Review: Stabbing Westward – The Thing I Hate (Rock)

This review covers the industrial rock track Stabbing Westward – The Thing I Hate.

This track was released in 1998 on the album Darkest Days.

A synth effect starts the track. From there, a second synth comes in along with a drum kit. The guitars enter the track shortly after. From there, the track drops back, leaving synth effects, a drum kit, and vocals as it goes into the main chorus.

From there, the vocals take the track into the main chorus. The lead guitars join the track as well. This section is capped off with an instrumental section with an added synth element.

After that, the guitars largely drop out as the vocals take the track into the next verse. The track transitions into the main chorus with some added feedback sound. After that, the track drops out significantly, leaving largely different synths. The drum kit then rejoins the track.

The vocals then come in with very little backing. They incorporate a part of the main chorus. After that, the full main chorus takes over. An instrumental section follows. After a bit, cymbals lead the track out.

One thing I like about this track is the main chorus. It really brings the track together and, ultimately, makes the track sound great.

Another strength is the inclusion of various synths and combining that with the guitars. The fact that multiple synths are used only adds to the layers found in this track. Because of this, it helps elevate the quality of the track – especially since there isn’t what some may call the “standard” synths found here.

As for the vocals, they work quite well here. With the lyrics that obviously come with them, you get a nice amount of emotion that gives this track a well realized polished sound.

Overall, this is a great track. It has nice vocals and lyrics that give the track an emotional polish. The varied synths really give this track some depth. As for the guitars, they really help bring the track together. So, I can definitely say that this is a great track all around.


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