Stabbing Westward Preps Next Album

Stabbing Westward is preparing to work on its next album, the band's fourth, with a new label and a new producer.

The group's management told MTV News that the band is waiting to hear back from Bob Rock in order to schedule sessions with the producer at his recording studio in Maui. Rock is perhaps best known for his work with Metallica, The Cult, Mötley Crüe, and most recently, ex-Veruca Salt member Nina Gordon (see "Nina Gordon Enjoys 'Life' After Veruca Salt").

The group expects tape to be rolling by mid-August at the latest, management said.

According to a Net post by Stabbing Westward keyboardist Walter Flakus, the bandmembers have written a number of songs and have been tweaking and rehearsing them live almost daily since winding down the band's last effort, 1998's "Darkest Days." That record was certified gold earlier this year.

The band was cut loose from Columbia Records in April; the

Koch label will be issuing the group's next effort, which is most likely to surface in early 2001.