ALBUM REVIEW: Stabbing Westward – Chasing Ghosts

If you told me that Stabbing Westward, an Industrial Rock band originally from Chicago, would reenter my life twenty years after they first impacted it, I would not have believed you. Yet after all this time, I am listening to their first new studio album since 2001, Chasing Ghosts (COP International), and my world has been changed again. After devouring their most recent EP release Dead And Gone (COP International), fans were hungry for more and I was certainly no exception. Original founding members Christopher Hall and Walter Flakus have retained their signature style and newer members Carlton Bost and Bobby Amaro have brought so much richness to the sound.

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Stabbing Westward Drops Surprise Covers EP – Streaming Now

Industrial Metal legends Stabbing Westward have shared a brand new Halloween covers EP dubbed Hallowed Hymns! The release, a gift to their die-hard fans and new ones too, is streaming and physical copies are for sale from their new label COP International at the link below. The covers include new takes on old Industrial and post-Punk/Goth classics from Ministry, The Cure, and Echo and the Bunnymen. The EP was produced by their longtime collaborator John Fryer, who worked on the band’s early classic albums. Fryer and Stabbing Westward are in the studio now working on a new full-length album for release in 2021. Purchase and stream the EP now!


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The EP, released on COP International Records, features 4 tracks that were instrumental to the industrial band’s beginnings and conjure the feeling of the season and include original takes on “Burn” from The Cure (famously featured on the soundtrack to The Crow), the classic “Every Day Is Halloween” by Ministry and Echo And The Bunnymen’s eternal hit “Killing Moon.” There is also a special “Devil’s Night Mix” version of Stabbing Westward’s “Burn” cover to round out the surprise release.


Stabbing Westward— featuring original founding members Christopher Hall (vocals/guitar) and Walter Flakus (keyboards/programming) as well as longtime bandmate Carlton Bost (bass) and newest member Bobby Amaro (drums)—originally released their cover of “Burn” to much fanfare for the Cold Waves Festival compilation album in September; the track was premiered by Revolver magazine that called it a “reverent cover” that kicked off the compilation “with a bang.”


Says frontman Christopher Hall about this special surprise release:

“2020 has been a shit year. We were supposed to release our new album and tour the U.S. to support it. But clearly that’s not happening. We know Halloween is different this year with no parties and no Trick or Treating so we wanted to give fans something special …. something that will help tie you over until we can release some new music.


We picked these three tracks because, for us, they represent the feeling of Halloween and they were very important songs during our early musical stages. If there were ever two bands that I would say most influenced Walter and I to form Stabbing Westward it would be Ministry and The Cure. From the earliest days of Ministry’s With Sympathy through the evolution of Twitch, they were the band that opened our minds and hearts to industrial music. To be able to reimagine these songs as Stabbing Westward while still trying to pay homage to the brilliance of the original versions was a terrifyingly fun adventure.


We have been working on the album so hard for so long that it was really a joy to take a break and explore all these tracks had to offer. As often as you listen to your favorite songs it’s a totally different experience to take one apart and see how it was built. It gave me such an immense appreciation for what these amazing artists created—especially the Ministry track knowing how primitive the gear was that Al Jourgensen had to work with back then with none of the modern tools we take for granted today. He literally created new techniques in the studio that we still use today. He was light years ahead of his time. We hope you enjoy listening to these tracks as much as we have enjoyed recording them.”


The EP’s title coyly illustrates that Stabbing Westward is in fact neither dead nor gone, but rather ready to pick up where they left off after a string of mid-‘90s hits that dominated alternative radio and film soundtracks, including “Shame,” “Save Yourself,” “So Far Away” and “What Do I Have to Do?”, and resulted in two Gold records.


(photo credit: @Pharmadiver/Kim Hansen Photography)

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Stabbing Westward Announces New EP Next Month – “Dead & Gone”

Legendary Chicago Industrial band Stabbing Westward has announced on Instagram their long in the works new EP, dubbed Dead and Gone, due on January 3rd. The group has said often at their concerts the last few years they had hoped to release new music at some point in the future. They released some old demos (The Iwo Jesus Demos) this year, but they had not released brand new music since in 2001’s self-titled album.Continue reading

The Dreaming Book June US Tour

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The Dreaming have confirmed an upcoming June tour hitting the Midwest and East Coast. They are supporting their new album Rise Again, out now via Metropolis Records. The lineup features a semi reunion with frontman Christopher Hall and keyboardist Walter Flakus.

Stream Rise Again in full here.

The Dreaming is Christopher Hall (lead vocals), Walter Flakus (keyboards, programming), Carlton Bost (guitars), Franccesca De Struct (bass) and Johnny Haro (drums).

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Summer 2015 Tour

June 05: Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
June 06: Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
June 07: Aftershock – Kansas City, MO
June 09: Fubar – St Louis, MO
June 10: The Frequency – Madison, WI
June 11: Double Door – Chicago, IL
June 12: The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
June 13: Blackthorn 51 – New York, NY (Vampire Freaks show)
June 14: Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
June 16: Middle East – Boston, MA
June 17: Bull Shooters Saloon – Philadelphia, PA
June 18: Ridge Room (New Mountain) – Asheville, NC
June 19: 120 Tavern and Music Hall – Marietta, GA
June 20: Westend Live – Orlando, FL
June 21: 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
June 24: Siberia New – Orleans, LA
June 25: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
June 26: Trees – Dallas, TX
June 27: Elysium – Austin, TX
June 28: Korova – San Antonio, TX
June 30: Club – Red Mesa, AZ

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The Dreaming Book March West Coast Dates, Streaming “#1 Crush” Cover

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The Dreaming has booked a string of West Coast dates in March. They are supporting their forthcoming album Rise Again, out February 25, 2015 via Metropolis Records. Stream their cover of Garbage’s “#1 Crush” here. Stream “Alone” here.

The Dreaming is Christopher Hall (lead vocals), Walter Flakus (keyboards, programming), Carlton Bost (guitars), Franccesca De Struct (bass) and Johnny Haro (drums).

Mar 04: Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
Mar 5: DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
Mar 6: Black Forest – Eugene, OR
Mar 7: EL Corazon – Seattle, WA
Mar 8: Star Theater – Portland, OR
Mar 12: Hideout – San Diego, CA
Mar 14: Whiskey – Los Angeles, CA

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The Dreaming Releasing New Album in February

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The Dreaming is releasing their new album Rise Again, via Metropolis Records on February 10, 2015. This album reunites former Stabbing Westward’s founding members vocalist Christopher Hall and keyboardist Walter Flakus. Check out “Alone” here.

The Dreaming is rounded out with guitarist Carlton Bost (Orgy, Deadsy), bassist Brent Ashley (Static X) and one-time Stabbing Westward drummer Johnny Haro.