Stabbing the Drama

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Stabbing the Drama
Studio album by Soilwork
Released February 28, 2005
Recorded September-October 2004
(Fascination Street Recordings & Dug Out Studios)[1]
Genre Melodic death metal, alternative metal
Length 42:41
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Daniel Bergstrand
Soilwork chronology
The Early Chapters
Stabbing the Drama
Sworn to a Great Divide
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Stabbing the Drama is the sixth full-length studio album released by Swedish metal band Soilwork. The record was released on February 28, 2005 via Nuclear Blast label.

For a time this was the last to feature long-time guitarist Peter Wichers, who left the band after the subsequent tour until rejoining in 2008.

Style-wise, this could be considered a more diverse album than the previous record, Figure Number Five, taking elements of the past and present, and potential future. Most of the songwriting is done by guitarist Peter Wichers, and the central musical theme contains a simpler sound than heard on prior albums, with a reduction of harmonic guitar leads and a more metalcore-centric approach, such as usage of stop-start rhythm guitar work and breakdowns. This is also the first album to feature new drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who brings a more technical approach to the band's drumming compared to the previous two albums.

Some pressings of the CD have tracks three and four reversed, with parts of track three still at the start of track four. Various pressings of the CD also mislabeled the final track, "If Possible", to the 12th Bonus Track "Wherever Thorns May Grow" which is only featured on the US and European limited digipak edition, respective the Japanese and Korean pressings. 1,000 copies were made in a limited collectors metal case in the shape of the Soilworker's logo.

Threat Signal did a cover version of the song "Stabbing the Drama" along with Speed, Live.

Some copies of Stabbing the Drama were mastered using HDCD. Although it is unmarked, playing the album in a CD player able to decode HDCD will give superior sound quality.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Björn Strid.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Stabbing the Drama" Wichers 4:34
2. "One with the Flies" Wichers 4:00
3. "Weapon of Vanity" Wichers 4:02
4. "The Crestfallen" Karlsson 3:46
5. "Nerve" Wichers 3:38
6. "Stalemate" Wichers 3:28
7. "Distance" Wichers 4:29
8. "Observation Slave" Wichers 4:09
9. "Fate in Motion" Frenning 3:21
10. "Blind Eye Halo" Wichers 2:24
11. "If Possible" Karlsson 4:50
Bonus tracks
No. Title Music Length
12. "Wherever Thorns May Grow" Wichers, Strid 4:08 *
13. "Killed by Ignition" Wichers 4:18 **


Chart (2005) Peak
Certification Sales/
German Albums Chart 52




  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia (2005-03-08). "Stabbing the Drama - Soilwork | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-18.