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Chicago, United States (1985 – 2002)

Stabbing Westward was an American industrial rock and alternative rock band composed of Christopher Hall, Walter Flakus, Stuart Zechman, Jim Sellers and David Suycott. They formed in 1985 in Chicago, Illinois and began recording in the 1990s. Their major label debut was Ungod. Sales were sluggish but Stabbing Westward built a solid fanbase by relentless touring. In 1996, their Wither, Blister, Burn & Peel became a moderate success aided by the singles Shame and What Do I Have To Do.

The follow-up was Darkest Days. Despite several strong singles including Save Yourself, It failed to sell as well as its predecessor, although it attracted attention in Canada and Australia, and the band was dropped from Columbia Records. They signed to Koch Records, issuing Stabbing Westward, which was a considerably more commercial effort than previous albums, but failed to make any impact on the mainstream charts. Before a fifth LP could be recorded, Stabbing Westward broke up in late 2002.

Since then, lead singer Hall has formed The Dreaming.


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  • cmd-artificial

    Anyone know if its possible to find their Iwo Jima EP from '92 anywhere ? It has a very early ministry-type of sound.

    21 Jul 9:53am Reply
  • mizi303

    I loved their electronic & rock/metal fusion. Fuck, I really miss the 90s industrial rock bands.

    18 May 10:28pm Reply
  • flintxxx

    i really miss these guys and the other industrial rock bands of the 90's. good times

    9 May 1:16pm Reply
  • ochuel

    I used love way these guys incorporated harmonics in their songs.

    30 Apr 2:50am Reply
  • ketamineface

    The first time I ever heard of SW was on the TEKKEN anime OVA. Loved it.

    28 Mar 3:33am Reply
  • Syndicate_HC

    Duke Nukem Time To Kill !

    30 Jan 6:22am Reply
  • roalt

    Stabbing, always... Westward only.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mizi303

    So many memories.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KoromoAmae

    I jammed out to "Save Yourself" even more than NIN's "Closer" when I was a kid. Good times.

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    Soundtrack of my childhood <3

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Walked-In-Line

    Quite original band. "Violent Mood Swings" is their best song - a real killer ...

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ThisDominon

    I want more bands like this! (Can anyone make a recomendation?) or just this band back!

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    "Violent Mood Swings" is my favorite song from these guys!!

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    "you complete me" DEFINITELY ヽ(ヽ(゚ヽ(゚∀ヽ(゚∀゚ヽ(゚∀゚)ノ゚∀゚)ノ∀゚)ノ゚)ノ)ノ

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Cat_007

    Yes, cool band of 90`.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • blitzenius

    Lies should on the first 10 on the list

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ketamineface

    what a voice.

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • inflikkt

    still my fav 90s indust. rock act. their sound was amazing on first albums

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
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  • ThisDominon

    I see what you did there..

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
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