The concept of the band was initially made in 1996. Sharon and Robert were the founder members of the band. Later on, Michiel Papenhove, Jeroen Van Veen and Martijn Spierenburg left their previous groups to join Robert in order to do something different. Finally they gathered together and formed “Within Temptation” in 2000.
The band started regular practice and recorded demos which were selected by DSFA Records in 1996. after that they could release their first album “Enter”. Within a short period of time the album became hit and the band got chance the perform at Dynamo festival. The passage of time the band got involved with The Dance which in fact helped the band to be on the main stage of Dynamo. In 2000, Within Temptation released “ Mother Earth”. One of the singles from the album, “Ice Queen” became number 2 in the top list on Dutch charts. Not only “Ice Queen”, “Mother Earth” became famous in many European countries. But Germany seemed to have most of their fans at that time. 2003 and 2004 were important for Within Temptation as they resealed another EP and their DVD which brought them prestigious Edison Award. And in 2004, the band had come up with band’s third album, “The Silent Force”. After the release of the “The Silent Force” the band got immediate success and the songs “Stand My Ground” as well as “Memories and Angels” became the hit songs. The music video of the song is still very popular and played on Youtube everyday by many of their fans.
“The Heart Of Everything” ,the band’s fourth album, was released came in 2006. This is the first album that was release in the market of America. This album contained “What Have You Done”, “The Howling” and “Frozen” which became hit in the U.S. market. The band also could release a nice live album “An Acoustic Night at the Theatre” in 2008.
Apart from the real scenario, Vocalist Sharon married band’s guitar player Robert. Now they have three children. The band is still one of the good bands under the heavy metal, progressive rock and metal genres.