Within Temptation

Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. Their most prominent and well-known sound is described as symphonic metal, although their earlier material, such as debut album Enter, was mostly gothic metal. It was not until 2001 that they became known to the general public, with the single “Ice Queen” from their second album Mother Earth. The band is currently working on their long-awaited 7th studio album.

Current members

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

Former members

  • 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)

Discography

Studio albums

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

Live albums

  • Mother Earth Tour (2003)
  • The Silent Force Tour (2005)
  • Black Symphony (2008)
  • An Acoustic Night at the Theatre (2009)
  • Let Us Burn – Elements & Hydra Live in Concert (2014)

Compilation albums

  • The Q-Music Sessions (2013)

Extended plays

  • The Dance (1998)
  • The Howling (2007)
  • Sinéad – The Remixes (2011)
  • Paradise (What About Us?) (2013)
  • And We Run (2014)

Source: Wikipedia
Photo by Tim Tronckoe

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