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 latest 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.
- Robert Westerholt (guitar)
- Sharon den Adel (singer)
- Jeroen van Veen (bass guitar)
- Martijn Spierenburg (keyboards)
- Stephen van Haestregt (drums)
- Ruud Jolie (guitar)
- Enter (1997)
- The Dance (1998)
- Mother Earth (2000)
- The Silent Force (2004)
- The Heart of Everything (2007)