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Album Review

When Trent Reznor opened the door to commercial viability for industrial rock, tons of bands tried to cash in, but few were able to attract the attention of the record-buying public as much as Stabbing Westward did in the mid-'90s (albeit for a very short time). With MTV airplay and high-profile touring spots (and arguably as the first band to really nail down that industrial/glam look), the band was able to go gold and maintain a fairly happy time with Columbia Records, which is represented on this collection. They weren't as visceral as Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails or as extreme as Marilyn Manson, but they managed to find the right balance between heavy distortion and danceable pop/rock melodies. With tracks like "What Do I Have to Do?" and "Torn Apart," it's a good place to start for rookies of angsty industro-goth-glam dance music.

Customer Reviews


Great band... I miss them. These are their BEST songs. Especially the song What Do I Have To Do.


Only song missing from here is the song from the Clerk's soundtrack that introduced me to this great Band. Violent MOOD Swings!! Of course it is available on UNgod, but I would have thought that song would be essential for this album!!!

Anthems For Co-dependents

I went through a bitter break-up with a beautiful manic depressant about the time Wither, Blister, Burn and Peel was released, and these songs became the soundtrack of my discontent. "Voilent Mood Swings", should be on this collection, as well as "Without You", but overall a good collection of songs, by a group that should have recieved more "successs" than they did.


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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