Black Symphony

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Black Symphony
Black Symphony-cover.jpg
Video by Within Temptation
Released Europe September 22, 2008
United States September 23, 2008
Australia October 18, 2008
Turkey September 22, 2008
Russia November 3, 2008
Japan December 24, 2008
Recorded February 7, 2008
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 350 Min
Label Sony/BMG
GUN
Director Hans Pannecoucke
Producer Matijn Swier, Ralph Broos, Wouter Strobbe
Within Temptation video chronology
The Silent Force Tour
(2005)
Black Symphony
(2008)
Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert
(2014)
Black Symphony
Live album by Within Temptation
Released Europe August 22, 2008
United States September 23, 2008
Australia October 18, 2008
Turkey September 22, 2008
Russia November 3, 2008
Japan December 24, 2008
Recorded February 7, 2008
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 122 Min
Label GUN
Within Temptation chronology
The Heart of Everything
(2007)
Black Symphony
(2008)
An Acoustic Night at the Theatre
(2009)

Black Symphony is a live album, DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. It was released worldwide on September 22–24, 2008 and is available on 2-disc DVD, 2-disc CD, and Blu-ray.[1]

Information[edit]

The release consists of two discs. The first one contains the homonymous special concert that features the band accompanied by The Metropole Orchestra, the Pa'dam Choir, and special guests including George Oosthoek (ex-Orphanage), Anneke van Giersbergen of Agua de Annique and Keith Caputo of Life of Agony. It was filmed by 14 HD cameras on February 7, 2008 in a sold out concert at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam. The album was certified Gold in the Netherlands.[2] Besides the orchestra, choirs and special guests, the concert featured some elaborate extra production apart from the band's common tour performances, such as choreographed circus performances, pyrotechnics, fireworks and special lightning. The album was also one of the pioneers of the blu-ray format release. Music technology magazine Sound on Sound constructed a special article about the making-of process of the DVD, such as the mixing and the editing, and the use of new technology in it.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [4]
About.com4/5 stars [5]
Metal Storm4.5/5 stars [6]
Popmatters3.5/5 stars [7]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars [8]
Ultimate-Guitar3.5/5 stars [9]

The double release was well received among music critics. Adrien Begrand, from Popmatters, praised the band's current recognition in Europe and considered that the main concert structure and production was a worthy opportunity that only a few successful bands could embrace. Begrand, while praising den Adel's performance overall, considered the excess of ballads on the setlist as a low point. He ended his review stating that the release is "in all, a classy package befitting a very classy band, and a sure-fire fan pleaser."[7]

Content[edit]

DVD 1[edit]

Within Temptation & Metropole Orchestra: Black Symphony.[edit]

Recorded live at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands on February 7, 2008.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ouverture" 7:43
2."Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)"Sharon den Adel, Robert Westerholt4:39
3."The Howling"den Adel, Westerholt6:30
4."Stand My Ground"den Adel, Westerholt4:32
5."The Cross"den Adel, Westerholt4:58
6."What Have You Done"den Adel, Westerholt5:21
7."Hand of Sorrow"den Adel, Westerholt5:40
8."The Heart of Everything"den Adel, Westerholt5:47
9."Forgiven"den Adel, Martijn Spierenburg4:52
10."Somewhere"den Adel, Westerholt4:24
11."The Swan Song"den Adel4:00
12."Memories"den Adel, Westerholt4:03
13."Our Solemn Hour"den Adel, Westerholt5:22
14."The Other Half (Of Me)"Westerholt, den Adel5:03
15."Frozen"den Adel, Westerholt4:31
16."The Promise"den Adel8:14
17."Angels"den Adel, Westerholt4:01
18."Mother Earth"den Adel5:59
19."The Truth Beneath the Rose"den Adel, Westerholt7:22
20."Deceiver of Fools"den Adel7:38
21."All I Need"den Adel, Westerholt4:54
22."Ice Queen"den Adel7:15

Extras[edit]

Backstage Report[edit]

  1. Interviews with the band, conductor Jules Buckley, members of the orchestra, Keith Caputo and various fans outside the Ahoy. Presented by Dennis Weening.

Documentary[edit]

  1. 30-minute documentary with exclusive never-seen-before footage. Interviews with band members on the band's history and on Black Symphony. Produced by the NPS, Netherlands.

Countdown Black Symphony[edit]

  1. A short overview of all the happenings on the day of the show, from when the production starts in the morning, until showtime in the evening.

DVD 2[edit]

Bonus Concert[edit]

Recorded live at The Beursgebouw, Eindhoven, Netherlands on November 24, 2007.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Intro"  
2."Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)"Sharon den Adel, Robert Westerholt 
3."The Howling"den Adel, Westerholt 
4."The Cross"den Adel, Westerholt 
5."Hand of Sorrow"den Adel, Westerholt 
6."The Heart of Everything"den Adel, Westerholt 
7."Restless"Westerholt, Martijn Westerholt, den Adel 
8."Our Solemn Hour"den Adel, Westerholt 
9."Mother Earth"den Adel 
10."Jane Doe"den Adel 
11."The Truth Beneath the Rose"den Adel, Westerholt 
12."All I Need"den Adel, Westerholt 

Music Videos[edit]

  1. What Have You Done (with Keith Caputo)
  2. Frozen
  3. The Howling
  4. All I Need

The Making Of...[edit]

  1. Frozen
  2. The Howling
  3. All I Need

World Tour Impressions[edit]

  1. An hour of exclusive footage recorded on the road by Within Temptation in the US & Canada, Europe, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Japan and the UK.

Extras[edit]

  1. TMF Awards Benelux (featuring WT's performance of What Have You Done and All I Need at the TMF Awards Belgium)
  2. The Dutch Pop Award Show (featuring the male members of WT dressing up in dresses and receiving the Netherlands' most important music award)
  3. Photoshoot Erwin Olaf (very exclusive footage of Erwin Olaf working with us on the photos made for The Heart Of Everything)
  4. Orchestra Recordings (filmed during the recording of the orchestra parts for The Heart Of Everything)

Specs[edit]

PAL/NTSC format. Contains Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS 96/24 surround sound, filmed in high definition, widescreen. Subtitled in English. Coded region-free, with a total running time of 470 minutes as it also contains both CDs of the Ahoy concert.

CD track listing[edit]

Europe and Japanese version[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ouverture" 7:43
2."Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)"Sharon den Adel, Robert Westerholt4:39
3."The Howling"den Adel, Westerholt6:30
4."Stand My Ground"den Adel, Westerholt4:32
5."The Cross"den Adel, Westerholt4:58
6."What Have You Done"den Adel, Westerholt5:21
7."Hand of Sorrow"den Adel, Westerholt5:40
8."The Heart of Everything"den Adel, Westerholt5:47
9."Forgiven"dem Adel, Martijn Spierenburg4:52
10."Somewhere"den Adel, Westerholt4:24
11."The Swan Song"den Adel4:00
12."Memories"den Adel, Westerholt4:03
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Our Solemn Hour"den Adel, Westerholt5:22
2."The Other Half (Of Me)"Westerholt, den Adel5:03
3."Frozen"den Adel, Westerholt4:31
4."The Promise"den Adel8:14
5."Angels"den Adel, Westerholt4:01
6."Mother Earth"den Adel5:59
7."The Truth Beneath the Rose"den Adel, Westerholt7:22
8."Deceiver of Fools"den Adel7:38
9."All I Need"den Adel, Westerholt4:54
10."Ice Queen"den Adel7:15

Editions[edit]

  • Europe: 2-CD Digipack/ 2-DVD Digipack/ 2-Disc Blu-Ray
  • Europe, UK, Australia: 4-Disc Special Edition Digipack
  • USA, Canada: 1-CD+1-DVD Jewelcase
  • Japan: 2-CD+1-DVD Digipack
  • Argentina: 1-DVD

Personnel[edit]

The Band[edit]

Special Guests[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
DVD
Netherlands (NVPI)[30] Gold 30,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official DVD Announcement Archived February 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Official Website
  2. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - WITHIN TEMPTATION: 'Black Symphony' DVD Certified Gold In Holland". Legacy.roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  3. ^ http://www.soundonsound.com/people/within-temptation-producing-black-symphony
  4. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r1422227
  5. ^ http://heavymetal.about.com/od/byartist/fr/withinblacksymp.htm
  6. ^ "Within Temptation - Black Symphony [Live". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
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  8. ^ "Within Temptation - Black Symphony (Sputnikmusic review)". sputnikmusic.com. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  9. ^ http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/compact_discs/within_temptation/black_symphony/index.html
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  14. ^ "Within Temptation: Black Symphony" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
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  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Within Temptation & The Metropole Orchestra – Black Symphony". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  20. ^ "Within Temptation: Year-end Dutch Charts". Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  22. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/weekchart.asp?cat=d&year=2008&date=20081004
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  24. ^ "Dutch charts portal". Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Finnish charts portal". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  26. ^ "Archívum - Slágerlisták - MAHASZ - Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége". Mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  27. ^ "Veckolista DVD Album - Vecka 40, 3 october 2008" (in Swedish). www.sverigetopplistan.se. Archived from the original on 2015-12-26. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
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  29. ^ "Within Temptation: Year-end Dutch Charts". Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  30. ^ "Dutch video certifications – Within Temptation – Black Symphony" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 30 November 2016.  Enter Black Symphony in the "Artiest of titel" box.

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