Street Sects - The Kicking Mule (The Flenser) 2018
When they released End Position, back in 2016, Street Sects established themselves as one of the most interesting and promising acts of the underground scene, creating a noisy, industrial-sounding artistic identity born out of singer’s Leo Ashline past experiences battling addiction- a platform he used to reflect on his rather unstable existence.
Now, in 2018, they are back with their second studio effort, entitled The Kicking Mule, an album which combines the raw energy of punk, old Nine Inch Nails and early Marilyn Manson influences and even vocals occasionally reminiscent of Placebo’s Brian Molko.
The universe one enters when listening to these songs is certainly dark and broody, but also charming and addictive, the perfect record to explore when we feel life is hell and we want something as nihilistic as our mood. Then again, with such a brilliant album, maybe life doesn’t suck that bad.