Robert Westerholt

Robert Westerholt

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Robert Westerholt (born 2 January 1975, Waddinxveen, South Holland, Netherlands) is a Dutch musician, known as the guitarist, backing vocalist and co-founder of the symphonic metal band Within Temptation. He also writes music for the band along with his partner and band vocalist Sharon den Adel. He used to work in human resource management before his career with Within Temptation.

In 1992, Westerholt formed the band The Circle (4) with future Within Temptation keyboard player Martijn Spierenburg, and he began writing his own music. The Circle's first demo, entitled 'Symphony No.1' was finished in December 1992. At this point, The Circle had a complete line-up, composed of Westerholt, Martijn, Jeroen van Veen (Within Temptation's bassist), Arjan Groenedijk and Ernst Van Der Loo, although Arjan and Ernst both left the band a while later. In a 1994 compilation album released by DSFA Records two songs, "Broken Silence" and "Frozen"by The Circle were featured. Soon afterwards, Westerholt left The Circle, and the band was renamed as Voyage (14). Voyage released their only album 'Embrace' in 1995, in which Sharon den Adel collaborated on the track "Frozen".

After leaving The Circle, Westerholt began writing more music for a new musical project with his girlfriend, Sharon den Adel. Westerholt sent demo versions of their songs 'Enter' and 'Candles' to former Voyage bandmate Jeroen Van Veen, who then left Voyage to join Westerholt's project, along with Michiel Papenhove. Their first drummer was Richard Willemse, who left and was replaced with Dennis Leeflang, with whom Within Temptation recorded their first demo. He left soon afterwards, and was replaced with Ivar de Graaf. Westerholt recalls that "we always had a little bit of a drummer problem, leaving and coming back again...". By 1997, their line-up had been completed, with Sharon (vocals), Westerholt (guitars and vocals), Westerholt's brother Martijn (keyboards), Jeroen (bass), Michiel (guitar) and Ivar (drums). In the same year, Within Temptation were signed to DSFA Records and released their debut album, Enter.

As of 2011, Westerholt has stepped down from touring with Within Temptation in order to take care of his and den Adel's children. He is still a recording band member, however, and will focus on songwriting and production. Stefan Helleblad, who has been working behind the scenes with the band, is his live stand-in.
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Robert Westerholt Discography

Vocals

SS 2394 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter(Cass) Star Scream SS 2394 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
DSFA 1007, 309.1007.2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter (Album, Comp) DSFA Records DSFA 1007, 309.1007.2 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
DSFA 1015 Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Dance (EP, MiniAlbum) DSFA Records DSFA 1015 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
VICP-60478~9 Ayreon Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle - A Space Opera (Album) Transmission Records VICP-60478~9 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
SUPERSONIC 127, 82876 51910 2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Ice Queen(CD, Maxi, Ltd, Enh) Supersonic Records (2), BMG SUPERSONIC 127, 82876 51910 2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
DSFA 1021 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Mother Earth (Album) DSFA Records DSFA 1021 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Running Up That Hill (Maxi, Single) Supersonic Records (2), BMG The Netherlands SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SUSO 173, 82876 66212 2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Stand My Ground(CD, Maxi) Supersonic Records (2), BMG SUSO 173, 82876 66212 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

SS 2394 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter(Cass) Star Scream SS 2394 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
DSFA 1007, 309.1007.2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter (Album, Comp) DSFA Records DSFA 1007, 309.1007.2 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
DSFA 1015 Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Dance (EP, MiniAlbum) DSFA Records DSFA 1015 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
DSFA 1021 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Mother Earth (Album) DSFA Records DSFA 1021 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
DSFA 1023 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Our Farewell(CD, Maxi) DSFA Records DSFA 1023 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
DSFA 1027 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Ice Queen (Single, Maxi) DSFA Records DSFA 1027 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
SUPERSONIC 142, 82875 56326 2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Mother Earth(CD, Single, Copy Prot.) Supersonic Records (2), Gun Records (2) SUPERSONIC 142, 82875 56326 2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Running Up That Hill (Maxi, Single) Supersonic Records (2), BMG The Netherlands SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SUSO 173, 82876 66212 2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Stand My Ground(CD, Maxi) Supersonic Records (2), BMG SUSO 173, 82876 66212 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
82876 66584 2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Silent Force (Album) Supersonic Records (2), BMG, GUN Records (2) 82876 66584 2 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
GUN 220, 82876 70353 2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Angels (Single, Maxi) GUN Records (2), Sony BMG Music Entertainment GUN 220, 82876 70353 2 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
82876760229 Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Silent Force Tour (Album) GUN Records (2) 82876760229 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
GUN 207, 82876 67331 2 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Memories (EP, Single) GUN Records (2), BMG GUN 207, 82876 67331 2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
82876760229 Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Silent Force Tour(DVD-V, Unofficial + CD, Album) GUN Records (2) 82876760229 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
82876871082 Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything (Album) GUN Records (2) 82876871082 Brazil 2007 Sell This Version
88697109322 Within Temptation Within Temptation - Frozen(CD, Maxi, Ltd, Enh, Dig) GUN Records (2) 88697109322 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
88697186722 Within Temptation Within Temptation - All I Need(CD, Maxi, Ltd, Dig) GUN Records (2), Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697186722 Germany 2007 Sell This Version