[18] The title of the album itself, according to den Adel, represents "not being put in a box and refusing to do what other people are trying to influence you in a way that you might see just one side of the story". Reviewers from Kerrang and The Skinny were welcoming of the changes presented by the band, while AllMusic and PopMatters had some regards with the topic. [1] After going through this process and composing "smaller, much more direct, personal and vulnerable" tracks, the vocalist found herself again in the right state of mind to compose the "combative, powerful and big" songs that Within Temptation needed and is known for. [66] Reviewer Gary Trueman writing for British webzine Devolution was positive about the record, praising its freshness amongst a musical genre that has got staler over the years, as the band were able to give contemporary pop music a "dark coat". The official lyric video for the song "In Vain" from Dutch metallers [28] The track contains outer space references and metaphors relating to a person that still wants a sign from the afterlife of someone already gone, and searches for it on the skies. [15] Regarding on when the musicians were invited as guests for the album during the recording process, den Adel commented that the band first writes a song and only after that they think of possible names. According to den Adel, the band didn't want to sound too far from their original style, but also wanted to have their main musical elements recognizable throughout the songs, which resulted on the blend between elements from their old style and modern music elements as electronic parts and the said futuristic approach. Whilst the positive one welcomed the new elements and styles adopetd by the band for the album, the negative one criticized the record as being "radio-pop" and considered some of its compositions and instrumentations "plastic". [76] On Loudwire, the album appeared both at the Best Metal Albums half-year list and the respective year-end list. Recently, Den Adel chatted with BraveWords correspondent Greg Prato about Within Temptation's latest disc, how they selected the aforementioned guest vocalists and cover tunes, as well as which Within Temptation tune is the trickiest to sing live. The group also commenced The Resist Tour in Europe by the end of 2018, before the album release. [39] The video was shot on the island of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, and featured the band members walking through a desert on a post-apocalyptic landscape while facing extraterrestrial threats. Sharon's voice is gorgeous as always. [36] The first single, entitled "The Reckoning", was released the day after the official album announcement, on 14 September 2018, alongside a lyric video. [8][9][10] Mathijs Tieken also contributed as additional producer. Sat alongside her bandmate, husband and business partner Robert Westerholt, she admits that a combination of burnout, writer’s block and life-altering personal issues meant that, for a time, the likelihood of a 01 – The Purge Beebee was also positive about the new musical styles incorporated on the record, even if it might not please listeners who dislike changes, and its overall flow, stating that the songs "breathe together, and thrive when heard as a whole". [85] However, at the Top Album Sales, which accounts the total amount of pure sales from the album in its entirety and excludes streams and separate track sales, the album entered the charts at the 13 position. [19], Besides the musical aspects, inspiration for the album also came for contemporary technological and political aspects. The group consists of Sharon den Adel (vocals), Robert Westerholt (guitars), Jeroen van Veen (bass), Martijn Spierenburg (keyboards), Ruud Adrianus Jolie (guitars), Mike Coolen (drums) and Stefan Helleblad (guitars). The album followed the band's pattern of incorporating new musical elements on each release, this time featuring more electronic, pop, and industrial influences. Sharon den Adel is reflecting on the turbulent few months that almost derailed one of the biggest metal bands of the 21st century. Golden Age. The video was the first by the band to have its premiere handed by American magazine Billboard. [47][32] "Mad World" was the last single of the album, being released on 15 April, also accompanied by a lyric video. Based on five reviews, the review-aggregating website Metacritic gave the album an average score of 67. 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