A one-minute video clip in which Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION introduce their new touring guitarist, Stefan Helleblad, can be seen below. Helleblad — who has been working with WITHIN TEMPTATION behind the scenes for a few years — joined the band last month as the replacement for Robert Westerholt.
In a September 20 statement issued by WITHIN TEMPTATION, Robert announced that he will no longer take part in the group’s live performances in order to focus on taking care of the three children he has with the band’s lead singer, Sharon den Adel.
WITHIN TEMPTATION‘s fifth studio album, “The Unforgiving”, sold around 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 50 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on March 29, the CD was produced by Daniel Gibson and is based on a comic book story written by script writer Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne, Dark 48). The band asked comic artist Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness, X-Men) to draw the characters and scenery of “The Unforgiving”, which was made available via Sony Music in Continental Europe and Roadrunner Records in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland, Japan and Australia.