The Heart Of Everything is a strong album, and an appealing blend of gothic and symphonic metal. The songs are dynamic and bombastic with metal guitars winding around and through epic orchestral arrangements. They have the optimum balance of the melody and hooks of mainstream rock, the depth and complexity of classical music and the dark edge of gothic metal.
Sharon den Adel is Within Temptation's vocalist, and she's a powerhouse. She has a great tone and delivery, and shows a lot of versatility on this album. She showcases an angelic soprano, a powerful and expressive middle range, and even displays some attitude and edge. There's also a duet with Life Of Agony's Keith Caputo.
If you're fan of groups like Lacuna Coil, Nightwish and Evanescence, Within Temptation will be right up your alley.