Within Temptation

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Within Temptation at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, 2011.
Background information
Also known asThe Portal
Origin Waddinxveen, Netherlands
Years active1996–present
Associated acts
Website www.within-temptation.com
Past members

Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. [3] They have always been classified by critics as gothic metal, although the "gothic" influence varies with each album. Their most prominent and well-known sound is described as symphonic metal, [4] although their earlier material, such as debut album Enter , was mostly gothic metal, [4] [5] [6] [7] with Enter also having a hint of doom metal. In an interview, den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences. [8] In a later interview with Dutch music platform 3VOOR12, den Adel stated that "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band ... in my opinion, we are no gothic band". [9] [10]

Symphonic metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which combines the heavy drums and guitars of metal with different elements of orchestral classical music, such as symphonic instruments, choirs and sometimes a full orchestra. Keyboards reminiscent of power metal are also sometimes featured.

Sharon den Adel Dutch singer

Sharon Janny den Adel is a Dutch singer, songwriter and fashion designer, best known as the lead vocalist and one of the main songwriters in the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. She has been a performing musician since the age of 14, and is a founding member of Within Temptation, along with Robert Westerholt, in 1996. She was also elected to be the Dutch chairperson of the jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Robert Westerholt Dutch musician

Robert Westerholt is a Dutch musician, known as the guitarist and co-founder of the symphonic metal band Within Temptation. He also writes music for the band along with his partner and band vocalist Sharon den Adel. He used to work in human resource management before his career with Within Temptation.


After the release of their debut album Enter in 1997, the band became prominent in the Dutch underground scene. It was not until 2001 that they became known to the general public, with the single "Ice Queen" from their second album Mother Earth , which reached No. 2 on the Dutch charts. [3] This was followed by the band winning the Conamus Exportprijs, [11] a Dutch music award, four years in a row, and a fifth in 2016. Their next albums The Silent Force (2004) and The Heart of Everything (2007) debuted at No. 1 on the Dutch charts. In 2008, they released a live DVD and CD, Black Symphony , recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. This was followed in 2009 by An Acoustic Night at the Theatre , another live album. [12]

<i>Enter</i> (Within Temptation album) 1997 studio album by Within Temptation

Enter is the debut studio album by Dutch symphonic/gothic metal band Within Temptation, released by DSFA Records in 1997. The album prominently features lead singer Sharon den Adel's vocals as well as guitarist Robert Westerholt's gruff death metal growls. Lex Vogelaar, founder of the Dutch death metal band Orphanage, supplied the guitar parts for "Pearls of Light", as well as producing the album, and Orphanage vocalist George Oosthoek performed some of the growls on "Deep Within".

Ice Queen (song) Within Temptation song

"Ice Queen" is a song by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. It was released in June 2001 as the second single from their second studio album Mother Earth. The song was the band's commercial breakthrough, and it remains one of the band's most successful songs to date in Europe. It has been featured on the annual Dutch Top 2000 since 2011.

<i>Mother Earth</i> (Within Temptation album) 2000 studio album by Within Temptation

Mother Earth is the second studio album by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. Originally released on 24 December 2000 in the Netherlands, and 21 August 2001 in other parts of Europe. The album was licensed to be released in Germany and neighboring countries through GUN Records in January 2003 as a special extended edition with four bonus tracks. The same edition reached the United Kingdom through Sanctuary Records with a release in September 2004. The album was re-released by Roadrunner Records on 28 September 2007, with bonus live tracks. On 5 August 2008, Mother Earth along with The Silent Force was released in the United States on Roadrunner Records. On 17 December 2018, it was announced that the album would be rereleased on vinyl in January 2019.

The band's fifth studio album, The Unforgiving , was released in March 2011, alongside both a comic book series and a series of short films that together encompass a story. The first single, "Faster", was released on January 21, and the first short film, Mother Maiden , was released on January 31. [13] The band has sold more than 3.5 million copies of the album worldwide. [14] [15] [16]

<i>The Unforgiving</i> 2011 studio album by Within Temptation

The Unforgiving is the fifth studio album by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation, released by Roadrunner Records on March 25, 2011. It was a concept album as one part of a transmedia storytelling project. The first single, "Faster", was released on January 21. The first related short film "Mother Maiden'", was released on January 31. The second short film, Sinéad was released on March 21, and the second single with the same name on July 15. The first issue of the comic books, Penance, Part One, was released on March 18, 2011, and digitally released by Diamond Digital at the New York Comic Con on October 22. The second issue, Penance, Part Two was released on May 13. The third issue, Penance, Part Three, was released on August 31 and the fourth issue, Penance, Part Four, on November 2. As of November 2012, the album reportedly sold 313,790 copies exclusively on the iTunes merchandise website.

Comic book Publication of comics art

A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication that consists of comics art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by descriptive prose and written narrative, usually, dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. Although comics has some origins in 18th century Japan, comic books were first popularized in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 1930s. The first modern comic book, Famous Funnies, was released in the U.S. in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper humor comic strips, which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The term comic book derives from American comic books once being a compilation of comic strips of a humorous tone; however, this practice was replaced by featuring stories of all genres, usually not humorous in tone.

A short film is any motion picture not long enough to be considered a feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as "an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits". In the United States, short films were generally termed short subjects from the 1920s into the 1970s when confined to two 35mm reels or less, and featurettes for a film of three or four reels. "Short" was an abbreviation for either term.

Their sixth studio album, Hydra , was released in early 2014 in Japan, Europe, and the United States. The album features guest appearances from various artists: Finnish singer Tarja Turunen, who appears in the lead single "Paradise (What About Us?)"; Howard Jones, former vocalist of American metalcore band Killswitch Engage; Dave Pirner, lead vocalist of American alternative rock band Soul Asylum; and American rapper Xzibit. The band had extensive airplay on BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom with one of the songs from the album, "Whole World Is Watching" featuring Pirner.

<i>Hydra</i> (Within Temptation album) 2014 studio album by Within Temptation

Hydra is the sixth studio album by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. It was released on January 31, 2014 in Europe and on February 4, 2014 in North America. The album contains guest appearances by singer Howard Jones, rapper Xzibit, metal vocalist Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) and alternative rock singer Dave Pirner. The first single, "Paradise ", was released on September 27, 2013, and featured Turunen as guest vocalist. The second single, "Dangerous", was released on December 20, in which Jones provided the male vocals.

Tarja Turunen Finnish opera/symphonic rock singer

Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli, known professionally as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish heavy metal singer-songwriter. She is a lyric soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves.



Long-term partners Robert Westerholt (guitar) and Sharon den Adel (vocals) began the band in 1996, [3] after Westerholt left his previous band, The Circle. The Circle renamed themselves Voyage and released an album called Embrace, including a song featuring den Adel. Soon after that release the band broke up. [17]

Westerholt then joined with den Adel in forming a doom metal band called, "The Portal", including former The Circle band members Jeroen van Veen on bass guitar and Michiel Papenhove on guitar, as well as Martijn Westerholt on the keyboard and Dennis Leeflang on drums (later replaced by Ivar de Graaf). However, they renamed themselves "Within Temptation", before they started recording their demo, Enter. The Enter demo contained some songs that would later be released in their first album. They were offered a recording contract and signed to DSFA Records [3] later that year, beginning work on their first album.

Jeroen van Veen (bassist) Dutch musician

Jeroen van Veen is the bassist in the symphonic metal band Within Temptation. Jeroen has been a member of Within Temptation since the band's inception in 1996. Although he is the bassist of the band, Jeroen can also play the drums. He also played in the Grey Foxes an Amsterdam Funk Group. In his spare time, he creates websites and is involved with a side-project band, JIM Generator. His favourite music genres are funk, progressive, symphonic and guitar rock.

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses.

Martijn Westerholt Dutch musician

David Martijn Westerholt is the cofounder, keyboardist, and the main songwriter of the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. He was previously a member of symphonic metal band Within Temptation, until he was diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis shortly after the release of Within Temptation's second full-length studio album, Mother Earth. His brother Robert Westerholt is the guitarist and founder of Within Temptation. He lives in Zwolle, where he resides since his study in Communication at Windesheim College in 1998.

Enter and first national tour (1997–1999)

Enter , the debut album, was released in 1997. The album was well received and the band embarked on a four gig tour across the country, after which they performed at the Dynamo Open Air [18] festival in Eindhoven. The band rounded out 1997 by embarking on their first international tour, of Germany and Austria. Also subsequently Ivar de Graaf left the band and was replaced by Ciro Palma. [6]

The sound of Enter, whilst melodic, was doomily paced, and influenced by gothic doom metal, heavily reliant on slow keyboards and drums and repetitive guitar riffs. [19] [20] Also prominent on this album are death grunts by Robert Westerholt and George Oosthoek, ex-member of Orphanage.

In 1998 the band continued to tour – their profile had elevated them to the main stage at Dynamo for the 1998 event. However, Within Temptation had released no new material (and did not have plans for a second album at this point), to which end they elected to release an EP, The Dance , with three songs (plus two remixes) that would further mature the sound from Enter.

Finally taking a break from touring, 1999 was largely a sabbatical year for the band. They took the opportunity to construct their own studio, as well as returning to personal pursuits, with plans to return to the fold the next year.

Mother Earth and national breakthrough (2000–2003)

2000 was an eventful year for the band as they returned to touring, playing three Dutch festivals; Waterpop, Bospop and Lowlands . In addition they went to work on their second album, releasing Mother Earth in the Low Countries on December 1. The album was a moderate success in the Dutch charts the first few weeks after its release. [21]

Lead vocalist Sharon den Adel at the 2004 M'era Luna Festival. Within temptation sharon den adel.jpg
Lead vocalist Sharon den Adel at the 2004 M'era Luna Festival.

The band released the single "Our Farewell", which never entered the charts. The second single from Mother Earth, "Ice Queen", was regarded as the breakthrough release for the band; in March 2002 it climbed to No. 2 [22] in the Netherlands but was their first No. 1 single when it climbed to the top in Belgium. The success rebounded to Mother Earth, which continued to climb in the Dutch album chart, ending the year at No. 3. [21]

2001 saw a number of changes in personnel; Ruud Jolie was added as a second guitarist, drummer Ivar de Graaf was replaced by Stephen van Haestregt, and Martijn Westerholt (suffering from infectious mononucleosis) was replaced by Martijn Spierenburg. Westerholt later started the band Delain.

In 2002 they had their first concert in France and a headline gig in Mexico City. They attained their first major award, the Dutch Silver Harp. They bolstered this by embarking on a major international tour supporting Paradise Lost in 2003 and re-releasing Mother Earth on the GUN Records label across more European countries; it was a success in Germany, where it went platinum and reached No. 7 in the charts; the re-release of "Ice Queen" also charted well in the top 30. In turn the Benelux regions got a different release, a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up that Hill". The band headlined music festivals across the Netherlands, while their Mother Earth tour DVD claimed the prestigious Edison Award. Promotion of Mother Earth in newer markets continued well into 2004 with various international festival appearances (such as M'era Luna, Rock Werchter, and Pukkelpop) and other headline gigs, which also saw the band make their UK live debut in London in September of that year.

The Silent Force and further recognition (2004–2006)

The band presented at several big European festivals, which led the band to perform to great major audiences. Within Temptation Metalway 2006 cropped.jpg
The band presented at several big European festivals, which led the band to perform to great major audiences.

Plans for the band's third album came to fruition in 2004, with the release of The Silent Force on November 15, 2004, across Europe. It was produced by Daniel Gibson and an instant No. 1 [23] in the Netherlands and charted well in many European countries. In support of the release they embarked on another large international tour in 2005, with dates across Europe (including their first festival appearance in the United Kingdom headlining the Bloodstock festival) and a one-off show in Dubai. As of early 2005, the album had already sold more than 400.000 copies only in Europe. [24] "Stand My Ground" and "Memories", the first singles from the new album, continued the band's run of chart success, culminating in a second Edison Award. The third single was "Angels". "Stand My Ground" was later to be promoted on the trailer for the film Blood and Chocolate . The band also provided some of the soundtrack to the video game Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade released in March. [25]

In January 2006, Within Temptation won the Dutch Pop Prize (best Dutch contribution) and Dutch Export Prize (best-selling Dutch artist outside the Netherlands); the latter one given to them for the third time in a row. The band also reported that they were busy working on their next album, due to be released during the fall and that they would start playing at festivals starting in April, in addition to going on an international tour at the end of the year. [26] Although already being successful in Europe, it was not until August 5, 2008, that both Mother Earth and The Silent Force albums were released in the North American market for the first time, through Roadrunner Records.

The Heart of Everything, international recognition and first world tour (2007–2008)

The band longest line-up, as pictured in 2007: Jeroen van Veen, Stephen van Haestregt, Ruud Jolie, Martijn Spierenburg, Sharon den Adel, Robert Westerholt. Within Temptation by AccidentAndEmergency.jpg
The band longest line-up, as pictured in 2007: Jeroen van Veen, Stephen van Haestregt, Ruud Jolie, Martijn Spierenburg, Sharon den Adel, Robert Westerholt.

The album The Heart of Everything from Within Temptation was released on March 9, 2007, in the Netherlands, and in the United States on July 24. Two tracks, called "The Howling" and "Sounds of Freedom", were recorded as promotion material for the video game The Chronicles of Spellborn , and the first of these opens the album. The full track listing was revealed on January 10. [27] The album debuted at No. 1 in the Dutch Album 100, making it their second number-one album. It reached No. 2 in Belgium, No. 2 in Finland, the top 10 in eight countries and top 100 in eleven countries. [28]

The song "What Have You Done" was the first single released from the album. Its initial music video was recorded on the 12, 13 and 14 of December 2006 at the Koko club in London, and a CGI studio in Windsor. It features Mina Caputo of Life of Agony on guest vocals. Fans were allowed to participate in the making of the video, although this first version left the band feeling disappointed (comments made by the band at their March show in Lyon). Shortly after, a completely new video for the song was made. The second single, released across Europe in June, was "Frozen". The video, filmed in Romania, deals with child abuse, and sales of the single was to raise money for a children's charity, Child Helpline International. "The Howling" was chosen as a digital single release for the UK (not to be confused with the US EP release), and another video was also shot. The extended version of the "Frozen" single features an unreleased b-side, "Sounds of Freedom", as mentioned the second song written for the promotion of the computer game The Chronicles of Spellborn. Roadrunner Records also released a limited edition EP called The Howling , which was available only at Hot Topic stores, containing the title track plus popular tracks from their former album The Silent Force.

Within Temptation started their very first United States tour a few months after the European release of The Heart of Everything, supporting Lacuna Coil, and appearing alongside In This Moment, Stolen Babies, The Gathering, and Kylesa. The tour, dubbed The Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007, was largely a success. The Heart of Everything was then released there on July 24, and the promotional single of "What Have You Done" shipped to rock stations July 2. This was the band's first album to be released in America followed by the previous albums Mother Earth and The Silent Force a year later.

Within Temptation at the 2008 edition of the Bevrijdingsfestival, in Groningen, Netherlands. Bevrijdingsfestival 2008 - Within Tempation 02 cropped.jpg
Within Temptation at the 2008 edition of the Bevrijdingsfestival, in Groningen, Netherlands.

In support of the new album, Within Temptation decided to kick off their first headlining US tour in Fall 2007. The band played 13 shows, starting on September 5, 2007, in Boston and ended on September 23, 2007, in Tempe, Arizona.

On October 19, 2007, Within Temptation released the video for their third single "All I Need". The single was released in Europe around November 12 and features the single and album versions of the title track plus demo versions of "The Last Time" (previously unreleased track), "Frozen" and "Our Solemn Hour". [29]

In November 2007, the band released info that their concert at Beursgebouw, in Eindhoven, was filmed for possible inclusion on a new concert DVD (either parts or all of the show). On February 7, 2008, the band performed a 10,000 audience show entitled Black Symphony at the Ahoy in Nederlands together with The Metropole Orchestra, a choir and several guest artists, and it was later revealed that this show would be filmed in its entirety for DVD and Blu-ray together with a double CD, which was to be released on September 22, 2008, (international) and September 23, 2008 (in the US). The trailer for the DVD (containing the entire live performance of the song "Our Solemn Hour" from the show) was released on the band's Opendisc feature on July 16, 2008. Another single from The Heart of Everything, Forgiven, was released to promote the Black Symphony release. Later, Black Symphony was certified Gold in the Netherlands. [30]

An Acoustic Night at the Theatre (2009–2010)

On November 3, 2008, Ruud Jolie stated on his blog, that the members of Within Temptation were going to take a year off, writing that "After the Theater Tour, that will start next week, me and the rest of Within Temptation are gonna take a whole year off. For the last 7 years, we've been hopping from studio to tour bus to airplane to boat to studio again to tour bus to bicycle to airplane to an occasional swimming pool on the top of a hotel to tour bus again. We all really needed a break from the band..." From that tour, On August 11, 2009, on their official website, Sharon announced that an acoustic album would be released in late October/early November called An Acoustic Night at the Theatre . It would include several acoustic songs from their tour in November 2008. On the 30th of October the album was released, the single was released with the album called Utopia . The song is a duet between Sharon and Chris Jones and was released on October 23.

Their song "What Have You Done" is now on the video game "Guitar Hero: World Tour" and was present on a TV promo of a Grey's Anatomy episode, "The Truth Beneath The Rose" was featured in the commercials for The Tudors, season 3, on ShowTime. The song All I Need was featured in the American Television show, Vampire Diaries. [31]

The Unforgiving and second world tour (2011–2012)

Members of Within Temptation doing an acoustic performance at the Q-Music studios Within Temptation live at Q Music.jpg
Members of Within Temptation doing an acoustic performance at the Q-Music studios

In November 2008, the band announced that they would begin working on their new studio album in 2009, and that the Heart Of Everything Tour was drawing to an end.' [32] On June 1, 2009, it was announced that Sharon had given birth to a boy, her second child with Robert Westerholt. In 2010, the band embarked on a second Theatre Tour, their last with drummer Stephen Van Haestregt. [12]

In the meantime, the band continued work on their new studio album. In an interview with Metal Ways at Appelpop 2008, guitarist Robert Westerholt stated that the new album was "probably going to be kind of a concept, but it’s so early still that nothing is really sure yet. But we’re trying to look in that direction." [33]

On November 18, 2010, the band announced via their website that their new album, entitled "The Unforgiving" would be released in March 2011.[ needs update ] The concept of the album would be based on a comic book series, written by Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48), and illustrated by Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness and X-Men). Each song on “The Unforgiving” was written along Steven’s narrative, with characters in the songs reflecting the protagonists of the comic. On July 26, 2010, the band announced that they would be embarking on a European tour at the beginning of 2011 in support of their new release. However, on November 26, 2010, it was announced that due to Sharon's third pregnancy, the tour dates would be moved from early 2011 to fall 2011. [34]

On the official website, den Adel shared that they have recorded three music videos for the album within the course of a week. [35] 'Where Is The Edge', a promotional video, was released on 15 December 2010 featuring scenes from the Dutch movie Me & Mr Jones. The first new single, "Faster," was released January 21 and the video for the song was released January 31, 2011. The track is currently being played in heavy rotation (at least once in each show) on UK classic rock station Planet Rock. The first track-by-track review of the album was published next month by a freelance journalist online, via Last.fm. [36]

Stefan Helleblad (pictured) took Robert Westerholt place during Within Temptation tours (starting from The Unforgiving Tour to date), enabling Westerholt to raise his and den Adel's children at home. Within Temptation Live in Paradiso (6198650488).jpg
Stefan Helleblad (pictured) took Robert Westerholt place during Within Temptation tours (starting from The Unforgiving Tour to date), enabling Westerholt to raise his and den Adel's children at home.

On 22 February 2011, the band announced that Mike Coolen had joined as full-time drummer. [37] However, the studio album had been recorded with Swedish drummer Nicka Hellenberg. [38]

On 14 March 2011, Sony BMG organized an online-listening session of the-upcoming-album on a Polish website that only people from Poland could access. However, every song was soon after leaked onto the Internet. Within Temptation tried to prevent the leak before the release date. Limited promotion CDs were sent strictly to journalists who had to come to a listening session. Later that month, the second short film entitled "Sinéad" was released without an accompanying music video. However, it is available on the special edition CD/DVD set of The Unforgiving along with the remaining short film "Triplets" and music video for "Shot in the Dark". During the album promotional phases, the birth of Logan was reported on the Within Temptation website. [39]

The album debuted at No. 2 in the Netherlands, while the two previous albums, The Heart Of Everything and The Silent Force debuted at No. 1. The Unforgiving also debuted in the Top 10 of Belgium, Portugal, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. [40] When the single Faster was released it did not chart as well as other Within Temptation singles like Stand My Ground and Ice Queen, though in the digital music store iTunes the song placed on the common charts, entering the Top 5 in the Netherlands (#4), while the single reached No. 11 so far. On the digital Rock Charts, Faster became a hit, reaching the No. 1 in the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Spain, No. 2 on Sweden, No. 5 in Germany, No. 6 in Austria, No. 8 in France, No. 10 in Luxembourg, No. 11 in Denmark, No. 13 in the US and No. 18 in Mexico. [41] [42] In the first month, the album has around 1 million plays on the scrobbling site Last.fm. [43] Following that, the band announced that the new single would be "Sinéad." Later on, the band was awarded "Best Other Media Music" for its album The Unforgiving on the new solenity "Buma Music In Motion", that awards creative and innovative methods to make music. [31]

On 10 June 2011, the music video of Sinéad was officially released to promote the same single, that had its physical release on July 15. The single was a little different from the others, including 3 remixes of the music made by 3 different DJs. [44]

Within Temptation in 2012 performing at the Sofia Rocks Festival, Bulgaria. Within Temptation - Sofia Rocks cropped.jpg
Within Temptation in 2012 performing at the Sofia Rocks Festival, Bulgaria.

Proceeding on promotion of the album, the band presented at the Sziget Festival, but The Unforgiving Tour officially started August 12, at the Huntenpop Festival, where the band played the whole The Unforgiving album among other albums hits, in a special show as "The First Challenge". During August, the band performed at several Summer Festivals as M'era Luna and Lowlands and started an indoor tour in September, first in the North America and then crossing Europe. [45] In early September, the album reached Gold status in Poland. [46] Later that month, it was announced that Robert would step down touring with the band (except for occasional shows) as there was no-one to look after Robert and Sharon's three children. Robert will focus on production and songwriting, while Stefan Helleblad is taking his place on stage. [47] Ending the year, Within Temptation was the 91st most listened band worldwide in 2011 on the scrobbling site Last.fm, with 90.000 new listeners, [48] the 18th in Russia, 23rd in Poland, 41st in Finland, 56th in Germany, 79th in Brazil and 90th in Chile. [49] [50] [51] [52] [53] [54]

In early 2012, to continue promoting the album, the band started a South American tour, passing over Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. Right after coming back to Europe, the band presented a semi-acoustic Dutch theater tour in March 2012, called Sanctuary, much like their previous live album An Acoustic Night at the Theatre in which they played many songs never played before like Say My Name, The Last Dance, Overcome, Bittersweet and some that they don't play often like Restless, Sounds Of Freedom, The Swan Song and Our Farewell. Most of them were played in acoustic version. On the 8th of May, 2012 Sharon den Adel and Ruud Jolie appeared on DWDD Recordings to perform an acoustic cover of Nirvana's song Smells Like Teen Spirit. The band embarked on a second leg of festivals, headlining several of the biggest European 2012 Summer Festivals, such as Sonisphere, Masters of Rock, Rock Werchter, Summerbreeze and Gods of Metal. [55] [56] Later, the band officially announced a very special show called Elements. The sold out [57] special show celebrated the band's 15 year anniversary at the Sportpaleis, Belgium, and the band was accompanied by the Il Novecentro Orchestra and other special guests, such as band's ex-members. [58] [59]

Hydra and various influences (2013–2016)

The band performing at the 2014 edition of the M'era Luna Festival with a Hydra-themed stage. Within Temptation M'era Luna 2014.jpg
The band performing at the 2014 edition of the M'era Luna Festival with a Hydra-themed stage.

In the run up to the 15th anniversary of Within Temptation, the band was asked by Belgian radio station Q-Music to choose and perform an existing track in a "Within Temptation style" once a week during fifteen weeks during their special program Within Temptation Friday. [60] The covers consist most part of pop songs in which the band transformed into a more symphonic oriented form. Lead vocalist Sharon den Adel stated that:“Our approach was to really make the cover a new Within Temptation song. So not going the easy way by using only a piano or an acoustic guitar for example, but really trying to put all the elements of a Within Temptation track in this new version. It was quite a challenge because we had only one week to get it right, while recording an original Within Temptation song can sometimes takes up half a year! But this pressure also gave us an[ sic ] creative boost and it was very rewarding to get it done in time each week. Also, we learned a lot from the in-depth analysis we needed to make on these hits, written by others, in combination with implementing our own sound and style in each new cover. We are glad that we’ve taken up this challenge and are very proud of the result." [12] They covered artists such as Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Lana del Rey, The Who among others. [60] On April 19, 2013, 11 of the 15 covers made by the band were them released in a cover album entitled The Q-Music Sessions . [61] On the same day, the band released the official music video of their cover of Titanium.

The writing process of the band's next studio album began in 2012, and at the first half of the year the band has 6 songs written already. [59] The album was scheduled to be released worldwide in September, by their new label, BMG [62] [63] and in the Netherlands by Universal Music. [64] On 16 June, the band went on to record the first music video for the new album. [65] During a series of statements about the recording progress of the album, Westerholt stated that the album would contain growls. [66] At the middle of May, bassist Jeroen van Veen went to the studio to record the bass base for the first five songs. [67] On 12 July, the band released a teaser trailer of the upcoming studio album, but without any names revealed. [68] [69] [70] On the next month, the band announced the title of the lead single, in which is "Paradise (What About Us?)", also uploading a teaser trailer revealing some lyrics and a guitar solo in anticipation for the release. The band eventually got a North American sign deal with Nuclear Blast and, about that partnership the company's president Monte Conner stated that "There are very few bands out there today who continually deliver on such a high and consistent level as Within Temptation. That is why they have such an incredibly loyal worldwide fan base. I am thrilled they chose Nuclear Blast Entertainment as their US partner. Their fans are in for a real treat come later this year!". The band also established a licensing deal with Dramatico for the United Kingdom release of the album. [71] Once the drumming and vocal recording was complete, the final guitar recordings started on August 26. [72]

den Adel and Helleblad at the 2015 Wacken Open Air. Within Temptation - Wacken Open Air 2015-2116.jpg
den Adel and Helleblad at the 2015 Wacken Open Air.

On August 30, the band announced that the lead single Paradise (What About Us?) would be released as an EP, which is also set to feature 3 tracks from the upcoming album in their demo form, being them "Let Us Burn", "Silver Moonlight" and "Dog Days". Upon making this announcement, den Adel said: "By releasing these demos we want to invite you in our home studio and show how we capture song ideas at an early stage of creating a new album. These demo versions are far from their final sound on the album, but will give you a hint of what we’re working on. It will be fascinating to hear how the end result will sound like, once the album is released.". After announcing that the lead single would contain a guest musician, on September 13 the band officially announced that Tarja Turunen was set to appear as a special vocalist on the title song. [73] The EP was released on September 27. [74] On 25 and 26 October, den Adel and Westerholt presented an unknown number of songs of the upcoming album to the press. [75] [76] The second promotional single, Dangerous, was released on December 20 and features ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones. [77] Hydra was finally released on January 31, 2014, in mainland Europe and in February 4 on North America and United Kingdom, and was met with critical and commercial success. In the Netherlands, Hydra marked the band's return to the first position on the charts since the release of The Heart of Everything in 2007, also reaching the first spot on the Czech Republic album charts, making it their first number-one album outside the Netherlands. [78] [79] The band had their first album on a top 10 position in the UK Albums Chart, debuting at six [80] and the first top 20 position on the US Billboard 200, debuting at the number 16. [81]

To promote the album, the band embarked on their Hydra World Tour, which was originally planned to start in January 2014, but then was postponed so the band could polish the songs more before releasing the album and had a try-out show at the Effenaar, in Eindhoven, NL, in which sold out on the same day it was put on sale. [82] [83] The first official show happened on 26 February, in Helsinki, Finland, and the arena tour passed primarily in Europe, abranging a few summer festivals. Due to the great reception of Hydra in the United States, the band decided to tour again in North America, travelling from West to East coast and passing over twelve cities, being two in Canada and having some venues with sold out tickets. [84] On 2 May, the band announced through their Facebook page that they were going to record the concert at the Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, and the great part of the concert later appeared on the DVD Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert together with some parts of the previous tour Elements 15th anniversary show. As the end of the European leg, the tour had an attendance of over 120.000 people. [85]

Resist and den Adel's solo project (2017–present)

On the 3rd of November 2017, the band changed their website and social media to display only a message announcing that a statement from Sharon den Adel would be coming soon. [86] A video statement appeared 7 days later, in which Sharon announced a new solo project entitled "My Indigo". The project came by a writer's block she had while starting to composing new songs for the band's next album, besides also dealing with personal problems, which led her to get some time apart from the band and compose for herself. [87] Later, she decided to release these songs publicly via the aforementioned project. [87] During this process, she regained inspiration to write again for the band, and songs for a new Within Temptation album are currently in the demo phase, with new material to be released in 2018. [88] At the end of November, the band announced a European tour for the end of the next year. [89] [90] [91] [92] At the beginning of December, almost a year before the tour, two concerts were already sold out. [93]

In July 2018, Within Temptation signed a new recording contract with Vertigo Records Germany, which will release their seventh studio album worldwide except in Japan. [94] The album, titled Resist , was announced through Metal Hammer magazine and released on February 1, 2019. [95] A single from the album, titled "The Reckoning" and featuring Jacoby Shaddix, was released on September 14. The music video for the song marked the first time the band got nominated again for the Edison Award since 2005. [96] The second single from the album titled "Raise Your Banner" and featuring Anders Fridén, was released on November 16. The third single titled "Firelight" and featuring Jasper Steverlinck, was released on November 23. The fourth single "In Vain", was released on January 11, 2019. A music video for "Supernova", a song off of the album, was released on February 5, 2019. A lyric video for "Mad World" was released on April 15, 2019.

Musical style

The band's first album, Enter, was released in 1997, in which music critics defined the band as two heavy metal subgenres, gothic metal and doom metal [97] [98] classifying the release as "gloomy, doomy, slow moving, atmospheric, symphonic gothic metal." and compared it with Tristania and Theatre of Tragedy, two other bands in the genre. [99] The guitar riffs and keyboard work were also praised as were the contrasting voices of the two lead vocalists, Sharon den Adel and Robert Westerholt. [100]

For a time, gothic visual was a common part of Within Temptation's style, as the gothic metal influences were part of their sound, mainly in their early years. Sharon-den-adel-within-temptation-1212428011.jpg
For a time, gothic visual was a common part of Within Temptation's style, as the gothic metal influences were part of their sound, mainly in their early years.

The next record of the band, an EP entitled The Dance, released in 1998, was described as "important in the development of the band" presenting "the band's musical growth as they explore the parameters of orchestral, neo-classical metal." [101]

With the release of the second album, Mother Earth, their musical style came to a point of inflexion, [102] where only den Adel remained as lead vocalist [103] leading the band to more melodic and Celtic songs and more folk influences. Critics approved the changes in the musical direction and stated that the album "reveals new dimensions in the concept of metal." [104]

Having Daniel Gibson as its main producer, the album The Silent Force was classified as "very melodic, catchy and relaxing" [105] [106]

Sharon den Adel wearing a nightclub jacket while performing The Unforgiving's Sinead in 2011. Sharon den Adel Live @ Paradiso.jpg
Sharon den Adel wearing a nightclub jacket while performing The Unforgiving's Sinéad in 2011.

With the release of The Heart of Everything, in 2007, the specialist critics were divided on the band's new direction [107] Others appreciated the new direction and found it more varied. [108] About.com agreed with both opinions, stating that ", the depth and complexity of classical music and the dark edge of gothic metal." [109] allMusic commented that the band "isn't afraid to get downright symphonic". [110]

In 2011, the band released their fifth studio album, The Unforgiving, the biggest change in their musical direction. [111] [112] Although being largely well received by critics, [113] some reviewers disliked the changes, with Q magazine calling the album "The metal T'Pau". [114] Besides that, some critics found the "1980s pop, rock and metal" influences a good thing for the band. [115] [116]

In order to celebrate the band's 15th anniversary, the Belgian radio station Q-music invited the band to make 15 covers of famous songs. Later, the band released The Q-Music Sessions album, the most divergent genre variation from their original sound to date. The album features reworked covers of several famous pop songs, such as "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia, "Grenade" by Bruno Mars, "The Power of Love" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and also some indie and folk rock songs as The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" and Passenger's "Let Her Go". [61]

The name of the band's sixth studio album, Hydra, refers to this great variation in the band's main sound, as Westerholt said: "'Hydra' is a perfect title for our new album because like the monster itself, the record represents the many different sides of our music.” [117] American magazine Aquarian Weekly considered the title highly appropriate and compared it to the band's diverse musical history, alleging that they were able to find the right balance between all the musical changes [118] and, during the following tour, the sextet was also referred to as "a band that defy stereotypes". [119]


Within Temptation current touring Line-up. From left to right: van Veen, Jolie, Spierenburg, Coolen, Helleblad, den Adel. Within Temptation @ Circo Voador.jpg
Within Temptation current touring Line-up. From left to right: van Veen, Jolie, Spierenburg, Coolen, Helleblad, den Adel.
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Within Temptation's 2002-2010, from left to right: van Haestregt, van Veen, Jolie, den Adel, Spierenburg, Westerholt. Within-temptation-all.jpg
Within Temptation's 2002-2010, from left to right: van Haestregt, van Veen, Jolie, den Adel, Spierenburg, Westerholt.
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