Dutch gothic symphonic metallers Within Temptation doesn’t really need a closer introduction, but for those who don’t know, they were formed back in 1996 by singer Sharon den Adel and her now hubby Robert Westerholt. They released their debut album Enter in 1997 and back then their music did include growl and death grunts by Westerholt combined with the soprano vocals of den Adel. But their breakthrough came with the album Mother Earth (2000) and its single “Ice Queen”. Within Temptation were by that point still quite uncommercial but they got some attention in the wake of the success of Finnish band Nightwish that performed a similar style and at that point, the whole “symphonic metal with a female fronted band” was kind of the big thing. Or at least it was growing. Today, not so much and Nightwish and Within Temptation are the only really big bands left in the genre, even though bands like Epica and Lacuna Coil are still going strong. It took them four years to complete the follow up, The Silent Force (2004), but when it came out it was a big success and a hit in “Stand Your Ground” was in their hands.