Leathürbitch – Shattered Vanity (Leathery Sleaze Metal)


With a name like Leathürbitch there are no secrets to be purged. No past wrongs that need to be expunged. No lies to be forgiven, no mistakes. If one is to combine the leather with anything, it’s outright sleaze and there’s no coming back from the path. There is no guilt, no shame, only acceptance. I seem to recall receiving a promo from these dirty old men some time ago, but I wasn’t too thrilled with the art so I passed on it. This time I was like “okay, guys, your rocking this leather thing so let’s see if you can actually rawk like leather.” Well that was a poor intro.


Listen up now, this is Leathürbitch’s world, you’re just given permission to live in it. This is complete worship of everything trashy in the 1980s metal scene. Questionable visuals, greasy, stringy, long hair, studs, police hats, and, of course leather. Not the vegan kind previously referred to as pleather, this is skin ripped from the muscles of animals, greased up, worn in the bed, and abused on stage. You’ve seen plenty of bands playing the “all in” routine, regardless of the genre or decade of choice. But Leathürbitch is so far into the 1980s they’ve transformed it into their own decade. The blatant, and interminable usage of falsetto, for example, would from any other group bore and irritate, but here you find yourself wishing you had a set of lungs to this capacity, miserably screeching to yourself in the middle of sex in the shower as your leather jacket takes some water damage. In many ways Shattered Vanity follows standards, but yet upon the realization that it does so to an extreme degree on purpose gives it a much different feel, and it’s something you don’t need to try to understand. It’s just deep in the leather from the beginning.


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Written by Stanley, Devourer of Souls

Leathürbitch – Shattered Vanity
Shadow Kingdom Records
Cover Art: Jessica Moncrief
4.6 / 5