by Within Temptation

Released on Dramatico Entertainment Ltd

There was trepidation amongst fans as to whether or not the Dutch outfit could surpass and better their superb previous album The Unforgiving.

But any fears quickly vanished upon hearing Hydra , which moves away from concept albums. These songs are shorter, they have more hooks and stand on their own two feet.

Much has been made of the amount of duets on the album , but they work incredibly well, especially 'Dangerous' with former Killlswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones & 'And We Run' with rapper Xzibit.

Vocalist Sharon Den Adel is on supreme form, showing once again that she is the current queen of symphonic Rock.

by David hmv Stirling