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Album Review

Stabbing Westward unexpectedly rode to alternative semi-stardom in 1996 when their second album, Wither Blister Burn & Peel, became a hit, largely because there was no new NIN album around at the time. That meant they were one of the few industrial metal groups to actually have a hit, and that's because "What Do I Have to Do" had enough hooks to be an MTV Buzz Clip. There's nothing quite as memorable as that song on the follow-up effort, Darkest Days, but the album finds the group taking more risks than before. Instead of playing it safe and emphasizing their metal links, the group try to bolster their electronic influences. Ultimately, they're better at heavy than electronica, but their attempts at techno-metal-industrial fusion are often intriguing and result in some of their best work to date.

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Macomb, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Vocalist Christopher Hall and keyboardist Walter Flakus met in 1985 and formed the industrial rock band Stabbing Westward in Chicago. They released an EP in 1990, and recruited guitarist Stuart Zechman, bassist Jim Sellers, and drummer David Suycott. In late 1993, Columbia issued the band's major-label debut, Ungod. Although the album wasn't a success, the group promoted it relentlessly, touring constantly and doing scores of interviews. The groundwork paid off in 1996, when the group released their...
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