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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SS 2394 Robert Westerholt - Enter album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter(Cass) Star Scream SS 2394 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
MICP-10029, MICY-1029 Robert Westerholt - Enter album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter (Album, Comp) DSFA Records MICP-10029, MICY-1029 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
DSFA 1015 Robert Westerholt - The Dance album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Dance (EP, MiniAlbum) DSFA Records DSFA 1015 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
MAB 113 Robert Westerholt - Into The Electric Castle (A Space Opera) album art Ayreon Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle (A Space Opera) (Album) Transmission Records MAB 113 Czech Republic & Slovakia 1998 Sell This Version
SUPERSONIC 127, 82876 51910 2 Robert Westerholt - Ice Queen album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Ice Queen(CD, Maxi, Enh, Ltd) Supersonic Records (2), BMG SUPERSONIC 127, 82876 51910 2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
DSFA1022, DSFA1021 Robert Westerholt - Mother Earth album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Mother Earth (Album) DSFA Records, DSFA Records DSFA1022, DSFA1021 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Robert Westerholt - Running Up That Hill album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Running Up That Hill (EP, Single, Maxi) Supersonic Records (2), BMG The Netherlands SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SUSO 173, 82876 64519 9 Robert Westerholt - Stand My Ground album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Stand My Ground (EP, Maxi) Supersonic Records (2), BMG SUSO 173, 82876 64519 9 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
MOCCD13661, 8718627227664 Robert Westerholt - Enter & The Dance album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter & The Dance (Comp) Music On CD, DSFA Records, WT Recordings MOCCD13661, 8718627227664 Netherlands 2018 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

SS 2394 Robert Westerholt - Enter album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter(Cass) Star Scream SS 2394 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
MICP-10029, MICY-1029 Robert Westerholt - Enter album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter (Album, Comp) DSFA Records MICP-10029, MICY-1029 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
DSFA 1015 Robert Westerholt - The Dance album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Dance (EP, MiniAlbum) DSFA Records DSFA 1015 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
DSFA1022, DSFA1021 Robert Westerholt - Mother Earth album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Mother Earth (Album) DSFA Records, DSFA Records DSFA1022, DSFA1021 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
DSFA 1023 Robert Westerholt - Our Farewell album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Our Farewell (Maxi, Single) DSFA Records DSFA 1023 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
DSFA 1027 Robert Westerholt - Ice Queen album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Ice Queen (Single, Maxi) DSFA Records DSFA 1027 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Robert Westerholt - Running Up That Hill album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Running Up That Hill (EP, Single, Maxi) Supersonic Records (2), BMG The Netherlands SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SUPERSONIC 142, 82876 56327 2 Robert Westerholt - Mother Earth album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Mother Earth (EP, Single) Supersonic Records (2), GUN, BMG Berlin Musik SUPERSONIC 142, 82876 56327 2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
SUSO 173, 82876 64519 9 Robert Westerholt - Stand My Ground album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Stand My Ground (EP, Maxi) Supersonic Records (2), BMG SUSO 173, 82876 64519 9 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
SUSO 175, 82876 64516 2 Robert Westerholt - The Silent Force album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Silent Force (Album) Supersonic Records (2), BMG, GUN SUSO 175, 82876 64516 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
82876760229 Robert Westerholt - The Silent Force Tour album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Silent Force Tour (Album) GUN, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876760229 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
GUN 207, 82876 67331 2 Robert Westerholt - Memories album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Memories (EP, Single) GUN, BMG GUN 207, 82876 67331 2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
GUN 220, 82876 70353 2 Robert Westerholt - Angels album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Angels (EP, Maxi, Single) GUN, Sony BMG Music Entertainment GUN 220, 82876 70353 2 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
88697109322 Robert Westerholt - Frozen album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - Frozen(CD, Maxi, Enh, Ltd, Dig) GUN, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697109322 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
88697186722 Robert Westerholt - All I Need album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - All I Need(CD, Maxi, Ltd, Dig) GUN 88697186722 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
82876871082 Robert Westerholt - The Heart Of Everything album art Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything (Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment, GUN 82876871082 Brazil 2007 Sell This Version