Stabbing Westward is giving audiences its own special Halloween treat.
The band released a new covers collection Friday. The four-song EP, dubbed Hallowed Hymns, takes on covers of songs from The Cure (‘Burn’, from the soundtrack to the movie The Crow) Ministry ((‘Every Day Is) Halloween,’) Echo and the Bunnymen (The Killing Moon), and a remix (The Devil’s Mix) of one of ‘Burn.”
Front man Christopher Hall discussed the EP’s release and other items in a prepared statement.
“2020 has been a shit year,” the statement reads. “We were supposed to release our new album and tour the U.S. to support it. But clearly that’s not happening. We know Halloween is different this year with no parties and no Trick or Treating so we wanted to give fans something special …. something that will help tie you over until we can release some new music.”
“We picked these three tracks because, for us, they represent the feeling of Halloween and they were very important songs during our early musical stages,” the statement adds. “If there were ever two bands that I would say most influenced Walter and I to form Stabbing Westward it would be Ministry and The Cure. From the earliest days of Ministry’s With Sympathy through the evolution of Twitch, they were the band that opened our minds and hearts to industrial music. To be able to reimagine these songs as Stabbing Westward while still trying to pay homage to the brilliance of the original versions was a terrifyingly fun adventure.
“We have been working on the album so hard for so long that it was really a joy to take a break and explore all these tracks had to offer,” the statement continues noting. “As often as you listen to your favorite songs it’s a totally different experience to take one apart and see how it was built. It gave me such an immense appreciation for what these amazing artists created—especially the Ministry track knowing how primitive the gear was that Al Jourgensen had to work with back then with none of the modern tools we take for granted today. He literally created new techniques in the studio that we still use today. He was light years ahead of his time. We hope you enjoy listening to these tracks as much as we have enjoyed recording them.”
Stabbing Westward’s new EP comes nine months after the release of the band’s latest recording, its new EP ‘Dead and Gone.’ The band is hoping to release its new album Wasteland in 2021.
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