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  • It is obvious that Stabbing Westward’s music has greatly grown and matured ever since their original CD; “Ungod”. “Wither Blister Burn & Peel” was a great follow-up, but this album is the band’s best work. I was actually very surprised to read many fan’s reviews, saying that this album wasn’t as carefully put together and didn’t have the same energy or power behind it.If you listen closely to the lyric’s of the songs, the general flow of the music, and the way the songs are structured, you will notice that the album is essentially written in four parts. Similar to the rest of Stabbing Westward’s work, the CD focuses on relationships and where they go wrong. The other theme present is how we mess up in life and how to get back on the right track. A very depressing album.The first four songs focus on how we mess up in life and the terrible, threatening mistakes we make. “Darkest Days” is a great opening song, makes great use of the band’s percussion and Chris Hall’s emotional lyrics. Second is “Everything I Touch”, a powerful song discussing how he ruins everything he gets involved with. Afterwards are (in my opinion) the two best songs on the album. “How Can I Hold On? (Dog Attack)” is a fast-paced gothic/industrial tune that gets the adrenaline going. The follow-up is “Drugstore”, the most emotionally-charged song on the CD, talking about drug abuse and the influence that people have on each other.The second portion of the album deals with relationships, specifically the ones that are torn apart by lies, disagreements, etc. “You Complete Me” is really the only upbeat song in this section, and pretty much on the album as well. “Save Yourself”, “Haunting Me”, and “Torn Apart” are more adrenaline-pumping songs, all strong and fast-paced.Then, sitting right in the middle is the portion to listen to when you’re feeling down, when you’ve reached that low point in life that’s hard to get out of. “Drowning” and “Goodbye” are slow-moving, but no less emotional than anything else on here. But the real standout’s in this section are “Sometimes It Hurts” and “Desperate Now”.Wrapping the album up is the most emotion-filled, most powerful portion of the entire album. The theme behind it is standing behind your beliefs in life. The pure anger and violence in “When I’m Dead” and “The Thing I Hate” makes them some of the best industrial tunes out there. “On Your Way Down” uses skillful guitar playing and lyrics, which refer to how celebrities screw people over in life to get to the top. The closing track on the album, “Waking Up Beside You” is enough to bring a lot of people to tears. This song rises above the majority of the rest of the band’s work.Although the album is split into four general themes and sections, it also has the capability to flow through as one theme, a strange talent that is rare to find in a CD and a band itself. I strongly recommend this, and anything else by Stabbing Westward, to anyone who likes hard rock and industrial.

    Posted on December 5, 2009