Sharon den Adel: WITHIN TEMPTATION is still working on finishing songs for upcoming album
In recent years, Dutch symphonic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION shifted their focus from releasing albums to releasing a series of singles, enabling the band members to indulge themselves in their creative processes thus delivering freshly inspired music. The band has released “Entertain You”, “The Purge” and “Shed My Skin”, singles that have all thrilled their fanbase, had great critical reception in Europe, peaked in the Top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator charts and topped the official German charts. Earlier this month, WITHIN TEMPTATION also released the official Jeb Hardwick-directed music video for the band’s latest single, “Don’t Pray For Me”. It is the fourth single of the band’s independent releases and will lead up to WITHIN TEMPTATION’s next studio album.
Speaking to Finland’s Chaoszine, WITHIN TEMPTATION vocalist Sharon Den Adel stated about the band’s plans for a new studio LP: “We don’t have an official release date yet, but we are working, as we speak still, on finishing songs. And, of course, we have released a lot of songs during the corona time; those songs are gonna be on the album as well. So I think we have to finish up, like, a third still, and we’re gonna do it in the beginning of next year. And somewhere next year we will release a new album — with the songs that we already released, of course.”
Watch the band’s latest single, “Don’t Pray For Me” below.
Den Adel previously said that “Don’t Pray For Me” “strives against forcing beliefs and fears on to others and bears witness to being acceptive of everyone’s own journey. It is an anthem about coming to terms with the fact that beliefs can be fluid, multiple or, frankly, different. The song is about allowing people to pursue their own destiny.”
The remainder of WITHIN TEMPTATION’s 2022 will be filled up with a European summer festival season, a USA tour with IRON MAIDEN and a much-anticipated and long-delayed co-headlining European tour with EVANESCENCE.
WITHIN TEMPTATION’s last album, “Resist”, was released in February 2019 through Spinefarm Records, the specialist hard rock label of Universal Music Group.
Prior to “Resist”’s arrival, Den Adel said that the LP was inspired by “modern music” but with “a very dark” twist. She explained: “Sometimes, it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. ‘Resist’ is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge.”