Within Temptation are a [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Dutch]] band founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and her husband, guitarist Robert Westerholt. Their music is usually described using two of the following words: [[SymphonicMetal symphonic]], {{goth}}ic, [[GothicMetal metal]], and [[GothRock rock]]. Their last two albums debuted at #1 on the Dutch charts.

After the release of their first album GothicMetal album ''Enter,'' 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 the album ''Mother Earth'', which reached #2 on the Dutch charts. Since then, the band won the Conamus Exportprijs four years in a row. Their next two albums ''The Silent Force'' and ''The Heart of Everything'' debuted at #1 on the Dutch charts. In 2008, they released a live DVD and CD, ''Black Symphony'', recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. This collection was followed in 2009 with ''An Acoustic Night at the Theatre.''

The band's fifth studio album ''The Unforgiving'', was released in March 2011, alongside both a ComicBook series and a series of short films that together encompass a story. The first single, "Faster," was released on January 21, and the first short film, "Mother Maiden", was released on January 31. The band has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.

They are reminiscent of a variety of bands including but in no way limited to, Music/{{Nightwish}}, Music/{{Epica}}, Music/{{Evanescence}}, Music/{{Kamelot}} and Music/LacunaCoil. See also Music/{{Delain}}, formed by Robert Westerholt's brother Martijn after he left the band due to health problems.

!! Discography:


* ''Enter'' (1997)
* ''Mother Earth'' (2000)
* ''The Silent Force'' (2004)
* ''The Heart of Everything'' (2007)
* ''The Unforgiving'' (2011)
* ''Hydra'' (2014)

'''Extended Plays:'''

* ''The Dance'' (1998)
* ''Running Up That Hill'' (2003)
* ''The Howling'' (2007)
* ''Sinead: The Remixes'' (2013)
* ''Paradise (What About Us?)'' (feat. Music/TarjaTurunen) (2013)

'''Cover Albums:'''

* ''The Q Music Sessions'' (2013)

'''Live [=DVDs=]:'''

* ''Mother Earth Tour'' (2002)
* ''The Silent Force Tour'' (2005)
* ''Black Symphony'' (2008)
* ''An Acoustic Night at the Theatre'' (2009)

!! Band Members:

* Sharon den Adel - Vocals (1996–present)
* Robert Westerholt - Rhythm guitar, grunts (Studio only, 2011–present) (1996–present)
* Jeroen van Veen - Bass guitar (1996–present)
* Ruud Jolie - Lead guitar (2001–present)
* Martijn Spierenburg - Keyboards (2001–present)
* Mike Coolen - Drums (2011–present)

!! Within Temptation's music includes examples of:

* AbusiveParents:
** "Frozen:" The father abuses both his [[DomesticAbuser wife and daughter]] in the "Frozen" video.
** "Triplets:" The father apparently molests his son, as evidenced by his hopping into the same bed.
* AllAbusersAreMale: Both videos for "Frozen" and "Triplets."
* AdultFear:
** "Say My Name" is about a loved one who has dementia.
** "Forgiven" and "Our Farewell" are about the loss of a child. "Forgiven" can also be interpreted as losing a loved one to [[DrivenToSuicide suicide,]] which is an equally horrible and terrifying concept, and "Our Farewell" can be interpreted about trying to stop someone from killing themselves.
** The mother in the "Frozen" music video witnessing the abuse of her child ''at the hands of her husband.''
** The loss of a loved one whose fate was never known in "Somewhere."
** The serial killer of "Angels" is bad enough in his priest outfit. Then a flashback reveals his other disguises, including a clown, which is not a costume an ''adult'' would find trustworthy...
* AfterTheEnd:
** This seems to be the theme for "Forsaken."
** The setting of the video for "Paradise (What About Us?)" is a post-nuclear wasteland.
* AlbumTitleDrop: '"Enter" and "The Heart of Everything". Averted on "Mother Earth."
* AlwaysWithYou: "Memories."
* AltumVidetur: "Our Solemn Hour."
* AntiChristmasSong: "Gothic Christmas," an EasterEgg found on the ''Mother Earth Tour'' DVD.
* AWildRapperAppears: It's a very unusual mix. Symphonic metal and rap sound like an awful combo but "And We Run" [[BetterThanItSounds makes it work.]]
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Stand My Ground," "What Have You Done," "Ice Queen." On the tour supporting ''The Unforgiving,'' Sharon also plays repeat after me with the audience during parts of "In the Middle of the Night."
* BackToFront: Played with in "Memories" -- the video is mostly done going forwards, but the scene where the young Sharon is in a music room (around the second verse) sees a broken chandelier return to the ceiling as well a table reform with a pot plant and candles sitting on top. The chandelier ends up falling back down as Sharon flees the building in the final chorus.
* BaldOfAwesome: Robert and Jeroen.
* BigRockEnding: "Stairway to the Skies," "The Truth Beneath the Rose," and "Tell Me Why."
* BlatantLies: "Intro" on ''Mother Earth'' is the ''eighth'' track on the album, with the TitleTrack occupying the first spot instead (though intro is the introduction of "Dark Wings").
* BloodKnight: "Iron."
* BreakTheCutie: "Blue Eyes."
* BreakupSong: "What Have You Done" is about two lovers who are also mortal enemies.
* CallBack: The song "The Heart of Everything" has the line: "Stay with me now I'm facing my last solemn hour," a reference to another song "Our Solemn Hour."
* TheChosenOne: The subject of "Dark Wings." Also a big part of "Hand of Sorrow."
* ConceptAlbum: ''The Unforgiving.''
* ClimacticMusic: "Murder" and "A Demon's Fate" from ''The Unforgiving.''
* ContinuityNod: The man who solicits a streetside girl in "Utopia" is the priest from "Angels." FridgeHorror ensues.
* CostumePorn: Sharon wears many elaborate dresses in music videos and live concerts. Given she is also a fashion designer, she [[ShownTheirWork shows her work]].
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: From the Q-Music Sessions: The subject in "Don't You Worry Child" becomes male. Subverted in "Dirty Dancer" where the titular person is still female, but the line: "But she’s a ten when she’s on top of me" becomes "But she's a ten when she's on top of ''him.''"
* CoverVersion:
** Music/KateBush's "Running Up That Hill." Sharon has also done a cover of Music/ToriAmos' "Crucify."
** To celebrate their ''Elements'' concert, the band took to releasing covers of different songs in different genres weekly in the lead up. They can be found [[http://www.within-temptation.com/qcovers/ here.]]
* CrapsackWorld:
** The subject of "Deceiver of Fools" lives in one.
** "Utopia" is about one of these.
-->Why does it rain, rain, rain down on "Utopia"?
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: In the music video for "Frozen" the wife [[KickTheSonOfABitch poisons her husband's drink]] after he ends up abusing his daughter. [[spoiler:This ends up averted -- she ends up on death row for her actions and it is [[DownerEnding strongly hinted]] the daughter goes to an [[OrphanageOfFear orphanage.]]]]
* EpicRocking: "Enter," "Candles," "The Promise," "Deceiver of Fools," and "The Truth Beneath the Rose" are all in the seven minute range.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener:
** The "Stand My Ground" album version takes about 40 seconds to set the scene.
** "Iron," "The Truth Beneath the Rose," and "Tell Me Why" are also this, as are a number of songs from ''Enter.''
** Subverted with ''Mother Earth'''s "Intro" -- which is more paranoia-inducing than epic.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Deceiver of Fools" -- the fade-out occurs two minutes in the song but since the song is [[EpicRocking seven and a half minutes long,]] the listener is easily aware that the song will return.
* TheFairFolk: Mother Maiden and her underlings from the short films.
* FallenAngel: In "Angels."
* FateWorseThanDeath: "It's the Fear."
* FemaleAngelMaleDemon: The video for "Angels" has Sharon the angel versus a demonic priest. [[spoiler: Averted towards the end of the video, where the other, male, band members are revealed to be angels as well, wings and all.]]
* FollowYourHeart: "Faster," "Stand My Ground," "Shot in the Dark," and "Whole World is Watching."
* FreudianExcuse: A line in "Angels" [[DefiedTrope rejects the idea of the trope,]] telling the subject of the song that he's responsible for his own choices.
-->"The world may have failed you, it doesn't give you reason why. / You could have chosen a different path in life."
* FriendToAllLivingThings: "In Perfect Harmony" is a textbook example, aside from [[GenderFlip the subject being male.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Averted twice and played straight once in "Sinead." Also employed in "Frozen" to protect the viewer from [[spoiler: seeing the abuse the man is inflicting on his wife and daughter.]]
* HarshVocals:
** Robert when he sings in the songs from ''Enter'', ''The Heart of Everything'' and ''Hydra.''
** Sharon's singing in "The Heart of Everything," "Final Destination," "In the Middle of the Night," and "Murder" may fall into this category as well.
** Surprisingly averted in "Dangerous," which features Howard Jones. When you find out that the guest singer is the ex-frontman of Music/KillswitchEngage, you expect to hear some guttural vocals.
* HeavyMeta: "Gothic Christmas," which parodies many of the tropes used in GothicMetal:
-->Santa's going to wear a black vest\\
Just for me and you\\
Santa's going to grunt and laugh\\
And slay a dragon or two.
* HeelRealisation: "The Truth Beneath the Rose" is from the point of view of a KnightTemplar who's realised how wrong their actions were, and wishes to become TheAtoner.
* HideYourPregnancy: The video for "Sinead," where Sharon wears a heavy coat and is only shown from the chest up.
* {{Hologram}}: Used in the "Ice Queen" and "Memories" videos.
* HopeSpot:
** Discussed and subverted in "Deceiver of Fools" -- the subject recognises that in their heart there's an ever-present light at the end of the tunnel, but knows it won't actually lead anywhere because of the extent of the darkness.
** As well as "Lost," particularly the bridge, where Sharon notes that "hope plays a wicked game with the mind" and ends with "She won't come around" referring to whoever it is the protagonist was trying to save. And since the next song on the list is "Murder," whoever was responsible for this is in for [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge one hell of a reckoning.]]
* IconicOutfit: "[[Series/DoctorWho My name is Sharon den Adel. I fought the Daleks, and I am human]]" --A Website/{{Tumblr}} user describing Sharon's golden dress during the ''Elements'' Concert ([[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdl5zi5ng41ryhbrqo5_500.jpg Link.]])
* IWillFindYou: "Somewhere" and "Pale." And from ''The Unforgiving'': "Stairway to the Skies" and to some extent, "Lost."
* IceQueen: Used a metaphor for winter in "Ice Queen."
* InDaClub: "Sinead" starts out like this. [[spoiler: But is immediately subverted once we see the titular character walk in with two guns and shoot two middle aged men in the chest while another man tries to flee the scene.]]
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Blooded."
* IntertwinedFingers: Between Tarja and Sharon in "Paradise."
* KarmicDeath:
** The priest in the ''Angels'' video. He gets torn apart by the souls of his victims from beyond the grave.
** The victims of Sinead and Mother Maiden's servants in ''The Unforgiving'' may count as this.
* KnightInSourArmor: The narrator of "Paradise," who argues that even if the world is flawed, it's still worth fighting for.
-->No, we're not in paradise\\
This is who we are\\
This is what we've got\\
No, it's not a paradise\\
But it's all we want\\
And it's all that we're fighting for\\
Though it's not paradise.
* LighterAndSofter: Their second album ''Mother Earth'' is considerably softer than ''Enter.'' Subsequent releases have been progressively DarkerAndEdgier however.
* LovedINotHonorMore: "Hand of Sorrow" is about the fact that the titular Hand's duty prevents him from being with his True Love.
* MaleBandFemaleSinger
* MelismaticVocals: Common in the first two albums (such as "Restless" and "Mother Earth") rarer afterwards.
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Normally about a 6-7. "In Perfect Harmony" is a textbook level 1 while songs such as "The Howling," "Murder," and "Our Solemn Hour" move into 7-8.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually 6 but ranges from 1 ("In Perfect Harmony," "Bittersweet," and "Forgiven,") to 7 ("The Dance," "In the Middle of the Night," and "Silver Moonlight") and 8 in the heavier songs on ''Enter.''
* MoodWhiplash: The existentialist WorldOfCardboardSpeech "Why Not Me?" is followed on ''The Unforgiving'' by "Shot in the Dark," where the singer discusses her betrayal, loss of faith and desire for it to all be over.
* MurderBallad: "Jane Doe," "The Promise," and "[[CaptainObvious Murder.]]"
* MurderMakesYouCrazy: Implied in "Jane Doe:"
-->No matter how many stones you put inside\\
She'll always keeps on floating in your mind\\
With every turn of your head you see her face again\\
until the end\\
over and over again...
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: "What Have You Done?" (Featuring Music/KeithCaputo)
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Ruud in the video for "Jillian."
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly
* NewSoundAlbum:
** Almost every album, actually, due to the long intervals between each, but ''Mother Earth'' was particularly different from its predecessor, ''Enter.'' The band moved away from a mostly GothicMetal sound towards SymphonicMetal, Robert stopped using HarshVocals and the average song length was shortened quite a bit.
** ''The Unforgiving'' as well, with its '80s influences.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Sharon's stage outfits, which she designs herself (She studied fashion before becoming a professional singer.)
* OneWomanSong:
** "Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)" is a ShoutOut to the Literature/{{Deverry}} Cycle novel series, of which one of the characters is a character known as Jill, who is the reincarnated LoveInterest of the male protagonist in the series.
** Subverted, however, with "Sinead." The character in question is one of the people revived by [[SerialKillerKiller Mother Maiden]] to be part of her fight against evil.
* OneWomanWail: Sharon does this. A lot.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Sharon lent her voice to Music/ArminVanBuuren's "In and Out of Love." Notable for being the most liked video on Dutch Website/{{YouTube}} and one of the most viewed videos on YouTube worldwide with over 120 million views ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxvpctgU_s8 Link.]])
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Sharon, as the MotherNature character in the video for "Mother Earth," can transform into a Barn Owl [[VoluntaryShapeshifter at will.]]
* {{Patricide}}:
** "Triplets:" A subversion, the son kills his father as revenge for the abuse, but it was with a grenade in his bed so he dies from the explosion as well.
* PimpedOutDress: There is an entire fansite devoted to Sharon's dresses.
** And a [[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2215850620 Facebook group.]]
* PowerBallad: "Lost," "Memories," and many more.
* PrecisionFStrike: Their cover of "Little Lion Man" by Music/MumfordAndSons leaves the word intact, a "Fuck you" can also be heard in the "Mother Maiden" video, and Music/{{Xzibit}}'s rap in "And We Run" includes: "...I crush every motherfucking thing I touch."
* RapunzelHair: Sharon and former guitarist Michiel Papenhove seemed to compete with each other for the longest hair during promotion of ''The Dance.''
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: "The Promise," "Murder," and "Tell Me Why." "Angels" also features one, implied to be from beyond the grave.
* RockOpera: ''The Unforgiving.''
* RousingSpeech: The entirety of "See Who I Am" is one of these. So are "Stand My Ground," "Faster," "The Whole World is Watching," and "Iron."
* SayMyName: "Say My Name" involves the singer trying to reach out to a relative with dementia or Alzheimer's to remember their existence.
* ScaryScorpions: Appears in the video for "The Howling" (in the apocalyptic environment setting). Its appearance is downplayed though, as it only appears in the beginning of the video where it rests on a horrified Sharon's hand.
* {{Scatting}}: ''The Silent Force'''s "Intro" as well as "The Cross" are two good example.
* SealedEvilInACan: "Our Solemn Hour" is about one of these escaping somewhere down the line, with [[SinsOfOurFathers our generation to blame]] when it does. [[spoiler:According to the voice in the background, the sealed evil is actually [[WarIsHell war]].]]
* SerialKillerKiller: Sinead and all of Mother Maiden's servants in ''The Unforgiving,'' emphasized in the song "Murder."
* ShoutOut:
** A number of the songs contain recognisable elements from fantasy works (provided you're a fan of course, otherwise it's going to be lost on you.) Much less subtly, "Film/FinalDestination" was indeed inspired by and is about the film series of the same name.
** "A Demon's Fate" from ''The Unforgiving'' uses the same pattern of 5 descending notes as the famous opening of the theme for Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera.
** "Hand of Sorrow" from ''The Heart of Everything'' was inspired by Creator/RobinHobb's ''[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer]]'' trilogy, though the lyrics are just vague enough that it could be applied to any number of stories as well.
** The music video for "All I Need" could just as well be called "Ode to Film/TheCell."
* SingleStanzaSong: "Toward The End."
* SinisterMinister: Possibly the serial killer of "Angels", though considering his other costumes, that may have been a case of BadHabits.
* SopranoAndGravel:
** Used in ''Enter'' (save for "Restless" (Sharon only), "Deep Within" (Robert only), and "Blooded" (neither),) before being abandoned for ''Mother Earth'' with the exception of:
** "Jane Doe:" A bonus track on some editions of ''The Silent Force.''
** ''The Heart of Everything'' has "What Have You Done" (with Keith Caputo), "Our Solemn Hour," and the title track itself.
** ''Hydra'' has "Silver Moonlight" and "Tell Me Why" (Robert), "Dangerous" ([[Music/KillswitchEngage Howard Jones]]), "And We Run" ([[AWildRapperAppears Xzibit]]), and "Whole World is Watching" ([[Music/SoulAsylum Dave Pirner]] / Piotr Rogucki).
* SpikyHair / DyeHard: Martijn had a mohawk during the ''Mother Earth'' and ''The Silent Force'' eras. He then ditched the mohawk but went blonde for ''The Heart of Everything'' which faded back to a sandy brown colour a year later, which remains that way to this day.
* SpokenWordInMusic:
** "Our Solemn Hour" includes samples from UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's "Be Ye Men of Valour" speech.
** From "The Promise:" ''"Where are you now... You're almost in heaven."''
** In "Iron:" Part of Mother Maiden's YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive speech.
** In "Say My Name:" "Do I know you?" is quite hauntingly said.
** "Covered by Roses:" Has a young girl quoting an excerpt from Creator/JohnKeats' "Ode on Melancholy."
** "Why Not Me:" As the intro to ''The Unforgiving.''
* StartMyOwn: Played with. Robert's brother Martijn Westerholt was the band's keyboard player for a while early on, but he had to drop out due to illness. A few years later, Martijn formed a SymphonicMetal band called Music/{{Delain}} with vocalist Charlotte Wessels. The two bands are on good terms: Delain has opened for Within Temptation on several occasions, and Sharon made a guest appearance on their debut album ''Lucidity''.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish
* SymphonicMetal: ''Enter'' was mostly GothicMetal with traces of this, DoomMetal and DeathMetal; later albums are mostly this genre. The song "[[AntiChristmasSong Gothic Christmas]]" was a joke aimed at those fans who continue to call them a GothicMetal band.
* TalkyBookends: With the exception of "Fire and Ice," all the singles from ''The Unforgiving'' feature one at the beginning.
* ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: Played with -- Sharon prefers elaborate gowns to skimpy outfits, but much of what she does in the music videos can still be described as writhing.
** FanNickname: [[DancingIsSeriousBusiness The Sharon dance!]]
* TitleTrack: ''The Silent Force,'' ''The Unforgiving,'' and ''Hydra'' do not feature one of these.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Somewhere," "Say My Name," "Pearls of Light," and "Iron."
** Subverted with "Pale."
* UncommonTime: Most of "Restless" is in CommonTime, but the first three sections of the song as well as the ending alternate between 4/4 and 9/8.
* UnpluggedVersion: Most of the songs on ''An Acoustic Night at the Theatre.''
* VocalEvolution: Subverted. Sharon can still easily hit the high notes of their earlier songs, but the deeper vocals found in their two most recent albums was because she thinks they fit the album better.
* VocalTagTeam: See the above SopranoAndGravel entry.
* WarIsHell: "The Howling," "Our Solemn Hour," and "The Truth Beneath the Rose."
* AWildRapperAppears: Xzibit in "And We Run."
* WomanInWhite: A lot of Sharon.
* AWorldHalfFull: The video for "Paradise" is set AfterTheEnd, and the two protagonists spend most of the movie struggling to get some parts and nuclear fuel up a hill in a blasted desert. [[spoiler: And then they get the cloud seeder set up with the spare parts and the fuel placed, bring the rain to the wasteland, and are last seen [[EarnYourHappyEnding standing, hands together, in a verdant forest.]]]]
-->No, it's not our paradise. But it's all that we want, and all that we're fighting for.
* WorldHealingWave: The music video of "Paradise" again, once the protagonists get the cloud seeder running.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech:
** "Stand My Ground."
** "Why Not Me?"
* WouldHurtAChild: Both videos.