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Waddinxveen, Netherlands (1996 – present)

Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 1996 in Waddinxveen, Netherlands. The group consists of Sharon den Adel (vocals), Robert Westerholt (guitars), Jeroen Van Veen (bass), Martijn Spierenburg (keyboards), Ruud Adrianus Jolie (guitars), Mike Coolen (drums) and Stefan Helleblad (guitars). Despite being labeled by the media as a band, Within Temptation consider themselves “more a /metal band”.

In 1996 the vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt founded Within Temptation. After the release of their first album Enter in 1997, the band became prominent in the Dutch underground scene, playing their fourth gig at the legendary Dynamo Festival. In 1998, they followed up with an EP, The Dance, and progressed to the main stage at Dynamo.

It was not until 2001 that they became known to the general public, with the single “Ice Queen” from the album Mother Earth, which reached #2 on the Dutch charts. Since then, the band has enjoyed success throughout Europe, winning the Conamus Exportprijs four years in a row as well as several Edison Awards. Their next albums The Silent Force and The Heart of Everything debuted at #1 on the Dutch charts.

In 2008, the band played to a sold-out Ahoy with the Metrople Orchestra and the Pa’dam Choir. This concert was released on the Black Symphony live DVD/CD. In 2009, the band released An Acoustic Night at the Theatre, which featured live tracks from their successful acoustic theatre tour. The album also contains the single “Utopia”, a duet with English vocalist Chris Jones.


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  • vals81

    Here a sort of photo report from the METAL HAMMER Awards 2014 in Berlin:

    1 hour ago Reply
  • shodan21

    you know a song means a lot to a singer when the singer cant finish the song due to tears.

    Yesterday 4:31pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    @Shodan21, 100% agreed. I just can't watch this video without shedding a tear. It's one of my favourite Within Temptation songs, but after I learned what it is about it touches to an even deeper level.

    Yesterday 1:15pm Reply
  • Joaomob

    Sharon would be amazing in a solo career with something acoustic/indie/folk. Utopia and WWW are a great example. Have you guys heard this?

    13 Sep 3:06pm Reply
  • Joaomob

    Libertine is totally different if you compare with Leave's Eyes, but I prefer her as solo... Didn't like Symphonies of the Night at all.

    13 Sep 2:59pm Reply
  • Oscar_Morten

    I also hope Say My Name would be on the DVD. And more from that concert (She was really amazing in The Promise, Our Farewell and Memories).

    13 Sep 8:49am Reply
  • shodan21

    v say my name is a heart-wrenching song if you know its meaning (and especially if youve been through a similar experience). beautiful, though.

    13 Sep 4:17am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    That was the outfit she was wearing during The Last Dance, Never-Ending Story, Say My Name and Candles. If one of those four is on the DVD, I'll be very happy, they were memorable performances!

    13 Sep 2:01am Reply
  • Oscar_Morten That is one the dress she wore in Elements... and that's a picture from the dvd they have recorded... so... :D

    12 Sep 10:24pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    As long as she doesn't go full Liv Kristine mode, with her solo stuff sounding exactly like her band stuff.

    12 Sep 7:31pm Reply
  • shodan21

    v it would probably sound like this:

    11 Sep 3:10am Reply
  • finalesfunkeln

    So when is Sharon ditching the band,records her solo "omgz diz is not methul" album ? That would be a sight to see.

    9 Sep 5:38pm Reply
  • ivarh

    One of the international most known Dutch bands. Not completely my cup of tea, but respect for that.

    7 Sep 8:09pm Reply
  • shodan21

    @Dorian yeah, i guess. the problem is mostly with the people who are like YOU SHALL NOT CHANGE and such like that. i mean, im cool with the song, its just on paper a song one would expect me to not like, if that makes any sense. @Joaomob while M&M or MM might be "better", i dont know that their voices would necessarily fit the way xzibits does (and his does fit the song pretty well, imo), so i dont think it follows that they would be better for this particular song.

    6 Sep 12:59am Reply
  • adelinadarkstar

    Oh my god can't believe I'll be seeing them in the next four weeks or feels too surreal

    5 Sep 11:35pm Reply
  • Popgasmn

    "And We Run" is probably my favourite song by Within Temptation, although "Angels" & "Forsaken" come close. But my music taste is in general "a guilty pleasure", so.. :D

    5 Sep 10:46pm Reply
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  • soypauperrimo

    11.001 Scrobblings ♥

    4 Sep 11:51pm Reply
  • Joaomob

    I agree. Guilty pleasure is pointless.

    4 Sep 8:14pm Reply
  • Lsm1995

    Love them! Sharon has the voice of the Mother Earth! Also Mother Earth is their best album and their best song

    4 Sep 7:36pm Reply
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