Netherlandish symphonic metal band Within Temptation
announced the release of new EP "Paradise (What About Us?)
." The title track off the EP will feature the vocals of ex-Nightwish
frontwoman Tarja Turunen
The band released the video announcement via their official website post. "When we had written the first version of 'Paradise' and listened back to the demo we'd recorded and the epic power of the song, we thought of Tarja instantly," the band singer Sharon Den Adel
states. "How well this track would fit her classical voice and how extra special it would be if we sang it together. The more we thought about this wild idea, the more excited we got about it!"
She continues: "Of course I didn't know what to expect from Tarja, as we'd never actually met in person 'til June this year. Our first encounter was via a Skype call we'd set-up to discuss the collaboration and we immediately clicked, not only creatively but personally. After we'd spoken, it felt completely natural that we would do this together!"
Tarja adds, "It was very nice to finally meet Sharon and the Within Temptation guys. I truly appreciate the invitation and the opportunity to work with them on their song 'Paradise.' So wonderful that they thought of me! I hope our fans will like this 'girl power' duet!"
As the website post states, the song and accompanying music video share a central theme; that only constructive cooperation can lead to creation. "To establish a new paradise, rising from the ashes of the old, we must work together."
The EP will contain 3 additional tracks demo versions of brand new songs intended for the forthcoming album. The demos include "Let Us Burn
," "Silver Moonlight
," and "Dog Days
." Despite the demo versions missing intended symphonic, orchestral sounds and a finished mix, the powerful energy surging through the tracks can be heard right from the start.
The duet between Sharon and Tarja is just one facet of the new material. The band axeman Robert Westerholt reveals, "For the first time, Within Temptation will release an album with several artistic collaborations, some of which will be seen as groundbreaking for our band and musical style."
Consequently, the recording and production of the sixth studio album is still underway. With a release date set for end of January 2014, it is therefore necessary to reschedule the previously announced first leg of the band's worldwide tour to allow time to rehearse the live show and prepare for the album's release.
Watch the video and check out the EP cover below.