|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|
|Producer||Stabbing Westward, Dave Jerden, Ulrich Wild|
|Stabbing Westward chronology|
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 on April 7, 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. 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 four 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 is all over. The fourth act (Tracks 13-16) is about recovery and self-respect.
- "Darkest Days" – 3:51
- "Everything I Touch" – 3:22
- "How Can I Hold On" – 4:28
- "Drugstore" – 4:57
- "You Complete Me" – 4:05
- "Save Yourself" – 4:13
- "Haunting Me" – 3:35
- "Torn Apart" – 3:24
- "Sometimes It Hurts" – 3:39
- "Drowning" – 3:28
- "Desperate Now" – 5:24
- "Goodbye" – 1:56
- "When I'm Dead" – 3:04
- "The Thing I Hate" – 3:36
- "On Your Way Down" – 4:39
- "Waking Up Beside You" – 6:34
- "Hopeless" – 4:03 (Japan Bonus Track)
All tracks are written by Stabbing Westward.
In pop culture
- "Save Yourself" was featured in the trailer of the 1999 film The Mod Squad and the trailer of the 2006 film The Covenant, along with an appearance on the soundtrack to Tekken: The Motion Picture and in the 2008 video game Shaun White Snowboarding.
- "The Thing I Hate" was featured in the introduction sequence of the 1998 PlayStation video game Duke Nukem: Time to Kill.
- In the HBO series True Blood, "Save Yourself" played during the end credits to the season 5 finale of the same name in 2012.
- Noah Antwiler of The Spoony Experiment used "The Thing I Hate" as his outro piece for the final segment of his Ultima IX: Ascension review.
- A remix of "Waking Up Beside You" was used in the 2000 film The Crow: Salvation and was featured on the film's soundtrack release.
- "Haunting Me" appeared in the 1998 science fiction horror film The Faculty.
- 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
- "Darkest Days - Stabbing Westward". Allmusic.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20071202133856/http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/stabbingwestward/albums/album/147672/review/6068134/darkest_days. Archived from the original on December 2, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2007. Missing or empty
- "Stabbing Westward - Darkest Days (staff review)". Sputnikmusic.