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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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  • MonsterED7


    3 Mar 7:46pm Reply
  • Joaomob

    Oh, I forgot: PLZ COME TO BRAZIL

    3 Mar 4:32pm Reply
  • Joaomob

    What is the purpose of this shoutbox if not discussing meaningless shit?

    3 Mar 4:32pm Reply
  • nDroae

    Yeah well it's not like this band has mattered since Tarja joined

    3 Mar 2:29am Reply
  • joowww

    omg years pass by and still that discussion

    3 Mar 1:49am Reply
  • Joaomob

    The Unforgiving is symphonic. Listen to the instrumentals.

    2 Mar 1:32pm Reply
  • shodan21

    someone's been missing out, it seems.

    28 Feb 10:35pm Reply
  • arman_19940326

    "The Unforgiving" is the best symphonic album I've ever listened to...

    28 Feb 9:14pm Reply
  • wert100500

    Hydra is a good album. Not best, but good.

    25 Feb 6:56pm Reply
  • within_darkness

    @nDroae, the thought crossed my mind as well :D

    19 Feb 8:29pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    To be honest, I don't think the songs on The Unforgiving NEED to have more symphonic elements than they already do. Those songs just work that way. I think people have this weird conception that there is a genre with specific elements and musicians must write their songs in a certain way in order to squeeze them into it. It's more like the other way 'round, they write songs and, depending on what they sound like, a certain genre can be applied to them. Besides, when WT had growls they were far from the whole symphonic gig and totally into the doom metal sound. :0

    19 Feb 2:55pm Reply
  • nDroae

    If you ever find yourself needing someone to talk to who understands, there's this guy we'd like to introduce you to, name's Sigoth :3

    18 Feb 11:08pm Reply
  • HeartOfAWolf

    vvv I mean by how they barely have any symphonic metal elements in The Unforgiving. Most of the songs sound just like boring, radio rock to me. XP WT is at there best when they can incorporate symphonic elements into their own sound. vv Yes, Hydra is pretty good considering that they tried not to make all the songs sound exactly the same.

    18 Feb 6:43pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    @HeartOfAWolf, get why I (and many) think The Unforgiving it's amazing. Sorry, I didn't mean it as insulting, or in a point finger kind of way. I just meant you're simply not into that sound. It might not be the right moment, or just not your cup of tea, that's it. For instance, I don't think I could have appreciated the kind of acoustic guitar-oriented pop in Brooke Fraser's earlier works a few months ago. It just wasen't in my chords. :)

    18 Feb 1:59pm Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    c'mon guys, Hydra is not THAT bad

    17 Feb 11:15pm Reply
  • within_darkness

    'while I appreciated that couple of nods to the past in Silver Moonlight and Tell Me Why, I appreciate more the fact they're constantly going forward"' - this. @HeartOfAWolf define 'the best they can be' :)

    17 Feb 10:27pm Reply
  • HeartOfAWolf

    Get what? I just want Within Temptation to be the best they can be.

    17 Feb 12:47pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Well, I guess if you demand more growls and old school stuff, you just won't get it. :/

    15 Feb 10:42pm Reply
  • HeartOfAWolf

    Okay, but I don't understand why so many fans praise The Unforgiving. It's pretty unlistenable just like Sonata Arctica's latest album.

    15 Feb 6:57pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Actually Enter it's my favourite along with The Unforgiving, and I love The Dance too; but while I appreciated that couple of nods to the past in Silver Moonlight and Tell Me Why, I appreciate more the fact they're constantly going forward. :)

    15 Feb 2:14pm Reply
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