Faster (Within Temptation song)

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Single by Within Temptation
from the album The Unforgiving
B-side "Where is the Edge"
Released 21 January 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Hard rock[1]

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 31 January 2011 alongside the Mother Maiden short film, and reached 35,000 views on YouTube in its first day.[2]

The single remained in the Dutch Top 100 for thirteen weeks, peaking at number eleven.[3]


Robert Westerholt said that;

Sharon den Adel said that;

Den Adel's explanation of the song's lyrics;


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[clarification needed]
  • 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]


Digital Download
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
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
Total length: 6:31
CD Single
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
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
Total length: 8:23


Chart (2011) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 32
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[13] 9
Finland Download (Suomen virallinen latauslista)[14] 24
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 48
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 11
Portuguese Singles Chart[18] 23
UK Rock (Official Charts Company)[19] 6


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  2. ^ WT official (2011-01-27). "Faster & Mother Maiden short film". Within Temptation. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
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  4. ^ "First single: "Faster". Premiere: 21-01!". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Sharon Den Adel @ (Paris, FR) - 07.02.2011". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  6. ^ "SHARON DEN ADEL OF WITHIN TEMPTATION". Retrieved 2014-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Faster and Mother Maiden released.". Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  8. ^ Mother Maiden at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ "Within Temptation - Faster & Mother Maiden Short Film". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Shortened video to Faster". Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  12. ^ " – Within Temptation – Faster" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  13. ^ " – Within Temptation – Faster" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Within Temptation: Faster" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  15. ^ " – Within Temptation Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Within Temptation search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  17. ^ " – Within Temptation – Faster" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
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