I’m listening to Within Temptation’s new album, Resist. I absolutely love their first three albums. Sharon den Adel is a master, and her band knows how to both support her and get out of the way, like any good orchestra does. Unfortunately, their fourth and fifth albums lost me. The fact that I can’t say why means I need to go back and study, for clearly she’s worth it, even if I don’t like her style at all times. But Hydra brought me back, and listening to their latest work, I am ready to finally accept all of who they are. Also, it just now strikes me how absurd this is: am I ashamed of loving a symphonic (née gothic) metal band with an insanely talented vocalist who happened to evolve into styles that I previously didn’t like?