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Interview with Christopher Hall of The Dreaming (ex-Stabbing Westward)

4 November 2011 11 Comments

By: Andrew


My first introduction to the music of Christopher Hall was in 1996 when I acquired a copy of Wither Blister Burn & Peel, the second album by his former band, Stabbing Westward.  Now, a decade and a half later, I’m talking to him about Puppet, the second album from his current band, The Dreaming. 


If you’re on the fence about whether to listen to the audio, all I’ll say is it will appeal to you regardless of your feelings on Stabbing Westward, The Dreaming, or Christopher Hall himself.  It’s more of a conversation than an interview, which is a format we’ve been leaning towards over the past several months.  It’s not Stabbing Westward heavy, nor is it The Dreaming heavy, but a nice mix of both coupled with various musings and stories.

In lieu of a write-up, all I’m going to say is check out the audio by clicking here (click to stream, right click to Save As).  It’s an enjoyable listen. 

Puppet was released on November 1st, 2011 and the lead single, "Every Trace," .  Although I enjoyed Stabbing Westward’s self-titled fourth, and last, album, I truly believe Puppet to be the follow-up to Darkest Days.  Offer it your unguarded emotions, because with Puppet, Christopher Hall is on his game.  And when he is, you’re going for a ride. 

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  • Tomas said:

    greetz from holland, i didnt know about filter and ungod theft! richard has a cushion of his own!

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  • Manyon said:

    I find neither audio or transcription. Am I missing something? I’d really like to listen to this but where it says “click here” there is nothing clockable.

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  • Carla said:

    I wasn’t the biggest Stabbing Westward fan but this show was a joy to listen to during my commute this morning. I’ve heard of The Dreaming but never knew Christopher Hall was the frontman and I also never heard any songs by the band.

    That Nickelback song you mentioned makes me want to puke. They play it at bars all the time. It’s nauseating.

    Thank you for consistently putting out quality shows that I can listen to whether I like the artist or not.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:


    You weren’t missing anything. I was instructed not to upload anything to the site while a carousel (tech term – no clue what it is or means) was being installed.

    It’s up there now. Enjoy.

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  • Dennis said:

    All you would have had to do to complete the package would have been to connect Local H and Sevendust. Local H could have been done through the Chicago connection but it seems Sevendust were the odd ones out.

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    Good interview.

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  • Lord of Acid said:

    I saw on Darius’ Twitter a defense of Nickelback.

    Kick ass interview.

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  • OzonePtkBaller said:

    give em to a brother, son

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  • Oscar said:


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  • 867-5309 said:

    REALLY good interview. I didn’t know this guy was still around. Andrew’s solo interviews are actually quite good.

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  • Vinny said:

    Great show. Loved it.

    Didn’t see The Dreaming album is Best Buy today, btw.

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