Within Temptation

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Within Temptation
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Within Temptation is a symphonic metal band from The Netherlands. The band was founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. Their music is variously described as symphonic metal, as well as gothic metal in some media, although in an interview, Den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences. Their music is also influenced from alternative metal, being most notable on The Heart of Everything album.

Directly after the release of their first album Enter, the band became prominent in the underground scene. It would however take until 2001, when they became known by the general public, with the single "Ice Queen" from the album Mother Earth, which reached #2 on the charts. Since then, the band won the Conamus Exportprijs five years in a row. Their next album The Silent Force debuted at #1 on the Dutch charts. Their 2007 album, The Heart of Everything, also debuted at #1. They are often labeled as a band with a similar sound to Evanescence, although the only true similarity is a female singer.

In an interview, Amy Lee is asked if she's listened to them, to which the responds[1]:

Vin1.jpg I heard one song of theirs last time I was here, actually. I think they're very interesting, I mean they're very dramatic, I like them. Definitely dramatic would be the word. I don't know, it's kind of off the wall. It's hard in the States, especially for music like ours, because if you're not having fun and like, it seems like if it's not heavy and fun, then a lot of stations don't want to play it because it just brings you down. So it was hard, even for our music, which is so dramatic, you know? So I think they'll probably have similar problems that we have. Vin2.jpg

When Sharon den Adel was interviewed on Live-Metal.net in 2007, she talks what it's like to be compared to female fronted rock bands;[2]

Vin1.jpg In every country we get comparisons. Not only with Evanescence, but with Lacuna Coil when we're in Italy, Nightwish when we're in Finland, and they get compared when they come to our side of Europe. It's inevitable, although I think the bands are all very different. They sound all so different. That's what I like about this genre of music. You can't even call it a genre because the bands are so different from each other. It's sort of like the time you had the grunge period — like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, and they said it all sounds the same, but looking back on it they're so different. They're so special in their own way and that's the same thing [here] I think. Although, of course, those are major bands, but it's just a comparison. Vin2.jpg

Sharon met Amy Lee for the first time after the Synthesis Live show in Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 25, 2018.[3]

Within Temptation co-headlined with Evanescence at Riverside Open Air in Aarburg, Switzerland on September 1, 2019. Then on September 17th, both bands announced a co-headlining tour called Worlds Collide that would take place in Europe in March and April 2020. However, it was rescheduled four times to November and December 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with Metal Hammer published on October 10, 2019, both Amy and Sharon spoke about the first time they met each other:

Vin1.jpg Sharon: “It’s quite strange that we didn’t meet earlier, but I’m delighted that it did [finally] happen. I was happy to meet her finally after so many years. You don’t know what to expect when you’ve never met someone before, but we had a really beautiful conversation.”

Amy: “We started talking about the meaning of life within five minutes. This big, beautiful, vulnerable conversation – at least from my end I felt vulnerable, but I felt safe being vulnerable with you. I don’t have a gazillion friends all over the world, I’m more of a one-on-one person. When you meet another woman who’s in the rock or heavy music scene, we tend to cling to each other. We are like a little gang. I think about you sometimes and I think about that conversation and, this is going to sound a little bit weird because we have only met a couple of times, but I feel for you.”

Sharon: “The same goes for me. I didn’t know what to expect and then when I left, I was full of emotion with goosebumps everywhere.”[4]


On August 14, 2020, Evanescence's single Use My Voice was released that features guest vocals of Sharon den Adel and several other female vocalists.[5]

Guitarist Ruud Jolie features in part 22 of Jen Majura's 1 minute jams alongside Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil where they covered How Do You Do! by Roxette. Watch the video here.

At the Worlds Collide show in Dusseldorf, Germany Amy Lee joined the band to duet on The Reckoning.

Amy Lee features in a few clips of Within Temptation's new music video for The Fire Within which was released on December 20, 2022 - watch it here.

Band Members


  • Sharon den Adel - lead vocals (1996–present)
  • Robert Westerholt - rhythm guitar, unclean vocals (1996–present, studio only since 2011)
  • Jeroen van Veen - bass guitar (1996–present)
  • Martijn Spierenburg - keyboards (2001–present)
  • Mike Coolen - drums (2011–present)
  • Ruud Jolie - lead guitar (2001–present)
  • Stefan Helleblad – rhythm and lead guitars (2011–present)


  • Michiel Papenhove – lead guitar (1996–2001)
  • Martijn Westerholt – keyboards (1996–2001)
  • Dennis Leeflang – drums (1996)
  • Richard Willemse – drums (1996)
  • Ivar de Graaf – drums (1996–1998, 1999–2001)
  • Marius van Pyreen – drums (1998)
  • Ciro Palma – drums (1998–1999)
  • Jelle Bakker – lead guitar (2001)
  • Stephen van Haestregt – drums (2002–2010)


  • Enter (1997)
  • Mother Earth (2000)
  • The Silent Force (2004)
  • The Heart of Everything (2007)
  • The Unforgiving (2011)
  • Hydra (2014)
  • Resist (2019)

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