STABBING WESTWARD — Ungod (review)

STABBING WESTWARD — Ungod album cover Album · 1993 · Industrial Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Warthur
Let's not mince words: this is an album which owes an incredible amount to Nine Inch Nails, to the point where some might accuse Stabbing Westward of being a mere clone band on the basis of this album. However, Stabbing Westward offer a somewhat different emphasis this time around when you compare this to Trent Reznor's work from around that period: it's more melodic, and yes, at points a bit more commercial, but at the same time there are some intriguing instrumental passages influenced by 1980s gothic rock (such as on the excellent album closer Can't Happen Here) which, despite being solidly in the industrial rock camp, nonetheless doesn't quite feel like what NIN were producing at the time. A promising beginning.
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