Darkest Days

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Darkest Days
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 7, 1998
StudioEldorado Studios and NRG Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California
GenreIndustrial metal, industrial rock, alternative metal
ProducerStabbing Westward, Dave Jerden, Ulrich Wild
Stabbing Westward chronology
Wither Blister Burn & Peel
Darkest Days
Stabbing Westward
Singles from Darkest Days
  1. "Sometimes It Hurts"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Save Yourself"
    Released: August 25, 1998
  3. "Haunting Me"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[3]

Darkest Days is the third album released on Columbia Records by industrial rock band Stabbing Westward. The album was recorded in L.A. in 1997 and released on April 7, 1998. Although the album didn't achieve the same level of success as Wither Blister Burn & Peel, it received positive reviews and is often considered the band's best album;[4][5] the band was dropped from Columbia Records in 2000 following this release. The track "Save Yourself" reached number 4 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart (the band's highest-placing single on that chart) and number 20 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart and remains a staple of alternative music. Darkest Days was certified gold on March 1, 2000.[6]

Darkest Days is a concept album consisting of four acts, with each portraying a different emotional phase gone through after a break-up; the first act (Tracks 1-4) is about sabotaging the relationship. The second act (Tracks 5-9) is about lust, hope, and longing; the third act (Tracks 10-12) is about hitting rock bottom after it is all over. The fourth act (Tracks 13-16) is about recovery and self-respect.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stabbing Westward.

1."Darkest Days"3:51
2."Everything I Touch"3:22
3."How Can I Hold On"4:28
5."You Complete Me"4:05
6."Save Yourself"4:13
7."Haunting Me"3:35
8."Torn Apart"3:24
9."Sometimes It Hurts"3:39
11."Desperate Now"5:24
13."When I'm Dead"3:04
14."The Thing I Hate"3:36
15."On Your Way Down"4:39
16."Waking Up Beside You"6:34
Total length:64:23




  1. ^ "Darkest Days - Stabbing Westward". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Stabbing Westward: Darkest Days : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Web.archive.org. 2 December 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Stabbing Westward - Darkest Days (staff review)". Sputnikmusic.com.
  4. ^ "Review: Stabbing Westward - Darkest Days". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Darkest Days". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 30 May 2019.