Stabbing the Drama

Stabbing the Drama is the sixth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork. The record was released on February 28, 2005, via Nuclear Blast label.[3]

Stabbing the Drama
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2005
RecordedSeptember–October 2004
(Fascination Street Recordings & Dug Out Studios)[1]
GenreMelodic death metal, alternative metal, metalcore
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerJens Bogren & Daniel Bergstrand
Soilwork chronology
The Early Chapters
Stabbing the Drama
Sworn to a Great Divide
Professional ratings
Review scores

For a time this was the last to feature long-time guitarist Peter Wichers, who left the band after the subsequent tour until rejoining in 2008.

Style-wise, this could be considered a more diverse album than the previous record, Figure Number Five, taking elements of the past and present, and potential future. Most of the songwriting is done by guitarist Peter Wichers, and the central musical theme contains a simpler sound than heard on prior albums, with a reduction of harmonic guitar leads and a more metalcore-centric approach, such as usage of stop-start rhythm guitar work and breakdowns. This is also the first album to feature new drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who brings a more technical approach to the band's drumming compared to the previous two albums.

Some pressings of the CD have the times for tracks three and four reversed, with parts of track three still at the start of track four. Various pressings of the CD also mislabeled the final track, "If Possible", to the 12th Bonus Track "Wherever Thorns May Grow" which is only featured on the US and European limited digipak edition, respective the Japanese and Korean pressings. 1,000 copies were made in a limited collectors metal case in the shape of the Soilworker's logo.[4]

Threat Signal did a cover version of the song "Stabbing the Drama" along with Speed, Live.

Some copies of Stabbing the Drama were mastered using HDCD. Although it is unmarked, playing the album in a CD player able to decode HDCD will give superior sound quality.

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Björn "Speed" Strid.

1."Stabbing the Drama"Peter Wichers4:34
2."One with the Flies"Wichers4:00
3."Weapon of Vanity"Wichers4:02
4."The Crestfallen"Sven Karlsson3:46
8."Observation Slave"Wichers4:09
9."Fate in Motion"Ola Frenning3:21
10."Blind Eye Halo"Wichers2:24
11."If Possible"Karlsson4:50
Limited Digipak edition bonus tracks
12."Wherever Thorns May Grow"
  • Strid
  • Wichers
Japanese and Korean edition bonus tracks
12."Wherever Thorns May Grow"
  • Strid
  • Wichers
13."Killed by Ignition"
  • Wichers
  • Frenning


Chart (2005) Peak
Certification Sales/
German Albums Chart 52




  1. ^ "The Official Soilwork website |". 27 November 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  2. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia (2005-03-08). "Stabbing the Drama - Soilwork | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  3. ^ "Stabbing The Drama - SOILWORK". 30 January 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Soilwork - Stabbing the Drama - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 2 January 2022.