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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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Within Temptation

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Within Temptation

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