Blackhouse - Live In Leipzig
Not a stranger to hardcore industrial fans for sure. Brian Ladd has been churning out brutal Christian-themed caveman industrial since 1983. With an ever-growing extensive discography prooves that Blackhouse is among one of the oldest (and still active) industrial acts around. And this live recording was released back in 2016 on Dark Vinyl, came out on CD and 2 different ltd. vinyl editions. Recorded at the Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT) festival in 2015 at Volkspalast Kuppelhalle. 15 tracks, over 60 minutes of pleasure.
For those who don´t know Blackhouse and for those who just haven´t heard it yet, I can quickly try to describe it as a thing between early Einstürzende Neubauten and Whitehouse. The use of metal-scrap percussion, gospel-like propaganda vocals that range from screaming to whispering, eerie field recordings and mind-bending distorted and punishing looped rhythms. All the right ingredients to satisfy fans of early industrial music are there while adding the unique craziness and possessed mental-strain that only Blackhouse can deliver. The live-recording both offers harsh ritual undercurrents (Five Minutes After I Die, see video below!) to hypnotizing soundscapes (Whispers of Love) to the sheer, epic and religious thumping of Repent!.
A truly satisfying experience that I will recommend for anyone to experience, top edge live recording without a doubt. I would have loved to experience the live-performance, good thing that the performance can be felt (and heard) on this excellent live recording. And the awesome cover is a sassy digipack in thick cardboard. Do yourself a favor and go get it, a worthy investment on the shelve!.