"Within Temptation" is a band from the Netherlands. Founded by guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, their music is variously described as symphonic metal and sometimes by the media as gothic metal, which they take influence from.
Long-term partners Westerholt (on guitar) and Sharon den Adel (vocals) began the band in 1996, quickly adding Jeroen van Veen on bass guitar, Martijn Westerholt at the keyboard and (following a succession of short lived-drummers), Ivar de Graaf. They were quickly offered a recording contract and signed to DSFA Records later that year, beginning work on their first release.
''Enter'', the debut album, was released in 1997. The album was well received and the band embarked on a four gig tour across the country, after which they were asked to perform at the ''Dynamo Open Air'' festival in Eindhoven, one of the Netherlands' largest heavy metal festivals. The band rounded out 1997 by embarking on their first international tour, of Germany and Austria.
In 1998 the band continued to tour actively - their profile had elevated them to the main stage at ''Dynamo'' for the 1998 event. However, Within Temptation h...
|years active||1996 – present|
|music genre||Symphonic metal|
|current members|| Ruud Adrianus Jolie|
Jeroen van Veen
Stephen van Haestregt
Sharon den Adel