Gig Review

Within Temptation
Birmingham, Academy
8th November 2011

Within Temptation        Anneke Van Giersbergen
Photo Of Anneke Van Giersbergen © Copyright Robert Lawrence
Anneke Van Giersbergen is a beautiful Dutch vocalist accompanying Within Temptation on their short UK tour with her band. This young lady is no stranger to success and playing to large crowds having fronted the band The Gathering for 13 years previous to this solo career being launched she can be considered quite a veteran. Having said that it’s quite obvious the second she strides out on stage in front of 3000 beaming eyes has rendered her slightly nervous; she doesn’t seem to engage in much crowd interaction, the stuff she does say seems to be the more awkward small talk usually associated with waking up after drinking with an unknown person in your bed. Nonetheless she’s got her vocals on top form and people seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, it may not have been the world’s greatest performance but it’s a respectable performance.

Photo Of Within Temptation © Copyright Robert LawrenceWithin Temptation provide a powerful theatrical performance which had carved a fond memory in my mind which will last for the foreseeable future. It’s one thing to pick a formidable set list and to perform it well but when you add the huge screen as a backdrop playing appropriate clips to accompany each song alongside the ludicrous amount of lights and strobes you’ve got yourself a show. That’s where I would like to start, a massive shout out to whoever was in control of those lights; not only did they have the standard show lights to enhance the atmosphere, they also had rigs with lights that produced much finer Photo Of Within Temptation © Copyright Robert Lawrencestreams of light almost like lasers, these lights and the sheer amount of them add an unreal ambience that lasts the duration of the set. Now after that it is quite clear what the star attractions are here; the enormous screen backdrop and lead vocalist Sharon den Adel. That woman is a natural performer and it’s obvious that she’s loving every blessed moment she’s out on that stage; top grade vocal work, oozing with confidence and handling herself in a really professional manor. The screen too provides us with some creepy yet appropriate videos to build up to the bands entrance and accompany certain songs which are matched by the light colours and themes of the song. I recommend anybody who gets a chance to see this band does so because I feel this band has a lot to offer and a damn lot of people could learn a lot from them.

Anneke Van Giersbergen – 3/5
Within Temptation – 4.5/5

Review By James Webb

 Within Temptation

Sharon den Adel
Robert Westerholt
Jeroen van Veen
Ruud Jolie
Martijn Spierenburg
Mike Coolen

 Anneke Van Gierbergen

Anneke Van Gierbergen

 Band Related Links
Within Temptation MySpace
Anneke Van Giersbergen MySpace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?