Origin: Netherlands  
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Last update/review: February 19, 2019

Within Temptation

Add Within Temptation's Sharon Den Adel to the growing list of standout female soprano metal singers, alongside Sandra Schleret (ex-Dreams Of Sanity), Floor Jansen (After Forever), and of course Tarja of Nightwish. Den Adel's vocals, particularly on the band's recent Mother Earth album, are simply beautiful. Music-wise, Within Temptation show two different styles, with Enter being more in the atmospheric gothic metal, approaching doomdeath at times due to guitarist Robert Westerholt's death vocals sung alongside Den Adel. Here, the band might remind one of Orphanage or perhaps early Theatre Of Tragedy due to the dual singing styles. By contrast, Mother Earth loses the death vocals, brings keyboards to the fore, and in general is far less heavy and more orchestral, inviting comparisons at times to the aformentioned Dreams Of Sanity. Though decidedly less metallic than Enter, this is quite a professional album. Within Temptation is a quality band that should only get better as time goes on.

Recent album: Resist, released on February 1, 2019.

Current Members

Sharon den Adel

vocals

Robert Westerholt

guitars

Ruud Jolie

guitars

Stefan Helleblad

guitars

Jeroen van Veen

bass

Martijn Spierenburg

keyboards

Mike Coolen

drums

Former Members/Guests

Michiel Papenhove

guitars

Martijn Westerholt

keyboards (Delain)

Ivar de Graaf

drums

Ciro Palma

drums

Stephen van Haestregt

drums

Nick Hellenberg (guest)

drums



Discography



Enter  
1997 DSFA
  1. Restless
  2. Enter
  3. Pearls of Light
  4. Deep Within
  5. Gatekeeper
  6. Grace
  7. Blooded
  8. Candles
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Michiel Papenhove
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Westerholt
  • Ivar de Graaf



Dance  EP
1997 DSFA
  1. The Dance
  2. Another Day
  3. The Other Half (of me)
  4. Restless (remix)
  5. Candles & Pearls of Light (remix)
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Michiel Papenhove
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Westerholt
  • Ciro Palma



Mother Earth  
2000 DSFA
  1. Mother earth
  2. Ice queen
  3. Our farewell
  4. Caged
  5. The promise
  6. Never-ending story
  7. Deceiver of fools
  8. Intro
  9. Dark wings
  10. In perfect harmony
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Michiel Papenhove
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Westerholt
  • Ivar de Graaf



Mother Earth: Limited Edition  VIDEO
2002 DSFA



Mother Earth Tour  VIDEO
2003 DSFA



The Silent Force  
2004 BMG
  1. Intro
  2. See Who I Am
  3. Jillian (I´d Give My Heart)
  4. Stand My Ground
  5. Pale
  6. Forsaken
  7. Angels
  8. Memories
  9. Aquarius
  10. It's The Fear
  11. Somewhere
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Ruud Jolie
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Spierenburg
  • Stephen van Haestregt
2004 Readers' Album #57




The Silent Force Tour  VIDEO
2005 Roadrunner



The Heart Of Everything  
2007 Roadrunner
  1. The Howling
  2. What Have You Done
  3. Frozen
  4. The Heart of Everything
  5. All I Need
  6. Our Solemn Hour
  7. Hand of Sorrow
  8. The Cross
  9. Final Destination
  10. The Truth Beneath the Rose
  11. Forgiven
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Ruud Jolie
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Spierenburg
  • Stephen van Haestregt
2007 Readers' Album #49




Black Symphony  VIDEO
2008 Roadrunner



An Acoustic Night At The Theatre  LIVE
2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. Towards The End
  2. Stand My Ground
  3. Caged
  4. All I Need
  5. Frozen
  6. Somewhere (feat. Anneke van Giersbergen)
  7. The Cross
  8. Pale
  9. What Have You Done (feat. Keith Caputo)
  10. Memories
  11. Forgiven
  12. Utopia (feat. Chris Jones)
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Ruud Jolie
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Spierenburg
  • Stephen van Haestregt



The Unforgiving  
2011 Sony
  1. Why Not Me
  2. Shot In The Dark
  3. In The Middle Of The Night
  4. Faster
  5. Fire And Ice
  6. Iron
  7. Where Is The Edge
  8. Sinéad
  9. Lost
  10. Murder
  11. A Demon's Fate
  12. Stairway To The Skies
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Ruud Jolie
  • Stefan Helleblad
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Spierenburg
  • Nick Hellenberg
2011 Readers' Album #44




The Q-Music Sessions  COVERS
2013 Roadrunner
  1. Grenade (Bruno Mars cover)
  2. Titanium (David Guetta cover)
  3. Let Her Go (Passenger cover)
  4. Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey cover)
  5. Radioactive (Imagine Dragons cover)
  6. Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)
  7. Dirty Dancer (Enrique Iglesias cover)
  8. Don't You Worry Child (Swedish House Mafia cover)
  9. Behind Blue Eyes (The Who cover)
  10. The Power of Love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover)
  11. Apologize (One Republic cover)
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Ruud Jolie
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Spierenburg
  • Mike Coolen



Hydra  
2014 Nuclear Blast
  1. Let Us Burn
  2. Dangerous
  3. And We Run
  4. Paradise (What About Us?)
  5. Edge of the World
  6. Silver Moonlight
  7. Covered by Roses
  8. Dog Days
  9. Tell Me Why
  10. Whole World Is Watching
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Ruud Jolie
  • Stefan Helleblad
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Spierenburg
  • Mike Coolen
2014 Readers' Album #78




Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert  VIDEO
2014



Resist  
2019 Spinefarm
  1. The Reckoning
  2. Endless War
  3. Raise Your Banner
  4. Supernova
  5. Holy Ground
  6. In Vain
  7. Firelight
  8. Mad World
  9. Mercy Mirror
  10. Trophy Hunter
  • Sharon den Adel
  • Robert Westerholt
  • Ruud Jolie
  • Stefan Helleblad
  • Jeroen van Veen
  • Martijn Spierenburg
  • Mike Coolen




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