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29 September 2008 @ 05:13 pm
Song of the Week #26: Within Temptation "The Howling" (live)  
A few years my close friend Chris turned me onto an amazing band from Holland based on my love of female vocals and my tendencies to some of the more tasteful European hard rock and metal. I think the description was a mix of Kate Bush meets Queensryche (or maybe that was my description). Cinematic, powerful, lush, with a hint of Celtic flavor, and a touch of bombast – and that voice of Sharon den Adel.

They released their debut in 1996, but it wasn’t until last year’s The Heart of Everything that they had a domestic release and they toured a few cities in the U.S. for the first time. This track was originally on their last album:

“The Howling” (watch in high quality for best results)

This version was filmed in front of a sold out Ahoy Hall in Rotterdam in front of almost 15,000 people (yes, they’re pretty big in Europe) with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra and Choir. Lyrics all the way at the bottom. I won’t go on for days on how rockin’ it is, just give it a spin, eh?

Amazing isn’t it?!

Check out more from Within Temptation:
Frozen
Stand My Ground (live)
Ice Queen (acoustic)
Mother Earth - crazy red dress
In-depth interview with Chris Kay


“The Howling”
We’ve been seeing what you wanted, got us cornered right now
Fallen asleep from our vanity, might cost us our lives
I hear they’re getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They’re coming down the hills from behind

When we start killing
It’s all coming down right now
From the nightmare we’ve created,
I want to be awakened somehow

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we’re in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing...

We’ve been searching all night long but there’s no trace to be found
It’s like they all have just vanished but I know they’re around
I feel they’re getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They’re coming down the hills from behind

When we start killing
It’s all coming down right now
From the nightmare we’ve created
I want to be awakened somehow

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we’re in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing...
When we start killing...

I feel they’re getting closer
Their howls are sending chills down my spine
And time is running out now
They’re coming down the hills from behind

The sun is rising
The screams have gone
Too many have fallen
Few still stand tall
Is this the ending of what we’ve begun?
Will we remember what we’ve done wrong?

When we start killing
It’s all coming down right now
From the nightmare we’ve created
I want to be awakened somehow

When we start killing it all will be falling down
From the Hell that we’re in
All we are is fading away
When we start killing...
When we start killing...
When we start killing...