Stabbing Westward Vocalist Christopher Hall Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

Stabbing Westward have cancelled their upcoming live shows as Christopher Hall prepares to undergo treatment for throat cancer. The vocalist said the following:

“I’d like to apologize to everyone who made travel plans to see us in August and September. We’ve had to put those shows on hold while I deal with a serious health issue. I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. prognosis is really good but it’s going to involve a couple of surgeries and 6-8 weeks of chemo and radiation. So unfortunately, I won’t be singing anytime soon. I’m hoping to be feeling more human by Halloween and have my voice back by Christmas. So again, sorry for the inconvenience. Chris”

Stabbing Westward Announce More Summer Shows

Stabbing Westward have announced some more summer dates. Here’s their updated schedule:

07/01 Seattle, WA – Mechanismus Festival
07/02 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
08/26 Pipestem, WV – Metal In The Mountains
08/27 Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedrafts
08/28 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
09/16 Brooklyn, NY – Cold Waves

Stabbing Westward Premiere New Song “Ghost”

Stabbing Westward have premiered a new song titled “Ghost.” This track is from the band’s new album “Chasing Ghosts,” which will be released on March 18. An EP featuring the single, two remixes, and a reworked version of “Why” can be streamed below:

Stabbing Westward To Release New Album “Chasing Ghosts” In March

Stabbing Westward will be releasing a new album, titled “Chasing Ghosts,” on March 18. The effort will feature new tracks and reworked versions of songs from the band’s 2020 EP “Dead And Gone.“

“Chasing Ghosts” Track Listing:

01. “I Am Nothing”
02. “Damaged Goods”
03. “Cold”
04. “Push”
05. “Wasteland”
06. “Ctrl Z”
07. “Crawl”
08. “Dead & Gone”
09. “Ghost”
10. “The End”

Walter Flakus commented:

“It seems like we’ve been working on this album for a long time, trying to get it just right. With the help of John Fryer and COP International, everything fell into place. We are so excited for the world to finally hear the album. The single ‘I Am Nothing’ is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Christopher Hall added:

“It’s great to be back, and working with John Fryer and Tom Baker again was awesome and felt like making a pure old-school Stabbing Westward album. I am excited to see how people will receive the new songs.”

You can check out “I Am Nothing” from the record below. An EP featuring that track, two remixes, and an updated take on “Slipping Away“ is also available on Bandcamp.

Stabbing Westward To Release New Single “I Am Nothing” In November

Stabbing Westward will be releasing a new single titled “I Am Nothing” on November 5. The band commented:

“If you haven’t heard yet, we are excited to finally be releasing our new single ”I Am Nothing” on 11/5/2021! There will be a limited edition [1000 copies] on our Bandcamp only.

• Hand numbered 16 pt post card with a brand new band picture
• 4×7 magnet with the single art [The cover and the back of the CD are one piece of art]
• The cd in a gorgeous digi-pack – when you unfold it you can see the whole art by David Seidman
• The postcard will feature a QR code that will allow you to get access to a secret page with a Chris Hall Quote and the downloadable 2021 version of “Shame”.

The Limited Edition will go on pre-sale 2 weeks before release date.

This is where it it begins! We can’t wait for you to hear the whole album out in 2022!”

Stabbing Westward Announce “Wither Blister Burn & Peel” 25th Anniversary Tour

Stabbing Westward will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Wither Blister Burn & Peel“ on their upcoming tour. Here’s the dates:

09/24 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
09/25 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room
09/26 Chicago, IL – Cold Waves Festival
10/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill (with Eyes Set To Kill, The Funeral Portrait, and The Clay People)
10/23 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live (with Eyes Set To Kill, The Funeral Portrait, and The Clay People)
10/24 Houston, TX – Scout Bar (with Eyes Set To Kill, The Funeral Portrait, and The Clay People)

Stabbing Westward Finishing Up New Album

Stabbing Westward have finished recording their new album and are currently putting the “final touches” on the effort. Walter Flakus commented:

“The new album is done!! It just needs the final touches and we”ll be able to give you a release date! In the meantime, check out the new new GoFight remixes that drop tomorrow. -Walter”

Stabbing Westward Release New Covers EP “Hallowed Hymns”

Stabbing Westward have released a new covers EP titled “Hallowed Hymns.“ The effort features the following tracks:

01. “Burn” (The Cure cover)
02. “Every Day Is Halloween” (Ministry cover)
03. “The Killing Moon” (Echo & The Bunnymen cover)
04. “Burn” (The Cure cover)(Devil’s Night Mix)

Christopher Hall commented:

“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.”

You can purchase “Hallowed Hymns” on Bandcamp and keep an eye out for Stabbing Westward’s new album “Wasteland” in 2021.

Listen To Stabbing Westward’s Cover Of The Cure’s “Burn”

Stabbing Westward have released a cover of The Cure‘s “Burn“ from the 1994 film “The Crow.” The song is the opening track on a new “Cold Waves” benefit compilation. That effort was released today (September 17) via Bandcamp. Proceeds will go towards Darkest Before Dawn and a GoFundMe campaign for Metro Chicago. On another note, the “Cold Waves” virtual festival will be held on September 18-20 via Twitch.