WITHIN TEMPTATION's SHARON DEN ADEL: “this is not just Ukraine's war; it's really our war as well'
In a new interview with James Wilson-Taylor of Rock Sound conducted at this weekend’s Download festival in the United Kingdom, WITHIN TEMPTATION frontwoman Sharon Den Adel spoke about the lyrical inspiration for the band’s latest single, “Wireless”. She said: “When the war started in the Ukraine, we were in the studio writing songs, And it’s one of the songs that we wrote. And it is about war, of course. It’s about a soldier going to war and thinking he’s going to liberate people, do good stuff and be a hero and everything, but then he finds out that he’s been lied to by media but also government. And then he finds that he can’t go back because he’s already in his army gear, for instance. You can’t go forward, you can’t go backward because you have your buddies next to you and you’ll all die in the field. And in front of you, you have a mission impossible almost.”
The Dutch singer continued: “So that’s what we try to do — maybe also shine a light on certain situations within the war. It’s just we’re storytellers — it’s like amplifying a certain kind of emotion that people could feel in this situation.”
Asked how she and her bandmates decided to use Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as inspiration for one of their songs, Sharon said: “Well, from my point of view, it’s not just their war. I really believe what some people are saying — it’s really our war as well. Because it’s next to us. They already said, they’re not gonna stop at Ukraine; they’re gonna go further. And a couple of hours flying from my home, it’s already Kyiv. So it’s also our war. I think we should be aware of the fact that this is a danger for all of us. They won’t stop. And hopefully — we wanna keep this a little bit alive in our own small way by writing about it and talking about it and waving a flag on stage about it.”
In March 2022, WITHIN TEMPTATION was one of the artists who took part in a telethon concert in support of Ukraine. “Save Ukraine – #StopWar” united more than 20 countries and bring together more than 50 participants. The marathon was broadcast from Warsaw on the Polish TV channel TVP. In addition, broadcasters from many countries around the world, including Estonia (EBR), Lithuania (LTR), the Czech Republic (ČT2), Georgia (GPB / First), Albania (RTSH 2), Montenegro, Slovenia, Latvia (LTV), Croatia (HRT), Slovakia (RTVS), Austria (Puls 4), Cyprus, Canada (OMNI) and others, rebroadcasted the marathon on their local channels.
In an interview with Greece’s Rock Overdose, Den Adel stated about her band’s participation in the event: “For us, it was an honor to be asked for it. I think as a band and as people, we really value freedom of speech and freedom and democracy. I think as a band, people sometimes say, ‘Don’t be so political, ‘ people say, ‘Don’t be so expressive and don’t take a side on things.’ But as a musician, I think it’s important to represent who you are, not just in music but really stand for what you make and what you are saying in your lyrics in a way. And things that are happening in the world inspire us to write music, and then you also have to take a stance and what side you are. I think when it’s so obvious where there’s an aggressor and where there is a country being violated, invaded, you should take a stance and then it makes it much easier even to be very clear about where you stand in this whole conflict. Of course, it’s something that we are keeping ourselves updated with every day because we find it very sad to see that a country that wants to be a democracy is invaded this way. So we are very honored to be asked also to play for this event, this marathon, and happy to do it.”
In recent years, WITHIN TEMPTATION shifted their focus from releasing albums to releasing a series of singles, enabling the bandmembers to indulge themselves in their creative processes thus delivering freshly inspired music. The group has released “Entertain You”, “The Purge” and “Shed My Skin”, singles that have all thrilled their fanbase, had great critical reception in Europe, peaked in the Top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator charts and topped the official German charts. In July, WITHIN TEMPTATION also released the official Jeb Hardwick-directed music video for “Don’t Pray For Me”. It was the fourth single of the band’s independent releases and will lead up to WITHIN TEMPTATION‘s next studio album.
WITHIN TEMPTATION‘s last album, “Resist”, was released in February 2019 through Spinefarm Records, the specialist hard rock label of Universal Music Group.