Detroit-raised Gumball bad boy Xzibit has teamed up with leading female-fronted metal band Within Temptation for their latest single ‘And We Run’.
Surprised? Has L.A. rap legend Xzibit become a metal-studded head banger?! See for yourself in the band’s brand new video for the song, directed by Tim Smit. Shot recently in Amsterdam, Xzibit spent a whole day wired up, running, jumping, and even breaking down walls with his bare hands for his spectacular role. Watch the video here:
The collaboration between Within Temptation and Xzibit is without doubt one of the most talked about metal songs of the year. When news first broke of the very unexpected pairing, die-hard Within Temptation fans across the globe revolted, leaving thousands of comments in online forums, concerned that their favourite band had made a terrible musical decision.
However, as soon as the band’s new album ‘Hydra’ album was released, and those fans could hear the much debated song, the record crashed into the Top Ten in every major market, and brought with it, a storm of applause for ‘And We Run’. Performing the song live turned a sold out Wembley Arena crowd into a swirling maelstrom during their current Hydra world tour. It is this overwhelming response which has led the band to choose ‘And We Run’ as their next single to be released May 23rd as a 4 track EP bundle including alternative and dance mixes of “And We Run” plus the unreleased demo track “Living On Fire”. Get it on iTunes.
Xzibit comments: “When I heard about the enquiry from Within Temptation to do a track together and googled them, I was surprised to say the least. Once I had spoken to the band and heard the song though it all made total sense and it was fun to discover new ground outside of our genres!”
Within Temptation are also excited to be nominated for ‘Best International Band’ at the 2014 Golden Gods Awards, hosted by leading UK music magazine Metal Hammer.
Within Temptation have a busy summer lined up, performing at many of the world’s most prestigious rock festivals, including Download (U.K.), Sweden Rock (Sweden), Copenhell (Denmark), M’era Luna (Germany) and Loudpark (Japan). In addition, Within Temptation will return to the U.S. for a coast to coast tour through September and October. All currently confirmed tour dates can be seen at www.within-temptation.com.