Within Temptation (Band)

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Within Temptation
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Group Members Sharon den Adel
Robert Westerholt
Jeroen van Veen
Ruud Jolie
Martijn Spierenburg
Mike Coolen
Stefan Helleblad
Past Group Members Michiel Papenhove
Martijn Westerholt
Dennis Leeflang
Richard Willemse
Ivar de Graaf
Marius van Pyreen
Ciro Palma
Jelle Bakker
Stephen van Haestregt
Music Genre (Text) Symphonic metal
gothic metal
symphonic rock
doom metal (early years)
Music Genre Rock
Origin Waddinxveen, Netherlands
Year(s) Active 1995–present
Record Label Universal Music
BMG
Nuclear Blast
Official Websites within-temptation.com
Associated Acts Delain
The Gathering
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Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in 1995 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. They have always been classified by critics as gothic metal or rock, although the "gothic" influence varies with each album. 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. Enter even had a hint of doom metal. In an interview, Den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences. In a later interview with Dutch music platform 3VOOR12, den Adel stated that "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band ... in my opinion, we are no gothic band".

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