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!

 

Purchase and stream:

https://copinternational.bandcamp.com/album/hallowed-hymns

 

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)

Follow Stabbing Westward:

Website: https://www.stabbingwestward.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stabbingwestwrd

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stabbingwestward

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDSEWAjgbzSaEIdbeCOJWXw

 

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Matt Skiba And The Sekrets- KUTS

matt skiba and the sekrets kuts

Matt Skiba is very busy these days. He’s fronted Alkaline Trio for close to two decades and also dabbled in side projects like Heavens and The Hell. In case you didn’t know, he’s also currently filling in for Tom Delonge in Blink 182.

And because apparently the devil makes good use of idle hands Skiba just released KUTS (Superball Music) with The Sekrets. The Sekrets almost being a supergroup for the Alternative Press crowd as it also features AFI bassist Huntar Burgan and My Chemical Romance’s Jarrod Alexander on drums.

Are you still with me? Good, because if you are a fan of any of those aforementioned groups then you are in for a pleasant surprise with KUTS.

The formula here hasn’t drastically changed. It’s simple, yet effective songwriting mated to a bright, but not overbearing mix. And that’s not to say that 2012s Babylon or Haven’t You EP weren’t good, but The Sekrets are starting to stretch their sound a little more as opposed to sticking with traditional pop-punk compositions. While there still are bits pf punk fire from time to time like on opener ‘Lonely and Kold’ and ‘She Said’ it seems that Skiba and his cohorts have been revisiting their The Smiths, The Cure, and Echo & The Bunnymen LPs.

This more post-punk approach really sets in on the second half of KUTS. Songs like ‘Way Bakk When’ and ‘Hemophiliak’ shift The Sekrets’ emphasis to melancholy as opposed to two minutes of aggression. ‘Never Believe’ and ‘Vienna’ close out the album and finds Skiba further channeling Johnny Marr with simple but haunting music to compliment his almost world-weary vocals.

Skiba finds a way to honor some of his musical heroes without it coming across as just a love letter to the late 70s and early 80s. But then again the man has time for what seems like 400 other musical projects. Not sure how he does it, but hopefully he won’t stop soon.

8.0/10

HANSEL LOPEZ

Faith No More, Motorhead, Rancid, etc Confirmed For Riot Fest Chicago 2015

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The Chicago Riot Fest 2015 will be happening on September 11-13, 2015 at Douglas Park. More artists are expected to be announced, including one more headliner who has yet to be announced.

No Doubt
Faith No More
Iggy Pop
Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle)
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Motörhead
Rancid (performing …And Out Come The Wolves)
Tenacious D
Billy Idol
Ice Cube & Special Guests (performing Straight Outta Compton Remix)
Alkaline Trio
Coheed And Cambria
Taking Back Sunday
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Drive Like Jehu
Merle Haggard
Flogging Molly
Slightly Stoopid
L7
Alexisonfire
Thrice
The Dirty Heads
Stephen “Ragga” Marley
The Academy Is… (performing “Almost Here“)
The Lawrence Arms
Kongos
Cypress Hill
Echo & The Bunnymen
Bootsy Collin’s Rubber Band
The Devil Wears Prada
Yelawolf
Pennywise
The Airborne Toxic Event
Manchester Orchestra
Eagles Of Death Metal
Anthrax
De La Soul
The Damned
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
New Politics
Mayday Parade
Jimmy Cliff
Against Me!
Babes In Toyland
Ok Go
Bayside
Mest
Andrew W.K.
Desaparecidos
The Joy Formidable
The Dead Milkmen
Atreyu
Fidlar
Millencolin
American Nightmare
Swervedriver
Lee Scratch Perry
Gwar
Less Than Jake
The Expendables
Living Colour
The Thurston Moore Band
Morgan Heritage
Lifetime
Benjamin Booker
Fishbone
Death
Doomtree
Hum
Tarrus Riley
Mariachi El Bronx
Civ
Joyce Manor
Every Time I Die
The Movielife
The Dwarves (performing “Blood Guts And Pussy“)
Tommy Stinson
Steve Ignorante & Paranoid Visions
Real Friends
The Dear Hunter
Kevin Devine
Mustard Plug
The Ataris
Jo Mersa
Into It. Over It.
Alvvays
The White Buffalo
Black-Am-I
Skip Marley
Knuckle Puck
Post Mallone With FKI
Jazz Cartier
Marmozets
Modern Life Is War
Fit For Rivals
Barb Wire Dolls
The Coathangers
Flatfoot 56
Teenage Bottlerocket
Prayers
CHON
Counterpunch
Have Mercy
Speedy Ortiz
Superheaven
White Mystery
Foxing
Direct Hit!
Main Attrakionz
Ground Up
Skinny Lister
Beach Slang
Cayetana
Alex Wiley
Heems
Dirty Fences
Blis
Sleep On It
The Brokedowns
Meat Wave
Psalm One
Northern Faces
Dreamers
Souvenirs
Elway
Indian Handcrafts
Skating Polly
Signals Midwest
Modern Chemistry
Faulkner
Pears
Gateway Drugs
Tasha The Amazon
Foxtrott
Twin River
Clowns
Indian School
Die Selloutz
The Municipal Drainage Project
Special performances will also be made by The Rock-Afire Explosion and the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue.

CHICAGO: FIRST WAVE of lineup announcements for Riot Fest & Carnival are here!TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!…

Posted by Riot Fest on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Alexisonfire, Rancid, Motorhead, Coheed and Cambria, etc Confirmed For Riot Fest Toronto 2015

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The 2015 Riot Fest Toronto will be held at Downsview Park in Toronto, ON on September 19-20, 2015. The first wave of the lineup was announced with more acts and headliners is expected to be announced on June 16th. So far the lineup consists of:

Alexisonfire
Wu-Tang Clan
Rancid (performing …And Out Come The Wolves)
Motörhead
All Time Low
Tyler, The Creator
Coheed And Cambria
Atmosphere
Drive Like Jehu
Echo & The Bunnymen
Thrice
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Eagles Of Death Metal
Against Me!
Babes In Toyland
Yelawolf
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Joy Formidable
The Dead Milkmen
Andrew W.K.
Bayside
Gwar
The Thurston Moore Band
Fidlar
Doomtree
Jazz Cartier
D.O.A.
Moneen
Die Mannequin
Heat
OBGMs
Wildlife
Nova Rockafeller
The Dirty Nil
Indian Handcrafts
Like Pacific
The Dying Arts
Foxtrott
Partycat
Willa
Tasha The Amazon
Safe To Say
Rarity
Twin River
Black Mastiff
Tomahawk Love

UPDATE: EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT.TORONTO: FIRST WAVE of lineup announcements for RIOT FEST & EXPO are here!…

Posted by Riot Fest on Wednesday, May 27, 2015