WL//WH Track Of The Day: SCHADENFREUDE “die Todesstrafe”

Track Of The Day Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude, German word for ‘the complex joyful feelings that take pleasure from watching someone fail’ is the umpteenth new promising DIY post-punk band hailing from Russia, namely Chelyabinsk, on the border of Europe and Asia.
The quartet has just dropped their debut 5-track EP entitled “Ausgang”, an 80’s UK echoing, goth infused, minimalistic yet visceral, icy, dark sound, simultaneously bleak and grim, with the peculiarity of German titles that define lyrics in their native language.
 
The harrowingly intense “die Todesstrafe” [capital punishment] is propelled by relentless hypnotic drumbeats and sparse handclaps interlaced with deep resounding dismal pulsing bassline and eerily clear atmospheric synths, that rumbling doomily rip by fractured, sharp foreboding guitar cuts drenched in pitch-black reverb behind anguished baritone vocals, deeply sinister and magnetically alluring, bouncing in defiance, despondence and gothic splendour.
 

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