WITHIN TEMPTATION: 'The Silent Force' Certified Gold In Finland

WITHIN TEMPTATION's latest album, "The Silent Force", has been certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies. The band were presented with the gold plaques by their record company during an appearance at the Ankkarock 2005 festival in Finland last weekend. Finland is the first country in Scandinavia where WITHIN TEMPTATION have received a sales award. Formed in 1996, WITHIN TEMPTATION has released three albums including the platinum album "Mother Earth" — selling over 800,000 albums in their career to date. "The Silent Force", originally released in November 2004, crashed into the Netherlands official chart at No. 1, and was certified gold a mere three weeks later. Further Top 5 positions followed in Germany (gold), Belgium (also gold), and Finland, with Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, France, and Norway all also placing the album high in the Top 30. In early 2005, with over 400,000 copies of "The Silent Force" sold in Europe, the band was awarded the Conamus Music Export prize as well as the Edison Award for Best National Band (the Dutch equivalent of the U.S. Grammys & the U.K. Brits). A TMF Award (MTV Benelux's domestic award ceremony) followed. WITHIN TEMPTATION will headline the annual Bloodstock Festival in the U.K. on September 3.