Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. They have been classified by critics as gothic metal and symphonic metal, although each album contains other influences outside these genres. 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, with Enter also having a hint of doom metal. In an interview, den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences. In another interview, den Adel stated that "We consider ourselves more an atmospheric melodic symphonic metal/rock band... In my opinion, we are not a gothic band but we have gothic elements".

After the release of their debut album Enter in 1997, the band became prominent in the Dutch underground scene. It was not until 2001 that they became known to the general public, with the single "Ice Queen" from their second album Mother Earth, which reached No. 2 on the Dutch charts. This was followed by the band winning the Conamus Exportprijs, a Dutch music award, four years in a row, and a fifth in 2016. The rise to popularity of Evanescence in 2003 piqued international and especially American interest in symphonic goth rock bands like Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, and Nightwish; consequently, Within Temptation's next albums, The Silent Force (2004) and The Heart of Everything (2007), debuted at No. 1 on the Dutch charts and expanded their international recognition. In 2008, they released Black Symphony, a live album recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. This was followed in 2009 by An Acoustic Night at the Theatre, another live album, this time with acoustic renditions of the songs.

The band's fifth studio album, The Unforgiving, was released in March 2011 and was one part of a transmedia effort, alongside both a comic book series and a series of short films that together encompass a story. The album saw the band increasingly venturing on new musical territories outside symphonic metal. Their sixth studio album, Hydra, was released in early 2014 in Japan, Europe, and the United States. The album advanced the band's exploration of new musical genres and features guest appearances from various artists: Finnish singer Tarja Turunen, who appears in the lead single "Paradise (What About Us?)"; Howard Jones, former vocalist of American metalcore band Killswitch Engage; Dave Pirner, lead vocalist of American alternative rock band Soul Asylum; and American rapper Xzibit. The band had extensive airplay on BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom with one of the songs from the album, "Whole World Is Watching" featuring Pirner.

Their latest studio album, Resist, was released in February 2019 and incorporates influences from other musical styles such as industrial and EDM. By 2016, the band had already sold more than 3.5 million albums worldwide.

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1996Enter / The DanceWithin Temptation3.554
2000Mother EarthWithin Temptation3.912
2004The Silent ForceWithin Temptation3.7515
2007The Heart of EverythingWithin Temptation3.919
2011The UnforgivingWithin Temptation415
2013The Q‐music SessionsWithin Temptation2
2014HydraWithin Temptation3.311
2019ResistWithin Temptation212
2023Bleed OutWithin Temptation2

Album + Compilation

2014Enter & The DanceWithin Temptation4

Album + Live

2002Mother Earth TourWithin Temptation3.653
2005The Silent Force TourWithin Temptation3.655
2008Black SymphonyWithin Temptation & The Metropole Orchestra4.757
2009An Acoustic Night at the TheatreWithin Temptation46
2014Let Us Burn (Elements & Hydra live in concert)Within Temptation4.56


1997Restless.....Within Temptation2
2001Ice QueenWithin Temptation46
2001Our FarewellWithin Temptation1
2002Mother EarthWithin Temptation44
2003Running Up That HillWithin Temptation45
2004Stand My GroundWithin Temptation46
2005MemoriesWithin Temptation36
2005AngelsWithin Temptation3
2007What Have You DoneWithin Temptation feat. Keith Caputo8
2007FrozenWithin Temptation3
2007All I NeedWithin Temptation2
2008ForgivenWithin Temptation1
2009UtopiaWithin Temptation2
2011FasterWithin Temptation53
2011SinéadWithin Temptation5
2011Shot In The DarkWithin Temptation1
2012CrazyWithin Temptation1
2012GrenadeWithin Temptation1
2013Paradise (What About Us?)Within Temptation2
2013DangerousWithin Temptation1
2014Whole World is WatchingWithin Temptation5
2014Edge of the WorldWithin Temptation1
2018The ReckoningWithin Temptation1
2018Raise Your BannerWithin Temptation1
2018FirelightWithin Temptation1
2019In VainWithin Temptation1
2020Entertain YouWithin Temptation1
2020The PurgeWithin Temptation1
2021Forsaken (The Aftermath)Within Temptation1
2022Faded OutAsking Alexandria feat. Within Temptation1
2022Forgotten SongsWithin Temptation1
2023Bleed OutWithin Temptation1

Single + Live

2008What Have You Done (live)Within Temptation & The Metropole Orchestra feat. Keith Caputo1
2017Black X-Mas (Live in Concert)Within Temptation1


1998The DanceWithin Temptation3.53
2007The Howling EPWithin Temptation1
2014And We RunWithin Temptation2
2017Midnight SkyWithin Temptation1
2021Shed My SkinWithin Temptation x Annisokay1
2022Don’t Pray for MeWithin Temptation1
2023WirelessWithin Temptation51

EP + Live

2005AngelsWithin Temptation3
2022The Aftermath EPWithin Temptation1

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