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Within Temptation

Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal/symphonic rock band. Their current line up (see above) is from left to right Mike Coolen (drums), Ruud Jolie (guitarist), Jeroen van Veen (bassist), Sharon den Adel (singer), Martijn Spierenburg (keyboardist) and Stefan Helleblad (guitarist). Robert Westerholt used to play guitar for them but he's stopped doing live shows now, he still does studio recordings though. Within Temptation are another one of my favourite bands because I really like their combination of accessibility, heaviness and emotional lyrics. Sharon den Adel is one of the best female singers in metal, her versatile voice and lovely personality would be enough to make the band good on their own! I saw them live at Wembley Arena in London on 12th April 2014 and both them and their support act Delain were very good.

Mother Earth is one of their most well known songs:

And Paradise (What About Us?) has a guest appearance by ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen which makes it even better:

Finally Whole World is Watching, a duet with Soul Asylum singer Dave Pirner, has a fantastic, emotional video:

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