I don’t usually feature live songs on Musical Interlude, because frankly there are very few artists who sound as good live as they do in the studio. But we’ll make an exception to that rule (“It’s more like guidelines, really”) and feature a song from an acoustic concert given by a Heavy Metal band.
Within Temptation was started by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt, playing guitar and doing “unclean vocals,” though he only does studio work these days, he does not tour generally, though he does perform on this song. The band now includes Jeroen van Veen on bass, Ruud Jolie as lead guitar, Martijn Spierenburg playing keyboards, Mike Coolen on drums and Stefan Helleblad playing both rhythm and lead guitars.
This song is “The Cross” by Within Temptation from their 2009 album An Acoustic Night at the Theatre. It was recorded in November 2008 at Muziekcentrum Frits Philips in Eindhoven, which is a city in The Netherlands. Lyrics are at this link.