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Stabbing Westward
Stabbing Westward
Stabbing Westward
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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Stabbing Westward have always had a mix of industrial overtones and crashing power chords at their disposal, but their self-titled fourth album focuses on their melodic side. Opting for less electronic coloring this time o...  more »


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All Artists: Stabbing Westward
Title: Stabbing Westward
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Koch Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 5/22/2001
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Alternative Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 099923820420, 099923339427, 099923820444

Stabbing Westward have always had a mix of industrial overtones and crashing power chords at their disposal, but their self-titled fourth album focuses on their melodic side. Opting for less electronic coloring this time out, they lean in a modern-rock direction that's balanced against their signature dark, haunting style; here, songs that start off heavy and gloomy swell into catchy choruses. The hypnotic "So Far Away" has a psychedelic edge while "Perfect" serves up acoustic guitars and layered harmonies. "I Remember" and "Happy," while lyrically reflective, ultimately come across as airy, upbeat rockers. The compelling, downright disturbing closer, "Television," takes an ambient route. But elements of their earlier sound remain in the likes of "Wasted," "High," and "The Only Thing." Ultimately, Stabbing Westward is the kind of album that strikes a neat balance between keeping old fans happy while drawing in new partisans. --Gail Flug

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This album takes a very different and unfortunate direction
TastyBabySyndrome | 05/23/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I bought my first Stabbing Westward album after hearing a song I liked very much on the radio. I loved the album and proceeded to buy their other albums and genuinely enjoyed them as well. It's rare that I find a band where I actually listen to the entire album as opposed to just a select few tracks. Stabbing Westward was one of those few.This latest album is such a departure from their previous albums that you likely would not be able to pick the music as being Stabbing Westward. For some that might be a good thing; for me it was very disappointing. After hearing the first few songs, I honestly checked the cd case to make sure I bought the right album.As the reviewer above states, the music is very light. That can mean different things to different people, but, to me it sounded like "pop" music. To the extent that their previous music can be described as dark, heavy, loud- none of that is present on this album. I normally don't write reviews here, but I find that the majority of the music reviews are positive- to the point that it's really not helpful to judge whether I would like a particular album or not. I just wanted to let people know that if they buy this latest album expecting something along the lines of the previous Stabbing Westward albums they will likely be disappointed. I will say that my rating is only intended to reflect that this is not what I wanted to hear when I put in a Stabbing Westward cd. If I could separate myself from that fact, I probably would have rated the album 3 stars as opposed to two."
I Die Inside When I Think of All the People I Have Damaged
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 01/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stabbing Westward has always held a soft spot in my heart because of some of the things they've done in the past, but I actually let this release slip by me for a while because I was afraid it would be much of the same and that's not what I wanted. Perhaps it was overexposure to the same products that made me think this, with too much industrial hitting the market and not soothing the soul, or perhaps I simply wasn't in the mood for that type of darkness in the moment. Sometimes that happens and sometimes you get tired of screaming into the emptiness, wanting something a little more touching because the anger eventually subsides. Whatever the reason initially, I recently acquired the need to look and see what I passed up, and what I let get by me was yet another evolution in a band that already audio taste anyhow. One of the reasons quite a few people objected to this album was because it mellowed between releases and because the band went for slower ballads instead of anger. Perhaps the phrasing has been more akin to the words "selling out" and the criticism of that move said that this wasn't widely accepted, but that is a bit unfair and doesn't speak on the work itself. Instead, that speaks of set expectations by an audience that don't want a band to change, hoping to capsulate a little spark of feeling that most would tire of if they really thought on it. Good bands actually evolve as they move forward, putting out different types of music, because staying the same and trying to reproduce hits from the past isn't actually a form of expressional validity. Instead, that is what one would truly call selling out, terming it better with the words "buying in," and that's not what Stabbing Westward did at all. There was a song or two on the album that I might go as far as to call electronic, with "television" using some odd background sounds as a beat, but most of these weren't actually motivated by a harsh beats. Instead, the music is more melodic than I expected, allowing Christopher Hall to use his voice and to use it well. This allowed for songs touching on themes like love and touching on them in ways that were sometimes beautiful and sometimes tragic, defying some of the restraints that other albums had. This isn't to say that the other albums were limited, mind you, but to instead say that songs like "I Remember" have sad themes that haven't been produced by Stabbing Westward like this before. Even though the themes of disappointment in songs like "Perfect" and "high" have occurred before, they take on new life herein. I personally thought that this album had a little more regret in it than some of the other albums I've heard, with alot of the anger that the previous releases had falling by the wayside. Just check out the song "Wasted" to see what I mean. This piece, as a whole, sounded more like tracks motivated by regret and reflection, love and its hardships taking the driver's seat and asking questions many of us have oftentimes asked, and that seems to add another spectrum to Stabbing Westward's body of work. For that reason, I'd highly recommend it to Stabbing Westward fans that can stand the idea that some things can change and still remain the same, and I'd also tout it to others to at least sample. I'm actually happy I bought it."
Enough Already - Get Over It!
Michael H Souers | Westerville, OH United States | 06/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First off, it is not my opinion that Stabbing Westward "sold out" with their release of this CD. Yes, it is not nearly as dark, heavy, or somber. However, I have yet to hear any of their songs on the radio (I think they released "So Far Away"), so I wouldn't call this a desperate run for them to gain mass appeal. I would prefer to justify the change in music style to a gradual change in Christopher Hall's personna."Ungod" and "Wither Blister Burn & Peel" were outlets for the rage and hatred that Chris Hall felt for his ex. By "Darkest Days", my favorite SW album, the rage was still evident in some songs, but for the most part had dissipated. It was replaced by sorrow and desperation. By their self-titled album, it has been replaced with a feeling of acceptance. Acceptance that the relationship is over and that he can move on with his life.As far as music goes, this is excellent stuff. Softer than previous works, yes, but actually a progression as far as the use of melody and rhythm. It is of my opinion that the band has progressed, and is currently exploring all of the limitless possibilities that exist for this talented band.Will you agree with my synopsis? Maybe not, but I do urge you to give this CD a number of listens before you discard the band. It is still very emotional, just not as depressing as past works. Favorite songs include "I Remember", "So Far Away", and "The Air You Breathe"."