#songoftheday / VIDEO: Within Temptation – “And We Run” ft. Xzibit
It begins with powerful piano and soon it’s erupting with massive symphonic strings, emotive vocal harmonies, pulverizing drums and some killer rap — yes, rap, in a Within Temptation song — courtesy of Xzibit. And the glue that holds all of this together? Why, of course, it’s the amazing Sharon den Adel, whose powerful vocals have been Within Temptation’s not-so-secret weapon since 1996. Symphonic metal does not get better than this.
“And We Run” featuring Xzibit, the 4th single outtake from Within Temptation’s album HYDRA, undeniably is the most unconventional track of the Symphonic Rock band’s successful 6th album.
“Xzibit is amazing!” says Robert Westerholt from Within Temptation. “This song is about how you’ve got to live your life now. He’s rapping at full force on this song, it’s really heavy. We’ve actually planned to have him on a WITHIN TEMPTATION album for a long time, but we never had the right song for him until now. He was perfect because we wanted a real rapper with a deep voice, because that would complement Sharon’s vocals. He’s a very positive guy with a huge history: he came from a tough background and decided to make something of his life. He really delivered!”
Singer Sharon den Adel adds: “Xzibit brings a new element to WITHIN TEMPTATION that we’ve never had before! It’s a new cross-over and we love it!
An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.