Stabbing Westward was an American industrial rock band formed in 1989 by Christopher Hall (lead singer) and Walter Flakus (keyboards, programming). The band went through several different line-ups during their 13 year career, but this core duo remained in situ as constant members and the songwriting team behind most of the band’s US radio hits including “Save Yourself”, “Shame”, “So Far Away Nothing”, “Lies” and “Violent Mood Swings”.
After four albums that included two gold records and years of touring with the likes of Depeche Mode, Sex Pistols, Kiss, Killing Joke, Front 242, Placebo and the Cult, the band formally broke up in February 2002.
The Dreaming is a reunion of Hall and Flakus, together with one-time Stabbing Westward drummer Johnny Haro, guitarist Carlton Bost (of Orgy and Deadsy) and bassist Franccesca Alexandra. They have released two albums to date, Etched In Blood (2008) and Puppet (2011), the latter of which which included the US Rock Chart hit “Every Trace”.
An early group recording entitled “Beautiful” featured in the movie Elektra [but let’s not hold that against them – Mosh].
Rise Again is the brand new album by the band and came about through Chris Hall’s desire to deliver an album that featured more of the early Stabbing Westward sound that many fans had been asking for. Although that act is long dead and buried, its original founders are proud to return with Rise Again as The Dreaming, replete with more of the intense and haunting music that made their name in the first place.
Rise Again is due for release on February 16th.