Stand My Ground

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"Stand My Ground"
Single by Within Temptation
from the album The Silent Force
B-side "Overcome", "Towards The End"
Released 17 November 2004
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Symphonic metal, alternative metal
Length 4:26 (album version)
3:58 (single version)
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel, Martijn Spierenburg, Daniel Gibson [1]
Producer(s) Daniel Gibson
Within Temptation singles chronology
"Running Up that Hill"
(2003)
"Stand My Ground"
(2004)
"Memories"
(2005)
Music video
"Stand My Ground" on YouTube

"Stand My Ground" is the first single from Dutch symphonic metal/rock band Within Temptation's The Silent Force. The song is also included on the U.S. edition of the band's 2007 album The Heart of Everything. It became a top 10 hit in three countries (the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland) and became a top 40 hit in four other countries. It was also used in the trailer for the film Blood & Chocolate.[2]

Along with their earlier singles Ice Queen and Mother Earth, Stand My Ground has become one of the bands signature songs and is performed on their set of almost every concert since its release.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Stand My Ground" (radio version)
  2. "Overcome (non album version)

Video[edit]

In the video, Sharon den Adel enters an old room and places an amulet on the surface of a ground sculpture. The sculpture opens itself turning into an altar and uncovering a book that contains a natural disaster prophecy. In that book she also discovers a mechanism that unfolds a form of survival through the liberation of a secret Ark-like boat. As the rain begins to fall and gets stronger, a major flood starts to occur. As den Adel notices it trough the window, she manages to get to the building rooftop and start the process of liberating the ark. The water finally reaches the top of the bulding, however, Sharon and her bandmates survive by escaping on the ark accessed by Sharon.

Although the video looks like it was shot entirely with a green-screen, the scenes are real.[citation needed] The only things digitally added are the surrounding buildings and city. This was shown in the making-of video.

The video was shot in the Netherlands and was released 2 weeks before the single release. Also the video was Superclip at the Dutch music station TMF, which means it would be played every hour a week long.

Charts reception[edit]

The song was successful in the Netherlands reaching the #4 spot but was also the most successful song after Ice Queen in Europe. It went top ten in also Belgium and Finland and became a #13 hit in Germany. Although there was no sign of the song in the official Spanish chart, it topped the Spanish Airplay Chart and Los 40 Principales.

Charts[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Dutch Top 40[13]
Week 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
Position
27
10
5
4
8
13
20
32
32

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