Within Temptation

Within Temptation
22:30 - 23:50 North Stage
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Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
1998 / 2001 / 2003 / 2005 / 2007 / 2013 / 2015 / 2019 / 2022






Every band in the Low Countries dreams of making it to the big leagues but only the happy few actually get there. Dutch symphonic metal masters Within Temptation boast an enviable track record in that regard. They trace their beginnings back to 1996 and their 1997 debut immediately put them on the map in these parts. Even then it was obvious this was just the first chapter of an amazing success story. By the turn of the millennium they had taken another major step forward with the release of ‘Mother Earth’. All of a sudden their appeal transcended the metal genre and with ‘Ice Queen’ they scored a huge radio hit both in Belgium and the Netherlands. This was a watershed moment for vocalist Sharon den Adel, whose operatic voice was one of the focal points of the music. Within Temptation kept developing and conquering new markets. First they conquered Europe; North and South America were next and inroads were made into Asia as well. A string of major shows ensued, as well as collabs with international stars like Life of Agony’s Mina Caputo and Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) to name but a few, and after several postponements they are about to embark on a tour of sold out arenas with Evanescence. As you know they’ve built an excellent relationship will GMM over the years. After their triumphant performance at GMM2019 they can’t wait to push the boundaries once again at our 25th anniversary edition. (#GMM22)