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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.   Our Solemn Hour
  5.   What Have You Done
  6.   Forsaken
  7.   Never-Ending Story
  8.   All I Need
  9.   Hand of Sorrow
  10.   Memories
  11.   Frozen
  12.   Pale
  13.   The Howling
  14.   Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)
  15.   The Heart of Everything
  16.   Aquarius
  17.   The Truth Beneath the Rose
  18.   Forgiven
  19.   See Who I Am
  20.   Mother Earth
  21.   The Cross
  22.   Final Destination
  23.   Angels
  24.   The Promise
  25.   Ice Queen
  26.   Deceiver of Fools
  27.   Somewhere
  28.   Dark Wings
  29.   Our Farewell
  30.   It's the Fear
  31.   In Perfect Harmony
  32.   Caged
  33.   Dangerous
  34.   Paradise (What About Us?)
  35.   Let Us Burn
  36.   Paradise (What About Us?) by Tarja
  37.   Towards The End
  38.   Enter
  39.   The Dance
  40.   The Swan Song
  41.   Dangerous Mind
  42.   Shot in the Dark
  43.   Murder
  44.   Dirty Dancer
  45.   Radioactive
  46.   Whole World Is Watching
  47.   Covered By Roses
  48.   And We Run
  49.   Faster
  50.   Summertime Sadness
  51.   Why Not Me
  52.   Where Is the Edge
  53.   Sinéad
  54.   Iron
  55.   In The Middle Of The Night
  56.   Blooded
  57.   One of These Days by Xzibit
  58.   Let Her Go
  59.   Dog Days
  60.   Another Day
  61.   Gatekeeper
  62.   Tell Me Why
  63.   Edge of the World
  64.   Stairway to the Skies
  65.   Lost
  66.   A Demon's Fate
  67.   Ouverture
  68.   Destroyed
  69.   Candles
  70.   Grace
  71.   Deep Within
  72.   The Last Dance
  73.   Sanctuary Intro
  74.   Keep on Breathing by Xzibit
  75.   Living on Fire by Xzibit
  76.   Silver Moonlight
  77.   Candles and Pearls of Light (Remix)
  78.   Fire and Ice
  79.   Utopia
  80.   The Other Half (Of Me)
  81.   Say My Name
  82.   Blue Eyes/Aquarius by Keith Caputo
  83.   Overcome