Leather Predator - Leather Predator
Like so many synthesized acts before it on the label Werkstatt Recordings, Leather Predator is a metal/power synth hybrid hailing their influences from the 80s. The anonymous critter behind the project remains unmasked and does not even give a name behind themselves. What little we do know about them all stems from this project. The cover art screams that of a punk riddled Escape From New York themed soundtrack, the name of the project brings heated memories from a past era, and the music shouts out one-hundred percent action.
The title track of the self-titled album all named after the project kicks us off with a track that has several heavy beats and a sense of urgency behind it. It's like something is chasing the panicked damsel in distress we see on the cover art and she is merely trying to escape all the horror.
'Destiny Warrior' hits next and shifts between moments of peaceful synth solitude to rushed but upbeat electronic segments. This is also where we get our first taste of Leather Predator's vocals; they're sung out, a little dirty, and kind of harsh but nothing destructive. The final bits of the song are cinematic and prepare you for the next fight. 'Metalized' delivered a fast paced synth piece that didn't sound like all dread without hope. Leather Predator also through in some really deep pitched vocal samples throughout the track.
The last track on the album featured Kriistal Ann who has become known in the electronic scene for both her solo project of the same name as well as Sine Silex. The cold atmosphere Leather Predator layered on this song paired beautiful with Ann's vocal delivery and showed a new face to a new project.
Though new to the Werkstatt Recording roster Leather Predator has already showed us their teeth. With a sharp whip and a biting sense of 80s action Leather Predator turned out to be a fascinatingly fun thrill ride. The cover art is awesome, the music is heart pounding, and choosing Kriistal Ann as a guest vocalist was a perfect choice. This is one release I hope to add to my collection of releases. Two thumbs up for Leather Predator!
Also, be sure to check out this wonderful music video Leather Predator put together for the title track:
Apr 05 2017
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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