Liebestod sees Jesse Sanes’ return to Chondritic Sound since his first appearance with FEJHED in 2014, this time to send listeners into a vast chasm of brooding tension and finessed sonic anguish on a 12” EP. After an impressive debut CS, Liebestod’s anticipated follow up release exhumes a corroded alloy of industrial rhythms, grotesque field recordings and paranoid electronics.
Culled from the foggy heights of german industrial, the sound palate of Beta Male sees an invigorating breadth and depth for the genre. From the swirling, claustrophobic symbiosis of acoustic clamor with scrupulous electronics in the vein of Maria Zerfall, to the commanding synthesized martial churns of pre-9/11 power electronics, each of the meticulous and practiced compositions on Beta Male could be the stand-out track on any State Art or Loki Foundation compilation.
Elevated by the painstaking, obsessive production, though, Liebestod’s work shoots 62gr rounds through the typical 1k ceilings and monotonous vocal offerings of those classics. Methodical high-end assaults and a choir of tortured, introverted voices sing a cringe-inducing case for the euthanasia of masculinity. Nothing lingers as the conflicting sympathy and revulsion evoked by the grief-stricken lone gunman is fascinatingly and gruesomely detailed.
Recorded in LA and Copenhagen in 2015, mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios. Edition of 300 copies in black vinyl, printed jacket, 12×12″ insert and download code.
Shredded Nerve ‘In the Shadow of What Never Was’ LP
In The Shadow of What Never Was is the first full length record by Justin Lakes aka Shredded Nerve. Written and recorded throughout 2014 in a frenzied state during a final year in his birthplace;
“In The Shadow Of What Never Was is a meditation on the transformative effects of near death experiences. Aiming to connect observed parallels between chaotic events in the lives of strangers and my own understanding of stressful environments.”
The first side “Closer to the End” is a three part composition that focuses on the timeline of May 16,1986. Crude and distant devices create tension that builds until there’s nothing left but an alarming and discomforting reality. Mundane power electronics and crumbling walls of tape come and go. The second side is a quadriptych arrangement dwelling on the effects of prolonged periods of fear. Serene environments are quickly corrupted. Acceptance is inevitable. Long live figure eight mentality.
Vinyl edition of 319 copies on black vinyl, in gold & black jackets with download code. Recorded and assembled spring-fall of 2014 in Cincinnati,Ohio. Mastered by Matt Ibara