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Stabbing Westward's second album finds them discarding the lo-fi aggro-synth assault of their first album for a more mainstream "guitar-driven sound." While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, you have to wonder why they would do such a thing. Some would argue that Stabbing Westward are copying Nine Inch Nails, but upon closer inspection you will probably find they owe more to the British synth poppers Depeche Mode than anyone. This is especially true on the "emotional" synth-bass of "What Do I Have to Do?" and the alien landscape sounds of "Sleep." But the question is, are they a good band? The answer is both yes and no. They are held back because they let themselves succumb to many musical clichés and formulas. Seriously though, its an OK album as long as you're not expecting too much from it.

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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