"We Defy Oblivion” blends The Sweetest Condition’s signature synthpop sound with electrorock and industrial influences, paired with thought-provoking lyrics. The album is the follow-up to the duo’s 2015 debut self-release, “Edge of the World.” For this second full-length album, Leslie I. Benson (lyrics + vocals) and Jason Reed Milner (music + synths + guitars) welcome back producer Joel Lauver of Burning Bridge Recordings in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lyrically, the new album explores the current chaotic state of the world, interpersonal relationships and what it feels like when things hit a boiling point.
“We’re exploring much more aggressive territory with this release. We finally get a chance to say what’s been on our minds,” Benson says. “There’s no tiptoeing through this album. It’s meant to make you question what you think you know about the world.”
***** EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS *****
“The Sweetest Condition is bound to land on some folks' album of the year lists!” –Steven Gullotta, Brutal Resonance
Read the in-depth Q&A with The Sweetest Condition about the new album, published by Brutal Resonance, Nov. 3, 2016: www.brutalresonance.com/interview/interview-november-2016-2/
Read the exclusive interview with The Sweetest Condition about “We Defy Oblivion,” published by Infrared Magazine, Nov. 3, 2016:
***** ALBUM REVIEW – 5/5 STARS! *****
“‘We Defy Oblivion’: Electro-Industrial pumps through its veins. There’s a nice slice of Metal running throughout the soul of the album. A smattering of Gothic swish and charm spice up the mix. It’s a unique combination of genres that is perfectly forged and superbly used. There is such power, diversity, talent, passion, love and so much more involved in this album that it is almost overwhelming. It’s pure magnificence made audio.” – His Divine Shadow, 925|Rebellion, Oct. 28, 2016, 925rebellion.com/the-sweetest-condition-we-defy-oblivion/
***** ALBUM REVIEW – 9.5/10 STARS! *****
“There is something about this album and this band that keeps me coming back to them, time and time again. The chimera style is breathtaking; the genres combined work so well together on so many levels." –John Crofts, Brutal Resonance, Nov. 1, 2016, brutalresonance.com/review/the-sweetest-condition-we-defy-oblivion/
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“Undoubtedly, this band is heading big and the album shows the path of their artistic evolution. If you’re a fan of industrial and synth music that speaks directly without any hidden agendas, ‘We Defy Oblivion’ should be on your wish list.” –Marija Buljeta, ALTvenger Magazine, UK, Nov. 14, 2016, www.altvenger.com/the-sweetest-condition-we-defy-oblivion-album-review/
“I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys female vocalists and/or electronic music. Cause yeah, the band really hit a home run with this. … They seem to take the sort of critical and energetic commentary we see in bands like KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails, and add a whole new depth to it, all while twisting things into an almost empowering note. It's a refreshing to come out of an album that is both taking the world seriously, but simultaneously seeing the hope that we can choose to embrace and that recognizes the need for us to reach a better place.” – The Sweetest Condition “We Defy Oblivion” Album Review, by Matthew Delbert Aaron Smith, The Infidel Netwerk, 5/5 Stars, Nov. 2, 2016, www.theinfidelnetwerk.com/single-post/2016/11/02/Review-The-Sweet-Condition---We-Defy-Oblivion
“From the moment you start the album, you get sucked in.” –Liesbet Willems, Luminous Dash, Belgium, Nov. 3, 2016, luminousdash.com/portfolio-items/the-sweetest-condition-we-defy-oblivion/
“It’s industrial with a pinch of pop and a touch of rock. If you accept this genre mix challenge, we strongly recommend you ‘We Defy Oblivion.’” –Thomas Frenken, Electrozombies, Germany, 3.9/5 Stars, Nov. 2, 2016,