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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Vocals

SS 2394 Enter — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter(Cass) Starscream Records SS 2394 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
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MICP-10029, MICY-1029 Enter — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter (Album) DSFA Records MICP-10029, MICY-1029 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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DSFA 1015 The Dance — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Dance (EP) DSFA Records DSFA 1015 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
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MAB 113 Into The Electric Castle (A Space Opera) — Robert Westerholt Ayreon Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle (A Space Opera) (Album) Transmission Records MAB 113 Czech Republic & Slovakia 1998 Sell This Version
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82876 51910 2, SUPERSONIC 127 Ice Queen — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Ice Queen(CD, Maxi, Enh, Ltd) Supersonic Records (2), GUN, BMG Berlin Musik, Supersonic Records (2), GUN, BMG Berlin Musik 82876 51910 2, SUPERSONIC 127 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
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DSFA1022, DSFA1021 Mother Earth — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Mother Earth (Album) DSFA Records, DSFA Records DSFA1022, DSFA1021 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
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SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Running Up That Hill — Robert Westerholt 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
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SUSO 173, 82876 64519 9 Stand My Ground — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Stand My Ground (EP, Maxi) Supersonic Records (2), BMG SUSO 173, 82876 64519 9 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
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3423-2 Enter & The Dance — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter & The Dance (Comp) Nuclear Blast Entertainment 3423-2 US 2014 Sell This Version
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Instruments & Performance

SS 2394 Enter — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter(Cass) Starscream Records SS 2394 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
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MICP-10029, MICY-1029 Enter — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Enter (Album) DSFA Records MICP-10029, MICY-1029 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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DSFA 1015 The Dance — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Dance (EP) DSFA Records DSFA 1015 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
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DSFA1022, DSFA1021 Mother Earth — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Mother Earth (Album) DSFA Records, DSFA Records DSFA1022, DSFA1021 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
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DSFA 1023 Our Farewell — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Our Farewell (Maxi, Single) DSFA Records DSFA 1023 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
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DSFA 1027 Ice Queen — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Ice Queen (Single, Maxi) DSFA Records DSFA 1027 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
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SUPERSONIC 131, 82876 52451 9 Running Up That Hill — Robert Westerholt 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
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SUPERSONIC 142, 82876 56327 2 Mother Earth — Robert Westerholt 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
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SUSO 173, 82876 64519 9 Stand My Ground — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Stand My Ground (EP, Maxi) Supersonic Records (2), BMG SUSO 173, 82876 64519 9 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
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SUSO 175, 82876 64518 2 The Silent Force — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Silent Force (Album) Supersonic Records (2), BMG, GUN SUSO 175, 82876 64518 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
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GUN 207, 82876 67331 2 Memories — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Memories (EP, Single) GUN, BMG GUN 207, 82876 67331 2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
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82876760229 The Silent Force Tour — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Silent Force Tour (Album) GUN 82876760229 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
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GUN 220, 82876 70353 2 Angels — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Angels (EP, Maxi, Single) GUN, Sony BMG Music Entertainment GUN 220, 82876 70353 2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
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88697109322 Frozen — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - Frozen(CD, Maxi, Enh, Ltd, Dig) GUN, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697109322 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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88697186722 All I Need — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - All I Need(CD, Maxi, Ltd, Dig) GUN 88697186722 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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82876871082 The Heart Of Everything — Robert Westerholt Within Temptation Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything (Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment, GUN 82876871082 Brazil 2007 Sell This Version