Enter (Within Temptation album)

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Studio album by Within Temptation
Released Netherlands April 7, 1997
United States September 18, 2007
Recorded Studio Moskou, Utrecht, Netherlands, April 1996 (demo), Late 1996
Genre Gothic metal, doom metal, symphonic metal
Length 45:42
Label DSFA
Producer Lex Vogelaar, Within Temptation, Anthony van den Berg (Executive Producer)
Within Temptation chronology
Mother Earth
Singles from Enter
  1. "Restless"
    Released: 7 April 1997 (1997-04-07)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10[1]

Enter is the debut studio album by Dutch symphonic/gothic metal band Within Temptation, released by DSFA Records in 1997 (see 1997 in music). The album prominently features lead singer Sharon den Adel's vocals as well as guitarist Robert Westerholt's gruff death metal growls. Lex Vogelaar, founder of Orphanage, supplied the guitar parts for "Pearls of Light", as well as producing the album, and Orphanage vocalist George Oosthoek performed some of the growls on "Deep Within".[2]


One week after they signed with DSFA, Within Temptation started recording Enter. The tracks on the album were new versions of the tracks that had appeared on Within Temptation's demos. It was recorded in Studio Moskou, Utrecht, and it was completed and mixed within three weeks.[2]

Robert Westerholt remembers that "it was incomparable to the first recordings we did earlier, this one was much more professional. After all a nice experience, but a very quick one. 'Enter' was recorded in two weeks and mixed in three days, so it was very difficult for we couldn't take time to develop songs. But it was a nice experience - it was our first album!"[2] Vocalist Sharon den Adel recalls that "I only had one and a half days to record my parts and it was quite hectic, just a short warm-up and then 'Go'!"[2]


The album's style is very instrumental compared to the band's later works. Many of the songs have longer instrumental sections and fewer lyrics. On several songs Westerholt provides growling (in contrast to later albums on which it is rarely used).

The lyrics focus on darkness, ghosts, wars instead of fantasy, love, and nature on later albums. Enter has been classified as Gothic Doom.[1]

Future of the album[edit]

Although it didn't enter the Dutch albums chart in its release year, Enter eventually rose to #32 in 2002, after the great success of "Ice Queen".[3]

The album, along with The Dance were re-released in the US on September 18, 2007 by the label Season of Mist.

Live History[edit]

Songs from Enter were played live during Within Temptation's shows between 1997 and 1998. After that, only 'Restless', 'Enter' and 'Deep Within' were played regularly during the Mother Earth Tour.

As of 2004, songs from the album Enter are not performed very regularly anymore by Within Temptation. The title track from Enter, and Candles were performed at the major concert at the Java Island in Amsterdam during The Silent Force Tour. Enter was last played at London in 2005, but Candles was played a few times in 2006 and in 2012 during the 15-year anniversary concert "Elements".

The only single from the album, "Restless", was performed again a few times during The Heart of Everything World Tour in 2007, being performed at shows in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK throughout October and November, and also the 2007 Fanclub Day in July. It was played once in 2008, at Brazil. It was played on the band's Sanctuary Theater Tour in 2012. At the eleventh version of the Metal Female Voices Fest, in October 2013, former Within Temptation member Martijn Westerholt, nowadays with Delain, played the song live with Sharon den Adel as a "guest vocalist".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Restless"   Robert Westerholt, Martijn Westerholt, Sharon den Adel 6:08
2. "Enter"   Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel, Richard Willemse 7:15
3. "Pearls of Light"   Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel, Richard Willemse 5:15
4. "Deep Within" (feat. George Oosthoek) Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel 4:30
5. "Gatekeeper"   Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel 6:43
6. "Grace"   Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel 5:10
7. "Blooded" (instrumental) Robert Westerholt 3:38
8. "Candles"   Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel 7:07
9. "Restless" ((classical version) Bonus Track Japan Edition) Robert Westerholt, Martijn Westerholt, Sharon den Adel 5:39


Within Temptation[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • George Oosthoek from Orphanage – vocals on: "Deep Within"
  • Lex Vogelaar from Orphanage – all guitars on "Pearls of Light"
  • Guus Eikens from Orphanage – synthesizers/sound advice