The wait for Within Temptation’s worldwide fan base is over: Today, September 27th, the acclaimed symphonic rock band release their new EP, featuring a unique collaboration with classically trained Finnish singer Tarja Turunen, who duets on the title track.
The collaboration with Tarja, the former vocalist of Nightwish, is indeed unique. Within Temptation fans have been speculating about the identity of the special guest for some time but very few expected this combination – as while the two bands are seen by many as the pioneers of their genre, they are also seen as competitors.
However, Within Temptation’s frontwoman Sharon den Adel reveals, “Tarja was our instant favourite partner for this! When we listened to the demo version of ‘Paradise’, it was clear that her classical voice would fit perfectly.”
The two vocalists have been touring the worldwide festival circuit for over 15 years but had previously never met in person, which surprised both of them when they had their first phone conversation about joining forces. Sharon laughs, “It’s strange that so far we’ve never had the opportunity for a chat and a glass of wine together!”
The collaboration perfectly suits the central theme of ‘Paradise (What About Us?)’. The single is based on the speech given by Dutch General, Peter van Uhm, next to the Dutch National Monument on May 4, 2013, Dutch Liberation Day. “His speech made a deep impression on us,” remembers Sharon den Adel. “His message being that the creation of a better world is only possible when you don’t think about ‘yourself’ or ‘them’ but just think about ‘us’ .
After selling in excess of 3 million albums, ‘Paradise (What About Us?)’ is the first new material released since Within Temptation’s 2011 album “The Unforgiving”. The 4 track EP also contains demo versions of three brand new songs: ‘Let Us Burn’, ‘Silver Moonlight’, and ‘Dog Days’. These demos will give fans an insight into Within Temptation’s songwriting process. The finished tracks will be part of the band’s forthcoming new studio album, set to be released at the end of January 2014. The band will then kick off a world tour from the end of February.
Within Temptation’s EP ‘Paradise (What About Us?)’ featuring Tarja is released on Within Temptation Recordings B.V. under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (Benelux) B.V.