Angels (Within Temptation song)

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Single by Within Temptation
from the album The Silent Force
B-side "Say My Name"
Released 13 June 2005
Format CD single, DigitalDownload
Recorded 2004
Length 4:02
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Robert Westerholt, Martijn Spierenburg, Sharon den Adel
Producer(s) Daniel Gibson
Within Temptation singles chronology
"What Have You Done"
Music video
"Angels" on YouTube

"Angels" is a song by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation from their third studio album, The Silent Force. It was released as the third single from the album on 13 June 2005, also accompanying a music video. The video earned the band a Golden God Award on the following year.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

CD single (2 track)
  1. "Angels" - Full Length Version (4:02)
  2. "Say My Name" - New Track (4:06)
CD single (3 track)
  1. "Angels" - Full Length Version (4:02)
  2. "Say My Name" - New Track (4:06)
  3. "Forsaken" - Live 21.04.2005 at Tilburg, The Netherlands (4:54)

Music video[edit]

The video is shot in a desert in Spain. It tells the story of a group of vigilante angels who make it their mission to wipe out evil. Sharon den Adel is a woman who has been seemingly abandoned on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. She accepts a lift from a priest, who takes her back to his home. The priest is in fact a demonic serial killer, who adopts different disguises to get to his victims. All of these disguises are trustworthy people, like a doctor, a police officer, a clown, judge, or a priest. As Sharon stumbles upon a board full of newspaper clippings in the killers home, which are about his previous victims, he seemingly overpowers her with chloroform. He takes a tied up Sharon to the middle of the desert to bury her alive. However, Sharon immediately awakens as the other angels approach (the other band members) and is revealed to also be one of the angels, who was left at the side of the road as bait for the serial killer, during which time the rest of the vigilantes appear and the killer is confronted with the spirits of his victims, who destroy him. The vigilantes then move onto their next target.

The theme to the 1979 film Phantasm was sampled.


Chart (2005) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 50
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 41
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 8