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Within Temptation's Sharon Den Adel on the evolution of women in metal

Taking symphonic metal to new heights, Within Temptation have become legends in their native Holland and beyond – frontwoman Sharon Den joins us to discuss their legacy and future

Do you remember the first time you were in Hammer?

Sharon Den Adel (vocals): “I do. I remember thinking it was a big thing, to be talking to English magazines. We were doing very well in Europe and we knew we had fans in the UK. Being successful there is one of the big goals, you know? We’re very grateful for the support Metal Hammer has given us over the years. You guys have been great.”

How significant was symphonic metal when you started?

“It was still quite new, I think. There was Nightwish, of course, but they were only starting to become really, really big. I didn’t have much experience when I started the band with Robert [Westerholt, guitars], but we did have a feeling that what we were doing was going to work – that people would like it.”


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