Black Leather is the brainchild of Chilean psychotherapist Zvi Tacussis. Therefore, one might slyly suggest that Black Leather – along with Diamoth, Anima Mortuum and his other one-man bands – are the extreme musical outlets for Zvi’s multiple personalities. Zvi’s moonlighting activities aside, Black Leather fits outside the black metal trappings of his other bands, and is described by him as punk and crust metal – the likes of which are unparalleled in Christian music right now. The style and tempo vary greatly on this release, carried by croaking and shouting vocals, sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish. This is truly a unique metal record. It’s hard to believe that one man is responsible for the brilliant artistry and strong Christian message displayed here. I appreciate the packaging, as well; there are two versions of State of Freedom, the normal version and the awesome “Cadillac” version, handmade from faux leather with patches for pages that includes the Hall of Pain demo.
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