Within Temptation & Xzibit star together in insanely expensive and cheesy music video
Within Temptation are hardly the most legitimately ‘metal’ band to walk the earth. Beginning their career as a slightly better Evanescence and an alternative to Nightwish, the gothic metal group fronted by regal beauty Sharon Von Adel offered a somewhat refined experience for fans of simplistic, but catchy symphonic metal. Admittedly, it’s been a while since we’d heard from the band.
Last Friday they released a music video for their new single “And We Run“, which features a baffling guest spot from rapper and Pimp My Ride host Xzibit. Above you’ll see the genuine piece of artwork that is being used to market this single – yes, really. It’s not a joke. No, I don’t get it either. Despite what everything may lead you to believe though, the song really isn’t that bad.
Judging from this track alone, Within Temptation seem to have given up completely with the gothic metal angle, and instead waltzed comfortably into full-on European pop territory, and you know what? It suits them. Sharon’s voice is still powerful, and they rightfully push it to the front of the mix, this time though on a bed of overwhelming cheesy synths. Frankly, the keyboards are so huge in this song, it’s quite difficult to make out any other discernible instrument.
How does Xzibit fare? Surprisingly quite well. While he’s not the most exciting rapper around, one has to wonder how this partnership came about? Was it all designed by management? Is Xzibit a massive fan of cheesy Euro-pop? Either way, he performs well, and even showed up for the video, which could have been incredibly embarrassing. Be sure to watch the video, it’s hilariously cheesy, yet played with such a straight face that it becomes oddly compelling once the laughter wears off. In fact, I found myself blown away by the level of CGI that was used and the fact that it didn’t look terrible. I dread to think how much money was spent on that video.
It’s a somewhat pleasant surprise to discover that”And We Run” is actually not a train wreck. Sure, it’s not going to win any awards for originality, but if you want something stupid, incredibly cheesy and catchy, you could do a lot worse than this.
Hydra is out now via Nuclear Blast and also features guest spots from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Tarja (ex-Nightwish), and Dave Pimer (Soul Asylum) and received critical acclaim from most mainstream rags. Does this convince you to check out the full album?