Dutch symphonic metallers Within Temptation have announced the release of their eighth studio album, “Bleed Out”, on October 20 via the group’s own label Force Music Recordings. The band also dropped the official music video for the LP’s title track and you can watch it below.
Reflecting the tumultuous state of the world, the Dutch outfit has drawn inspiration from events such as the murder of Mahsa Amini in Iran and the war in Ukraine. Vocalist Sharon Den Adel states: “The war in Ukraine has influenced us a lot. As artists we are inspired by the world, and we have this platform. We are storytellers, and I think as human beings, these are things we should be talking about.”
While songs such as “Wireless” and “We Go To War” examine the authoritarian aggression on display in Ukraine and other warzones, the title track itself addresses the plight of women fighting for their rights in Iran after the murder of Mahsa Amini.
Den Adel comments: “I lived in Yemen when I was a kid. My parents lived in several countries in the Middle East, and I’ve visited them a lot when they were there. It’s a different world. Due to my time there, I feel connected to that part of the world. I’ve been so incredibly impressed by the bravery of the young women there who’ve been burning their scarves knowing they were going to be thrown in prison or worse. It’s heartbreaking.“
The new song is the latest single to be released from the upcoming LP, following on from “Wireless“, “Don’t Pray For Me”, “Shed My Skin”, “The Purge” and “Entertain You”. Pre-order the “Bleed Out” album here.
“Bleed Out” tracklist:
01-We Go To War
04-Worth Dying For
08-Don’t Pray For Me
09-Shed My Skin (feat. Annisokay)