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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.

Customer Reviews

so good it gives me chills everytime!!!!

This CD came out when I was in high school and still to this day it is one of the best cd's I've ever purchased. It's a shame they took a turn for the worst with their album prior. They are similar to NIN meaning if your a fan of NIN check out these guys but she's right they are very dissimilar as well. If you like this one check out Wither Blister Burn and Peel because it's just as good. These guys are incredible and it's too bad today's bands didn't follow in their footsteps.

Stabbings Best

This is Stabbings "Downward Spiral", their darkest album, as well as their greatest. This is how rock use to be in the 90's! It's how rock was meant to be played!

Not just a replacement for NIN

I am more than a little dismayed that someone wrote the above article implying that stabbing westward are a replacement for NIN. They may both play modern hard rock with electronic elements but their sounds are very dissimilar. That being said, I have always felt that this album had a great deal of gravity and majesty and that the singer has a voice that fits the sound perfectly. In a genre (modern rock in the late 90s and most especially today) full of garbage and gruff singers with bad "my daddy never loved me" lyrics, Stabbing Westward stood out as a uniquely emotional experience both in the vocals and the instrumentation. Not every track holds to this, but the CD as a whole does and is one of only three radio-played CDs that grace my Itunes playlist.


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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