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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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  • Z3O9

    Woodstock 2015!!! (is this the real life?)

    26 Nov 10:44pm Reply
  • MagdaGothic666

    Woodstock Festival Poland 2015, finally! :D

    26 Nov 9:34pm Reply
  • soypauperrimo

    Amo esta banda ♥

    23 Nov 11:50pm Reply
  • nDroae

    well there's a depressing thought

    22 Nov 10:19pm Reply
  • necro_daemon

    Enter. Best gothic metal album ever!

    22 Nov 3:47pm Reply
  • damnedanddead

    Amazing show, such a great voice and energy \\m/

    22 Nov 1:51pm Reply
  • Inamanica

    And I must say that And We Run live would sound much better without the rap. [2]

    20 Nov 1:56am Reply
  • PurplCrosswords

    Candles, Candles, Candles! <3 I wish I could have been there.

    20 Nov 12:02am Reply
  • stormysunnyday

    way better than Black Symphony.

    19 Nov 10:02pm Reply
  • stormysunnyday

    The Last Dance, WOW!!!!!

    19 Nov 2:41pm Reply
  • EvMarkus

    I don't buy that there wasn't enough space on the DVD. There was way more on BS. She probably just didn't like the songs for whatever reason.

    17 Nov 4:46pm Reply
  • Joaomob

    She didn't liked. That's all. Hope we still hear this songs someday as bonus or in a single. Can't wait for 2017 <3 20 years anniversary.

    17 Nov 2:39am Reply
  • broquil-roig (T.T)

    16 Nov 3:43pm Reply
  • broquil-roig

    @EvMarkus I totally agree with you. I asked to Sharon why they didn't included some songs of Elements that they usually don't play (Our Farewell :_(, Never Ending Story :( and Memories :() and she said me that they had a limited space on the DVD. However, Black Symphony has TWO HOURS-concert (and another concert in an other CD) so... I don't understand why they have removed this 'rare' songs. Our Farewell with an orchestra! That was amazing! Or Never Ending Story! Memories was an awesome performance! I'd have preferred that they would included ALL ELEMENTS (without covers, of course) instead of Hydra's concert. :(

    16 Nov 3:30pm Reply
  • EvMarkus

    It's a shame they cut out 7 songs out of Elements. I could understand maybe the 3 cover songs but to omit 7 songs is a third of the setlist

    16 Nov 3:07pm Reply
  • soypauperrimo

    Elements ♥

    16 Nov 3:42am Reply
  • nDroae

    vvv "Nigga element is the new thing in WT!" -Oscar_Morten, 2013

    15 Nov 11:11pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    No one complaining about the torrent files being tagged as "gothic metal" yet?

    15 Nov 9:04pm Reply
  • EvMarkus

    It's so nice to re-live Elements. I was in the crowd. Amazing night

    15 Nov 4:36pm Reply
  • Oscar_Morten

    And I must say that And We Run live would sound much better without the rap.

    15 Nov 2:50pm Reply
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