Mother Earth (album)

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Mother Earth
Mother earth.jpg
Studio album by Within Temptation
Released 24 December 2000
Recorded June–August 2000
Studio Studio RS29, Waalwijk, Netherlands
Genre
Length 53:54
Label DSFA
Producer Oscar Holleman, Anthony van den Berg
Within Temptation chronology
Enter
(1997)
Mother Earth
(2000)
The Silent Force
(2004)
Singles from Mother Earth
  1. "Our Farewell"
    Released: 22 January 2001
  2. "Ice Queen"
    Released: June 2001
  3. "Mother Earth"
    Released: 2003
Reissue cover
UK 2007 and US 2008 releases
UK 2007 and US 2008 releases

Mother Earth is the second studio album by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. Originally released on 24 December 2000 in the Netherlands, and 21 August 2001 in other parts of Europe, it quickly became a success in the band's heartland, reaching platinum status in the Netherlands and Germany in addition to achieving TMF Awards in both the Netherlands and Belgium. As of 2011, the album reportedly sold 800,000 copies.[3]

The album was licensed to be released in Germany and neighboring countries through GUN Records in January 2003 as a special extended edition with four bonus tracks. The same edition reached the United Kingdom through Sanctuary Records with a release in September 2004. The album was re-released by Roadrunner Records on 28 September 2007, with bonus live tracks.

On 5 August 2008, Mother Earth along with The Silent Force was released in the United States on Roadrunner Records.[4]

Recording[edit]

By 1999 the band had built their own studio and had begun recording demos for the Mother Earth album there. The album itself was recorded in Studio RS29 in Waalwijk, the Netherlands.[5] Oscar Holleman, who had produced and engineered The Dance, was again producer and one of the sound engineers was Stephen van Haestregt, future drummer for the band. Sharon recalls that "I had a day for each song, which is still not very much, but you can try out things. We also did some demos before the recordings, so there you can check if you like or dislike parts of a song, and so you have more time when it comes to recording". Ayreon's Arjen Lucassen provided the guitar solo for the track "Dark Wings".[5]

Music style[edit]

The sound of Mother Earth was a departure for the band. In a 2008 interview with Faceculture, Sharon states that Mother Earth was "a little bit older, a little bit more knowledgeable about how we wanted to sound, even then, of course you grow, so we had a better picture of how we wanted to sound. We didn't want to have the grunt vocals anymore. We felt like everyone was using that as a gimmick, and we didn't want to have it in our music anymore because of that...and also we were very much enthralled by a movie at that time, Braveheart, which was very Celtic, and that's how our album became very Celtic because we were so in love with the soundtrack of the Braveheart movie. So inspired by that, the album came out that way...I still love that album very much...it came together in a very natural way. The songs were sometimes written in a day, it did take time to work it out more, the way it sounded in the end, but it was like the ideas and the whole concepts of certain songs were written mostly in one day, the chorus and the verses."[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
Chronicles of Chaos 3.5/5 stars[8]
DPRP 7.5/10[9]
Metal Hammer (Ger) 5/7[10]
Rock Hard 7.5/10[11]
Sea of Tranquility 4.5/5 stars[12]
(remastered)

AllMusic rated the album 4 and a half stars, the reviewer calling it "easily one of the best releases of 2001", and praising it for its "mature and confident sound" and Sharon den Adel's "elusive and intangible presence", adding "The rise of goth/prog metal seemed to reach a peak at the turn of the century, with an endless supply of bands offering their own spin on the subgenre. Only a handful of these bands seem to have anything interesting or unique to offer... With the release of Mother Earth, there was little doubt that the cream of the crop had indeed risen to the top... A landmark release that set new standards for creativity, musicianship, and taste — not just for goth/prog metal, but for any style of music."[7]

Live history[edit]

Most songs from Mother Earth were played often between the album's release in 2000 and the start of The Silent Force Tour in 2004. After this, only "Mother Earth", "Ice Queen" and "Deceiver of Fools" were played often, but some other songs were still played on select dates.

In 2005, "Our Farewell", "Caged" and "The Promise" were still being played on The Silent Force Tour, but by the end of the tour, "Our Farewell" was removed from the setlist. When The Heart of Everything World Tour started in 2007, only "Mother Earth", "Ice Queen" and "Deceiver of Fools" were being played.

In 2008, at the end of The Heart of Everything World Tour, "The Promise" was played again often. "Caged", "Never-ending Story" and "Dark Wings" were also played at select dates, mainly in South America. "Caged" was also played at all shows of the band's Netherlands Theater Tour in 2008 and 2010.

During The Unforgiving Tour, only "Mother Earth" and "Ice Queen" were played often, with "Deceiver of Fools" only being played at about half of the shows, being replaced by "See Who I Am" from The Silent Force on the rest. During the Sanctuary Theater Tour in 2012, "Mother Earth", "Ice Queen", "Our Farewell", "Caged", "The Promise" and "Never-ending Story" were all played.

"Jane Doe", a B-Side from the album (later appearing on a reissue of The Silent Force) was played often between 2003 and 2004, and played at select shows between 2005 and 2007. It was also played at the band's Fanclub Day in 2010. Another B-Side, "Bittersweet" was played during the Sanctuary Theater Tour in 2012.

"In Perfect Harmony" was never played live.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Sharon den Adel, except where noted; all music composed by Robert Westerholt, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Mother Earth" (music: R. Westerholt, Guus Eikens) 5:29
2. "Ice Queen" 5:20
3. "Our Farewell" 5:18
4. "Caged" 5:47
5. "The Promise" 8:00
6. "Never-ending Story" (music: Oscar Holleman, René Merkelbach) 4:02
7. "Deceiver of Fools" 7:35
8. "Intro" (instrumental; music: Merkelbach) 1:06
9. "Dark Wings" 4:14
10. "In Perfect Harmony" (music: Gerarda Matheeuwsen, Holleman, Merkelbach) 6:58

Personnel[edit]

Within Temptation[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Arjen Lucassen - guitar solo on the track "Dark Wings"
  • Rene Dissel - fretless bass guitar on the track "Never-ending Story"
  • Guus Eikens – synthesizer, co-arrangements on "Mother Earth" and "The Promise"
  • René Merkelbach - additional keyboards, orchestral arrangements
  • Caspar De Jonge, Hans Cassa, Melissa 't Hart, Yvonne Rooda - choir

Production[edit]

  • Oscar Holleman - producer, engineer, mixing, mastering
  • Stephen van Haestregt - engineer
  • Anthony van den Berg - executive producer

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[22] Gold 25,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[23] Gold 10,000[24]
Germany (BVMI)[25] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[26] Platinum 80,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] Gold 20,000^
Summaries

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

References[edit]

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