Darkest Days

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Darkest Days
Studio album by Stabbing Westward
Released April 7, 1998
Recorded 1997 at Eldorado Studios and NRG Recording Studios, North Hollywood
Genre Industrial metal, industrial rock, alternative metal
Length 64:23
Label Columbia
Producer Stabbing Westward, Dave Jerden, Ulrich Wild
Stabbing Westward chronology
Wither Blister Burn & Peel
(1996)
Darkest Days
(1998)
Stabbing Westward
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Darkest Days is the third album released on Columbia Records by industrial rock band Stabbing Westward. The album was recorded in L.A. in 1997 and released in April 1998. Although the album failed to achieve the same level of success as Wither Blister Burn & Peel, the album received positive reviews and is often considered the band's best album.[4][5] The band was dropped from Columbia Records following this release. The track "Save Yourself" reached number 4 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart (their highest-placing single on that chart) and number 20 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart and remains an alternative rock staple.

Darkest Days is a concept album made up of 4 acts, each portraying a different emotional phase gone through after a break-up. The first act (Tracks 1-4) is about sabotaging the relationship. The second act (Tracks 5-9) is about lust, hope, and longing. The third act (Tracks 10-12) is about hitting rock bottom after it's all over. The fourth act (13-16) is about recovery and self-respect.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Darkest Days" – 3:51
  2. "Everything I Touch" – 3:22
  3. "How Can I Hold On" – 4:28
  4. "Drugstore" – 4:57
  5. "You Complete Me" – 4:05
  6. "Save Yourself" – 4:13
  7. "Haunting Me" – 3:35
  8. "Torn Apart" – 3:24
  9. "Sometimes It Hurts" – 3:39
  10. "Drowning" – 3:28
  11. "Desperate Now" – 5:24
  12. "Goodbye" – 1:56
  13. "When I'm Dead" – 3:04
  14. "The Thing I Hate" – 3:36
  15. "On Your Way Down" – 4:39
  16. "Waking Up Beside You" – 6:34
  17. "Hopeless" – 4:03 (Japan Bonus Track)

All tracks are written by Stabbing Westward.

In pop culture[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Stabbing Westward
  • Dave Jerden - Producer
  • Ulrich Wild - Producer, engineer
  • Bryan Carlstrom - Engineer
  • Annette Cisneros - Assistant engineer
  • Steve Mixdorf - Assistant engineer
  • Steve Durkee - Assistant engineer
  • Milton Chan - Assistant engineer
  • Tom Baker - Mastering
  • Dave McKean - Cover design and illustrations
  • Dean Karr - Band photography

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