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Within Temptation

Formed: 1996
From: Utrecht, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Within Temptation News

Below is our complete Within Temptation news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Three

The final day of a festival always seems to be the most subdued and relaxed, most likely a result of tiredness, but with such a solid lineup to look forward to, who has time to take it easy? Graspop Metal Meeting still had plenty to offer the head bangers on this Sunday, with things getting off to a great start at the second main stage, where New Zealand hard rockers, Like A Storm got things underway. This was another case of checking out a band I had never heard of and they proved well worth a gamble, as their brand of hard rock with a tinge of alternative metal was the perfect way to wake up the sleepy unwashed and accentuate a few hang overs. Like The Dead Daisies two days before, Like A Storm are all about having a good time. It's rock the way it was designed to be, a lot of fun and high energy, though they put their own, native stamp on things by utilising the didgeridoo, which believe it or not, actually works really well with their music. The instrument was first used in a solo performance, before being brought out again for their song, "Love the Way You Hate Me," and there were other surprises in store too, most notably a cover of the Coolio hit, "Gangsta's Paradise." A great way to start the day.

A little bit of Pop Evil followed, which continued the theme of enjoyable hard rock, before the day's first trip to the Marquee came, this time to check out Winterfylleth. This was another band I was unfamiliar with, despite seeing the name in passing a number of times. I assumed from the name that they were a black metal group, but there's a lot more to them than that. They display an amazing musical talent which goes beyond the simple goal of making music just to be extreme, which some bands are guilty of, and don't conform to the uniform of corpse paint and spikes out of a mistaken sense of obligation, something else young black metal groups have done from time to time. Winterfylleth are another outfit that let the music do most of the talking, which is guaranteed to win over newcomers and please fans who turned up to see these metal Mancunians. More...

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Ten More Bands Added To Bloodstock

The organizers of this year's Bloodstock Festival have issued the following announcement about adding more bands to the August lineup:

"With 2015’s festival season officially underway, here at Bloodstock HQ we still have plenty to reveal about the summer’s premiere metal weekender. Ten more bands, to start with…

"Joining the Sophie Lancaster Stage line-up on Friday are Messiah's Kiss featuring former session musicians for Tony Iommi and Saxon. Saturday sees the addition of old school thrashers Annihilated, as well as death metal band Ageless Oblivion.

"Digital tech metal act The Izuna Drop, featuring Jamie from UK Subs, are all set to perform on Sunday, alongside female-fronted, classic doomsters Alunah.

"Bloodstock is also pleased to announce five bands for the Jagermeister Stage. On Friday, if you’re a fan of bands like Karnivool and Tesseract, head over to check out progsters The Parallax Method. Female-fronted, dark melodic metallers Winter Storm also nab a Friday slot. Former Status Quo support band Knock Out Kaine bring their brand of ballsy rock ‘n’ roll to the Jager stage on Saturday.

"Inspired by heavy metal Gods of the late 70's/early 80's such as Budgie, Tank, Venom, and Motorhead, Blind Haze steamroll in on Sunday, joined by Irish progressive trio Snowblind - definitely one to see if you like your time changes and musical curveballs!"

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Bloodstock Adds A New Slew Of Bands

The Sun is shining and Bloodstock is excited to announce seven more of metal’s finest for the UK’s heaviest weekender, including a clutch of bands from the farthest flung corners of the globe.

Friday’s line up will now include extreme prog metal Aussies, Ne Obliviscaris. The band proclaims, “UK, here we come! 2015 is the year we are finally going to reach your shores and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that it will be as part of the enormous Bloodstodck festival. We’re looking forward to playing alongside many of the best and biggest heavy acts from across the world!”

Saturday’s bill sees two bands who’ve jetted in from Indonesia, a hotbed of metal and one of the planet’s most burgeoning heavy music scenes. Burgerkill and Jasad are two of the country’s biggest metal acts, even counting the country’s metal-loving prime minister, Joko Widodo among their fans.

Sunday’s line-up sees a very special solo set from ex-Evile shredsman, Ol Drake to accompany his upcoming solo album, "Old Rake" which is out in June via Earache. Ol comments "I'm very excited to be returning to Bloodstock in a musical capacity. The weekend is fully booked off work (I was going anyway) and we're rehearsing right now. It’ll be a very special show, so don’t miss it. I’ll no doubt be having my fair share of drinks and Jagermeister afterwards and no doubt be returning to work feeling buzzed yet terrible. This is probably the only show I'll be doing to promote the album. Hope to see you there!" More...

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Within Temptation Reveals "Pre-Show Rituals"

In a new Digital Tour Bus episode symphonic metalers of Within Temptation reveal what they do before they take the stage, while on their recent North American tour.

Check it out below.

In a recent interview vocalist Sharon den Adel stated about the band's plans for 2015: More...

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Bloodstock 2015 Announces New Bands

The recently reformed sludgecore beasts from Raging Speedhorn will be bringing their filthy riffs to the Ronnie James Dio main stage of the upcoming Bloodstock festival. The band’s Gordon Morison comments: “We’re over the moon to be playing Bloodstock 2015. It’ll be awesome to share the stage with some of our old friends like Orange Goblin and Napalm Death. See you down the front!”

Progressive metal Brits Xerath also bring the heavy to Friday’s main stage. The band enthuses, "We are utterly stoked to announce we will be returning to Catton Hall once again to perform at this year's Bloodstock festival. We are especially proud to confirm we will be gracing the mainstage for the first time since our debut at the festival in 2009 which promises to almost certainly be a career defining moment for the band. We sincerely cannot wait to see you all there! Warm up those necks Bloodstockers!"

French groove metal eccentrics Trepalium and Dutch death metal outfit Villainy are also set for Sophie stage slots on Sunday. The currently announced lineup is: More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock

Hot on the heels of last week’s five band announcement, the Bloodstock Festival is excited to reveal five more acts.

First up is British outfit Lawnmower Deth, confirmed for the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Sunday. The band comments: “Motorbonce famously said, ‘if we move in next door, your lawn will die.’ Quite what positioned our forefathers to even remotely claim knowledge of horticultural metal is well beyond us. Scott Ian famously said, ‘I am the law’. In fact, this simply proves that adult literacy levels within the metal genre are in line with that of the national average; quite shit, when he clearly cannot spell and meant LAWN. In a Nostradamus kind of way what these two legends of metal were pointing you to was... 'Bloodstock 2015, when we move in you will die happy, we are Lawnmower and we is well excited. Let’s party like it’s 1988.'"

Taking over the Sophie Stage on Friday are raucous Brighton noisemakers Oaf. Chief bellower Dom Lawson exclaims, "We, the mighty Oaf, are honoured and delighted to have been invited back to our favourite festival. If you saw us in 2013, please don't hold that against us. Do come along and observe our ongoing descent into senility. If you haven't seen us before, we're like a middle-aged Royal Blood for people that don't wet the bed (and with added swearing). This will be a splendid occasion and we're tumescent with joy at the very thought of it. Cheers!"

Liverpudlian black metallers Ethereal will join the fray on the Sophie Stage on Saturday. The band is currently doing a stint with Marduk and Belphegor, supporting first full-length album "Opus Aethereum," released last month by Candlelight Records.

Sunday brings symphonic black metallers Saille all the way from Belgium to the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Expect to hear some new songs from latest, third album "Eldritch." Bringing the mischief and mayhem on Friday to the Sophie Stage, are Dirty Sanchez lads Pritchard Vs Dainton.

The currently announced lineup is:

Ronnie James Dio Stage

Rob Zombie, Trivium, Within Temptation. Opeth, Sabaton, Black Label Society, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Orange Goblin, Death DTA, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch, Enslaved, Pro Pain, Korpiklaani, Wolf, Napalm Death

Sophie Lanaster Stage

Delain, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Godflesh, Batallion, Mordred, Destrage, Onslaught, Conan, Planet Of Zues, Bast, Lawnmower Deth, Oaf, Ethereal, Saille, Pritchard Vs Dainton More...

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Godflesh And Onslaught Join Bloodstock Bill

The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival are excited to announce their third headliner for the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and a slew of other Sophie stage bands for the August 2015 event.

Industrial outfit Godflesh is to headline Sunday night on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Frontman Justin Broadrick comments: “Godflesh is thrilled to be playing a very metal UK festival! We don’t get asked to play many, as we’re often viewed as not ‘real’ metal enough, or we’re generally seen as outsiders, which we are, thank you. That doesn’t mean we don’t like to be invited to be a real metal band once in a while and especially in the Derbyshire countryside! Thank you Bloodstock!“

British thrash stalwarts Onslaught also join the Sophie stage line-up on Sunday. The band is celebrating the 30th anniversary in 2015 of debut album, "Power From Hell," with a special EP on the cards for release and special anniversary merch available.

Self-appointed "caveman battle doom" 3-piece, Conan will crash Friday’s Sophie bill. Having recently returned from a string of shows in Australia and mainland Europe, Conan is prepping for a slot on the Maryland DeathFest this summer, before bringing an unholy wall of sound to Catton Park in August.

Greek southern-tinged heavy rockers Planet Of Zeus step up for a Sophie stage slot on Saturday, while London’s blackened doomsters Bast also join the Friday bill. The currently announced lineup for the 2015 edition is as follows: More...

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Within Temptation Posts South American Footage

Within Temptation has a new tour video online, available below, and the band also comments:

"Dragons! To start the weekend off right, we just uploaded a tour diary of our South American tour last November, we hope you'll enjoy it! If you see yourself make sure to tag yourself in it and let us know what you've got planned for this weekend."

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Within Temptation Posts Video Recap

Within Temptation has a video recap of the year online, which can be seen below, and the band comments:

"Dear fans, 2014 was an amazing year for us and we hope it was just as great for you! We've compiled a short video of all the shows we did throughout the year, we hope you'll like it! We look forward to seeing you in 2015 and wish you and yours a happy New Year!"

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Enslaved And Pro-Pain Added To Bloodstock

Feeling the winter chill creeping in? Bloodstock to the rescue then, with three more bands announced to get you hot under the collar.

Norwegian extremists Enslaved are added to Bloodstock’s Main Stage next summer. With a new album due in March 2015 via Nuclear Blast, expect to bang your head to some brand new tunes. Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson states:

“We’ve been to Bloodstock once before in 2009, and not only did we understand then why it has become the most important UK Metal festival – but it has grown to mammoth-proportions since. In sum; what an absolute pleasure and honour to be invited back. We like to think that we too have developed somewhat; having a few new, pretty awesome albums and world tours under our (over-stretched) belts. We can’t wait to come and show the Bloodstock crowd what we’ve been up to. To quote one of our spiritual beacons; General Melchett: 'If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.'"

Hailing from the frozen wilds of Finland, folk metal six-piece Korpiklaani is set to join the fray in a UK exclusive appearance. Guitarist Country Cane tells us; "After having great fun and sold out shows ?with our good friends in Sabaton and TÝR, we are excited to be back in the UK to play Bloodstock in 2015. We plan to return and get the crowds singing and dancing Korpiklaani style on our next rock n roll adventure.” More...

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Trivium To Headline Bloodstock 2015

The heavy hitting Florida metal heads from Trivium are revealed as the Bloodstock Friday main stage headliners in a U.K. exclusive for 2015.

Frontman Matt Heafy raves: “The UK is where the world first took notice of Trivium, and to pay true homage to that, Trivium will be playing the most Metal festival that exists in the UK: Bloodstock! We are thrilled beyond words to celebrate our first time at Bloodstock with the the UK’s Metal elite.”

Other new confirmations include Sabaton and Agalloch. The currently announced festival lineup is as follows:

Rob Zombie, Trivium, Within Temptation, Opeth, Sabaton, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Orange Goblin, Death DTA, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch

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Bloodstock Confirms New 2015 Bands

While everyone’s talking about Christmas approaching, the Bloodstock festival organizer's sights are firmly fixed on next August. What better way to roll into the festive season than to announce three more crackin’ bands for 2015’s premier heavy metal event?

First up is thrash outfit Overkill. Front man Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth says: “We are loading the BIG guns and setting sail for the UK this summer! Be warned! The island is in danger, it's a White Devil Army....Lets make Bloodstock 2015 a bloodbath!”

Folk metal Finns Ensiferum are also joining the party, having recently wrapped recording on brand new album, "One Man Army," set for release on February 23rd.

Austrian blackened death metal overlords Belphegor will also make a return to Catton Park in 2015. Frontman/guitarist and founder Helmuth Lehner comments: “Belphegor returns to the ingenious Bloodstock Open Air! We will play at the main stage and promote our latest offering ‘Conjuring The Dead.’ Belphegor will bring you the most intense ritual possible. Join the pit and prepare for Diabolical Death Metal chaos.” More...

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1349 And Armored Saint Playing Bloodstock

The organizers of the Bloodstock 2015 festival have issued the following announcement about new band confirmations:

"Bloodstock early bird tickets are flying out the door in the wake of Halloween’s Rob Zombie headline announcement, but here at festival HQ we aren’t resting on our laurels, we’ve got even more bands ready to add on to the bill!

"British stoner/doom overlords, Orange Goblin are set for a main stage slot in 2015. Having recently unleashed their eighth studio album, 'Back From The Abyss' via Candlelight Records, the band are currently laying waste to Europe on tour with the mighty St Vitus. Check out the brand new video for ‘Sabbath Hex’ from the new release here.

?Norwegian black metallers 1349 also sign up. With latest studio album ‘Massive Cauldron Of Chaos’ recently hitting the racks, the band have also found time to collaborate with Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company and launch their own ‘1349 Black Ale’. Check out this informative video clip featuring drummer Frost and vocalist Ravn explaining how the whole thing came about over here. More...

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Rob Zombie To Play Bloodstock

This Halloween, Bloodstock has some howlingly good news to share! Are you a fan of the undead? Love zombies? The fiendishly brilliant Rob Zombie is confirmed as Sunday’s 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his full production to Catton Park.

Rob Zombie exclaims, "I am so ready to get on a plane, and get my ass over to merry ol' England for Bloodstock. We've had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can't wait to add this to the list. Besides, it's called ‘Bloodstock' so how could it not be bloody fucking fun?”

Expect to witness a spectacular range of Rob Zombie classics as well as choice cuts from the band’s most recent studio album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Check out this cut below of "Superbeast" from last year’s "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" DVD, which captured Rob and his zombie bandmates John 5, Piggy D, and Ginger Fish on the road.

Other bands confirmed for the 2015 festival include Within Temptation, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Death DTA, Dark Angel, Ihsahn, and Nuclear Assault. More...

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New Bands Added To Bloodstock 2015

It’s all systems go for Bloodstock 2015 with no rest for the wicked: as well as the recently announced Saturday night headliners, Within Temptation and special guests Opeth, more bands are getting locked in for August 2015.

Following Emperor’s triumphant headlining set at Bloodstock this year, Emperor frontman Ihsahn brings his solo project to Catton Park as a one-off, U.K. exclusive. Ihsahn comments:

“At this year's Bloodstock I had the great pleasure of finishing off our 20th Anniversary Tour of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse’, and next year, I am really looking forward to returning with a whole new Ihsahn set. Nostalgic. Contemporary. I get to do both! See you all there!” More...

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Within Temptation And Opeth To Play Bloodstock

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have issued the following announcement about confirming Within Temptation for next year's edition:

"After our biggest and most successful year to date, we are excited to announce our first headliner for 2015! Within Temptation are set to play their only UK show next year as Saturday night headliners at Catton Park! It is a triumphant return for the Dutch megastars, who headlined Bloodstock in 2005, as their very first UK festival appearance and only second ever UK show."

Frontwoman Sharon den Adel enthuses, “We're thrilled to play Bloodstock again! We had such a great time before and can't wait to take ‘Hydra’ to the stage at Catton Park. It's a really exciting time for us right now and we're looking forward to bringing the fire!!”

Slotting in to the Saturday night special guest slot will also be Swedish retro rock band Opeth, which just released throwback album "Pale Communion." Comments frontman Mikael Akerfeldt: “We’re happy to confirm that we’ll be back at the Bloodstock festival next year! I don’t know how many times we’ve played there now, but it’s a real great place, a nice festival run by nice people. Too bad it’s like….a year or so away!?”

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Within Temptation Posts New Tour Video

Within Temptation has posted the fifth in a series of video blogs online chronicling the band's time on the road supporting new album "Hydra" (reviewed here). Check it out below, and the band also comments:

"After months of blood, sweat and tears the beast is unleashed and Hydra is on the road! While the band is on the road, Sharon is keeping a video diary of the tour that shows you what happens during and in between shows, and what it's like for the band to bring Hydra to the stage and see people respond to the new songs for the first time.

"Check out the new episode of the Hydra Tour Diary featuring some exclusive inside the tour bus footage, see the preparation of the show and meet the 'Friendly Rockstar.'" More...

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Amaranthe Comments On North American Tour

Sweden's Amaranthe will be returning to North America in support of an upcoming, as-yet-untitled album.

The band will be providing direct support for Within Temptation, and the tour begins 9/25 in San Francsico, CA and runs through 10/11 in Worcester, MA. Guitarist Olof Morck commented on the North American tour:

"We could not be more pleased to announce that we will be supporting Within Temptation on their North American tour this fall! I have loved Within Temptation's music for almost ten years, so it will be an honor to support them. But most of all, we can't wait to see our amazing American fans again, and make a bunch of new ones!"

The band has confirmed an autumn 2014 release date for a new studio album via Spinefarm Records. Catch Amaranthe live:

9/25: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
9/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
9/28: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
9/30: Minneapolis, MN @ First Theater
10/1: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
10/2: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
10/3: Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
10/5: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/7: Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head Live
10/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/10: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/11: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Video

Within Temptation has released a new tour video, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"Time for another Hydra Tour Diary episode! A little later than usual, but Sharon has a special request for you!

"You get to see part of the crew build up in Prague and Budapest and Robert pays a visit to see dragons from Prague. Meanwhile, Sharon goes nuts over a clothing sale and winds down in a beautiful Hungarian spa. A birthday, a close call on stage, a new hairstyle, and a special request for you from Sharon… Check out the video!"

The band has been performing in support of latest full-length album "Hydra" (reviewed here). More...

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Within Temptation Posts Video Teaser

After releasing a music video for "Dangerous," Within Temptation will also soon be dropping a video clip for the track "Whole World is Watching." A teaser trailer for the coming video can be seen below.

Both tracks are taken off the band's new album "Hydra," due out February 4th, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Let Us Burn
2. Dangerous (Feat. Howard Jones)
3. And We Run (Feat. Xzibit)
4. Paradise (What About Us?) (Featuring Tarja)
5. Edge Of The World
6. Silver Moonlight
7. Covered By Roses
8. Dog Days
9. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching (Feat. Dave Pirner) More...

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