Within Temptation are a Dutch symphonic metal rock band.
Formed in 1996 by guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation’s early material caught the attention of a Dutch label, which subsequently signed the group to a record deal. The band’s first album, Enter, was released in 1997.
In 2004 and their 3rd studio album, The Silent Force (a project which featured a full orchestra and 80-voice choir), catapulted them into the European scene and led them to an American record deal.
Within Temptation has been nominated for and won several awards in the metal genre, including from The Buma Cultuur (a non-profit organization that supports and promotes Dutch music) and The Loudwire Music Awards which covers hard rock and heavy metal music.