Monday, November 17, 2014

Music Monday: The Dreaming - Alone

EDIT: Well, that's embarrasing. Guess it's what I get for not properly reviewing my posts before throwing them up here. Anyhow...fixed now, the video should display properly.

I was a huge Stabbing Westward fan in high school. Their music spoke to was this teeth grinding, melodic rage that embodied my teenage angst. Then, in 2001 they released an album that felt completely like a sellout pile of girlfriend tunes. The official rationale was that this was an album that was "what the band wanted to make," and it wasn't necessarily "what the fans wanted." I call bullshit. The band broke up shortly afterward.

I thought that was the end of it, but apparently Chris had different ideas. Shortly after the breakup of Stabbing Westward, Chris and itinerant drummer Johnny Haro formed The Dreaming. Somehow or another, I ran across today's single and had my faith in angry music restored. I've always admired how Chris pours his soul into the music. If I had to use one word to sum up the combined art of Stabbing Westward and The Dreaming, it would be CATHARSIS. There is such an emotional release in this music. After listening to their catalog, I'm left wanting to say "Mmmph...FUCK YES."

These guys GET IT. Sometimes you need to growl and get it all out. It's unfortunate that they can't use the name "Stabbing Westward" anymore...I've always thought that was an awesome and fucking clever name (derived from an Eisenhower quote on Communism, bee-tee-dubs).

It's not quite the "fuck it all and burn it to the ground" Industrial Metal that KMFDM is, but The Dreaming definitely grabs the melodic sect of the angry industrial genre. If you're an angry, disenfranchised liberal like me, you may just find some solace in this music.

Be excellent to each other, friends.


  1. Thanks!! I'm glad we were able to overcome the damage done by that POS self titled album.

  2. Thanks for the comment! Since this post, I've had a chance to listen to an interview you gave where you talked about some of what happened during the final days of Stabbing Westward. It was a real shit situation, you guys getting locked out of the studio at times and basically having your band stolen out from under you. Gives some real insight into the risks professional artists face. It's great you guys were able to find your feet again, and do things on your terms. Glad I found your music again, and I'm looking forward to more. All the best to you guys!