Liebestod "Beta Male" 12" [CH-326]
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 vain 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, 12x12" insert and download code.