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Within Temptation is a Dutchmarker rock/metal band. The band was founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. Their music is described as symphonic metal, gothic metal , although in an interview, Den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences, and in a later interview with 3VOOR12, Sharon stated that "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band ... we are in my opinion no gothic band".

After the release of their first album Enter, the band became prominent in the underground scene. However 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 won the Conamus Exportprijs five years in a row. Their next album The Silent Force debuted at #1 on the Dutch charts, as did their latest, The Heart of Everything. In 2008 they released a live DVD and CD, Black Symphony, recorded with the Metropole Orchestra.

On August 11, 2009 Within Temptation announced that they would be releasing a live album consisting of acoustic sets from their theatre tour, entitled An Acoustic Night At The Theatre , which was released on October 30.



Long-term partners Robert Westerholt (on guitar) and Sharon den Adel (Vocals) began the band in 1996, after leaving the band The Circle. The Circle re-named themselves Voyage and released an album called Embrace, including a song featuring Sharon den Adel.Soon after that release the band broke up..

After leaving The Circle, Sharon and Robert started Within Temptation, including new bandmembers Jeroen van Veen on bass guitar, Michiel Papenhove on guitar, Martijn Westerholt at the keyboard and (following a succession of short-lived drummers) Ivar de Graaf. They were quickly offered a recording contract and signed to DSFA Records later that year, beginning work on their first release.

Enter (1997)

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 festival in Eindhovenmarker, one of the Netherlands' largest heavy metal festivals. The band rounded out 1997 by embarking on their first international tour, of Germanymarker and Austriamarker. Also subsequently Ivar de Graaf left the band and was replaced by Ciro Palma.

The sound of Enter was very melodic and doom paced, influenced by gothic doom metal, heavily relied on fast keyboards and drums and heavy guitar riffs. Also prominent on this album are death grunts by Robert Westerholt and George Oosthoek, ex-member of Orphanage.

The Dance (1998-1999)

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 (2000-2003)

2000 was an eventful year for the band as they returned to touring, playing three Dutch festivals; Waterpop, Bospop and Lowlandsmarker. 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 .

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 #2 in the Netherlands but was their first #1 single when it climbed to the top in Belgiummarker. The success rebounded to Mother Earth, which continued to climb in the Dutch album chart, ending the year at #3.

2001 saw a number of changes in personnel; Ruud Adrianus 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 Francemarker and a headline gig in Mexico Citymarker. 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 #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.

The Silent Force (2004-2006)

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 #1 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 major UKmarker concert in Londonmarker) and a one-off show in Dubaimarker. "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 sound track to the videogame Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade released in March..

In January 2006, Within Temptation won the Dutch Pop Prize (best Dutch pop 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.

On August 5, 2008, the band's albums Mother Earth and The Silent Force were released in the US for the first time through Roadrunner Records.

The Heart of Everything (2007-2009)

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. The band embarked on their first North American tour with Lacuna Coil in May to promote the North American release of the album. 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.

The album debuted at #1 in the Dutch Album 100, making it their second number-one album. It reached #1 in Finland, #1 in Belgium for the second time, the top 10 in eight countries and top 100 in eleven countries. As of March 30, 2007, the album had sold 150,000 copies in first week.

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 Keith 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 song peaked at #1 in the Netherlandsmarker and #1 in Finlandmarker.

The second single, released across Europe in June, was "Frozen". The video, filmed in Romaniamarker, 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.

Within Temptation started their very first U.S.marker 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 released in the U.S. 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.

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 Bostonmarker and ended on September 23, 2007, in Tempe, Arizonamarker.

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".

In November 2007, the band released info that their concert at Beursgebouw, in Eindhovenmarker, the Netherlandsmarker, 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 U.S.). 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.

On November 3, 2008, Ruud Jolie stated on his blog, that the members of Within Temptation were going to take a year off.

"After the Theatertour, 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 tourbus to airplane to boat to studio again to tourbus to bicycle to airplane to an occasional swimmingpool on the top of a hotel to tourbus again. We all really needed a break from the band..."

Their song "What Have You Done" is now on the video game "Guitar Hero: World Tour"

Their song "The Truth Beneath The Rose" is currently featured in the commercials for The Tudors, season 3, on ShowTime.

The Band has set new dates to restart the Theatre Tour in 2010.

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.

New album (2010)

In the fourth quarter of 2007, the band announced that they would begin writing new material for another studio album. The expected release date was said to be 2009/2010. On February 2, 2009, it was announced on the Within Temptation website that Sharon & Robert are expecting their second child in the summer, with Sharon also saying "Meanwhile, writing new songs is going very well, everything's looking good!". The band's website subsequently announced that, on June 1, Sharon and Robert gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

In an interview with Holland's Face Culture, vocalist Sharon den Adel not only spoke out about the band's thoughts on their studio albums, but at the conclusion, stated that the album was slated for a release in early 2010.In an interview with Metal Ways at Appelpop, 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."In November 2008, the band posted that 2009 would be the year that they begin work on a new album, encouraging fans to check into the website for further updates as time goes by, and that they were playing only a few more shows for The Heart of Everything.

In an interview on the Dutch website the band announced that their new album would probably be release in the autumn of 2010, after finishing their second acoustic theatre tour, planned in April 2010.

Current line-up

Within Temptation in 2008 on Bevrijdingsfestival

Former members

  • Ivar de Graaf – Drums (1996-1998, 1999-2001)
  • Martijn Westerholt – Keyboards (1996-2001)
  • Michiel Papenhove – Guitar (1996-2001)
  • Jelle Bakker – Guitar (2001)
  • Ciro Palma – Drums (1998-1999)
  • Dennis Leeflang – Drums (1996)
  • Richard Willemse – Drums (1996)


Studio albums

Album Title
  • Released: April 6, 1997
  • Chart Positions: #32 NET
  • Sales: 100,000 (only in Europe)
  • Label(s): DSFA Records, Season of Mist
  • Singles: "Restless"
Mother Earth
The Silent Force
The Heart of Everything

Other albums

Album Title
Black Symphony (Live)
An Acoustic Night at the Theatre (Live)


The Dance
  • Released: June 21, 1998
  • Chart Positions: N/A
  • U.S. Sales: N/A
  • Europe Sales: N/A
  • Label(s): DSFA Records, Seasons Of Mist
  • Singles: none
  • Animated music video made for the title track; can be found on the Mother Earth Tour DVD
Running Up That Hill
  • Released: 2003
  • Chart Positions: N/A
  • U.S. Sales: N/A
  • Europe Sales: N/A
  • Label(s): N/A
  • Singles: Running Up That Hill
  • Cover of the Kate Bush song from 1985. Music video made
The Howling
  • Released: May 1, 2007
  • Chart Positions: Top 30 us 100 Hit Top chart
  • U.S. Sales: N/A
  • Europe Sales: N/A
  • Label(s): Roadrunner Records
  • Singles: The Howling
  • US Promo EP exclusively sold at Hot Topic in a limited number

Charted songs

All charted songs and their chart positions in the , US Billboard Hot 100 (U.S. Hot 100), Pop 100 (U.S. Pop 100), Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (U.S. AC), Finland (FIN), Sweden (SWE), Germany (GER), Netherlands (NED), Norway (NOR), Portugal (POR), Austria (AUT), Switzerland (SWI), Europe (EU), France (FRA) and Flanders (Belgium) (BEL).,,

Note: Only the biggest world music markets are listed.

Year Title Album Chart positions

Hot 100

Pop 100

1997 "Restless" Enter - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2001 "Our Farewell" Mother Earth - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2001 "Ice Queen" Mother Earth - - - - - 16 2 - - 53 - 78 - 3
2002 "Mother Earth" Mother Earth - - - - - 13 14 - - - 81 56 - 16
2003 "Running Up That Hill" - - - - - 13 7 - - 37 83 49 - 48
2004 "Stand My Ground" The Silent Force - - - 1 1 1 1 1 13 1 19 1 15 1
2005 "Memories" The Silent Force - - - 1 3 1 1 7 5 17 3 - 2
2005 "Angels" The Silent Force - - - 1 2 4 1 - - 12 - 2 - 3
2007 "What Have You Done" The Heart of Everything - - - 1 6 5 1 - 3 7 9 3 - 2
2007 "Frozen" The Heart of Everything - - - 5 - 15 4 - - - - - 18 17
2007 "The Howling" The Heart of Everything - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2007 "All I Need" The Heart of Everything - - - - - 13 11 - - - - - - -
2008 "Forgiven" The Heart of Everything - - - - - 14 9 - - - - - - -
2009 "Utopia" An Acoustic Night at the Theatre - - - 20 - - 16 - - 33 30 19 - 22

Hot 100

Pop 100




  • Silver Harp
  • TMF Award Holland - Most Promising Act
  • TMF Award Belgium - Best Rock (International)

  • Edison - Best Live DVD: Mother Earth Tour
  • Conamus Export Award 2003

  • Conamus Export Award 2004

  • Edison Award - Best Band
  • TMF Awards Holland - Best Rock National
  • Popprijs 2005
  • Conamus Export Prize 2005
  • World Music Award - Best-selling Dutch Artist

  • 3 FM Award - Best Rock Artist
  • Golden God (Best Video: Angels)
  • Buma Culture Export Prize 2006


  • Golden Harp
  • 3FM Award - Best Live Act

Gold plates
  • Gold Single for "Ice Queen"(Netherlands)
  • Gold Single For "Ice Queen"(Belgium)
  • Mother Earth (Germany 2002)
  • Mother Earth (Belgium 2002)
  • The Silent Force (December 12, 2004, Netherlands)
  • The Silent Force (Finland, 2005)
  • The Silent Force (Switzerland 2005)
  • The Silent Force (Spain 2005)
  • The Heart Of Everything (Russia 2008)
  • The Heart Of Everything (Japan 2008 )
  • The Heart Of Everything (Europe 2007)
  • The Heart Of Everything (Greek 2008 )
Platinum plates
  • Platinum Single For "Stand My Ground"(Netherlands 2004 )(Germany 2005)(Finland 2005 ) ( Belgium 2005 )
  • Mother Earth (Netherlands 2001)
  • Mother Earth (Germany 2003)
  • The Silent Force (November 18, 2005, Netherlands)
  • The Silent Force (Finland 2005)
  • The Silent Force (Germany 2005)
  • The Silent Force (Greek 2006)
  • The Silent Force (Portugal 2006)
  • The Silent Force (Sweden 2005)
  • The Silent Force (October 13, 2005, Belgium 2005)
  • The Heart Of Everything (Netherlands 2007)
  • The Heart Of Everything (Finland 2007 )
  • The Heart Of Everything](Belgium 2007)
  • The Heart Of Everything (Sweden 2008 )
  • The Heart Of Everything](Portugal 2008)
  • The Heart Of Everything (Germany 2008)
  • Black Symphony(Netherlands 2008)
  • The Heart Of Everything (Europe 2008)
  • Black Symphony(Finland 2008 )
  • Black Symphony(Belgium 2009 )


  1. Within Temptation at NME
  3. Sharpe-Young, "Metal: The Definitive Guide" (2007), p. 294
  4. Within Temptation at allmusic
  8. Muziek Centrum Nederland - Voyage
  9. Mother Earth in the Dutch Charts
  10. Ice Queen in the Dutch Charts
  11. - Within Temptation - The Silent Force
  12. - Within Temptation provide knights of the temple video game soundtrack
  13. BLABBERMOUTH.NET - WITHIN TEMPTATION Receive Awards For Success At Home And Abroad
  14. Roadrunner Records
  15. Brand new single for Within Temptation
  21. VG Nett - VG-lista - WITHIN TEMPTATION
  26. Retrieved on 2007-11-02.
  27. Retrieved on 2007-11-02.
  28. Retrieved on 2007-11-02;
  29. Press Release 2007 Awards List and Final Communiqué. Retrieved on 2007-11-06.
  30. [1]Footage of WT's win. Retrieved on 2009-26-04.

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