It’s been 20 years since the last full-length STABBING WESTWARD album was released in 2001, and the wait is finally over as the band recently announced details for their much-anticipated new record. “Chasing Ghosts” will be out March 18, 2022 via COP International Records, featuring 10 tracks that have the industrial rock band’s characteristic sound with a modern sheen that picks up right where they left off.
As the anticipation grows for the record arrival grows, the four-piece gives another taste of the new music with their latest single, “Ghost.” Hear the song below and purchase the limited-edition single release here.
Fans who buy the physical or digital edition of the single will be gifted with several additional tracks including remixes of “Ghost” lead by Stabbing Westward front-man Christopher Hall and Assemblage 23 along with a reworking of early hit “Why,” from 1996 RIAA Certified Gold album “Wither Blister Burn & Peel.”
“Chasing Ghosts” will feature brand-new songs as well as reworkings of the band’s acclaimed 2020 reunion EP “Dead And Gone” that finds original founding members Christopher Hall (vocals/guitar) and Walter Flakus (keyboards/programming) honing in on the incredible partnership that once produced a string of hits that dominated alternative radio and film soundtracks, including “Shame”, “Save Yourself” and “What Do I Have to Do?” — and resulted in two gold records.
To recreate that original chemistry, the band recruited the legendary producer John Fryer to again helm “Chasing Ghosts”. Fryer, whose production credits include DEPECHE MODE, NINE INCH NAILS, 4AD, COCTEAU TWINS and LOVE AND ROCKETS, originally worked with STABBING WESTWARD on their best-selling early releases “Ungod” (1994) and “Wither Blister Burn + Peel” (1996). “Chasing Ghosts” was also mastered by Tom Baker who, like Fryer, worked with STABBING WESTWARD on their early releases and is part of the reassembled production team on the latest album. The current STABBING WESTWARD band lineup includes Carlton Bost (guitars and programming) and Bobby Amaro (drums).
Says Flakus: “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.”
Adds Hall: “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.”
Pre-sales for “Chasing Ghosts” will begin in early January and fans are encouraged to sign up now for e-mail reminders. The album, featuring artwork by David Seidman (an artist who has also worked with COHEED AND CAMBRIA and is known for his ethereal and surrealistic imagery) will be available in digital, CD and vinyl formats, with full details and exclusive, limited-edition merch to be announced soon.
The full track listing for “Chasing Ghosts” is as follows:
1. I Am Nothing
2. Damaged Goods
6. Ctrl Z
8. Dead & Gone
10. The End