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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Let Us Burn (Elements & Hydra Live In Concert)

Disc 1

1. Iron (Elements Live)

2. In The Middle Of The Night (Elements Live)

3. Faster (Elements Live)

4. Fire And Ice (Elements Live)

5. Our Solemn Hour (Elements Live)

6. Stand My Ground (Elements Live)

7. Angels (Elements Live)

8. Sanctuary Intro (Elements Live)

9. The Last Dance (Elements Live)

10. Say My Name (Elements Live)

11. Candles (Elements Live)

12. Sinead (Elements Live)

13. The Promise (Elements Live)

14. Mother Earth (Elements Live)

15. Ice Queen (Elements Live)

16. Stairway To The Skies (Elements Live)

17. Let Us Burn (Hydra Live)

18. Paradise (What About Us?) (Hydra Live)

19. Faster (Hydra Live)

20. Iron (Hydra Live)

21. Edge Of The World (Hydra Live)

22. In The Middle Of The Night (Hydra Live)

23. Dangerous (Hydra Live)

24. And We Run (Hydra Live)

25. Stand My Ground (Hydra Live)

26. Covered By Roses (Hydra Live)

27. Mother Earth (Hydra Live)

28. What Have You Done (Hydra Live)

29. Silver Moonlight (Hydra Live)

30. Whole World Is Watching (Hydra Live)

31. Sinead (Hydra Live)

32. Ice Queen (Hydra Live)

Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: The Unforgiving

1. Why Not Me

2. Shot In The Dark

3. In The Middle Of The Night

4. Faster

5. Fire And Ice

6. Iron

7. Where Is The Edge

8. Sinead

9. Lost

10. Murder

11. A Demon's Fate

12. Stairway To The Skies

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Track List: The Heart Of Everything

1. The Howling

2. What Have You Done

3. Frozen

4. Our Solemn Hour

5. The Heart Of Everything

6. Hand Of Sorrow

7. The Cross

8. Final Destination

9. All I Need

10. Stand My Ground

11. The Truth Beneath The Rose

12. Forgiven

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Track List: The Silent Force

1. Intro

2. See Who I Am

3. Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)

4. Stand My Ground

5. Pale

6. Forsaken

7. Angels

8. Memories

9. Aquarius

10. It's The Fear

11. Somewhere

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Track List: Mother Earth

1. Mother Earth

2. Ice Queen

3. Our Farewell

4. Caged

5. The Promise

6. Never-Ending Story

7. Deceiver Of Fools

8. Intro

9. Dark Wings

10. In Perfect Harmony

11. Restless

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Track List: Dangerous (Single)

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Track List: Faster (Radio Single)

1. Faster

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Track List: Paradise (What About Us?)

2. Let Us Burn (Demo Version)

3. Silver Moonlight (Demo Version)

4. Dog Days (Demo Version)

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I love their older stuff. It took a while for The Unforgiving to grow on me but I love it now. I don't know if I'll ever "accept" Hydra though. :/
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Love the hell out of your music
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love this band!!!!
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life don't stop reading this if you are reading this you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 mins when you're done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters its so creepy because it actually works.
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my fav
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could you imagine Sharon and Amy Lee singing together, how amazing would that be? Just discovered this band on Pandora (Frozen) and hooked, so powerful/emo t i o n a l
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I don't see any on here...
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tbestler
Stop posting the stupid chain letters already! it's really getting pathetic!! Really, Don’t you have anything better to do than post complete Nonsense!!
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Sharon always delivers! My WT favs:
Faster, Lost, It's The Fear, Summertime Sadness
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Good band
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diamond76134
Powerhouse of voice and rock. A softer side of Evanescence, and fabulous.
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They are the crazy ones
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This band is soooo amazing!!! All my friends at school think I'm crazy for listening to this stuff but I think it's awesome!!!
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Lovely/sorro w f u l voice
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The love album , love the band all of it Love Within Temptation
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pagan.c
Haunting! LOVE THEM!
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pagan.c
So freaking amazing!! This song brought me to them!
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jamesrgray8
Love their music. My favorite song/video is still Angels.
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probably one of my favorite songs from them...
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This a awesome band.I love the song Dangerous.��
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This was a really good album.
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Faster, Lost, It's The Fear, Summertime Sadness (with her hi heels on or off!): my WT favs, what about u?
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irishdrop
love this band!
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i like shot in the dark and murder!
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Metal forever
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I love this band so much
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I love this band
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aithnebaker
hauntingly sweet, plus gothic. i cant get enough of this music!
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I like gothic metal but I fkn hate Within Temptation.
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biggeev
They have come a long way, and they succeeded. I listen to them every day. I truly love this band and their great music. Can't get enough!
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punks not dead
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It is within my temptation to say that I like the temptation
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this is one of my favorite bands
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I learned of them in 2007 with "Angels". A fan used the song to make a Harry Potter video and I never looked back.
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This is very pretty: The lead singer could just as easily be a Celtic music star. What a lovely voice! Not quite the emotional oomph as Amy Lee from Evanescence, but I'm definitely going to be checking out this band!
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One of my favorite bands of all time. ❤
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I enjoy the gup
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Were there such a thing as a holy spirit to banish worldly pain in imagination only does such exist to abolish this worlds evil bliss pondering an ageing face while loneliness brings no new grace where wh*r*s live free to be giving affections to whom they lust but never me as cries of foul are heard when their sisters and offspring are tortured & burned will this world ever cease will a decent place of real love be seen for a righteous god will not with such forsaken miseries except in my dreams
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Check them out on the Isle of Man TT video. Perfect music for a hair-raising montage. Faster! https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = i R W p 9 r h f S _ 0
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This our solemn day falls back to retribution unpaid as the light dies we close the blinds on what awaits outside within the final hour never to be cleaned of martyred blood our lives are showered so life laid in shame can continue to hide the blame as our cries subside without a battle for freedom over restrictions placed by opposing sides and we allow every telling stain showing the story of their unrighteous gain without cost as they display abominable acts dancing on the backs of the lost
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alabastervil l i s 0 trying his/her hardest to make metal sound emo...
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alabastervil l i s 0
there is no such thing as goth metal, its just goth, just as there is no such thing as glam metal its just glam. metal evokes a certain feeling in a person, a feeling of power and of belonging where that person may not feel like they belong any where else. you cant just ascribe a adj in front of the word metal and try to piggyback onto its roots.
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alabastervil l i s 0
ha ha aha ha ahaa aha ha ha hha ha ha ha ha
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bob179458
Shaddup haomuthafawk a h o f t h e w i n d : quit tainting SKILLS with your finger f*rts.
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fatpat7ny
I'm a dragon you guys are awesome
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Didn't scooter remix this into one of his songs?
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I don't care what anyone says, evanescence got their music from these guys!!!
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Their old stuff was better. :/
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drigas10
To Courage05: wtf did you say? Auto correct bro :\
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Cool.
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