david gilmour, mostly autumn, pink floyd, rpwl, pendragon, iq, magenta, richard wright and more.
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Dutch progresive band with a heavy shot of gothic and symfo and a nice looking vocalist. Listen and watch to Mother Earth 2000 and be amazed! mother earth
Sharon den Adel plays an important role in this success. Her powerful and pure voice guides the listener through a world that could be described as 'progmetal meets the Classics' with Celtic influences. References can me made towards Metallica, Iona, Karnataka and Kate Bush.

The Silent Force is a great album from 2004. With a wonderful single and clip "Stand my Ground".

Within Temptation are:

Robert Westerholt (guitar)

Sharon den Adel (vocals)

Jeroen Van Veen (bass)

Stephen van Haestregt (drums)

Martijn Spierenburg (keyboards)

Ruud Jolie (guitar)

Former members include:

Michiel Papenhove – Lead guitar (1996–2001)
Jelle Bakker – Lead guitar (2001)
Martijn Westerholt – Keyboards (1996–2001) (Now in Delain)
Dennis Leeflang – Drums (1996) (also in Lita Ford, Sun Caged, Epica and The Saturnine)
Richard Willemse – Drums (1996)
Ivar de Graaf – Drums (1996–1998, 1999–2001) (Kingfisher Sky)
Ciro Palma – Drums (1998–1999)
Stephen van Haestregt – Drums (2002-2010)( Arjen Anthony Lucassen's album Fate of a Dreamer, under the Ambeon moniker, and has also produced several albums such as The Rebel in You by Yellow Pearl)

Other albums; "the Heart of Everything" and "Black Symphony" ('08), An Acoustic Night At The Theatre ('09).

The Unforgiven is the new album that will blow the charts in 2011.

New single Faster (2011):

Tour dates 2011.


Some band members info:

Sharon Janny den Adel

Date of Birth: 12-07-1974
Main instrument: Vocals
Other intruments: None
Other musical projects: None at this moment.
Favourite Music: Arid, Tori Amos, Heather Nova, Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, Bjork, Alanis Morisette, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, A Perfect Circle, Ayreon, The Verve, Orphanage, Annie Lennox, Enigma, Him and Bob marley.
Favourite Movies: The X-men, Braveheart, Interview with the vampire, Dracula, Legends of the Fall, Sleepy Hollow, Grease, Dumb & Dumber and dancing with wolves (+ Ren and Stimpy)
Your life besides music: My job (FTX men product management), my cat Humphrey, Badminton, painting, reading a lot of fantasy books, going to the movies and I love being outdoors and gardening.
Most embarrassing gig: There haven't been any gigs I recall being very embarrassing...
Surprising Facts: None

Robert Westerholt

Date of Birth: 02-01-1975
Main instrument: Guitar
Other intruments: Keyboards and PC
Other musical projects: None.
Favourite Music: Tori Amos: music and emotions on the highest level, Paradise Lost: With Gothic they convinced me of the power of melodic doommetal and good songs. I still love their albums, Rhapsody: great orchestrations and heavy metal, way over the top. I really enjoy their musical adventures, Iron Maiden: Godfathers of heavy metal; who doesn't have a record of them ? And much more bands (I would at least need an extra page...)
Favourite Movies: Movies: X-men, Braveheart, The Matrix Besides watching movies I am a fanatic fantasy-book reader. Unfortunately I often lack time for reading.
Your life besides music: 5 days a week I'm the Human Resource Manager for a small but growing business, specialised in Credit Management Solutions.
Most embarrassing gig: I think it was a the gig in the 'Blokhut' in Rotterdam where beacause of a powerfaillure the keyboards were detuned with 3 notes. It gave a surprising effect when the whole band started the first song together. In fact it was so surprising that we all stopped playing to tune again and started the show for the second time... then it went well, nerve-wrecking!
Surprising Facts: That we finally released our CD (even in the year 2000 !)

Jeroen van Veen

Date of Birth: 26-10-1974
Main instrument: Bass
Other intruments: Drums
Other musical projects: The JIM Generator.
Favourite Music: Progressive-/Symphonic- and Guitarrock
Favourite Movies: American Beauty, Twelve Monkeys, American History X, The Usual Suspects, Fight Club, Leon, Tarantino movies, Monthy Python movies, Dogma movies and a lot of Sci-Fi and Horror movies
Your life besides music: Webdesign
Most embarrassing gig: Bergen op Zoom - Boho, an audience singing Happy Birthday ( to me... )
Surprising Facts: None...man, I'm boring...

Ivar de Graaf

Date of Birth: 20-08-73
Main instrument: Drums
Other intruments: Guitar, Bass, snakecharmer
Other musical projects: a 70's rock-coverband, a Glam Metal tribute-band, a prog-rock type band, an Avant-Garde band with Jeroen and Michiel (the J.I.M.Generator).
Favourite Music: Spock's Beard, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel, Pantera, Nik Kershaw, The Bass Vikings, Allan Holdsworth, a Perfect Circle and many others.
Favourite Movies: X-Men, Braindead, Sleepy Hollow, Pulp Fiction, Life of Brian, American Beauty, Fight Club, Apocalypse Now, Fargo, Godfather trilogy, Taxi Driver and many others.
Your life besides music: Not much, occasional part-time jobs and some photo-manipulation. Other than that it's music all the way!
Most embarrassing gig: I used to play in an easy tune Jazz-combo and we got kicked of a camping where we played after only three songs. They really thought we sucked ass. I never saw an audience disappear so fast!
Surprising Facts: I used to play guitar in a Folk-band, I floss three times a day, I sometimes jump naked in front of the bathroom mirror to see what myass looks like and I look awfull in drag.

David Martien Westerholt

Date of Birth: 30-03-1979
Main instrument: Synths and keyboards
Other intruments: none ....(for now!)
Other musical projects: private project (no name yet)
. Favourite Music: Marillion, The Police, Ayreon, Alan Parson's project, Queensryche, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rhapsody, Abba, Spock's beard and a few gothic bands.
Favourite Movies: Star Trek First Contact, The Star Wars saga, Braveheart, everything of Monty Python..and yes..the Transformers' movie (huh??)
Your life besides music: Spending time with my girlfriend, Watching movies, playing strategic computergames (command & conquer red alert and civilizationII to name a few oldies).
Most embarrassing gig: I can't remember (there were so many!)
Surprising Facts: See list above...not exactly a list of a "true metal" musician. Beside that I love to behave like an idiot every now and then.

Michiel Papenhove

Date of Birth: 01-06-1975
Main instrument: Guitar
Other intruments: Drums, bass and keyboards (a little)
Other musical projects: Project LynchPIN, The JIM Generator.
Favourite Music: A lot... ranging from punk/hardcore to guitarrock... Some bands: Incubus, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Weezer, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Green Lizard, Satanic Surfers, Adhesive, Meshuggah
Favourite Movies: This is probably pretty sad, but have a look at the list Jeroen made up for this item and you kind of have my list. We have the same taste. We're so boring...
Your life besides music: Mostly webprogramming
Most embarrassing gig: The one in Bospop this year. I wasn't there because I had to stay in bed ill...
Surprising Facts: I'm a total computer/internetjunkie... So visit the Within Temptation Lair on the web and you might find me there...


Session/ Solo:

Sharon den Adel
Embrace (Voyage, 1996) "Frozen"
Bash (Silicon Head, 1997) "Hear"
Into the Electric Castle (Ayreon, 1998)
Fast Forward (De Heideroosjes, 2001) "Last Call to Humanity
sings and performes on the single Time of the Aemen taken of the album Fooly dressed (2003).
Lucidity (Delain, 2006) "No Compliance"
"Crucify" (De Laatste Show-band, Tori Amos cover live)
After Forever
The Metal Opera: Pt 1 & 2 - Gold Edition (Avantasia, 2008)
Agua de Annique (live '09).

Armin van Buren one of the Dutch house DJ.

Night of the Proms 2009 (John Miles, Katona Twins, Sharon den Adel) "Stairway to Heaven"
Truth Or Dare (Oomph!, 2010) "Land Ahead"

Lucidity is the impressive debut album of Delain, a unique gothic rock project initiated by (ex-Within Temptation) keyboardist Martijn Westerholt. He has surrounded himself with a number of extremely talented musicians such as:

Finnish bassist Marko Hielata (Nightwish, Tarot),
guitarist Jan Yrlund (ex-Lacrimosa) and
Norwegian vocalist Liv Kristine (ex-Theatre of Tragedy, Leaves' Eyes). A number of renowned Dutch rock musicians contributed to the project as well:
singer Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation),
guitarist Ad Sluyter (Epica), drummer
Ariën van Weezenbeek (God Dethroned) and singer
George Oosthoek and guitarist
Guus Eikens (ex-Orphanage). Delain has room for new talent as well: the young and relatively unknown
singer Charlotte Wessels (ex-To Elysium) contributed most of the vocals on the album.

For All We Know (2011) with vocals by Sharon.

This is a sample of the song ‘Keep Breathing’ from the debut album of Ruud Jolie’s project For All We Know with vocals by Sharon.
It’s a canon so there are multiple vocalists singing on it; besides For All We Know’s main vocalist Wudstik you can hear Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Damian Wilson (Threshold, Ayreon, Maiden uniteD), Ruud Houweling (Cloudmachine) and Within Temptation’s Sharon Den Adel.


Ruud Jolie played in Brotherhood Foundation and Vals Licht, but he's probably best known for being the guitar player in Within Temptation. When he's not playing with WT, he's on the road with the Damian Wilson Band, Anneke van Giersbergen or Maiden uniteD.

He plays in Maiden United.
A cover band with some nice names:

Joey Bruers
Damian Wilson
Ruud Jolie
Marco Kuypers
Anneke van Giersbergen (es-The Gathering)

tour dates Maiden United 2012!

Ruud Jolie from Within Temptation and Maiden United announces a solo project and tour:
For All We Know:

All postponed!!!
So for the last 4 years he has been working on this music both when he was on the road with various bands (Within Temptation, Agua de Annique, Damian Wilson Band, Maiden uniteD, etc) and in his own studio. He considers himself very fortunate to be able to work with some of the greatest musicians and people imaginable on this project.

For all we know is:

Ruud Jolie - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Bass guitar and Backing vocals
Wudstik - Vocals
Kristoffer Gildenlöw - Fretless Bassguitar, Backing vocals
Léo Margarit - Drums
Thijs Schrijnemakers - Hammond
Marco Kuypers - Piano, Rhodes, Harmonium
The album For All We Know, written and produced by Ruud himself, contains 12 original songs that range from very atmospheric and dreamily acoustic to heavy and pounding progressive metal tracks.

Guest-musicians :

Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain Of Salvation): Vocals on Keep Breathing
Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation): Vocals on Keep Breathing
Damian Wilson (Threshold, DWB, Star One, Ayreon, Maiden uniteD): Backing vocals, Vocals on Keep Breathing
Ruud Houweling (Cloudmachine): Vocals on Keep Breathing
Anke Derks: Vocals on Keep Breathing
Tom Sikkers (Daybroke): Vocals on Keep Breathing
John Wesley (Porcupine Tree): Lead guitar on I Lost Myself Today
Richie Faulkner (Lauren Harris Band): Lead guitar on Busy Being Somebody Else
Camilla van der Kooij: Violin.

The band has launched an album video teaser on the following location : Youtube (choose HD to watch it).


As you all know, Richie Faulkner is one of the guest musicians on the For All We Know Album, playing the lead guitar on "Busy Being Somebody Else". We congratulate Richie with his new position in JUDAS PRIEST !!!

Aside from being the drummer for Within Temptation Mike Coolen plays with Cloudmachine.

He has also played with bands like Chillburn, Brotherhood Foundation, Medicamento and Daybroke.


Sharon den Adel & Robert from Within Temptation got a daughter; Eva Luna, in 2005 and a son in 2010; congratulations!

The band will be on tour in 2011: info here.





Updated April 2011 by Nick.
Shine On!