Within Temptation

within_temptationWithin Temptation is a Dutch symphonic band. The band was founded in 1996 by long-term partners vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. They were quickly offered a recording contract and signed to DSFA Records, later that year, beginning work on their first release. Their music is described as symphonic metal, gothic metal and gothic rock.

Directly after the release of their first album “Enter” in 1997, the band became prominent in the underground scene. However it wasn’t until 2001 that they became known to the general public, with the single “Ice Queen” from the album “Mother Earth” in 2000, which reached #2 on the charts. Since then, the band won the Conamus Exportprijs five years in a row. Their next album “The Silent Force” debuted at #1 on the Dutch charts in 2004, as did their latest released “The Heart of Everything” in 2007. In 2008 they released a live DVD/CD, Black Symphony, recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. They are currently working on a new album, slated for release in early 2010.

Other Information

  • Origin: Netherlands
  • Genres: Symphonic metal, Gothic metal
  • Years active: 1996 – Present
  • Labels: DSFA Records, Gun Records, Roadrunner Records
  • Associated acts: Delain, Orphanage, Ayreon, Agua de Annique
  • Website: http://www.within-temptation.com
  • Members:
  1. Sharon den Adel – vocals
  2. Robert Westerholt – rhythm guitar, death vocals
  3. Ruud Adrianus Jolie – lead guitar
  4. Jeroen van Veen – bass
  5. Martijn Spierenburg – keyboards
  6. Stephen van Haestregt – drums


  • Enter (1997)
  • The Dance (1998) – EP
  • Mother Earth (2000)
  • Running Up That Hill (2003) – EP
  • The Silent Force (2004)
  • The Howling (2007) – EP
  • The Heart of Everything (2007)
  • Black Symphony (2008) – Live
  • TBA (2010)


~ by molco on July 7, 2009.

One Response to “Within Temptation”

  1. Within is a def a fun band. I really enjoy a lot of their stuff.

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