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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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Within Temptation

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Albums by
Within Temptation

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Within Temptation

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