Columbia Records released Darkest Days -- the anxiously awaited follow-up to Chicago-based Stabbing Westward's RIAA gold Wither Blister Burn + Peel and the band's 1994 debut Ungod (which contained the breakthrough radio hits "Nothing" and "Violent Mood Swings") - in April 1998.
The new Stabbing Westward album is penned entirely by the band and includes the first radio track, "Save Yourself" and the original version of "Torn Apart" (a remix version, with Ovum/RuffHouse/Columbia techno recording artist Josh Wink, appears on the "Spawn" soundtrack); other tracks on Darkest Days are "Everything I Touch," "How Can I Hold On," "Drugstore," "You Complete Me," "Haunting Me," "Sometimes It Hurts," "Drowning," "Desperate Now," "Goodbye," "When I'm Dead," "The Thing I Hate," "On Your Way Down," "Waking Up Beside You," and the title track.
In order to provide appropriate visual counterpoint to the lyrical and melodic themes on Darkest Days, Stabbing Westward recruited artist/videographer Dave McKean ("The Preacher" comic book series, Front Line Assembly, Toad The Wet Sprocket) to design the album package and photographer Dean Karr (who lensed Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams" video) to shoot the band photos.
Stabbing Westward recorded Darkest Days at El Dorado Studios in Burbank, Calif., with producer Dave Jerden (Jane's Addiction, Alice In Chains). The current Stabbing Westward lineup is Christopher Hall (vocals, guitar), Walter Flakus (keyboards, programming), Jim Sellers (bass), Andy Kubiszewski (drums, programming, backing vocals) and guitarist Mark Eliopulos.
Beginning in late March 1998, Stabbing Westward embarked on a series of special small club dates prior, and immediately after, the release of the album.