Within Temptation (English)



    Within Temptation (English)

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    Background information
    Origin The Netherlands
    Genre(s) Symphonic metal, Alternative metal
    Years active 1996 – present
    Label(s) DSFA Records
    Gun Records
    Roadrunner Records
    Associated acts Delain
    Website Official website
    Ruud Adrianus Jolie
    Jeroen van Veen
    Stephen van Haestregt
    Sharon den Adel
    Martijn Spierenburg
    Robert Westerholt
    Former members
    Ivar de Graaf
    Martijn Westerholt
    Michiel Papenhove
    Jelle Bakker
    Ciro Palma
    Dennis Leeflang
    Richard Willemse

    Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band.[1] The band was founded in 1996[2] by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.[3] Their music is variously described as symphonic metal,[4] as well as gothic metal in some media,[5][6] although in an interview, Den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences.[7] Their later works (most notably The Heart of Everything) contain elements typical of alternative metal.[8]

    Directly after the release of their first album Enter, the band became prominent in the underground scene. It would however take until 2001, when they became known by the general public, with the single "Ice Queen" from the album Mother Earth, which reached #2 on the charts.[3] Since then, the band won the Conamus Exportprijs[9] five years in a row. Their next album The Silent Force debuted at #1 on the Dutch charts. Their latest album, The Heart of Everything, also debuted at #1.



    Long-term partners Robert Westerholt (on guitar) and Sharon den Adel (vocals) began the band in 1996, quickly adding 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[3] 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 were asked to perform at the Dynamo Open Air[10] festival in Eindhoven, one of the Netherlands' largest heavy metal festivals. 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.[2]

    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.[11][12] Also prominent on this album are death grunts by Robert Westerholt and members of Orphanage.

    The Dance (1998-1999)

    In 1998 the band continued to tour actively - 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 songs 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 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 [13].

    The band first 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[14] in the Netherlands but was their first #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 #3[13].

    2001 also saw a number of changes in personnel; Ruud Adrianus Jolie was added as a second guitarist, drummer 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.

    The band achieved still wider appeal in 2002 with their first concert in France and even 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 particularly large 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 highlighted 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[15] 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 UK concert in London) and a one-off show in Dubai. "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. "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 this year.[16].

    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.[17]

    The Heart of Everything (2007-present)

    The new 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.[18] 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 is also the first time a Dutch act ever charted within the United World Chart. It peaked at #38, selling 50,000 copies in their first week. It reached top 10 in eight countries and top 100 in eleven countries. As of March 30, 2007 the album has sold 150,000 copies.

    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 fame 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 #7 in the Netherlands and #4 in Finland.

    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.

    Within Temptation started their very first U.S. 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 2nd. This was the band's first album to be released in America.

    In support of the new album, Within Temptation decided to kick off their first headlining US tour in Fall 2007. The band played thirteen 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".[19]

    In November 2007 the band released info that their concert at Beursgebouw, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 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 will be released on September 22, 2008 (international) and September 23, 2008 (in the US), according to the official site. The trailer for the DVD was released on the band's Opendisc feature on July 16th, 2008.

    The band issued that in the fourth quarter of 2007, they would start writing new material for a new album. The anticipated release date is 2009-2010.

    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.


    In 2007 the band announced it would be donating all proceeds from their single "Frozen" to Child Helpline International.

    Current line-up

    Within Temptation in 2008 on Bevrijdingsfestival

    * Sharon den Adel - Vocals (1996-present)
    * Robert Westerholt - Guitar, Vocals (1996-present)
    * Ruud Adrianus Jolie - guitar (2001-present)
    * Jeroen van Veen - Bass guitar (1996-present)
    * Martijn Spierenburg - Keyboards (2001-present)
    * Stephen van Haestregt - Drums (2002-present)

    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: N/A
    * Sales: 100,000 (only in Europe)
    * Label(s): DSFA Records, Season of Mist
    * Singles: "Restless"

    Mother Earth

    * Released: December 4, 2000 (Nederlands); August 21, 2001 (Europe)
    * Chart Positions: #11 NOR[20]
    * Sales: 350,000 (only in Europe)
    * Label(s): DSFA Records, Roadrunner Records, Sanctury Records, GUN Records
    * Singles: "Our Farewell", "Ice Queen", "Mother Earth", "Never-Ending Story" (promo only)

    The Silent Force

    * Released: November 15, 2004
    * Chart Positions: #1 NED, #5 GER, #26 SPA, #12 AUS, #17 POR, #30 NOR, #22 SWIT, #3 GREE, #28 SWE, #4 BEL
    * Sales: 500,000 (only in Europe)
    * Label(s): GUN Records, Roadrunner Records
    * Singles: "Stand My Ground", "Memories", "Angels", "Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)" (promo only)

    The Heart of Everything

    * Released: March 12, 2007
    * Chart Positions: #38 UK, #26 FRA, #23 SPA, #5 POR, #5 GER, #8 SWI, #12 AUT, #48 ITA, #22 POL, #12 CZE, #4 SWE, #2 FIN, #24 NOR, #32 DEN, #1 NED, #2 BEL, #106 US, #88 AUS.
    * Sales: +450,000 (worldwide)[21]
    * Label(s): Roadrunner Records, GUN Records (Europe)
    * Singles: "What Have You Done", "The Howling", "Frozen", "All I Need", "Forgiven" (promo only)'
    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: N/A
    * 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


    * Mother Earth Tour (2002)
    * The Silent Force Tour (2005)
    * Black Symphony (2008)



    * 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


    * 3FM Award - Best Rock Artist
    * TMF Awards Belgium - Best Live Act (International)[22]
    * TMF Awards Holland - Best Live Act
    * TMF Awards Holland - Best Video[23]
    * MTV Europe Music Awards - Best Dutch & Belgian act[24]
    * World Music Awards 2007 - Best Selling Dutch Artist [25]

    Gold plates

    * Gold Single for Ice Queen
    * Mother Earth (2001)
    * The Silent Force (December 12, 2004, Netherlands)
    * The Silent Force (Finland, 2005)

    Platinum plates

    * The Silent Force (November 18, 2005, Netherlands)
    * Mother Earth (2001)
    * The Silent Force (October 13, 2007, Belgium / Flanders)
    * The Heart Of Everything (2007)
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    Δημοσίευση από SharonManiac Την / Το Τρι Σεπ 16, 2008 3:05 am

    Excellent,marvelous!!My favourite band!!
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    Δημοσίευση από Madguy Την / Το Τετ Δεκ 03, 2008 5:07 am

    yep! it's one of the biggest symphonic bands!
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    Δημοσίευση από Katja-Turunen Την / Το Τετ Δεκ 03, 2008 8:52 am

    yep...Within Temtation...! absolutely an exellent group....!
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    Δημοσίευση από SharonManiac Την / Το Τετ Δεκ 03, 2008 10:51 am

    All these information are gathered by WIKIPEDIA...Smile
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    excellent band respect respect respect
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    <3 them

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    Δημοσίευση από Fallen angel Την / Το Τετ Φεβ 24, 2010 9:05 am

    Μπορείς να πας στο topic των Within Temptation στην ελληνική ενότητα. Wink Κλικ εδώ.


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    Δημοσίευση από SafeInsideMyself Την / Το Τρι Σεπ 07, 2010 10:24 am

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