Monthly Archives: January 2015

Featured Song: The Truth Beneath the Rose

Today I’m featuring, for the first time, a song by Within Temptation, one of my all-time favourite bands.

Within Temptation were my first foray into symphonic metal (I discovered them by seeing them mentioned in Evanescence fan forums), and to date I hold them to be one of the top bands in the genre. A very versatile band, they combine the soaring, angelic voice of their singer Sharon den Adel with the sweeping sound of a full orchestra (and often choir) to great effect.

I consider the pinnacle of Within Temptation’s work to be their 2007 album The Heart of Everything (their more recent albums, while still awesome, are a bit too “mainstream-sounding” for my taste). The song I’m featuring today is, in turn, my favourite from that album.

It’s a song of moral awakening, of self-doubt, of questioning the motivations and justifications you had taken for granted, and ultimately of hope and redemption. I give you, “The Truth Beneath the Rose”:

Featured Lyrics:

I’m hoping, I’m praying
I won’t get lost between two worlds
For all I’ve seen,
The truth lies in between

Give me the strength
To face the wrong that I have done
Now that I know
The darkest side of me

How can blood be our salvation
And justify the pain
That we have caused throughout the times
Will I learn what’s truly sacred?
Will I redeem my soul?
Will truth set me free?

Full lyrics are in the description of the video.

Enjoy, and may the truth set us all free!


Featured Song: And Then There Was Silence

It’s been almost four years since I’ve done a “Featured Song” post, but I thought I’d do one again, and start doing them regularly.

Today’s song is going to be a long one – a 14-minute epic by Blind Guardian that tells the story of the fall of Troy (more specifically, it recounts the visions of Cassandra, who is said to have to foreseen the fall). It’s called “And Then There Was Silence”, from the album A Night at the Opera.

It’s not easy writing a 14-minute song that keeps the listener engaged throughout, but Blind Guardian have managed it spectacularly, the masteful storytellers that they are.

My favourite part is the ending sequence, the chilling concluding lyrics (“Still the wind blows…”) and the cathartic instrumental outro. It’s worth turning up the volume as the outro fades out, there are some awesome passages towards the very end that you can barely make out otherwise.

Featured Lyrics:

Still the wind blows
Calm and silent
Carries news from a distant shore

Can’t get it out of my head

Sorrow and defeat

The full lyrics and some discussion about them can be found on SongMeanings.

Blind Guardian have re-recorded the song since its original release in 2002, but I personally prefer the original version.