28-01-2013 @ 22:31
Multi-million-selling Dutch symphonic rock band Within Temptation have signed to BMG's a masters deal with for their upcoming album, expected in September 2013, in partnership with their management AT Productions & Eye Sound.
Formed in 1996 by long-term partners Sharon den Adel (vocals) and Robert Westerholt (guitar), Within Temptation combine the epic scale of movie soundtracks with dark gothic and metal influences. The band has sold over three million albums worldwide scoring 30 Gold and Platinum awards. Previously signed to traditional record companies, Within Temptation have now opted for the BMG masters model which offers a partnership-based approach to releasing records in which artist and company jointly agree every aspect of a release including budget, and artists potentially earn far more than is possible under legacy recording deals.
Within Temptation first broke through into the European mainstream with their second album Mother Earth, in 2000, which went Top Five in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany where the album is certified Platinum. The follow-ups The Silent Force (2004) and The Heart of Everything (2007) saw the band's success grow further international with successful releases in key markets such as the United States, United Kingdom and Japan. Their 2011 album The Unforgiving was a concept album accompanied by a comic book and a series of short movies. It marked a radical shift in the band's musical style combining their hallmark powerful melodies with influences from late Eighties and early Nineties rock.
Within Temptation are a huge live draw, playing festivals and shows across the world from Western and Eastern Europe to Russia, South America and beyond. Said Dominique Kulling, Vice President New Recordings/TV & Film at BMG, "Within Temptation has always had a history of independently handling their own releases. It was a consequent step to sign to BMG's masters model as it fits their personal needs perfectly. We are looking forward to combining our strengths on this great project."
Said Frank Bruens, Managing Director BMG Benelux, "Within Temptation are among Holland's most successful bands and a phenomenal export-sensation. We are very proud to have signed them as local act to our alternative masters deal and we feel honored to extend and intensify our relation with Sharon, Robert, the band and their management."Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation, stated, "We are very happy to announce a new album is coming up. We really look forward to working with the BMG team and their partners for the release. They offered us a great set-up that really fits our needs in a rapidly changing music industry."