Guitarist Ruud Jolie of Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION spoke to Sami Jarroush of the Rock It Out! Blog about Jolie's day job as a teacher at the recently launched Metal Factory music academy in The Netherlands, where students studying vocals, guitar, bass, and drums get a well-rounded metal music education. "It's not just about playing music," Jolie said. "It's also entrepreneurship: the management side, booking, merchandising... also history and music theory." Check out the chat below.WITHIN TEMPTATION's new album, "Hydra", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Unforgiving", opened with 12,000 units back in March 2011 to land at No. 50. "Hydra" was released in North America on February 4 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the new U.S. partnership between Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger and former Roadrunner Records A&R chief Monte Conner. The album was made available in several luxury formats. The cover artwork was created by Romano Molenaar ("X-Men", "Batman", "The Unforgiving"). The digital premium album, complete with digi-booklet, was made available on iTunes and includes 18 audio tracks and a music video. The digital premium album features bonus "Evolution Versions" of four new songs, which contain audio commentary from guitarist Robert Westerholt and singer Sharon Den Adel and give you unique access to the development of the songs, their lyrical inspiration and the sound of the initial demos and vocals.
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