Dutch metallers, Within Temptation, have released their brand-new single ‘Ritual’ today. The song is the focus track of their upcoming eighth studio album Bleed Out, on October 20th.
Reflecting the tumultuous state of the world, for their newest record the band have drawn inspiration from events such as the murder of Mahsa Amini in Iran and the war in Ukraine. However, that isn’t to say that there’s no light to balance out the heavy shade on Bleed Out.
The delectable ‘Ritual’ is one of the kinkiest songs the band have ever written, as Sharon explains. “It’s a fun track about seduction, about the lady taking power in a male dominated world and taking her own initiative.”
The song is inspired by the iconic Quentin Tarantino movie From Dusk Til Dawn, about a seemingly normal road trip turning into a vampire slayer party.
Sharon den Adel – Vocals
Mike Coolen – Drums
Stefan Helleblad – Guitars
Ruud Jolie – Guitars
Martijn Spierenburg – Keyboards
Jeroen van Veen – Bass Guitars
Robert Westerholt – Guitars
Bleed Out signifies a bold leap forward for the band. From contemporary, hard-hitting djenty riffs to soaring melodies displaying their symphonic roots, Within Temptation have created a sonic journey that fuses diverse musical styles and thought-provoking themes.
This is an album that is as epic as it is unflinchingly outspoken, and now more than ever, this is a band who aren’t afraid to make a stand on issues they care about. Within Temptation have delivered a fist-in-the-air proclamation of both their moral convictions and their fearless approach to music.
1: We Go To War
2: Bleed Out
4: Worth Dying For
6: Cyanide Love
7: The Purge
8: Don’t Pray For Me
9: Shed My Skin (feat. Annisokay)
11: Entertain You
Bleed Out will be released on October 20th worldwide on multiple formats via Within Temptation’s label Force Music Recordings in a joint venture with Bertus Distribution. For further details and to pre-order the album go to within-temptation.com