Within Temptation Overview
Within Temptation is a Dutch Netherlands metal/rock band that sold more than 10 million albums worldwide being 9 million only in Europe. The band was founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. Their music is described as symphonic metal, five years in a row. Their next album The Silent Force debuted at #1 on the Dutch charts, as did their latest, The Heart of Everything. In 2008 they released a live DVD and CD, Black Symphony, recorded with the Metropole Orchestra.
On August 11, 2009 Within Temptation announced they would release a live album consisting of acoustic sets from their theatre tour, entitled An Acoustic Night At The Theatre.
Long-term partners Robert Westerholt (on guitar) and Sharon den Adel (Vocals Singing ) began the band in 1996, after leaving the band The Circle. The Circle re-named themselves Voyage and released an album called Embrace, including a song featuring Sharon den Adel.
Soon after that release the band broke up. festival in Eindhoven. The band rounded out 1997 by embarking on their first international tour, of Germany and Austria. Also subsequently Ivar de Graaf left the band and was replaced by Ciro Palma. Also prominent on this album are death grunts by Robert Westerholt and George Oosthoek, ex-member of Orphanage Orphanage (band) .
The Dance (1998-1999)
In 1998 the band continued to tour - their profile had elevated them to the main stage at Dynamo for the 1998 event. However, Within Temptation had released no new material (and did not have plans for a second album at this point), to which end they elected to release an EP Extended play , The Dance The Dance (EP) , with three songs (plus two remixes) that would further mature the sound from Enter.
Finally taking a break from touring, 1999 was largely a sabbatical year for the band. They took the opportunity to construct their own studio, as well as returning to personal pursuits, with plans to return to the fold the next year.
Mother Earth (2000-2004)
2000 was an eventful year for the band as they returned to touring, playing three Dutch festivals; Waterpop, Bospop and Lowlands A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise . In addition they went to work on their second album, releasing Mother Earth Mother Earth (album) in the Low Countries on December 1. The album was a moderate success in the Dutch charts the first few weeks after its release .
The band released the single "Our Farewell", which never entered the charts. The second single from Mother Earth, "Ice Queen Ice Queen (song) ", was regarded as the breakthrough release for the band; in March 2002 it climbed to #2 in the Netherlands but was their first #1 single when it climbed to the top in Belgium. The success rebounded to Mother Earth, which continued to climb in the Dutch album chart, ending the year at #3 in the Netherlands and charted well in many European countries. In support of the release they embarked on another large international tour in 2005, with dates across Europe (including their first festival appearance in the UK United Kingdom (headlining Bloodstock)) and a one-off show in Dubai. "Stand My Ground" and "Memories Memories (Within Temptation song) ", the first singles from the new album, continued the band's run of chart success, culminating in a second Edison Award. The third single was "Angels Angels (Within Temptation song) ". "Stand My Ground" was later to be promoted on the trailer for the film Blood and Chocolate Blood and Chocolate (film) . The band also provided some of the sound track to the videogame Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade released in March..
In January 2006, Within Temptation won the Dutch Pop Prize (best Dutch pop pop music contribution) and Dutch Export Prize (best-selling Dutch artist outside the Netherlands); the latter one given to them for the third time in a row. The band also reported that they were busy working on their next album, due to be released during the fall, and that they would start playing at festivals starting in April, in addition to going on an international tour at the end of the year.
On August 5, 2008, the band's albums Mother Earth and The Silent Force were released in the US for the first time through Roadrunner Records.
The Heart of Everything (2007-2009)
The album The Heart of Everything from Within Temptation was released on March 9, 2007, in the Netherlands, and in the United States on July 24. Two tracks, called "The Howling" and "Sounds of Freedom", were recorded as promotion material for the video game The Chronicles of Spellborn, and the first of these opens the album. The full track listing was revealed on January 10. The band embarked on their first North American tour with Lacuna Coil in May to promote the North American release of the album. Roadrunner Records also released a limited edition EP Extended play called The Howling The Howling (EP) , which was available only at Hot Topic stores, containing the title track plus po***r tracks from their former album The Silent Force.
The album debuted at #1 in the Dutch Album 100, making it their second number-one album. It reached #1 in Finland, #1 in Belgium for the second time, the top 10 in eight countries and top 100 in eleven countries. As of March 30, 2007, the album had sold 150,000 copies in first week.
The song "What Have You Done" was the first single released from the album. Its initial music video was recorded on the 12, 13 and 14 of December 2006 at the Koko club in London, and a CGI studio in Windsor. It features Keith Caputo of Life of Agony on guest vocals. Fans were allowed to participate in the making of the video, although this first version left the band feeling disappointed (comments made by the band at their March show in Lyon). Shortly after, a completely new video for the song was made. The song peaked at #1 in the Netherlands and #1 in Finland.
The second single, released across Europe in June, was "Frozen Frozen (Within Temptation song) ". The video, filmed in Romania, deals with child abuse, and sales of the single was to raise money for a children's charity, . "The Howling" was chosen as a digital single release for the UK (not to be confused with the US EP release), and another video was also shot. The extended version of the "Frozen" single features an unreleased b-side, "Sounds of Freedom", as mentioned the second song written for the promotion of the computer game The Chronicles of Spellborn.
Within Temptation started their very first U.S. United States of America tour a few months after the European release of The Heart of Everything, supporting Lacuna Coil, and appearing alongside In This Moment, Stolen Babies, The Gathering, and Kylesa. The tour, dubbed The Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007, was largely a success.
The Heart of Everything was released in the U.S. on July 24, and the promotional single of "What Have You Done" shipped to rock stations July 2. This was the band's first album to be released in America followed by the previous albums Mother Earth and The Silent Force a year later.
In support of the new album, Within Temptation decided to kick off their first headlining US tour in Fall 2007. The band played 13 shows, starting on September 5, 2007, in Boston and ended on September 23, 2007, in Tempe, Arizona.
On October 19, 2007, Within Temptation released the video for their third single "All I Need All I Need (Within Temptation song) ". The single was released in Europe around November 12 and features the single and album versions of the title track plus demo versions of "The Last Time" (previously unreleased track), "Frozen" and "Our Solemn Hour".
In November 2007, the band released info that their concert at Beursgebouw, in Eindhoven, was filmed for possible inclusion on a new concert dvd (either parts or all of the show). On February 7, 2008, the band performed a 10,000 audience show entitled Black Symphony at the Ahoy in Nederlands together with The Metropole Orchestra, a choir and several guest artists, and it was later revealed that this show would be filmed in its entirety for DVD and Blu-Ray together with a double cd, which was to be released on September 22, 2008, (international) and September 23, 2008 (in the U.S.). The trailer for the DVD (containing the entire live performance of the song "Our Solemn Hour" from the show) was released on the band's Opendisc feature on July 16, 2008. Another single from The Heart of Everything, Forgiven Forgiven (Within Temptation song) , was released to promote the Black Symphony release.
On November 3, 2008, Ruud Jolie stated on his blog, that the members of Within Temptation were going to take a year off.
"After the Theatertour, that will start next week, me and the rest of Within Temptation are gonna take a whole year off. For the last 7 years we've been hopping from studio to tourbus to airplane to boat to studio again to tourbus to bicycle to airplane to an occasional swimmingpool on the top of a hotel to tourbus again. We all really needed a break from the band..."
Their song "What Have You Done" is now on the video game "Guitar Hero: World Tour"
Their song "The Truth Beneath The Rose" is currently featured in the commercials for The Tudors, season 3, on ShowTime.
The Band has set new dates to restart the Theatre Tour in 2010.
On August 11, 2009, on their official website, Sharon Sharon Den Adel announced that an acoustic album would be released in late October/early November called An Acoustic Night at the Theatre. It would include several acoustic songs from their tour in November 2008. On the 30th of October the album was released, the single was released with the album called Utopia Utopia (Within Temptation song) . The song is a duet between Sharon and Chris Jones and was released on October 23.
New album (2010)
In the 4th quarter of 2007, the band announced that they would begin writing new material for another studio album. The expected release date was said to be 2009/2010. On February 2, 2009, it was announced on the Within Temptation website that Sharon & Robert are expecting their second child in the summer, with Sharon also saying "Meanwhile, writing new songs is going very well, everything's looking good!". The band's website subsequently announced that, on June 1, Sharon and Robert gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
In an interview with Holland's Face Culture, vocalist Sharon den Adel not only spoke out about the band's thoughts on their studio albums, but at the conclusion, stated that the album was slated for a release in early 2010.In an interview with Metal Ways at Appelpop, guitarist Robert Westerholt stated that the new album was "probably going to be kind of a concept, but it’s so early still that nothing is really sure yet. But we’re trying to look in that direction."In November 2008, the band posted that 2009 would be the year that they begin work on a new album, encouraging fans to check into the website for further updates as time goes by, and that they were playing only a few more shows for The Heart of Everything.
In an interview on the Dutch website Nu.nl the band announced that their new album would probably be released in the autumn of 2010, after finishing their second acoustic theatre tour, planned in April 2010.* Sharon den Adel – vocals (since 1996)
* Robert Westerholt – rhythm guitar, death vocals Death grunt (since 1996)
* Ruud Adrianus Jolie – lead guitar (since 2001)
* Jeroen van Veen Jeroen van Veen (bassist) – bass (since 1996)
* Martijn Spierenburg – keyboards (since 2001)
* Stephen van Haestregt – drums (since 2002)* Ivar de Graaf – drums (1996–1998, 1999–2001)
* Martijn Westerholt – keyboards (1996–2001)
* Michiel Papenhove – guitar (1996–2001)
* Jelle Bakker – guitar (2001)
* Ciro Palma – drums (1998–1999)
* Dennis Leeflang – drums (1996)
* Richard Willemse – drums (1996)
All charted songs and their chart positions in Finland ('FIN'), Sweden ('SWE'), Germany ('GER'), Netherlands ('NED'), Norway ('NOR'), Austria ('AUT'), Switzerland ('SWI'), Europe ('EU'), France ('FRA'), Flanders (Belgium) and Poland ('POL') ('BEL').,
'Note: Only the biggest world music markets World music market are listed.'
* Mother Earth Tour (2002)
* The Silent Force Tour (2005)
* Black Symphony (2008)'2002'
*TMF Award Holland - Most Promising Act
*TMF Award Belgium - Best Rock (International)
*Edison - Best Live DVD: Mother Earth Tour
*Conamus Export Award 2003
*Conamus Export Award 2004
*Edison Award - Best Band
*TMF Awards Holland - Best Rock National
*Conamus Export Prize 2005
*World Music Award - Best-selling Dutch Artist
*3 FM Award - Best Rock Artist
*Golden God (Best Video: Angels)
*Buma Culture Export Prize 2006
*3FM Award - Best Rock Artist
*TMF Awards Belgium - Best Live Act (International)
*TMF Awards Holland - Best Live Act
*TMF Awards Holland - Best Video
*MTV Europe Music Awards - Best Dutch & Belgian act
*World Music Awards 2007 - Best Selling Dutch Artist
*3FM Award - Best Live Act
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