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Within Temptation

Goth metal stars Within Temptation marry the guitar-driven force of hard rock with the sweep and grandeur of symphonic music, and the results have made them one of the most popular bands ever in the Netherlands. Within Temptation were formed in 1996 by guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, who are partners on stage and off. Within Temptation's early material caught the attention of the Dutch label DSFA, which signed the group to a record deal; the band's first album, Enter, was released in 1997. Up until this time, Within Temptation had been a studio project, but the success of the album led to invitations to play several live shows, including the Dynamo Music Festival, one of the biggest live music events in the Netherlands. Within Temptation demonstrated their strength as a concert act, and began playing Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. Booked to play Dynamo's main stage in 1998, Within Temptation felt recording new material was in order, and they released the Dance EP for the occasion. Shortly afterwards, Within Temptation went on hiatus as the group's members dealt with personal commitments and Westerholt and den Adel built a studio for their ambitious recording projects. In late 2000, Within Temptation returned with their second full-length album (and first for Sony), Mother Earth, and the band continued to appear at major music festivals in Europe and the Netherlands; the album was a major commercial success, and the song "Ice Queen" was released as a single, rising to number two on the Dutch charts. After several years of steady touring (including major festival appearances in France and Mexico), Within Temptation returned to the studio to record their third album, 2004's The Silent Force, an ambitious project featuring a full orchestra and 80-voice choir accompanying the band. It was their first disc to be released simultaneously in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, and became a major commercial success, going platinum at home and reaching the Top Ten in Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Finland. Having become the Netherlands' best-selling international act, Within Temptation finally landed an American record deal with the venerable metal imprint Roadrunner, which released their fourth album, The Heart of Everything, in 2007. Black Symphony, a live CD/DVD recorded at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam with a full choir and orchestra, followed in 2008. Their 2011 effort The Unforgiving was a concept album heavily influenced by '80s pop and rock, and supported by a series of short films as well as a comic book written by Steven O’Connell. It was a great commercial success, hitting the top ten in seven European countries, and the band toured heavily in promotion of it. In 2012 the band's contract with Roadrunner came to an end and they decided to self-release their next album, signing distribution deals with Nuclear Blast for the USA and, strangely, Dramatico, Mike Batt's pop label and home to Katie Melua, for the UK. Their sixth album, Hydra, was slated for release in February 2014 and saw them branching out into a number of new and unexpected styles, as symbolized by the titular, many-headed mythical beast. It included guest vocal performances by Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, rapper Xzibit, and former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen on the single "Paradise (What About Us?)." ~ Mark Deming
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  1.   Song
  2.   Stand My Ground
  3.   Intro
  4.   What Have You Done
  5.   Memories
  6.   Angels
  7.   Frozen
  8.   Our Solemn Hour
  9.   Ice Queen
  10.   Hand of Sorrow
  11.   Aquarius
  12.   The Promise
  13.   The Cross
  14.   Forgiven
  15.   It's the Fear
  16.   Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)
  17.   The Howling
  18.   Somewhere
  19.   Forsaken
  20.   Our Farewell
  21.   Mother Earth
  22.   The Heart of Everything
  23.   Final Destination
  24.   In Perfect Harmony
  25.   The Truth Beneath the Rose
  26.   All I Need
  27.   Caged
  28.   Never-Ending Story
  29.   Dark Wings
  30.   Deceiver of Fools
  31.   Paradise (What About Us?)
  32.   Let Us Burn
  33.   Dangerous
  34.   See Who I Am
  35.   Paradise (What About Us?) by Tarja
  36.   Pale
  37.   The Swan Song
  38.   Towards The End
  39.   Enter
  40.   The Dance
  41.   Faster
  42.   Radioactive
  43.   In The Middle Of The Night
  44.   Summertime Sadness
  45.   Shot in the Dark
  46.   Let Her Go
  47.   Edge of the World
  48.   And We Run
  49.   Sinéad
  50.   Restless
  51.   Keep on Breathing by Xzibit
  52.   Dirty Dancer
  53.   Tell Me Why
  54.   Covered By Roses
  55.   Silver Moonlight
  56.   Lost
  57.   A Demon's Fate
  58.   Say My Name
  59.   Blue Eyes/Aquarius by Keith Caputo
  60.   Blooded
  61.   Pearls of Light
  62.   Candles
  63.   One of These Days by Xzibit
  64.   Living on Fire by Xzibit
  65.   Whole World Is Watching
  66.   Why Not Me
  67.   Where Is the Edge
  68.   Iron
  69.   Overcome
  70.   Deep Within
  71.   Sanctuary Intro
  72.   Candles and Pearls of Light (Remix)
  73.   Stairway to the Skies
  74.   Murder
  75.   Fire and Ice
  76.   Utopia
  77.   The Other Half (Of Me)
  78.   Running up That Hill
  79.   Jane Doe
  80.   Destroyed
  81.   Grace
  82.   Gatekeeper
  83.   Dangerous Mind
  84.   Another Day