyone agreeing in the form of applauds. Certainly a beautiful exchange to experience at a concert, the music moved on with “Our Solemn Hour,” “Stand My Ground,” and a body moving rendition of Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness.”
Taking the audience back in time, touching on songs of their past, “The Cross” and “What Have You Done” were sprinkled around more lively Hydra pieces such as “And We Run” and “Edge of the World.” Showing no senses of wear in her delivery, den Adel continued to sing passionately through set closer and older favorite “Mother Earth.” Screaming at the top of their lungs for more, the overwhelming support was followed by an encore which began with “Covered By Roses.” Changing things up a bit and providing for an interesting surprise, the moments to follow would be one of the most unforgettable of the entire performance when the band stripped down to acoustic version of The Unforgiving (2011) track “Sinéad.” Allowing den Adel’s voice to be bare, she shined bright and vividly as the audience paid close attention to each note. Simply exhilarated, fans waved their hands in the air to the rhythm on the song and released a warm cheer of appreciation upon its conclusion. Taken back by the reception, Within Temptation graciously expressed thanks and ended the night with a bang on “Ice Queen.”
It is not very often a band can provoke such a range of emotions as Within Temptation. Their ability to recapture all the symphonic elements of their music in a live setting while emphasizing the importance of the lyrical composition is outstanding. While this touring cycle has come and gone, there is hope that the band will return sooner than later to North America for more moving performances.Photo credit: Charles Eames Photography