Faster (Within Temptation song)

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This article is about the Within Temptation song. For the George Harrison song, see Faster (George Harrison song). For the Manic Street Preachers song, see Faster/P.C.P..
Single by Within Temptation
from the album The Unforgiving
Released 21 January 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Symphonic rock

4:24 (Album Version)

3:16 (Radio Edit)
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Sharon den Adel
Robert Westerholt
Daniel Gibson
Within Temptation singles chronology

"Faster" is the first single from Dutch symphonic metal/rock band Within Temptation's album The Unforgiving. It had its worldwide radio première on 96.3 Rock Radio on 21 January 2011.

The song's accompanying music video was released on January 31, 2011, alongside the Mother Maiden short film, and reached 35 thousand views on YouTube in its first day.[1]

The single remained in the Dutch Top 100 for thirteen weeks, peaking at number eleven.[2] As of 2014, the song has already sold 138,786 copies only at the itunes webstore.[3]


Robert Westerholt said that;

“Faster” is a song which surprised ourselves. It’s a very fresh new sound wrapped around the 80′ties heart and soul of the track. “Faster” reflects one of the many musical roots we have. Combined with the modern influences on our new album, it’s like the past and future created the present.

—Robert Westerholt, Within Temptation Official Site[4]

Sharon den Adel said that;

Actually, Faster sounds a bit like Wicked Games... Yes, it has the same atmosphere. It has similar, almost the same, accords, but it is different... So, we've been going like: "Ooooh we have re-written Wicked Games" and then "No, the chords scheme is different, we don't have to worry. And it's a written song!" (laughs) "Yay!".

—Sharon Den Adel, Metal Ways Interview[5]


Digital Download

  1. "Faster" (Radio Edit) - 3:16
  2. "Faster" (International Radio Edit) - 3:15

CD Single

  1. "Faster" (Album Version) - 4:24
  2. "Where is the Edge" - 3:59


Chart (2011) Peak
Belgium Singles Chart[2] 20
Dutch Singles Chart[2] 11
German Singles Chart[6] 48


Mother Maiden short film[edit]

The Unforgiving's first short film, Mother Maiden, was combined with the music video to Faster and released on 31 January 2011.[7] The film begins with the character of Mother Maiden (played by Dawn Mastin[8]) writing a letter and reciting a monologue which explains that she controls lost souls to seek revenge on "those with a dark heart." While Mother Maiden continues to speak, the film cuts between her and the "lost souls" which she controls. Firstly, we see the character of Sinéad dragging an unconscious man on top of a train, who awakens just before being killed by a low hanging rail road signal. We then cut to "The Triplets" (more of Mother Maiden's workers) crawling into a window, after which an unseen woman screams and the Triplets reappear with their mouths smeared with blood. Finally, we are shown a man shaving before an arm bursts from his bathroom mirror and strangles him. At this point the Faster music video begins with the band playing the song in full. As it ends, we see Sinéad's corpse awakening in a morgue.[9] The script was written by Steven O'Connell and Tim Smit and the music video and short movie were Directed by Joeri Molsheimer.[10]



  • Dawn Mastin as Mother Maiden
  • Nicola Hemink as Sinéad
  • Key Graham as Sinéad's Fater
  • Christopher Van Dujin as Triplets
  • Matthijx Kat as Man on train
  • Banny Bakker as Shaving Man

Alternate music video[edit]

At the same time as releasing the full "Faster" music video and Mother Maiden short film, an edited version of the song was released onto YouTube with the same footage inter-cut (rather than as originally presented in their separate components of the three short-films -Mother Maiden, Sinéad and Triplets).[11]