Faster (Within Temptation song)
|Single by Within Temptation|
|from the album The Unforgiving|
|B-side||"Where is the Edge"|
|Released||21 January 2011|
|Genre||Symphonic metal, Hard rock|
4:24 (Album Version)
|Writer(s)||Sharon den Adel
|Within Temptation singles chronology|
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.
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
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
Den Adel's explanation of the song's lyrics;
|“||"Faster" is about the fact that you have to stay in conflict to get what you want as an individual in life. When you're working with a company or in a relationship, when you're working with other people, you've got to set some boundaries for yourself which you won't cross because ethically it's not okay to go over that boundary for yourself. Because that's what you stand for, that's who you are, those are your values.
That's what the song is about: you can't live with lies. You just have to be who you are and what you stand for. And sometimes you're frustrated about it and you just want to fast forward away from the problem, but you also have to deal with the thing that's happening at that time in your life.
— Sharon Den Adel, Songfacts Interview
Mother Maiden short film
The Unforgiving's first short film, Mother Maiden, was combined with the music video to Faster and released on 31 January 2011. The film begins with the character of Mother Maiden (played by Dawn Mastin) 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. The script was written by Steven O'Connell and Tim Smit and the music video and short movie were Directed by Joeri Molsheimer.
- 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
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).
|1.||"Faster" (Radio Edit)||Sharon den Adel, Robert Westerholt, Daniel Gibson||den Adel, Westerholt, Gibson||3:16|
|2.||"Faster" (International Radio Edit)||den Adel, Westerholt, Gibson||den Adel, Westerholt, Gibson||3:15|
|1.||"Faster" (Album Version)||den Adel, Westerholt, Gibson||den Adel, Westerholt, Gibson||4:24|
|2.||"Where is the Edge"||den Adel, Westerholt, Gibson||den Adel, Westerholt, Gibson||3:59|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||32|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||9|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||48|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||19|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||11|
|Portuguese Singles Chart||23|
|UK Rock (Official Charts Company)||6|
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