Temptation Awaits

Within Temptation play the main stage at festivals in Europe, so playing today they look a little cramped- and not just because they only have half their stage set with them.

Sharon Den Adel's voice floats effortlessly through the Snickers Stage, backed up by the rest of this powerful band. Despite the angelic voice, Within Temptation are quite capable of producing a heavy sound.

'Stand My Ground' kicks off, from their latest album, 'The Silent Force'. 'Forsaken' sees a heavy bass variation of the album version and by far surpasses the original because of the wild beauty of the live sound.

Within Temptation's sound is highly theatrical and is suited to more elegant venues, like an old theatre since Den Adel looks a little out of place in such a dusty tent. 'Mother Earth' is one of the highlights of the set, it's swirling guitarwork twists around heaven sent vocals easily.

Sadly, the band have to cut their set short and so they miss out live favourite 'Running Up That Hill'. It's absence from the set mars an otherwise perfect performance where the sound on the Snickers Stage sounds at it's best. Where other bands have been cursed with unbalanced sound, Within Temptation have been able to triumph and with any luck will reappear higher on the bill in years to come.